Wenqing Hu

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I am currently an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri, Rolla).

During 2013-2016 I worked as a Postdoctoral Associate at the School of Mathematics, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, sponsored by Professor Vladimir Sverak (wikipage).

From 2008-2013 I completed a Ph.D. in Mathematics at the Department of Mathematics, University of Maryland, College Park, under the supervision of Professor Mark Freidlin (wikipage). Before that, during 2004-2008, I got my B.S. degree at the School of Mathematical Sciences, Peking University, under the supervision of Professor Yong Liu.

Here is A history of Dynkin's school.

Curriculum Vitae.


Teaching.

Current Teaching.

At Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri, Rolla):

Spring 2018. MATH 3304. Elementary Differential Equations. Section 1L.

Past Teaching.

At Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri, Rolla):

Fall 2017. MATH 5351. Introduction to Complex Variables. Section 1A. Teaching Evaluation. Student Comments.

Fall 2017. MATH 3304. Elementary Differential Equations. Section 1D. Teaching Evaluation. Student Comments.

Spring 2017. MATH 3304. Elementary Differential Equations. Section 1A. Teaching Evaluation. Student Comments.

Fall 2016. MATH 3304. Elementary Differential Equations. Section 1B. Teaching Evaluation. Student Comments.

Fall 2016. MATH 3304. Elementary Differential Equations. Section 1E. Teaching Evaluation. Student Comments.

At University of Minnesota, Twin Cities:

Spring 2016. MATH 4242. Applied Linear Algebra. Teaching Evaluation. Student Comments.

Fall 2015. MATH 5652. Introduction to Stochastic Processes. Teaching Evaluation. Student Comments.

Fall 2015. MATH 5651. Basic Theory of Probability and Statistics. Teaching Evaluation. Student Comments.

Spring 2015. MATH 5651. Basic Theory of Probability and Statistics. Teaching Evaluation. Student Comments.

Fall 2014. MATH 5651. Basic Theory of Probability and Statistics. Teaching Evaluation. Student Comments.

Fall 2013. MATH 4603. Advanced Calculus I. Teaching Evaluation. Student Comments.

Mentoring and supervising for undergraduate research.

Spring 2016. MATH 4995. Senior project for independent study. An overview of linear model selection methods.

Spring 2016. MATH 4997W. Senior project for independent study. VaR (Value at Risk) estimation and extreme value theory. paper1, paper2.

Fall 2015. MATH 4997W. Senior project for independent study. An overview of Modern Portfolio Theory.


Research.

I enjoy both the mathematical beauty and the practical power of probability theory. By making effective use of stochastic analysis, I analyzed problems in stochastic processes, differential equations, dynamical systems, and mathematical physics. These problems include small random perturbations of dynamical systems, large deviations, metastability, stochastic averaging principle, reaction-diffusion equations and wave front propagation in random media, stochastic fluid mechanics, turbulence models, small mass limit of the Langevin equation (Smoluchowski-Kramers approximation), homogenization and multiscale problems, system of fast-slow stochastic reaction diffusion equations.

I also have interests in statistical methodology. I have been working on problems in statistical machine learning and optimization. In particular, I got involved in covariance matrix estimation under High-Dimensional-Low-Sample-Size (HDLSS) setting, with applications to regularized linear discriminant analysis in Electronic Health Records (EHR) data, variational inference of human mobility patterns via Hawkes processes, convergence analysis of stochastic approximation algorithms (e.g. stochastic gradient descent) that are used in solving stochastic optimization problems.

My profile on MathSciNet, Google Scholar, ORCID and ResearchGate.

Papers by Topic.

Preprints.

[7] Hu, W., Li, C.J., Li, L., Liu, J., Qian, J., On the diffusion approximation of nonconvex stochastic gradient descent. [arXiv]

[6] Hu, W., Li, C.J., Su, W., On the global convergence of a randomly perturbed dissipative nonlinear oscillator. [arXiv]

[5] Hu, W., Li, C.J., A convergence analysis of the perturbed compositional gradient flow: averaging principle and normal deviations. [arXiv]

[4] Hu, W., Li, C.J., On the fast convergence of random perturbations of the gradient flow. [arXiv]

[3] Hu, W., Salins, M., Spiliopoulos, K., Large deviations and averaging principle for a system of fast-slow stochastic reaction-diffusion equations. [arXiv]

[2] Xiong, H., Cheng, W., Bian, J., Hu, W., Guo, Z., FWDA: a Fast Wishart Discriminant Analysis with its Application to Electronic Health Records Data Classification. [arXiv]

[1] Xiong, H., Fu, Y., Hu, W., Chen, G., Barnes, L.E., Provably Good Early Detection of Diseases using Non-Sparse Covariance-Regularized Linear Discriminant Analysis. [arXiv]

Journal Publications.

