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Ying-Cheng Lai

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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5706
Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5706
Biography

Ying-Cheng Lai received a bachelor's and master's degrees in optical engineering from Zhejiang University in 1982 and 1985, and master's and doctoral degrees in physics from University of Maryland at College Park in 1989 and 1992, respectively. He wrote his doctoral dissertations on "Classical and Quantum Chaos under Celso Grebogi, James A. Yorke and Edward Ott." From 1992-1994, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Biomedical Engineering Department at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine under Raimond Winslow and Murray Sachs. He joined the University of Kansas in 1994 as an assistant professor of physics and mathematics and became an associate professor in 1998. In 1999, he came to Arizona State University as an associate professor of mathematics and an associate professor of electrical engineering. He was promoted to professor of mathematics and professor of electrical engineering in 2001. In 2005, he switched full-time into the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering. In 2009, Y.-C. Lai was named the Sixth Century Chair in Electrical Engineering by the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, U.K. In January 2014, he was awarded an ISS endowed Chair Professorship of Electrical Engineering at Arizona State University.

Y.-C. Lai received the Air Force Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from the White House in 1997. In the same year, he also received the Faculty Career Award from the National Science Foundation. In 1999, he was elected as a fellow of the American Physical Society with the citation: For his many contributions to the fundamentals of nonlinear dynamics and chaos. In 2001, he served as program chair of statistical and nonlinear physics for the APS March Meeting. In 2003, he received an NSF ITR Award. In 2008, he received the Outstanding Referee Award from the American Physical Society. In 2016 he was one of the 15 selected nationwide by the Department of Defense for a Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship (formerly known as NSSEFF - National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship). In February 2018, he was elected as a corresponding fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (a foreign fellow of the National Academy of Sciences and Letters of Scotland).

As of October 25, 2018, Y.-C. Lai authored and co-authored more than 480 papers, with more than 440 in refereed journals. He has directed 20 doctoral and 20 master's theses and supported 14 postdoctoral fellows. In the past five years, he gave more than 50 invited lectures and colloquia all over the world. His papers have been cited more than 19,800 times. His current Google-Scholar based H-index is 67 and i10 index is 320. 

Y.-C. Lai currently serves on the Editorial Board of Philosophical Transactions of Royal Society A, and is an associated editor of Scientific Reports and International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos. Previously, he was a co-editor of Europhysics Letters for five years and served on the Editorial Board of Physical Review E for five years.

Fax
1-480-965-8325
Education
  • Postdoctoral Fellow. Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1992-1994)
  • Ph.D. Physics, University of Maryland-College Park 1992
  • M.S. Physics, University of Maryland-College Park 1989
  • M.S. Optical Engineering, Zhejiang University, China 1985
  • B.S. Optical Engineering, Zhejiang University, China 1982

 

Research Interests

Nonlinear Dynamics, Complex Networks, Quantum Chaos, Physics of Two-Dimensional Dirac Materials, Mathematical Biology, Data Analysis

