The Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science (AMSS) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), was founded in December 1998 with the integration of the Institute of Mathematics (established 1952), the Institute of Applied Mathematics (established 1979), the Institute of Systems Science (established 1979), the Institute of Computational Mathematics and Scientific/Engineering Computing (established 1995). CAS Academician Prof. YANG Lo was its founding president, CAS Academician Prof. GUO Lei was the second president, CAS Academician Prof. XI Nanhua and Prof. WANG Yuefei were the third co-presidents, and CAS Academician Prof. XI Nanhua is the current president.

As a national comprehensive research center of mathematics and systems science, its mission is to conduct original and crucial research, and to cultivate leading scientists and talents, by gearing their research to the international academic frontier and national strategic demands. The goal of the AMSS is to become a worldrenowned center for scientific research, talent training, and scholarly exchanges in the field of mathematics and systems science; and an advisory center on national strategic issues.

Besides the four institutes, the AMSS also houses many centers and key laboratories, including the Center of Excellence in Mathematical Sciences, the National Center for Mathematics and Interdisciplinary Sciences, the Hua Loo-Keng Center for Mathematical Sciences, the Morningside Center of Mathematics, the Center for Forecasting Science, the State Key Laboratory of Scientific and Engineering Computing, the Key Laboratory of Management, Decision and Information Systems, the Key Laboratory of Systems and Control, the Key Laboratory of Mathematics Mechanization, the HUA Loo-Keng Key Laboratory of Mathematics, and the Key Laboratory of Random Complex Structures and Data. The AMSS has also set up several new interdisciplinary research centers in recent years.

Its major research fields include: analysis and mathematical physics; number theory, algebra, geometry and topology; operational research and management sciences; systems and control; probability and statistics; scientific computing; and computer mathematics. Its interdisciplinary research fields include: financial mathematics, bioinformatics, complex systems, decision making under uncertainty, complex network theory, computational materials science, and knowledge science. Its applied research fields include: engineering technology, national economy, life science, ecology and environment.

In the past 50 years, the AMSS has made outstanding contributions to the development of Chinese mathematics and systems science as well as to the national economy.

AMSS scientists have won more than 500 scientific awards, including the State Supreme Scientific and Technological Awards (Wentsun WU), four First Class Prizes of National Natural Science Awards (the theory of functions of several complex variables over classical domains by Loo-Keng HUA, studies on characteristic classes and embedding classes by Wentsun Wu, studies on the Goldbach conjecture by Jingrun CHEN and Yuan Wang et al., symplectic geometric algorithm of Hamiltonian systems by Kang FENG, et al.), one National Science & Technology Progress Award (special class), 29 Second Class Prizes of National Natural Science Awards, and several important international prizes and awards. Central government leaders and government departments have highly praised the AMSS, establishing the important role of mathematics and systems science in the nation’s economy and defense.

The AMSS has more than 324 staff members, including more than 242 researchers. Among them, 15 are CAS Academicians, 1 are Academicians of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and 6 Fellows of the Third World Academy of Sciences. The AMSS is authorized to confer advanced degrees in five primary academic disciplines and thirteen secondary discipline. Currently, it has more than 400 graduate students and about 50 post-doctoral fellows.

The AMSS has established exchange and cooperation relationships with many academic institutions abroad. Its library has an abundant collection of literature in mathematics and systems science, with more than 250,000 books. It also has an advanced system of computers and networks. The Chinese Mathematics Society, the Operations Research Society of China, and the Systems Engineering Society of China, among others, are subordinated to the AMSS, which also sponsors 18 academic journals.