Computational Mathematics involves mathematical research in areas of science and engineering where computing plays a central and essential role. Topics include for example developing accurate and efficient numerical methods for solving physical or biological models, analysis of numerical approximations to differential and integral equations, developing computational tools to better understand data and structure, etc. Computational mathematics is a field closely connected with a variety of other mathematical branches, as for often times a better mathematical understanding of the problem leads to innovative numerical techniques.

Duke's Mathematics Department has a large group of mathematicians whose research involves scientific computing, numerical analysis, machine learning, computational topology, and algorithmic algebraic geometry. The computational mathematics research of our faculty has applications in data analysis and signal processing, fluid and solid mechanics, electronic structure theory, biological networks, and many other topics.