Advanced Methods in Mathematical Finance

Angers - France

Angers - France


 An International conference on "Advanced Methods in Mathematical Finance" will take place in Angers, France, from the 1st to the 4th of September 2015.

This conference is devoted to the innovations in the mathematical analysis of financial data, new numerical methods for finance and applications to the risk modeling. The topics selected include risk measures, credit contagion, insider trading, information in finance, stochastic control and its applications to portfolio choices and liquidation, models of liquidity, pricing, and hedging. During this manifestation we plan to present new models, new methods and new results in quantitative finance , to include an analysis of new financial products, to give several application-oriented presentation of mathematical finance, to cover  the questions related with actuariat. More specifically, we will give priority to the following topics:

  • Actuariat and Mathematical Finance
  • Analysis of Financial markets with transation costs
  • Microstructure of the  Financial markets
  • High frequency trading in Finance
  • Pricing and hedging in credit risk modelling
  • SDEs and BSDEs in Mathematical Finance
  • Stochastic analysis  and its applications
  • Optimal control and its applications

For  convenience of participants we precise that the arrival day is August 31st, and
you supposed to arrive before 21h30, the time of closing of the conference center.
The conference starts September 1st morning and ends  September 4th evening, and  the departure day is September 5th morning. If you plan to participate for a part of this week, please enter the corresponding dates when you register. To cover a part of  conference expenses we ask a registration fee of 80 euros which can be paid by "bon de commande", or  bank tranfer or credit card (see Registration fee).


  • Albina Danilova
  • Alexander Slastnikov
  • Emmanuel Lépinette
  • Ernst Eberlein
  • Ernst Presman
  • Hans-Jürgen Engelbert
  • Hao Xing
  • Huaizhong Zhao
  • Huyên PHAM
  • Hélène Guérin
  • Junjian YANG
  • Juri Hinz
  • Konstantin Borovkov
  • Kostas Kardaras
  • Lingqi Gu
  • Marco Frittelli
  • Marek Musiela
  • Martin Schweizer
  • Masaaki Kijima
  • Michael Schmutz
  • Michael Tehranchi
  • Mihail Zervos
  • Mikhail Zhitlukhin
  • Monique Jeanblanc
  • Nicole El Karoui
  • Nizar Touzi
  • Peng Luo
  • Peter Imkeller
  • Qi Zhang
  • Romuald ELIE
  • said hamadene
  • Stefan Ankirchner
  • Tahir Choulli
  • Takashi Shibata
  • Teruyoshi Suzuki
  • Thorsten Rheinlander
  • Wolfgang Runggaldier
  • xin guo
  • Ying Hu
  • Yiqing LIN
  • Zorana Grbac
    • 8:30 AM
    • 1
      Universal Arbitrage Aggregator in Discrete Time under Uncertainty,
      In a model independent discrete time financial market, we discuss the richness of the family of martingale measures in relation to different notions of Arbitrage, generated by a class S of significant sets, which we call Arbitrage de la classe S. The choice of S reflects into the intrinsic properties of the class of polar sets of martingale measures. In particular: for S = {Ω}, absence of Model Independent Arbitrage is equivalent to the existence of a martingale measure; for S being the open sets, absence of Open Arbitrage is equivalent to the existence of full support martingale measures. These results are obtained by adopting a technical filtration enlargement and by constructing a universal aggregator of all arbitrage opportunities. We further introduce the notion of market feasibility and provide its characterization via arbitrage conditions. We conclude providing a dual representation of Open Arbitrage in terms of weakly open sets of probability measures, which highlights the robust nature of this concept.
      Speaker: Prof. Marco Frittelli (Università degli Studi di Milano)
    • 9:40 AM
    • 2
      No arbitrage conditions in the multi-curve modelling of the term structure of interest rates
      The context of the talk is the multi-curve modelling of the term structure of interest rates as it arose after the big financial crisis. In particular, we discuss possible extensions of the no-arbitrage drift condition in an HJM framework. (Based on joint work with Zorana Grbac)
      Speaker: Prof. Wolfgang Runggaldier (University of Padova, Dipartimento di Matematica)
    • 10:30 AM
      Coffee Break
    • 3
      A measure-valued SDE with applications to interest rates and stochastic volatility
      This talk will discuss a certain stochastic evolution equation in the space of probability measures, including existence and uniqueness results. A solution of this equation gives rise, in a natural way, to an interest rate term structure model, in the same spirit as the Heath-Jarrow-Morton framework. Furthermore, such a measure-valued process gives rise to a market model of the dynamics of the implied volatility surface, at least under some conditions.
