Chung to Speak on The Mathematics of PageRank

picture of Fan ChungFan Chung, University of California San Diego, will deliver a Joint AMS-MAA Invited Address on Tuesday, January 8, 2008, 11:10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. She will speak on The mathematics of PageRank. This lecture will be held in Room 6AB, San Diego Convention Center.

microphoneListen to Fan Chung talk with AMS Public Awareness Officer Mike Breen about her address.

Fan Chung (Chinese name Fan Chung in Chinese) is the Akamai Professor in Internet Mathematics at UC San Diego. As a young high school student growing up in Kaoshiung, Taiwan in the sixties, she knew that she would be a mathematician. Her engineer-father told her, "in math all you need is pencil and paper." She graduated with a B.S. in mathematics in 1970 at the National Taiwan University and then went to the United States for her graduate studies. She entered the University of Pennsylvania and was awarded an M.S. in 1972. Chung then continued her studies for a Ph.D. with Herbert Wilf as her supervisor. In 1974, she graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Chung has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, worked at Bell Labs in its glory days, and directed some great research groups at Bellcore. She spent a year at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton in 1994 before accepting a professorship at the University of Pennsylvania in 1995. After three years as Professor of Mathematics and Professor of Computer Science at Pennsylvania she was appointed Professor of Mathematics and Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. She also holds the Akamai Professorship in Internet Mathematics.

Her research interests are primarily in graph thoery, combinatorics and algorithmic design. In particular, she is known for her work for initiating and developing three fundamental areas in combinatorics: Spectral graph theory, Random graphs with general degree distributions, and Quasi-randomness.

She has written over 240 papers and has about 120 coauthors. She has written three books, Spectral Graph Theory, Complex Graphs and Networks (coauthored with Lincoln Lu), and Erdös on Graphs (coauthored with Ron Graham). She serves on the editorial boards of a dozen or so journals. In 1990, she was awarded the Allendoerfer Award by the Mathematical Association of America. Since 1998, she has been a fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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