- Earth & Space Science & Engineering
Dr. Cheng is a full professor at York University with cross appointments in the Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering and the Department of Geography.
Professor Cheng's primary research interest involves the interdisciplinary study of non-linear properties of the Earth’s systems as well as quantitative assessment and prediction of natural resources and environmental impacts. He and his team develop mathematical models and GIS techniques for mapping potential areas for mineral resources and environmental impacts. His research on the new local singularity analysis theory and geomathematical models have made major impacts in several geoscientific disciplines, including those concerned with ocean ridge heat flow, magmatic flare-up during crustal growth, earthquakes, floods, hydrothermal mineralization and prediction of deeply buried mineral deposits.
He has published more than 250 refereed papers, 17 book chapters and delivered over 100 invited and keynote presentations worldwide. He has received several prestigious awards including the William Christian Krumbein Medal, the highest award given by International Association for Mathematical Geosciences, the Canada Foundation for Innovation Award and the State Science and Technology Award of the Chinese Government. Dr. Cheng is the president of the International Association for Mathematical Geosciences (IAMG) (2012-2016).