      Speaker: Dr Michael Tehranchi (University of Cambridge)
    • 4
      Risk Minimization under Mortality and Its Stochastics.
      In this talk, I will present our contributions in two topics that complement each other. The first topic deals with risk minimization when the mortality is taken into consideration. For this theme, we adopt the popular risk-minimization framework of Follmer and Sonderman. In this line of research, we quantify the impact of the mortality uncertainty, as well as the intrinsic risk of its correlation with the financial market, on the optimal risk-minimizing strategy. These achievements is based essentially on new stochastic developments that sound tailored made for them. In this stochastic part, which represents our second topic of contribution and originality, we obtained two principal results. On the one hand, we introduced and analyzed two new classes of martingales in the enlarged filtration. On the other hand, thanks to our new spaces of martingales, we elaborated a complete, precise and explicit optional decomposition for martingales of the large filtration stopped at the death time. This decomposition is vital in the analysis of the first topic if one wants to address fully the mortality risk without excluding any mortality model and/or market model. This talk is based on joint works with Catherine Daveloose and Michele Vanmaele.
      Speaker: Dr Tahir Choulli (UNiversity of Alberta)
    • 5
      Brownian trading excursions
      In a model for the limit order book with arrivals and cancellations, we derive an SPDE with one heating source and two cooling elements on a finite rod for the order volume which we solve in terms of local time. Moreover, via Brownian excursion theory, we provide a hyperbolic function table for the Laplace transforms of various times of trade. A bivariate Laplace-Mellin transform is introduced for the joint excursion height and length and expressed in terms of the Riemann Xi function. Finally, we show that two diferent disintegrations of the Ito measure are equivalent to Jacobi's Theta transformation formula. This is joint work with Friedrich Hubalek, Paul Krühner and Sabine Sporer.
      Speaker: Prof. Thorsten Rheinlander (TU Vienna)
    • 12:20 PM
    • 6
      Dynamics of order positions and related queues in a limit order book
      One of the most rapidly growing research areas in financial mathematics is centered around modeling LOB dynamics and/or minimizing the inventory/execution risk with consideration of microstructure of LOB. A critical yet missing piece of the puzzle, is the dynamics of an order position in a LOB. In this talk, we will present some of our recent progress regarding the limiting behavior of the dynamics of order positions in a LOB. As a corollary, we will present some explicit expressions for various quantities of interests, including the distribution of a particular limit order being executed by a given time, its expected value and variance. Our analysis builds on techniques and results from classical probability theory: the functional central limit theorems of Glynn and Ward (1988) and Bullinski and Shashkin (2007), the convergence of stochastic processes by Kurtz and Protter (1991), and the sample path large deviation principle of Dembo and Zajic (1998). Based on joint work with Z. Ruan (UC Berkeley) and L. J. Zhu (U. of Minnesota).
      Speaker: Prof. xin guo (UC Berkeley)
    • 2:40 PM
    • 7
      Grossissement de filtration en temps discret
      Nous étudions le cas de grossissement de filtration en temps discret et obtenons très simplement les formules connues en temps continu. L'exposé a un but essentiellement pédagogique.
      Speaker: Mrs Monique Jeanblanc (université Evry Val d'ESSONNE)
    • 3:30 PM
      Coffee Break
    • 8
      Information Asymmetries, Volatility, Liquidity, and the Tobin Tax
      Information asymmetries and trading costs, in a nancial market model with dynamic information, generate a self-exciting equilibrium price process with stochastic volatility, even if news have constant volatility. Intuitively, new (constant volatility) information is released to the market at trading times that, due to traders' strategic choices, dier from calendar times. This generates an endogenous stochastic time change between trading and calendar times, and stochastic volatility of the price process in calendar time. In equilibrium: price volatility is autocorrelated and is a non-linear function of number and volume of trades; the relative informativeness of number and volume of trades depends on the data sampling frequency; volatility, the limit order book, tightness, depth, resilience, and trading activity, are jointly determined by information asymmetries and trading costs. Our closed form solutions rationalize a large set of empirical evidence and provide a natural laboratory for analyzing the equilibrium eects of a nancial transaction tax.
