JournalsowrVol. 4 , No. 1DOI 10.4171/owr/2007/07

Mini-Workshop: Lévy Processes and Related Topics in Modelling

  • Ole E. Barndorff-Nielsen

    University of Aarhus, Denmark
  • Claudia Klüppelberg

    TU München, Garching, Germany
  • Jean Jacod

    Universite P. et M. Curie, Paris, France
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The theory of infinite divisibility, L\'evy processes and L\'evy bases and its applications is an area of very active current interest. This trend is of relatively new origin, dating back around 10 years. In this period larger research conferences on ``L\'evy Processes and their Applications'' have been held on a regular basis, about every 2 years and at different locations around Europe. In addition intermingled between these conferecnes there has been a number of more specialized workshops within the area. One of these was organized at the Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge, 2 1/2 years ago, the organizers being Professor Neil Shephard and Ole E. Barndorff-Nielsen, on invitation by the Newton Institute. The format of that workshop where the focus was on new ideas and ongoing research, rather than on finished work, and where the presentations were rather short, in some cases even down to about 15 minutes, was found to be very stimulating and productive. The same format was largely followed at the Mini-Workshop under reporting here and was found again to be very productive. Although the workshop was somewhat specialized a rather wide range of topics were treated in the presentations and in informal discussion groups. Half of the participants were junior researchers, visiting the MFO for the first, or in some cases the second, time. Like the more senior people they were delighted by the warm atmosphere and excellent conditions for research provided by the Institute. And by lucky coincidence, due to the weather the traditional midweek afternoon excursion was shifted to the Thursday afternoon which was the first day of the Fastnacht celebrations in Oberwolfach with the parade of the ``coffee aunts''. This made for a rather unique and refreshing break in the otherwise intense programme. The first talk of the workshop, by Philip Protter, presented an overview of issues in mathematical finance. The talks by Fred Espen Benth, Jean Jacod, Thilo Meyer-Brandis, Mark Podolskij, Robert Stelzer, and Viktor Todorov discussed modelling and inference on volatility and jumps for financial dynamics. A variety of theoretical results on L\'{e}vy processes were presented in talks by S\o ren Asmussen, Friedrich Hubalek, Andreas Kyprianou, Alexander Lindner and Tina Marquardt, while other talks, by Makoto Maejima, V\'{\i}ctor P\'{e}rez-Abreu, Jan Rosi\'nski and Steen Thorbj\o rnsen concerned work on new aspects of infinite divisibility. Finally, the talk by Anna Amirdjanova treated problems in the theory of Gaussian processes. \vspace*{1cm} \raggedleft{Ole E. Barndorff-Nielsen\\ Jean Jacod\\ Claudia Kl\"{u}ppelberg}