My primary research area is computational neuroscience, focusing on the variability, or fluctuations, of cortical neural network activity and  dynamics with sensory inputs.  With theoretical investigations, there are mathematical issues in: developing numerical methods to solve probability density equations, large-scale (Monte-Carlo) simulations, as well as applied analysis to describe such complicated stochastic systems.  A variety of models are used for different purposes because there is a wide range of biological complexity.  I have worked on: noisy neural oscillators, spiking stochastic networks, detailed biophysical cellular modeling with an excursion to cardiac dynamics, and questions about coding of sensory signals.  See some current projects and publications.

Brief Biosketch


List of Courses Taught

Some online Comp Neuro resources

GitHub with software used in our publications

VCU recently started a SIAM Student Chapter.  I am currently the faculty advisor, email me if you are intersted in participating!

Considering a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics?  VCU has a vibrant Ph.D. program in Systems Modeling and Analysis.  See for more information.

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Cheng Ly

Associate Professor (with tenure)

Department of Statistical Sciences and Operations Research

Virginia Commonwealth University     

Grace E. Harris Hall 4126