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Professor Xuerong Mao

Mathematics and Statistics

Personal statement

He is an FRSE (Fellow of Royal Society of Edinburgh) and 1969 Chair of Statistics. He is also the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award Holder.

He is a very active and extremely highly cited stochastic analyst (e.g. 18853 citations, h-index 66, i10-index 182 in Google Scholar on 19/12/2017).  He has made many influential contributions to the study of existence and long-term behaviour of solutions to nonlinear stochastic differential equations (SDEs). His seminal discoveries and new research directions include:

(1) Mao initiated a new research direction in the study of SDEs and Markov processes, developed a new set of analytical tools and established some fundamental results. His work is now the default reference in the area. Currently he is investigating the stability of highly nonlinear hybrid SDEs and stabilisation by feedback controls based on discrete-time observations.

(2) Mao and his coauthors were the first to study the strong convergence of numerical solutions of SDEs under a local Lipschitz condition. Their theory has formed the foundation for several recent very popular methods, including tamed Euler-Maruyama method and truncated Euler-Maruyama. Currently Mao is investigating the numerical stability of nonlinear SDEs under a local Lipschitz condition. This is a very hard and important problem.

(3) Mao discovered a surprising and far-reaching result: environmental Brownian noise can suppress explosions in population systems. This discovery has inspired many researchers to use SDEs as models of ecological and biological systems. His current research in this direction is concerned with linking experimental and theoretical analysis of biochemical systems subject to external noise. 


Almost sure exponential stability of hybrid stochastic functional differential equations
Song Minghui, Mao Xuerong
Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications Vol 458, pp. 1390-1408, (2018)
The truncated Milstein method for stochastic differential equations with commutative noise
Guo Qian, Liu Wei, Mao Xuerong, Yue Rong-xian
Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics, (2018)
Successive approximation of solutions to doubly perturbed stochastic differential equations with jumps
Mao Wei, Hu Liangjian, You Surong, Mao Xuerong
Electronic Journal of Qualitative Theory of Differential Equations Vol 86, pp. 1-19, (2017)
Stability analysis for continuous-time switched systems with stochastic switching signals
Wu Xiaotai, Tang Yang, Cao Jinde, Mao Xuerong
IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, (2017)
Exponential stability of the Euler-Maruyama method for neutral stochastic functional differential equations with jumps
Mo Haoyi, Li Mengling, Deng Feiqi, Mao Xuerong
Science in China Series F - Information Sciences, (2017)
Robust quantised control of hybrid stochastic systems based on discrete-time state and mode observations
Song Gongfei, Mao Xuerong, Li Tao
International Journal of Control, pp. 1-17, (2017)

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Research interests

My research interests are mainly in the areas of stochastic differential equations and their applications. The reseach topics include the existence-and-uniqueness theory of the solutions to SDEs, stochastic stability, stochastic stabilisation by feedback controls, stationary distributions, asymptotic estimations, finite-time convergences of numerical solutions, asymptotic analysis of numerical solutions as well as stochastic modelling in finance, engineering, population systems, ecology etc.

Professional activities

Shanghai Normal University, China
Visiting lecturer
International Workshop on Stochastic Differential Equations and Numerical Methods
Keynote/plenary speaker
International Workshop on Stochastic Differential Equations and Numerical Methods
Stochastic Modelling in Housing Prices
SDE models in chemical systems
PhD External Examiner at Heriot-Watt University
External Examiner

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Ergodicity and invariant measures of stochastic delay systems driven by various noises and their applications (Prof. Fuke Wu)
Mao, Xuerong (Principal Investigator)
Period 16-Mar-2017 - 15-Mar-2020
Long-time dynamics of numerical solutions of stochastic differential equations
Mao, Xuerong (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 30-Sep-2021
Doctoral Training Grant 2010 | Craig, Steven
Mao, Xuerong (Principal Investigator) Craig, Steven (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2010 - 20-Aug-2014
Epsrc Doctoral Training Grant | Liang, Yanfeng
Greenhalgh, David (Principal Investigator) Mao, Xuerong (Co-investigator) Liang, Yanfeng (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2012 - 03-Oct-2016
Mao, Xuerong (Principal Investigator) Xu, Chang (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2011 - 18-May-2017
Industrial Case Account (2008-2012) | Roj, Mikolaj
Higham, Desmond (Principal Investigator) Mao, Xuerong (Co-investigator) Roj, Mikolaj (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2009 - 10-May-2013

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