[13] Hu, W., Sverak, V., Dynamics of geodesic flows with random forcing on Lie groups with left-invariant metrics. Journal of Nonlinear Science, online. [arXiv] [journal paper]

[12] Hu, W., Ito's formula, the stochastic exponential and change of measure on general time scales. Abstract and Applied Analysis, Vol. 2017, Article ID 9140138, 2017. [arXiv] [journal paper]

[11] Hu, W., Spiliopoulos, K., Hypoelliptic multiscale Langevin diffusions: Large deviations, invariant measures and small mass asymptotics. Electronic Journal of Probability, 22 (2017), paper no. 55, pp. 1-38. [arXiv] [journal paper]

[10] Elgindi, T., Hu, W., Sverak, V., On 2d incompressible Euler equations with partial damping. Communications in Mathematical Physics, 355, Issue 1, October 2017, pp. 145-159. [arXiv] [journal paper]

[9] Hu, W., Tcheuko, L., Random perturbations of dynamical systems with reflecting boundary and corresponding PDE with a small parameter. Asymptotic Analysis, 87, 1-2, 2014, pp. 43-56. [arXiv] [journal paper]

[8] Freidlin, M., Hu, W., Wave front propagation for a reaction-diffusion equation in narrow random channels. Nonlinearity, 26, 8, 2013, pp. 2333-2356. [arXiv] [journal paper]

[7] Freidlin, M., Hu, W., On diffusion in narrow random channels. Journal of Statistical Physics, 152, 2013, pp. 136-158. [arXiv] [journal paper]

[6] Freidlin, M., Hu, W., On second order elliptic equations with a small parameter. Communications in Partial Differential Equations, 38, 10, 2013, pp. 1712-1736. [arXiv] [journal paper]

[5] Freidlin, M., Hu, W., Wentzell, A., Small mass asymptotic for the motion with vanishing friction. Stochastic Processes and their Applications, 123 (2013), pp. 45-75. [arXiv] [journal paper]

[4] Freidlin, M., Hu, W., Smoluchowski-Kramers approximation in the case of variable friction. Journal of Mathematical Sciences, 79, 1, November 2011, translated from Problems in Mathematical Analysis, 61, October 2011 (in Russian). [arXiv] [journal paper]

[3] Hu, W., On metastability in nearly-elastic systems. Asymptotic Analysis, 79, 1-2, 2012, pp. 65-86. [arXiv] [journal paper]

[2] Freidlin, M., Hu, W., On perturbations of generalized Landau-Lifshitz dynamics. Journal of Statistical Physics, 144, 2011, pp. 978-1008. [arXiv] [journal paper]

[1] Freidlin, M., Hu, W., On stochasticity in nearly-elastic systems. Stochastics and Dynamics, 12, 3, 2012. [arXiv] [journal paper]

Conference Publications.

[4] Xiong, H., Cheng, W., Fu, Y., Bian, J., Hu, W., Guo, Z., De-Biasing Covariance-Regularized Discriminant Analysis. IJCAI-ECAI 2018 (the 27th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence and the 23rd European Conference on Artificial Intelligence), Stockholm, Sweden, July 13-19, 2018. [conference paper]

[3] Bian, J., Xiong, H., Cheng, W., Fu, Y., Hu, W., Guo, Z., Multi-Party Sparse Discriminant Learning. ICDM 2017 (2017 IEEE International Conference on Data Mining), New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November 8-21, 2017. [conference paper]

[2] Xiong, H., Cheng, W., Bian, J., Hu, W., Guo, Z., AWDA: Adapted Wishart Discriminant Analysis. ICDM 2017 (2017 IEEE International Conference on Data Mining), New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November 8-21, 2017. [conference paper]

[1] Wang, P., Liu, G., Fu, Y., Hu, W., Aggarwal, C., Human Mobility Synchronization and Trip Purpose Detection with Mixture of Hawkes Processes. KDD 2017 (Knowledge, Discovery and Data Mining), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, August 13-17, 2017. Accepted paper ID=fp1019. [conference paper] [abstract and video]

Expository Notes.

[2] Lectures on the Nature of Statistical Learning Theory. (A series of lectures that I gave at Missouri S&T Computer Science Department in the Spring semester of 2017.) Lecture 1. Lecture 2. Lecture 3. Lecture 4. Lecture 5.

[1] Lectures on Stochastic Fluid Mechanics. (A series of lectures that I gave at Peking University in July 2015.)

Selected slides of talks and presentations.

[12] A random perturbation approach to some stochastic approximation algorithms in optimization.

[11] Large deviations and averaging for systems of slow-fast reaction-diffusion equations.

[10] Fast convergence of random perturbations of the gradient flow.

[9] Ito's formula on general time scales.

[8] 2-d incompressible Euler equations with partial damping.

[7] Hypoelliptic multiscale Langevin diffusions.

[6] Stochastically perturbed geodesic flows on Lie groups.

[5] Dynamics of geodesic flows with random forcing on Lie groups with left invariant metrics.

[4] Diffusion and wave front propagation in narrow random channels.

[3] Second order elliptic equations with a small parameter.

[2] Small mass asymptotic for the motion with variable and vanishing friction.

[1] Stochastic behavior in nearly-elastic billiard systems.

Support Acknowledgement.

I acknowledge the generous support of my research from the following funding opportunities:

[3] NSF sponsored AMS Travel Support to the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August of 2018. [award document].

[2] University of Missouri Research Board. June 1, 2017-May 31, 2018. Topic: Multiscale Stochastic Differential Equations. [award document].

[1] AMS Simons Travel Grant. July 1, 2015-June 30, 2017. [award document].


Contact Information.

Wenqing Hu.

112 Rolla Building,

Department of Mathematics and Statistics,

Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri, Rolla).

400W, 12th Street, Rolla, MO, 65409-0020, USA.

Email address 1: huwen "at" mst "dot" edu

Email address 2: huwenqing"dot"pku "at" gmail "dot" com


Useful Links.

General: American Mathematical Society, American Statistical Association, Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, INFORMS Applied Probability Society, The Bachelier Finance Society, Society of Actuaries, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Association for Computing Machinery, Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.

Local Research Centers/Labs: Missouri Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematical Sciences, Applied Computational Intelligence Laboratory, Cyber Human And Physical SysTEms Research Lab.

Personal: Wenqing's footprints.


Last updated: 04/2018.