Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto 1st Oporto Meeting on Mathematics for Industry  
  1st Oporto Meeting on Mathematics for Industry
4th Porto Meeting on
7th to 9th June 2012


  • João Cardoso (Coimbra Institute of Engineering) Matrix Functions in Linear Optics
Abstract: In linear optics an optical system (including an eye) is completely characterized by a 5x5 matrix with a special structure, called the ray transference. The top-left 4x4 submatrix of a ray transference is symplectic. An important issue in the quantitative analysis of optical systems is the question of how to calculate an average of a set of eyes or other optical systems. Mathematically, this corresponds to averaging a set of matrices (ray transferences), providing that some requirements are fulfilled [1], [2]. In particular, the average of ray transferences must be a ray transference. In this talk we discuss this problem and propose a solution involving well-known matrix functions such as the matrix exponential, the matrix logarithm and the Cayley-transform. New mathematical issues arising in our research are pointed out.
  • João Pires da Cruz (Closer e Centro de Física Teórica e Computacional da Universidade de Lisboa) Economic Geometry and Risk Modeling
Abstract: Both market practices and regulation are based on the  strange principle that economic relations are established in a random fashion. Since that is not true, we will show based on economics first principles how the "non-randomness" of the economic relations influence the geometry of the economic environment and how this geometry influences the risk measures and the behavior of economic related metrics. The issue of model risk will be discussed as a source of market opportunities.
  • António Rua (Banco de Portugal, Economic Research Department) Wavelets in Economics and Finance
Abstract: Wavelet analysis is a very promising tool as it represents a refinement of Fourier analysis. In particular, it allows one to take into account both the time and frequency domains within a unified framework, that is, one can
assess simultaneously how variables are related at different frequencies and how such relationship has evolved over time. Despite the potential value of wavelet analysis, it is still a relatively unexplored tool in the study of economic phenomena. To highlight the usefulness of wavelet analysis in Economics and Finance, several examples are provided covering a wide range of topics such as forecasting, comovement analysis, market risk assessment, among others.

  • Lourdes Afonso (CMA&FCT - UNL, Faculdade de Ciencias e Tecnologia) Using Weighted Distributions to Model Operational Risk
Abstract: The quantification of operational risk has to deal with various concerns regarding data, much more than other types of risk which banks and insurers are obliged to manage. Several studies, at first more empirical and at present already more theoretical and mathematical supported, document several of those concerns. One of the main questions that worries both researchers and practitioners is the bias in the data on the operational losses amounts recorded. We support the assertions made by several authors and defend that this concern is serious when modeling operational losses data and, typically, is presented in all the databases, not only in the commercial databases provided by various vendors, but also in databases where the data for operational losses is collected and compiled internally.
We show that it's possible, based on mild assumptions on the internal procedures put in place to manage operational losses, to make parametric inference using loss data statistics, that is, to estimate the parameters for the losses amounts, taking in consideration the bias that, not being considered, generates a two fold error n the estimators for the mean loss amount and the total loss amount, the former being overvalued and the last undervalued.
We follow a different approach to the parametric inference. We do not consider the existence of a threshold for which, all losses above, are reported and available for analysis and estimation procedures.  Here we consider that the probability that a loss is reported and ends up recorded for analysis, increases with the size of the loss, what causes the bias in the database but, at the same time, we don't consider the existence of a threshold, above which, all losses are recorded. Hence, no loss has probability one of being recorded, in what we defend is a realist framework. We deduce the general formulae, present some results for common theoretical distributions used to model (operational) losses amounts and estimate the impact for not considering the bias factor when estimating the value at risk.

  • Teresa Grilo (Instituto de Sistemas e Robótica, Faculdade de Engenharia, Universidade do Porto e CMUP/FCUP) Optimal control of planar Couette flow driven dynamic systems
Abstract: The objective of this work is to develop a mathematical framework for the modeling, control and optimization of dynamic control systems whose state variable is driven by interacting ODE’s and PDE’s. To the best of our knowledge, there are no optimal control results for such systems, and results on optimal control of systems with dynamics given by PDEs have been developed only for certain classes of problems, [5]. This framework should provide a sound basis for the design and control of new advanced engineering systems arising in many important classes of applications, some of which encompass gliders, [1,2], and mechanical fishes, [3], that overcomes the shortcomings of the currently available, often heuristic-based, “mixed” approaches combining ODE control systems results and numerical techniques.
The general approach consists in designing a family of well posed, robust, conventional optimal control problems with dynamics converging to the ones of the original “hybrid” system, and by obtaining the characterization of its solution as a certain type of limit of the conventional conditions, [4,6], for the approximating problems.
For now, the research effort has been focused in gaining insight by applying necessary conditions of optimality for planar Couette flow driven dynamic control systems which can be easily reduced to problems with ODE dynamics. In particular, the minimum time control problem of moving a particle between two given points subject to certain classes of simple flows have been solved by using the maximum principle.

  • Evelina Shamarova (CMUP/FCUP) Pricing options in Lévy models  - an FBSDE approach
Abstract: Recent developments on financial markets have revealed the limits of Brownian motion pricing models when they are applied to actual markets. Lévy processes, that admit jumps over time, have been found more useful for applications. Thus, we suggest a Lévy model based on Forward-Backward Stochastic Differential Equations (FBSDEs) for option pricing in a Lévy-type market. Moreover, we discuss the existence of replicating portfolios and present an analog of the Black–Scholes PDE in a Lévy-type market.

  • André Santos (Financial Services Advisory - QAS, Ernst & Young LLP, United Kingdom) Through The Cycle Credit Risk Calibrations
Abstract: Banks face a regulatory and business need to calculate through the cycle probabilities of default. This presentation focuses on some techniques currently used in the market place and the future landscape

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