Math Club Colloquium
This seminar covers topics suitable for undergraduate students. Seminars are held during common hour on Tuesdays from 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm. Spring 2014
Speaker: Kishore Marathe (Brooklyn College)
Title: Moonshine at 30 - Part I
Speaker: Kishore Marathe (Brooklyn College)
Title: Moonshine at 30 - Part II
Speaker: Diogo Pinheiro (Brooklyn College)
Title: Optimal Life Insurance, Consumption and Investment Decisions
Abstract: We will discuss an extension to Merton's famous continuous-time model of optimal consumption and investment, under which a wage earner with a random lifetime allocates some portion of her income to consumption and life insurance purchase, while investing her savings in a financial market. The wage earner's problem is to find the optimal consumption, investment, and insurance purchase decisions in order to maximize the expected utility of her family consumption, of the size of her estate in the event of premature death, and of her total wealth at the time of retirement, provided she lives that long. We will see how to use optimal control techniques to obtain explicit solutions for such problem in the case of discounted constant relative risk aversion utility functions, providing also some economic interpretation. We will conclude with a discussion of possible extensions.
Event: Math Clinic: The Math Club's tutoring event for lower division math courses
Speaker: Christian Benes (Brooklyn College)
Title: Random Fractals
Abstract: One of the "hottest" topics of research in probability of the past few decades is a random fractal called the Schramm-Loewner Evolution (SLE). In the last 8 years, two mathematicians were awarded Fields Medals for showing that SLE is related to well-known random processes such as loop-erased random walk and percolation. In this talk, I'll explain what fractals are and how random fractals appear naturally in a number of physical phenomena.
Event: 2014 - 2015 Elections for Math Club Officers (Brooklyn College)
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