Research Group

Dr. Hongya Xu, Post-doctoral fellow

Mr. Chengzhen Wang, PhD student, Electrical Engineering

Mr. Junjie Jiang, PhD student, Electrical Engineering

Mr. Zhidan Zhao, PhD student, Electrical Engineering

Mr. Chendi Han, PhD  student, Electrical Engineering

Mr. Lingwei Kong, PhD student, Physics

Mr. Marko Milosavljevic, PhD student, Physics

Ms. Chun Zhang, visiting PhD student, Physics, Shannxi Normal University

Mr. Huawei Fan, visiting PhD student, Physics, Shaanxi Normal University

Publications

2017

  • H.-Y. Xu and Y.-C. Lai, ``Superscattering of pseudospin-1 wave in photonic lattice,'' Physical Review A 95, Article number 012119 (2017).
  • S. Altmeyer, Y.-H. Do, and Y.-C. Lai, ``Dynamics of ferrofluidic flow in the Taylor-Couette system with a small aspect ratio,'' Scientific Reports 7, Article number 40012 (2017).
  • L.-Z. Wang, Y.-Z. Chen, W.-X. Wang, and Y.-C. Lai, ``Physical controllability of complex networks,'' Scientific Reports 7, Article number 40198 (2017).
  • L. Huang, X. Ni, W. L. Ditto, M. Spano, P. R. Carney, and Y.-C. Lai, ``Detecting and characterizing high frequency oscillations in epilepsy - A case study of big data analysis,'' Royal Society Open Science 4, Article number 160741 (2017).
  • J.-W. Li, Z.-S. Shen, W.-X. Wang, C. Grebogi, and Y.-C. Lai, ``Universal data-based method for reconstructing complex networks with binary-state dynamics,'' Physical Review E 95, Article number 032203 (2017).
  • G.-L. Wang, H.-Y. Xu, L. Huang, and Y.-C. Lai, ``Relativistic Zitterbewegung in non-Hermitian photonic waveguide systems,'' New Journal of Physics 19, Article number 013017 (2017).
  • Z.-L. Hu, X. Han, Y.-C. Lai, and W.-X. Wang, ``Optimal localization of diffusion sources in complex networks,'' Royal Society Open Science 4, Article number 170091 (2017).
  • F.-Q. Wu, R.-Q. Su, Y.-C. Lai, and X. Wang, ``Engineering of a synthetic quadrastable gene network to approach Waddington landscape and cell fate determination,'' eLIFE 6, Article number e23701 (2017).
  • H.-L. Zou, Z.-C. Deng, W.-P. Hu, K. Aihara, and Y.-C. Lai, ``Partially unstable attractors in networks of forced integrate-and-fire oscillators,'' Nonlinear Dynamics 88, Article number 34905 (2017).
  • Y.-C. Lai and C. Grebogi, ``Quasiperiodicity and suppression of multistability in nonlinear dynamical systems,'' European Physics Journal Special Topics 226, 1703-1719 (2017).
  • Q.-H. Liu, W. Wang, M. Tang, T. Zhou, and Y.-C. Lai, ``Explosive spreading on complex networks: the role of synergy,'' Physical Review E 95, Article number 042320 (2017).
  • A. Chen, S.-Y. Nam, Y.-C. Lai, and J.-S. Chae, ``Low-voltage shock mitigated micro-electromechanical systems structure,'' Applied Physics Letters 110, Article number 201903 (2017).
  • G.-L. Wang, H.-Y. Xu, and Y.-C. Lai, ``Mechanical topological semimetals with massless quasiparticles and a finite Berry curvature,'' Physical Review B 95, Article number 235159 (2017).
  • H.-Y. Xu, L. Huang, D.-H. Huang, and Y.-C. Lai, ``Geometric valley Hall effect and valley filtering through a singular Berry flux,'' Physical Review B 96, Article number 045412 (2017).

