[FAM-news] reminder for upcoming talks/events

Sandra Trenovatz sandra at fam.tuwien.ac.at
Tue Sep 27 15:39:04 CEST 2011

This time we announce a talk at University of Vienna

Wed, 28.09.2011, 16:15, seminar room C-209, UZA 4
University of Vienna, Nordbergstrasse 15, 1040, Wien

    Rama Cont (Columbia University)
    "Functional Ito Calculus"

We develop a non-anticipative functional calculus which extends the Ito 
calculus to path-dependent functionals of right- continuous 
semimartingales [1, 3], using a notion of  non-anticipative functional 
derivative introduced by B. Dupire [6]. This calculus is shown to be, in 
a precise sense, a non-anticipative analogue of the Malliavin calculus; 
however, our construction holds for a large class of semimartingales and 
makes no use of the Gaussian properties of the Wiener space.

Our framework, which is sufficiently general to cover functionals 
depending on quadratic variation and involving exit times of a process, 
is used to obtain several new results. First, we obtain a martingale 
representation formula for square integrable functionals of a 
semimartingale [2]. Second, we characterize local martingales which 
satisfy a regularity property as solutions of a functional differential 
equation, for which existence and uniqueness results are given [5]. 
These results have natural applications in stochastic control and 
mathematical finance: they allow to derive a universal pricing equation 
and a general hedging formula for path-dependent options, and 
reformulate Backward Stochastic Differential Equations (BSDEs) as PDEs 
on path space.

Based on joint work with David Fournie (Columbia University).

[1] R Cont and D Fournie (2010) A functional extension of the Ito 
formula, Comptes Rendus de l'Academie des Sciences, Volume 348, Issues 
1-2, January 2010, Pages 57-61.
[2] R Cont and D Fournie (2009) Functional Ito calculus and stochastic
integral representation of martingales, http: //arxiv.org/abs/1002.2446. 
To appear in: Annals of Probability.
[3] R Cont and Fournie (2010) Change of variable formulas for
non-anticipative functionals on path space, Journal of
Functional Analysis, Volume 259, No 4, Pages 1043-1072.
[4] R Cont (2010) Numerical computation of martingale representations,
Working Paper.
[5] B Dupire (2009) Functional Ito calculus, www.ssrn.com.
[6] R Cont, D Fournie (2010) Martingales and functional differential
equations, Working Paper.


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