      Speaker: Dr Albina Danilova (LSE)
    • 9
      Polynomial preserving processes and discrete-tenor interest rate models
      The class of polynomial preserving Markov processes has proved to be very suitable for modeling purposes in mathematical finance due to its flexibility and analytical tractability, which allows to obtain closed/semi-closed pricing formulas for various derivatives. In this work we focus on an application of this class for interest rate models on a discrete tenor. Here the polynomial preserving property of the driving process is key already in the model construction which is based on polynomial functions. This includes Libor-type models, as well as extensions to the multiple-curve term structure. The main advantage of this model class is the possibility to obtain at the same time semi-analytic pricing formulas for both caplets and swaptions that do not require any approximations. Moreover, additive constructions allow to easily ensure, if desired, properties such as positivity of interest rates and spreads and monotonicity of spreads with respect to the tenor - in view of the current market situation a model in which the reference OIS interest rates can become negative and the spreads still remain positive is of particular interest. We conclude by presenting a model specification driven by a Lévy-type polynomial preserving process and a corresponding Fourier transform formula used in pricing of caplets and swaptions. This is joint work with K. Glau and M. Keller-Ressel.
      Speaker: Dr Zorana Grbac (Université Paris Diderot)
    • 5:00 PM
    • 10
      Continuity Problems in Boundary Crossing Problems
      Computing the probability for a given diffusion process to stay under a particular boundary is crucial in many important applications including pricing financial barrier options. It is a rather tedious task that, in the general case, requires the use of some approximation methodology. One possible approach to this problem is to approximate given (general curvilinear) boundaries with some other boundaries, of a form enabling one to relatively easily compute the boundary crossing probability. We discuss results on the accuracy of such approximations for both the Brownian motion process and general time-homogeneous diffusions, their extensions to the multivariate case, and also some contiguous topics.
      Speaker: Prof. Konstantin Borovkov (University of Melbourne)
    • 6:10 PM
      Pedestrian walk to Lurçat Museum
    • 6:30 PM
      Visit of the Jean Lurçat Museum
    • 7:30 PM
      Return to conference place
    • 7:50 PM
    • 11
      On the Skorokhod embedding problem and FBSDE
      A link between martingale representation and solutions of the Skorokhod embedding problem has been established by R. Bass. A generalization of his approach to FBSDE leads us to solutions of the Skorokhod embedding problem for diffusion processes with deterministic drift. This is joint work with Alexander Fromm and David Prömel.
      Speaker: Prof. Peter Imkeller (Mathematisches Institut der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
    • 9:40 AM
    • 12
      On the Chaotic Representation Property of Certain Families of Martingales
      In this talk, we shall discuss the chaotic representation property for certain families of square integrable martingales. Our approach extends well-known results on the Brownian motion or the compensated Poisson process in which case the family would only consist of a single martingale. The starting point for these investigations has been the problem of finding appropriate families of martingales related to Lévy processes satisfying the chaotic (or only predictable) representation property. In particular, we extend the results of Nualart and Schoutens on the chaotic representation property of the Teugels martingales. In the context of Mathematical Finance, families of martingales enjoying the chaotic (and hence predictable) representation property can serve for the completion of an (incomplete) financial market. As a linear or geometric Lévy market is normally incomplete, our approach can be applied to construct different completions of the market, in the sense that there will be added to the stock and the bank account a certain family of contingent claims, the terminal values of the martingales from the family under consideration.
