The journal Random Matrices: Theory and Applications, co-edited by Prof Yang Chen from the Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science and Technology (FST), University of Macau (UM) and Prof Zhidong Bai from the Northeast Normal University, China, and published by World Scientific, was indexed in the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-E). The journal has a First Impact Factor of 1.351 in 2016.
‘The indexation of the journal is considered the reflection of its quality. It also indicates the importance of the publication is being increasingly recognised by the academic institutions,’ says Prof Chen. ‘The SCI is a citation index originally produced by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) and its larger version SCI-E covers more than 6,500 notable and significant journals, from 1900 to the present. These are alternatively described as the world’s leading journals of science and technology, because of a rigorous selection process.’
Random matrix theory put forward by EP Wigner, the Jones Professor of Mathematical Physics of the Princeton University in 1950s for the interpretation of the observed energy level of heavy nuclei together with the fundamental contributions from Freeman Dyson, Madan Lal Mehta, Estelle Basor, Craig Tracy, Harold Widom, Pierre Van Moerebeke and Dan-virgil Voiculescu has grown into a discipline which encompasses areas of pure mathematics: complex analysis, operator theory, non-commutative probability, and applied mathematics: multi-variate statistics, integrable systems, information theory of wireless communication systems.
Prof Chen is a theoretical physicist and has devoted in the research field of random matrix theory for more than 20 years. His research interests include random matrix theory, orthogonal polynomials and special functions, painleve transcendents and integrable systems, random matrices applied to wireless communications and moduli spaces in QCD, and asymptotic theory of large random matrices. Chen has collaborated with mathematicians and engineers to work on a variety of problems that show up in information theory of wireless communication systems, and certain combinatorial problems in String Theory.
陳玡仰表示，《隨機矩陣：理論與應用》獲SCI-E收錄是對該期刊高質素的肯定，也反映了《隨機矩陣：理論與應用》日益受到學術界的認可。SCI最初是由美國科學信息研究所 (ISI) 創辦；而其擴展版SCI-E涵蓋1900年至今、出版逾6500份重要知名期刊。這些期刊都是科技領域的頂尖期刊，論文篩選過程極其嚴苛。