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Prof. Tao TANG
Mathematician, President of UIC
Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

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Professor Tang Tao obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Peking University in 1984, followed by a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Leeds in 1989. Widely known for his expertise in computational mathematics, high-order methods and adaptive grid methods, Professor Tang belongs to the winner’s circle in mathematics, many times over.
Among his numerous honours are the Feng Kang Prize for Scientific Computing, First Prize in the Natural Science category of Tertiary Institutions Science and Technology Awards courtesy of China’s Ministry of Education, and Second Prize in the National Natural Science Award.
Among his various influential leadership positions, he was proud of having served as President of the Hong Kong Mathematical Society, and as a seasoned editor of numerous peer-reviewed journals.
Professor Tang’s honours are as international as they are multiple. They include election as a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society and a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). In 2017 came his crowning glory when he was elected as Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. A year later, he was an invited speaker at the 2018 International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM). Being asked to address the ICM is considered one of the highest honours for a mathematician.
Long a faculty member at Simon Fraser University, Canada, between 1990 and 1998, he subsequently served at Hong Kong Baptist University from 1998 to 2015, in a variety of key roles, from Head of the Department of Mathematics, Dean of Science, Director of Graduate School, to Associate Vice-President. Before joining UIC, Professor Tang was the Vice-president and Provost at the Southern University of Science and Technology as well as its Chair Professor of Mathematics.
Present at the creation of the College, as a founding member of the UIC Council, Professor Tang helped guide the fledgling institution to its maturity. It could be said that his history with the College has come full circle, beginning service on its Council at its infancy and culminating in its Presidency when it has reached full-fledged status.

Research Interests

Computational Mathematics
Numerical Methods for PDEs
Spectral Methods, Adaptive Grid Methods

Selected Publications

Recent Publications

  • Hong-lin Liao, Tao Tang and Tao Zhou. A second-order and nonuniform time-stepping maximum-principle preserving scheme for time-fractional Allen-Cahn equations, J. Comput. Phys. (2020) 414.
  • Tao Tang, Lilian Wang, Huifang Yuan, and Tao Zhou. Rational spectral methods for PDEs involving fractional Laplacian in unbounded domains, SIAM J. Sci. Comput., 42(2), A585–A611.
  • Zhiwei Fang, Jichun Li, Tao Tang and Tao Zhou. Efficient Stochastic Galerkin Methods for Maxwell's Equations with Random Inputs, J. Sci. Comput., 80(1) (2019), 248-267.
  • T. Tang. On effective numerical methods for phase-field models, Proceedings of the International Congress of Mathematicians, (ICM 2018), pp. 3669-3690 (2019).
  • Tao Tang, Haijun Yu and Tao Zhou. On energy dissipation theory and numerical stability for time-fractional phase field equations, SIAM J. Sci. Comput. , 41(6) (2019), A3757-3778.
  • Guanghui Hu, Xucheng Meng and Tao Tang. On Robust and Adaptive Finite Volume Methods for Steady Euler Equations, in "Theory, Numerics and Applications of Hyperbolic Problems II", Springer, 2018, pp. 1-19.
  • T. Tang and J. Yang. Computing the maximal eigenpairs of large size tridiagonal matrices with O(1) number of iterations, Numer. Math. Theor. Meth. Appl. 11(4) (2018), 877-894.
  • T. Tang, H. Yuan and T. Zhou. Hermite Spectral Collocation Methods for Fractional PDEs in Unbounded Domains, 10.4208/cicp.2018.hh80.12 Commun. Comput. Phys., 24 (2018), 1143-1168.
  • B. Gong, W. Liu, T. Tang, W. Zhao, and T. Zhou. An efficient gradient projection method for Stochastic optimal control problems, SIAM J. Numer. Anal. 55(6) (2017), 2982-3005.
  • T. Hou, T. Tang and J. Yang. Numerical analysis of fully discretized Crank--Nicolson scheme for fractional-in-space Allen-Cahn equations, J. Sci. Comput., 72 (2017), 1214–1231.
  • X. Li, Z. Qiao and T. Tang. Gradient bounds for a thin film epitaxy equation, J. Diff. Eqns. 262 (2017), 1720-1746.
  • T. Tang, W. Zhao and T. Zhou. Deferred correction methods for forward backward Stochastic differential equations, Numer. Math. Theor. Meth. Appl. 10(2) (2017), 222-242.
  • Z. Yang, T. Tang and J. Zhang. Blowup of Volterra Integro-Differential Equations and Applications to Semi-Linear Volterra Diffusion Equations, Numer. Math. Theor. Meth. Appl. 10(4) (2017), 737-759.


Academic and Social Service
Awards and Honors
  • 1988: Leslie Fox Prize for Numerical Analysis
  • 2003: Feng Kang Prize for Scientific Computing
  • 2007: National Nature Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars
  • 2007: First Prize in Natural Science Awards by Ministry of Education
  • 2008-2012: President, Hong Kong Mathematical Society
  • 2012: SIAM Fellow
  • 2016: Second Prize of 2016 National Natural Science Award
  • 2017: Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • 2017: Fellow of American Mathematical Society (AMS)
  • 2018: Invited Speaker of International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM)