Yanlai Chen, PhD

Professor

Mathematics

508-999-8438

508-910-6917

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Liberal Arts 394A

Education

2002University of Science and Technology of ChinaB.S.
2007University of Minnesota Twin CitiesM.S.
2007University of Minnesota Twin CitiesPh.D.

Teaching

  • Numerical algorithms
  • Probability
  • Calculus, Differential equation
  • Optimization

Teaching

Programs

Teaching

Courses

Course on numerical methods in science and engineering. Topics will include: numerical analysis and methods (quadrature, optimization, matrices, root-finding, ODEs, PDES, Monte-Carlo), and an introduction to multigrid and parallel computing. Programming exercises using MATLAB and individual research projects are an essential part of the course.

A calculus-based introduction to statistics. This course covers probability and combinatorial problems, discrete and continuous random variables and various distributions including the binomial, Poisson, hypergeometric normal, gamma and chi-square. Moment generating functions, transformation and sampling distributions are studied.

A special course to meet the needs of students for material not encountered in other courses. Topics dealt with require the approval of the departmental chairperson.

Research

Research Awards

  • $650,000 Implementation of a Contextualized Computing Pedagogy in STEM Core Courses and Its Impact on Undergraduate Student Academic Success, Retention, and Graduation

Research

Research Interests

  • Numerical Analysis, Scientific Computing, Computational Partial Differential Equations
  • Dimension reduction, Model order reduction, Reduced order modeling
  • Uncertainty quantification, Fractional-order partial differential equations
  • Data mining, Machine Learning, Image Processing, Neural Networks
  • High performance computing

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