Tsinghua Mathcamp 2016

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered;
the point is to discover them. - Galileo.

The Tsinghua Mathcamp is a summer camp for mathematically talented and strongly motivated secondary school students from all across China. A highly selected group of students will be invited to join a four-week rigorous program to explore the art of creative problem solving with masters. Mathcamp will also offer a great opportunity for students to work on research projects through collaborative discoveries guided by their coaches and teachers.

This year’s Mathcamp promises to be especially exciting because two of the most important international conferences will be held in Beijing this summer. String 2016, where the world’s leading expert in string theory and related subjects will gather and present their latest findings, and the triannial International Congress of Chinese Mathematicians, or the 2016 ICCM, where foremost mathematicians will be nominated by their international colleagues to present their research, will take place in August. In addition, Mathcampers will be invited to celebrate the achievements of mathematical brothers and sisters at the 2016 Yau College Mathematics Competition Award Ceremony. Mathcampers will be given a front row seat to witness these exciting events!

The 2016 Mathcamp will be held on the Tsinghua University campus in Bejing. The camp is primarily sponsored by the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Tsinghua University, and the Yau Mathematical Sciences Center.

  • Time: the 4-week camp runs during July 17 – August 13, 2016.
  • Place: Department of Mathematical Sciences, Tsinghua University, Beijing
  • Mathcamp activities: our curriculum is expected to have two parallel tracks, with focus on theoretical and applied subjects respectively. Each track will run three 1 1 2-hour classes every weekday conducted by research mathematicians, physicists and computer scientists; in addition, we have a 2-3-hour daily discussion session in small groups led by coaches, who are advanced undergraduate or graduate students recruited from China and the U.S.; all classes and discussions are expected to be conducted in English, though Chinese may be used through an interpreter occasionally. Highlights of the camp feature guest lectures by of world-renowned mathematicians. In addition, Mathcamp may organize weekend excursions to famous institutions and historical attractions in Beijing.
  • Subjects: our courses are expected to cover a range of topics from Linear Algebra, Galois Theory, Number Theory, Algebraic Combinatorics, Analysis and Topology, Computer Imaging, Probability Theory and Statistics, and Computational Mathematics.
  • Selection criteria: students are selected on a competitive basis from a group of students nominated by some of the top high schools across China prior to the Mathcamp. About sixty of the best students, usually aged 15-17, will be invited to the camp.
  • Tuition fees: as in the last two year, admission to the Mathcamp will be offered free of charge to all qualified students.

Tsinghua Mathcamp 2016 Personnel Directory

July 17 – August 13, 2016

Unless exceptions noted, office numbers are in the Tsinghua Univ. Mathematical Sciences Building 清华大学理科楼数学科学系. YMSC refers to the Yau Mathematical Science Center 丘成桐数学科学中心 located in the Jin Chun Yuan West Building.

Camp organizers:
External organizer:
  Prof. Bong Lian 连文豪Rm A230, lian@brandeis.edu
  Brandeis University
Local organizers:
  Prof. Shiu-Yuen Cheng 郑绍远YMSC Rm 134, macheng@ust.hk
  Hong Kong UST & Tsinghua YMSC
  Prof. Jun Ye 叶俊Rm A211, jye@math.tsinghua.edu.cn
  Tsinghua University
  Prof. Jie Xiao 肖杰Rm 314, jxiao@math.tsinghua.edu.cn
  Tsinghua University
Camp administrative staff members:
  Ms. Xinpai Chen 陈新湃, weeks 1-2Rm B201, xpchen@math.tsinghua.edu.cn, 6277-2984
  Tsinghua University
  Ms. Xiujuan Yu 于秀娟, weeks 3-4Rm A228, xyu@math.tsinghua.edu.cn, 6279-8384
  Tsinghua University
Lecturers and Coaches:
Linear algebra:
  Prof. Bong Lian 连文豪, LecturerRm A230, lian@brandeis.edu
  Brandeis University
  Chenlong Yu 余成龙, Coachyucl@math.harvard.edu
  Harvard University
  Xin Zhao 赵鑫, Coachzhao-x15@mails.tsinghua.edu.cn
  Tsinghua University
Algebraic Combinatorics:
  Prof. Erik Carlsson, Lecturer, weeks 3-4Rm TBA, erikcarlsson17@gmail.com
  University of California at Davis
  Prof. An Huang 黄岸, Lecturer, weeks 1-2Rm TBA, anhuang@math.harvard.edu
  Brandeis University
  Duncan Levear, Coachdlevear@brandeis.edu
  Brandeis University
  Yuanlong Song 宋元龙, Coachjlcsyl@sina.com
  Tsinghua University
Analysis and Topology:
  Prof. Siu-Cheong Lau 刘绍昌, LecturerRm TBA, lau@math.bu.edu
  Boston University
  Yiting Li 李一霆, Coachyitingli@brandeis.edu
  Brandeis University
  Senping Luo 罗森平, Coachluosp1989@163.com
  Tsinghua University
Lecturers and Coaches:
Computer Science:
  Prof. Jie Gao 高杰, LecturerRm TBA, jgao@cs.stonybrook.edu
  Stony Brook University
  Jiaxin Ding 丁家昕, Coachjiading@cs.stonybrook.edu
  Stony Brook University
  Hongyan Li 李洪姗, Coachlhsusan1016@163.com
  Tsinghua University
Computational Mathematics:
  Prof. Yanlai Chen 陈焱来, LecturerRm TBA, yanlai.chen@umassd.edu
  University of Massachusette at Dartmouth
  Bingyu Zhao, CoachBingyu_Zhao@brown.edu
  Brown University
  Jinzhi Huang 黄金枝, Coachhuangjz15@mails.tsinghua.edu.cn
  Tsinghua University
Probability and Statistics:
  Prof. Paul Horn 保罗·霍恩, LecturerRm TBA, paul.horn@du.edu
  Denver University
  Adam Purcilly, Coachadam.purcilly@du.edu
  Denver University
  Lishan Yu 余丽珊, Coachyls15@mails.tsinghua.edu.cn
  Tsinghua University
Mathcamp IT & Webpage Managers:
  Xiaopeng Zheng 郑晓朋490290756@qq.com
  Tsinghua University
  Wei Chen 陈伟chenwei19861027@gmail.com
  Tsinghua University