2016

  • R.-Q. Su, W.-X. Wang, X. Wang, and Y.-C. Lai, ``Data based reconstruction of complex geospatial networks, nodal positioning, and detection of hidden node,'' Royal Society Open Science 3, Article number 150577 (2016).
  • L.-Z. Wang, F.-Q. Wu, K. Flores, Y.-C. Lai, and X. Wang, ``Build to understand: synthetic approaches to Biology,'' Integrative Biology 8, 394-408 (2016).
  • G.-L. Wang, H.-Y. Xu, and Y.-C. Lai, ``Nonlinear dynamics induced anomalous Hall effect in topological insulators,'' Scientific Reports 6, Article number 19803 (2016).
  • J.-Q. Zhang, Z.-G. Huang, Z.-X. Wu, R.-Q. Su, and Y.-C. Lai, ``Controlling herding in minority game systems,'' Scientific Reports 6, Article number 20925 (2016).
  • L. Ying and Y.-C. Lai ``Enhancement of spin polarization by chaos in graphene quantum dot systems,'' Physical Review B 93, Article number 085408 (2016).
  • L.-Z. Wang, R.-Q. Su, Z.-G. Huang, X. Wang, W.-X. Wang, C. Grebogi, and Y.-C. Lai, ``A geometrical approach to control and controllability of nonlinear dynamical networks,'' Nature Communications 7, Article number 11323 (2016).
  • J.-J. Jiang, Z.-G. Huang, L. Huang, H. Liu, and Y.-C. Lai, ``Directed dynamical influence is more detectable with noise,'' Scientific Reports 6, Article number 24088 (2016).
  • Y.-F. Wang, H.-W. Fan, W.-J. Lin, Y.-C. Lai, and X.-G. Wang, ``Growth, collapse, and self-organized criticality in complex networks,'' Scientific Reports 6, Article number 24445 (2016).
  • Y.-Z. Chen, L.-Z. Wang, W.-X. Wang, and Y.-C. Lai, ``Energy scaling and reduction in controlling complex networks,'' Royal Society Open Science 3, Article number 160064 (2016).
  • Y.-M. Zhao, A. Zeng, X.-Y. Yan, W.-X. Wang, and Y.-C. Lai, ``Unified underpinning of human mobility in the real world and cyberspace,'' New Journal of Physics 18, Article number 053025 (2016).
  • L. Ying, D.-H. Huang, and Y.-C. Lai, ``Multistability, chaos, and random signal generation in semiconductor superlattices,'' Physical Review E 93, Article number 062204 (2016).
  • X.-D. Gao, W.-X. Wang, and Y.-C. Lai, ``Control efficacy of complex networks,'' Scientific Reports 6, Article number 28037 (2016).
  • W.-X. Wang, Y.-C. Lai, and C. Grebogi, ``Data based identification and prediction of nonlinear and complex dynamical systems,'' Physics Reports 644, 1-76 (2016).
  • X. Han, Z.-S. Shen, W.-X. Wang, Y.-C. Lai, and C. Grebogi, ``Reconstructing direct and indirect interactions in networked public goods game,'' Scientific Reports 6, Article number 30241 (2016).
  • M.-K. Xu, Y.-S. Wang, R. Bao, L. Huang, and Y.-C. Lai, ``Complex transport behaviors of graphene quantum dots subject to mechanical vibrations,'' Europhysics Letters 114, Article number 47006 (2016).
  • H.-Y. Xu, L. Huang, and Y.-C. Lai, ``A robust relativistic quantum two-level system with edge-dependent currents and spin polarization,'' Europhysics Letters 115, Article number 20005 (2016). ( Editor's Choice)
  • H.-Y. Xu and Y.-C. Lai, ``Revival resonant scattering, perfect caustics and isotropic transport of pseudospin-1 particles,'' Physical Review B 94, Article number 165405 (2016).
  • G.-L. Wang, Y.-C. Lai, and C. Grebogi, ``Transient chaos - a resolution of breakdown of quantum-classical correspondence in optomechanics,'' Scientific Reports 6, Article number 35381 (2016).
  • P. Yu, Z.-Y. Li, H.-Y. Xu, L. Huang, B. Dietz, C. Grebogi, and Y.-C. Lai, ``Gaussian orthogonal ensemble statistics in graphene billiards with the shape of classically integrable billiards,'' Physical Review E 94, Article number 062214 (2016).
Research Activity
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 492Honors Directed Study
EEE 493Honors Thesis
EEE 499Individualized Instruction
EEE 590Reading and Conference
AME 590Reading And Conference
EEE 592Research
CEN 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
EEE 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 590Reading and Conference
EEE 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
EEE 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 492Honors Directed Study
EEE 493Honors Thesis
EEE 499Individualized Instruction
EEE 590Reading and Conference
EEE 592Research
CEN 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 598Special Topics
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
EEE 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 492Honors Directed Study
EEE 493Honors Thesis
EEE 499Individualized Instruction
EEE 590Reading and Conference
AME 590Reading And Conference
EEE 592Research
CEN 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
EEE 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
AME 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 590Reading and Conference
EEE 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
EEE 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 492Honors Directed Study
EEE 493Honors Thesis
EEE 499Individualized Instruction
EEE 581Filtering Stochastic Processes
EEE 590Reading and Conference
EEE 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
EEE 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 492Honors Directed Study
EEE 493Honors Thesis
EEE 499Individualized Instruction
EEE 590Reading and Conference
AME 590Reading And Conference
EEE 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
EEE 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
AME 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 499Individualized Instruction
EEE 590Reading and Conference
EEE 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
EEE 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 203Signals and Systems I
EEE 492Honors Directed Study
EEE 493Honors Thesis
EEE 499Individualized Instruction
EEE 590Reading and Conference
EEE 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 680Practicum
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
EEE 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 492Honors Directed Study
EEE 493Honors Thesis
EEE 499Individualized Instruction
EEE 539Intro Solid-State Electronics
AME 590Reading And Conference
EEE 590Reading and Conference
EEE 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 680Practicum
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
EEE 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
AME 799Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 493Honors Thesis
EEE 499Individualized Instruction
EEE 590Reading and Conference
EEE 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 680Practicum
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
EEE 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
CSE 120Digital Design Fundamentals
EEE 120Digital Design Fundamentals
EEE 492Honors Directed Study
EEE 493Honors Thesis
EEE 499Individualized Instruction
EEE 590Reading and Conference
EEE 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 680Practicum
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
EEE 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 492Honors Directed Study
EEE 493Honors Thesis
EEE 499Individualized Instruction
EEE 590Reading and Conference
AME 590Reading And Conference
EEE 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 680Practicum
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
AME 792Research
EEE 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 493Honors Thesis
EEE 499Individualized Instruction
EEE 590Reading and Conference
EEE 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 680Practicum
EEE 684Internship
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
EEE 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 590Reading and Conference
EEE 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 598Special Topics
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 680Practicum
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
EEE 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
Service
  • 22nd Dynamics Days Conference, Scottsdale, January 8-11, 2003, Co-organizer (with E. J. Kostelich) (2003)
  • AFOSR, Reviewer (2003)
  • AFRL (Air Force Research Laboratory) site visit to ASU, Organizer (2003)
  • Analysis Hiring Committee, member (appointed) (2003)
  • CLAS Research Awards Committee, Member (elected) (2003)
  • CRDF (U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation), Reviewer (2003)
  • Chaos, Guest Editor (2003)
  • Chaos, Referee (2003)
  • Computing Committee, Mathematics, member (appointed) (2003)
  • International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, Referee (2003)
  • Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering, AIMS, Sectional Editor (2003)
  • Minisymposium on Stochastic and Coherence Resonances, SIAM Conference on Dynamical Systems, Co-organizer (2003)
  • Physica D, Referee (2003)
  • Physical Review E, Referee (2003)
  • Physical Review Letters, Referee (2003)
  • Physics Letters A, Referee (2003)
Expertise Areas