      Speaker: Hans-Jürgen Engelbert (Friedrich Schiller-University of Jena)
    • 10:30 AM
      Coffee Break
    • 13
      Sensitivity Analysis in Lévy Fixed Income Theory
      A brief introduction into the Lévy Libor and the Lévy forward process model is given. Basic properties of these two frameworks are discussed. The main goal is to derive formulas for price sensitivities of standard fixed income derivatives. Two approaches are discussed. The first approach is based on the integration–by–parts formula, which lies at the core of the application of the Malliavin calculus to finance. The second approach consists in using Fourier based methods for pricing derivatives. We illustrate the result by applying the formulas to a caplet price where the underlying model is driven by a time–inhomogeneous Gamma process and alternatively by a Variance Gamma process. A comparison between the two approaches which come from totally different mathematical fields is made. This is joint work with M'hamed Eddahbi and Sidi Mohamed Lalaoui
      Speaker: Prof. Ernst Eberlein (University of Freiburg)
    • 11:30 AM
    • 14
      Joint distribution of spectrally negative Lévy process and its occupation time, with step option pricing in view
      We are interested in the joint distribution of a spectrally negative Lévy process and its occupation time when both are sampled at a fixed time. The result is expressed in terms of scale functions of the underlying process. This result can be used to price step options and the particular case of an exponential spectrally negative Lévy jump-diffusion will be presented. This is a joint work with J.F. Renaud.
      Speaker: Dr Hélène Guérin (IRMAR)
    • 12:20 PM
    • 15
      A result on integral functionals with infinitely many constraints
      A classic result (due to Borwein and Lewis) in the theory of optimisation under constraints says the following. Suppose we have n measurable functions a_i in L^q on a finite measure space and a nonnegative function x in L^p. Call b_i the integrals of x against a_i. Then there exists a function z in the norm interior of L^infty which has the same integrals b_i against a_i as x. So if the constraints given by the a_i are feasible in L^p_+, they are also feasible in L^infty_{++}. We present an extension of this result to a setting with infinitely many, measurably parametrised constraints, and we show how this comes up and can be used in arbitrage theory. This is based on joint work with Tahir Choulli (University of Alberta, Edmonton).
      Speaker: Prof. Martin Schweizer (ETH Zurich)
    • 2:40 PM
    • 16
      On the dual problem of utility maximization in incomplete markets
      We study the dual problem of the expected utility maximization in incomplete markets with bounded random endowment. We start with the duality results of [Cvitanic-Schachermayer-Wang, 2001], in which the optimal strategy is obtained by first formulating and solving a dual problem. We observe that: in the Brownian framework, the countably additive part $Q^r$ of the dual optimizer $Q\in (L^\infty)^*$ in the settings of [Cvitanic-Schachermayer-Wang, 2001] can be represented by the terminal value of a supermartingale deflator $Y$ defined in [Kramkov-Schachermayer, 1999], which moreover is a local martingale.
      Speaker: Dr Yiqing LIN (University of Vienna)
    • 3:30 PM
      Coffee Break
    • 17
      Agency, Firm Growth and Managerial Turnover
      We consider managerial incentive provision under moral hazard in a firm that is subject to stochastic growth opportunities. In the model that we study, managers are dismissed after poor performance as well as when an opportunity to improve the firm's profitability that requires a change of management arises. The optimal contract may induce managerial entrenchment, whereby, ex post-attractive growth opportunities are foregone after good performance because of contractual commitments. Realised growth depends on the frequency and size of growth opportunities as well as on the severity of moral hazard. The prospect of growth-induced turnover limits the firm's ability to rely on deferred compensation as a disciplinary device.
      Speaker: Prof. Mihail Zervos (London School of Economics)
    • 4:30 PM
    • 18
      Evolution of models in evolving markets
      Mathematical models are developed to capture market behaviour at a point in time and are used to gain competitive advantage over time. In the option business, for example, they are calibrated to liquid information and used to price and trade more exotic and hence less liquid products. However market liquidity changes over time, it can increase or evaporate depending on the economic conditions. This is one of the factors that drive evolution of models which need to be adapted to the changing market conditions. In this talk I will use the evolution of classical option pricing models as an example of the feedback loop: from academia to industry and back.
      Speaker: Mr Marek Musiela (Oxfor Man Institute)
    • 19
      Debt negotiation with firms’ cross-holdings of securities
      We analyze the interaction of the debt renegotiation between two firms that cross-hold their issuing debts and equities. When the firms are reciprocally the major shareholder and/or debt holder of the other firms, the possibility of debt renegotiation will affect each other. We first develop models of debt renegotiation scheme: debt equity swap and strategic debt service with game-theoretic setting under continuous time models. We then derive the optimal boundaries in each model to offer debt renegotiation by equity holders of the one firm to those of the other firm. We show that the simultaneous debt renegotiation can happen when firms cross-hold their debts and we present the comparative statics of the renegotiation boundaries.