Tsinghua Mathcamp 2016

Camp Program Schedules

Week 0:
Jul 17 Sun 9:00-12:00Campers registration on 1st floor1
Jul 17 Sun 14:00-15:00Welcome ceremony at the Cheng Yu-tung Auditorium 郑裕彤讲堂
Jul 17 Sun 15:00-15:30Refreshments on 1st floor lounge
Jul 17 Sun 15:30-17:00Campers orientation in Rm 112, Math Department.
Week 1:
Jul 18-22 Mon-FriFirst week of regular lectures and tutorials
Jul 22 Fri 17:00-18:00 Mathcamp Colloquium by Prof. Shing-Tung Yau 丘成桐
Harvard Univ. & Tsinghua YMSC
Lecture (in Chinese) at the Westgate Amphitheater 西阶教室
Title: Developments of Basic Sciences in China 中国基础科学发展
Jul 25 Sun 18:30The 2016 Yau College Mathematics Competition Award Ceremony
Week 2:
Jul 25-29 Mon-FriSecond week of regular lectures and tutorials
Jul 28 Thu 16:30-17:30Mathcamp Colloquium by Prof. Ye Tian 田野, Chinese Academy of Sc. 中科院
Lecture (in English) at the Cheng Yu-tung Auditorium 郑裕彤讲堂
Title: Rational points on plane curves 平面曲线上的有理数点
Jul 30-31 Sat-SunVisit to Great Wall & Tsinghua Univ. Shan-Bao Resort
Week 3:
Aug 1,3-5,7 Mon,Wed-Fri,SunThird week of regular lectures and tutorials
Aug 2 TueTsinghua Entrance Exam; no classes or tutorials
Aug 2 Tue 18:30-19:30Public Lecture by Prof. Robbert Dijkgraaf, Institute for Advanced Study
Lecture (in English) at the Auditorium 大礼堂
Title: Negative Branes, Supergroups and the Signature of Spacetime 反膜, 超群与时空符号
Aug 2 Tue 17:30-20:30Public Lecture by Prof. Nima Arkani-Hamed, Institute for Advanced Study
Lecture (in English) at the Auditorium 大礼堂
Title: TBA
Aug 3 MonCampers sign up for research projects
Aug 4 Thu 16:30-17:30Mathcamp Colloquium, Prof. Cumrun Vafa, Harvard University
Lecture (in English) at the Tsinghua Main Building 主楼后厅
Title: Physics & Geometry 物理与几何
Aug 6 SatThe 2016 International Congress of Chinese Mathematicians
Week 4:
Aug 8-12 Mon-FriFourth week of regular lectures and tutorials
Aug 13 Sat all dayRm 112, Research Project Reports and Presentations by Campers
Aug 13 Sat eveningMathcamp adjourns
Weekday regular
lectures & tutorials:2
09:00 - 10:30Algebraic Combinatorics & Computer science
10:45 - 12:15Linear Algebra & Probability/Statistics
12:15 - 13:15Lunch break
13:15 - 14:45Analysis/Topology & Computational Mathematics
14:45 - 15:00Recess
15:00 - 17:45Homework tutorials & research project discussions3
17:45 - 19:00Dinner & free activities
  • 1 Campers to bring student and personal ID documentations.
  • 2 All classes and tutorials are expected to be conducted in English.
  • 3 On days a Mathcamp colloquium or another special event is scheduled, this interval will be shortened accordingly to accommodate event.