Elected: 2018
Discipline: Physics and Astronomy
Professor Ying-Cheng Lai

Sixth Century Chair

Professor Ying-Cheng Lai has been a Professor of Electrical Engineering at Arizona State University since 2001. Between 2009 and 2017, he held the Sixth Century Chair at the University of Aberdeen and remains an Honorary Professor. He is one of the most influential researchers in nonlinear dynamics and complex systems. In response to the tremendous growth of research on Dirac materials, his group, in collaboration with Aberdeen colleagues, pioneered the new field of Relativistic Quantum Chaos, which studies the relativistic quantum manifestations of classical chaos and exploits significant applications in electronics, spintronics and valleytronics.