      Speaker: Mr Teruyoshi Suzuki (Hokkaido University)
    • 5:40 PM
    • 20
      Investment timing, collateral, and financing constraints
      Speaker: Prof. Takashi Shibata (Tokyo Metropolitan University)
    • 21
      On the supremum of fractional Brownian motion and related processes
      This paper studies the expected value of the supremum of fractional Brownian motion and related Gaussian processes. We obtain upper and lower bounds for the expected supremum and bounds for the approximation of the supremum of a continuous process by random walks. As corollaries, we obtain results on the structure of fractional Brownian motion when the Hurst parameter H tends to zero. This is a joint work with Konstantin Borovkov, Yulia Mishura and Alexander Novikov.
      Speaker: Mikhail Zhitlukhin (Steklov Mathematical institute)
    • 7:00 PM
    • 22
      Recent development in martingale optimal transport
      We study the optimal transport between two probability measures on the real line, where the transport plans are laws of one-step martingales. A quasi-sure formulation of the dual problem is introduced and shown to yield a complete duality theory for general marginals and measurable reward (cost) functions: absence of a duality gap and existence of dual optimizers. Both properties are shown to fail in the classical formulation. As a consequence of the duality result, we obtain a general principle of cyclical monotonicity describing the geometry of optimal transports.
      Speaker: Prof. Nizar Touzi (Ecole Polytechnique)
    • 9:40 AM
    • 23
      Rare event simulation related to financial risks: efficient estimation and sensitivity analysis
      We develop the reversible shaking transformation methods of Gobet and Liu (2014) to estimate the rare event probability arising in different financial risk settings driven by general Gaussian noise. The underlying Markov chains introduced in our approaches take values directly in the path space. We provide theoretical justification for few key properties of these Markov chains which are required for their ergodicity. Further, using these properties, we prove consistency results for the simulation estimator. The examples in our work cover usual semi-martingale stochastic models (not necessarily Markovian) driven by Brownian motion, and, also fractional Brownian motion based models to address various financial risks. Our approach also handles the important problem of sensi- tivities of rare event probability. We compare our numerical studies to the already existing results and demonstrate improved computational performance. (Joint work with A. Agarwal, S. De Marco, G. Liu.)
      Speaker: Emmanuel Gobet (Po)
    • 10:30 AM
      Coffee Break
    • 24
      Group solvency tests, intragroup transfers and intragroup diversification: a set-valued perspective
      The aim of risk-based solvency frameworks, such as Solvency II to be introduced in the EU and the Swiss Solvency Test (SST) that has been in force in Switzerland since 2011, is to assess the financial health of insurance companies. This is achieved by quantifying capital adequacy by calculating the solvency capital requirement (SCR). These calculations are based on scalar risk measures. Assessing the financial health of insurance groups (of several connected companies) is an even more challenging task; a variety of approaches can be taken to tackle the issue. Aspects of the most well-known approaches, and modified versions of them, are discussed based on a set-valued perspective.
      Speaker: Dr Michael Schmutz (University of Berne)
    • 25
      A martingale fixed-point problem in optimal reserve exploration
      A martingale fixed-point problem in optimal reserve exploration We show how diverse problems in the area optimal resource management, exploration of natural reserves, and environmental protection by cap-and-trade mechanism can be naturally formulated under a unified framework, as stochastic control problems of a specific type. Moreover, it turns out that solutions to these control problems are equivalently described in terms of fixed-point equations for martingales. Such fixed point martingale processes can be interpreted as a market price for a virtual allowance which gives the right to use the resources remaining in the reserve after the exploration. We suggest numerical schemes for solution of these fixed point equations and elaborate on their applications.
      Speaker: Prof. Juri Hinz (UTS)
    • 26
      On the Estimation Methods for Risk Measurement
      Banks and financial institutions can use either the internal models-based approach or the standardized approach to assess and report the risk of the trading book for future periods. In this paper, we examine relevant estimation methods for computing Value at Risk (VaR) and Expected Shortfall (ES) for banks at both desk level and bank-wide level. We provide a benchmark method for estimation and study financial and statistical properties of the method. We provide numerical results for different hypothetical portfolios.
