Shiqian Ma

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Shiqian Ma
Associate Professor
Department of Mathematics
UC Davis

Also affiliated to:
Graduate Group in Applied Math
Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Program
Center for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Research (CeDAR)
UC Davis TETRAPODS Institute of Data Science (UCD4IDS)


  • I organized a minisymposium in SIAM Conference on Optimization 2021 that features recent advances in Riemannian optimization. We have 12 speakers who are leading experts and active researchers in this filed, including: Session 1: Nicolas Boumal (EPFL), Shixiang Chen (TAMU), Bin Gao (UCLouvain), Minhui Huang (UC Davis); Session 2: Anthony Man-Cho So (CUHK), Jianze Li (Shenzhen Research Institute of Big Data), Hiroyuki Sato (Kyoto University), Wen Huang (Xiamen University); Session 3: Teng Zhang (UCF), Sam Davanloo (OSU), Jiaxiang Li (UC Davis), and myself.

  • Two papers were accepted by ICML 2021. Congratulations to my student Minhui Huang!

  • I have two openings for REU program in summer 2021. Please consider to apply if you are interested in optimization and data science. See more details here.

  • I am an Area Chair of ICML 2021.

  • Our weekly departmental MADDD (Math of Data and Decisions at Davis) seminar continues in the Spring quarter 2021, and all talks are online via Zoom. Please check the schedule and speakers’ information here.

Research Interests

  • Methodologies: Optimization; Operations Research

  • Applications: Data Science; Machine Learning; Statistics; Signal Processing; Image Processing; Bioinformatics


  • Office: Rm 3141, Math Science Building

  • Mailing address:
    Department of Mathematics
    University of California
    One Shields Avenue
    Davis, CA 95616

  • Email: sqma at