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Ying-Cheng Lai is a Chinese theoretical physicist who works in the area of chaos theory. He is one among the pioneers in the nonlinear and complex systems and chaos theory. Currently he works in Arizona State University holding an ISS Chair Professorship.

Ying-Cheng Lai
Ying-Cheng Lai
Alma mater
  • Zhejiang University
  • University of Maryland.
  • Arizona State University.
Scientific career
FieldsMath and Physics (theoretical)
InstitutionsUniversity of Maryland, College Park


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Ying-Cheng Lai has worked in the fields of dynamics of nonlinear and complex systems including chaotic dynamics, relativistic quantum chaotic dynamics, complex networks, computational biology and graphene physics. He has coauthored several scientific articles with Celso Grebogi, Edward Ott, James A. Yorke and Miguel A. F. Sanjuán. He has directed 19 Ph.D. and 20 master theses and supported 14 post-doctoral fellows.


In 1997, From the White House, he had received the Air Force Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) . Also in the same year the National Science Foundation honored him with a Faculty Career Award. In 2008, he received the Outstanding Referee Award from the American Physical Society. In 2016, he was chosen as the 2016 class of National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellows, Pentagon officials announced. This program awards grants to top-tier researchers from U.S. universities to conduct long-term, unclassified, basic research of strategic importance to the Defense Department.[1]


  • Ying-Cheng Lai and Tamas Tel Transient Chaos: complex dynamics in finite time scales, Springer.


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