    • 12:20 PM
    • 1:30 PM
      Bus travel to Brézé Castle
    • 3:00 PM
      Visit of Brézé Castle
    • 5:45 PM
      Way back to conference place
    • 7:30 PM
      Pedestrian walk to restaurant "La Ferme"
    • 8:00 PM
      Conference dinner
    • 27
      Robust Detection of Unobservable Disorder in Poisson rate
      We consider the non-Bayesian quickest detection problem of an unobservable time of change in the rate of an inhomogeneous Poisson process. We seek a stopping rule that minimizes the robust Lorden criterion. The latter is formulated in terms of the number of events until detection, both for the worst-case delay and the false alarm constraint. In the Wiener case, such a problem was solved using the so- called cumulative sums (cusum) strategy by many authors (Moustakides (2004), or Shyraiev (1963,..2009)). In our setting, we derive the exact optimality of the cusum stopping rule by using finite variation calculus and elementary martingale properties to characterize the performance functions of the cusum stopping rule in terms of scale function. These are solutions of some delayed differential equations that we solve elementary. The case of detecting a decrease in the intensity is easy to study because the performance functions are continuous. In case of increase where the performance functions are not continuous, martingale properties require using a discontinuous local time. Nevertheless, from an identity relating the scale functions, the optimality of the cusum rule still holds. Numerical applications are provided. This is joint work with S.Loisel (ISFA) and Y.Sahli (ISFA).
      Speaker: Prof. Nicole El Karoui (UPMC)
    • 9:40 AM
    • 28
      An Analytical Approximation for Pricing VWAP Options
      This paper proposes a unified approximation method for various options whose payoffs depend on the volume weighted average price (VWAP). Despite their popularity in practice, quite few pricing models have been developed in the literature. Also, in previous works, the underlying asset process has been restricted to a geometric Brownian motion. In contrast, our method is applicable to the general class of continuous Markov processes such as local volatility models, stochastic volatility models, and their combinations. Moreover, our method can be used for any type of VWAP options with fixed-strike, floating-strike, continuously sampled, discretely sampled, forward-start, and in-progress transactions. (joint work with H. Funahashi)
      Speaker: Prof. Masaaki Kijima (Tokyo Metropolitan University)
    • 10:30 AM
      Coffee Break
    • 29
      Malliavin differentiability of BSDEs
      In this talk we will revisit conditions under which the solution to a BSDE is Malliavin differentiable. To this end, we provide a new characterization of the Malliavin-Sobolev spaces which is particularly suitable for our purpose. This talk is based on joint works with Thibaut Mastrolia, Peter Imkeller and Dylan Possamaï.
      Speaker: Prof. ANTHONY REVEILLAC (INSA de Toulouse - Institut de Mathématiques de Toulouse)
    • 30
      Multidimensional quadratic BSDEs with separated generators
      We consider multidimensional quadratic BSDEs with generators which can be separated into a coupled and an uncoupled part which allows to analyse the degree of coupling of the system in terms of the growth coefficients. We provide conditions on the relationship between the size of the terminal condition and the degree of coupling which guarantee existence and uniqueness of solutions.
      Speaker: Mr Peng Luo (University of Konstanz)
    • 31
      Incomplete stochastic equilibria and a system of quadratic BSDEs
      We tackle a number of problems related to the existence of continuous-time stochastic Radner equilibria with incomplete markets. Various assumptions of "smallness" type-including a new notion of "closeness to Pareto optimality"-are shown to be sufficient for existence and uniqueness. Central role in our analysis is played by a fully-coupled nonlinear system of quadratic BSDEs. This is a joint work with Kostas Kardaras and Gordan Zitkovic.
      Speaker: Mr Hao Xing (London School of Economics)
    • 12:20 PM
    • 32
      General one-dimensional diffusion: characterization, optimal stopping problem
      The talk is devoted to the general one-dimensional diffusion. We discuss the definition and characterization of such processes: scale, speed measure, killing measure. The generating operator is considered on an extended space of functions (as compared with a classical approach). We give a local characterization potential functions and excessive functions. For the general one-dimensional diffusion we give a necessary and sufficient conditions that the optimal strategy in the optimal stopping problem has a threshold or an island character.
