Hong Kun Xu is the Head of the Department of Applied Mathematics at the National Sun Yat-sen University. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Zhejiang University in 1985 and Xi’an Jiaotong University in 1988, respectively. Subsequently, he joined East China University of Science and Technology as a Lecturer and was promoted to an Associate Professor in 1990. He took a Visiting Professor position at the University of Seville (Spain) from October 1992 to July 1993. Xu was a postdoctoral fellow at Dalhousie University (Canada) for the 1993/1994 academic year. He joined the University of Durban-Westville (renamed as University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2004) in August 1994 as an Associate Professor and was promoted to a Professor in 1997 and a Senior Professor in 2003. Xu was a Professor at King Saud University from February 1999 to July 2000. Since 2008, he has been with the National Sun Yat-sen University as a Chair Professor. He held visiting positions at many institutions in several countries and was a Japan JSPS Invitational Fellow with Tokyo Institute of Technology from December 2003 to January 2004. He has addressed many international conferences as invited and keynote speakers. Xu is the winner of several awards, including the 2004 South African Mathematical Society Research Distinction. He was elected to the Academy of Science of South Africa in 2005. He currently serves as an editorial board member for over ten international mathematical journals and has refereed for nearly 100 mathematical and engineering journals. Xu's research areas include nonlinear functional analysis, iterative methods for nonlinear equations (in particular, fixed point algorithms for inverse and ill-posed nonlinear equations arising from image recovery and signal processing), optimization, and mathematical finance.
Biography Updated on 1 November 2011