      Speaker: Prof. Ernst Presman (CEMI RAN)
    • 33
      On optimal stopping with expectation constraints
      The talk is about optimal stopping with the contraint that the expectation of any stopping time has to be bounded by a given constant. We show that by introducing a new state variable one can derive a dynamic programming principle. This allows to characterize the value function as the solution of a PDE and to obtain a verification theorem. Finally we compare our approach with alternative solution methods and discuss some examples.
      Speaker: Stefan Ankirchner (University of jena)
    • 34
      Variational View to Optimal Stopping with Application to Real Options
      We describe a variational approach to solving optimal stopping problems for diffusion processes. In the framework of this approach, one can find optimal stopping time over the class of first exit time from the set (for a given family of sets). For the case of one-parametric family of sets we give necessary and sufficient conditions for optimality of stopping time over this class. For one-dimensional diffusion processes and two families of `semi-intervals’, we set necessary and sufficient conditions under which the optimal stopping time has a threshold structure. We study smooth pasting condition from a variational view, present some examples when the solution to the free-boundary problem is not the solution to the optimal stopping problem, and give some results about a relation between solutions to free-boundary problem and optimal stopping problem. At last, some applications of these results to both investment timing and optimal abandonment models are considered.
      Speaker: Dr Alexander Slastnikov (CEMI)
    • 3:30 PM
      Coffee Break
    • 35
      Multi-Dimensional Backward Stochastic Differential Equations of Diagonally Quadratic generators
      The paper is concerned with adapted solution of a multi-dimensional BSDE with a "diagonally" quadratic generator, the quadratic part of whose ith component only depends on the ith row of the second unknown variable. Local and global solutions are given. In our proofs, it is natural and crucial to apply both John-Nirenberg and reverse H\"older inequalities for BMO martingales.
      Speaker: Mr Ying Hu (Université Rennes 1)
    • 36
      Degenerate Backward SPDE with Singular Terminal Value and Related Applications in Mathematical Finance
      We study the degenerate backward stochastic partial differential equation with singular terminal value, and prove the existence and uniqueness of its non-negative solution by the comparison theorem and the gradient estimate of solution. This kind of equation has an application in the portfolio liquidation problem. This is a joint work with Ulrich Horst and Jinniao Qiu.
      Speaker: Dr Qi Zhang (Fudan University)
    • 5:00 PM
    • 37
      Existence and uniqueness of viscosity solutions for second order integro-differential equations without monotonicity condition
      In this talk, we discuss a new existence and uniqueness result of a continuous viscosity solution for integro-partial differential equation (IPDE in short). The novelty is that we relax the so-called monotonicity assumption on the driver which is classically assumed in the literature of viscosity solution of equation with a non local term. Our method is based on the link of those IPDEs with backward stochastic differential equations (BSDEs in short) with jumps for which we already know that the solution exists and is unique.
      Speaker: Mr said hamadene (LMM, Universite du Maine, Le Mans, France)
    • 38
      Random Periodic Processes, Periodic Measures and Ergodicity
      An ergodic theorem and a mean ergodic theorem in the random periodic regime on a Polish space is proved. The idea of Poincaré sections is introduced and under the strong Feller and irreducible assumptions on Poincaré sections, the weak convergence of the transition probabilities at the discrete time of integral multiples of the period is obtained. Thus the Khas'minskii-Doob type theorem is established and the ergodicity of the invariant measure, which is the mean of the periodic measure over a period interval, is obtained. The Krylov-Bogoliubov type theorem for the existence of periodic measures by considering the Markovian semigroup on a Poincaré section at discrete times of integral multiples of the period is also proved. It is proved that three equivalent criteria give necessary and sufficient conditions to classify between random periodic and stationary regimes. The three equivalent criteria are given in terms of three different notion respectively, namely Poincaré sections, angle variable and infinitesimal generator of the induced linear transformation of the canonical dynamical system associated with the invariant measure. It is proved that infinitesimal generator has only two simple eigenvalues, which are $0$ and the quotient of $2\pi$ by the minimal period, while the classical Koopman-von Neumann theorem says that the generator has only one simple eigenvalue $0$ in the stationary and mixing case. The ``equivalence" of random periodic processes and periodic measures is established. The strong law of large numbers (SLLN) is also proved for random periodic processes. This is a joint work with Chunrong Feng.
      Speaker: Prof. Huaizhong Zhao (Loughborough University)
    • 6:20 PM
    • 7:00 PM