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Novel Methods in Computational Finance

Marie Curie International Training Network

Multi-ITN STRIKE (01/2013 - 12/2016)


Project Background

In recent years the computational complexity of mathematical models employed in financial mathematics has witnessed a tremendous growth. Advanced numerical techniques are imperative for the most present-day applications in financial industry.

The motivation for this training network is the need for a network of highly educated European scientists in the field of financial mathematics and computational science, so as to exchange and discuss current insights and ideas, and to lay groundwork for future collaborations.

Besides a series of internationally recognized researchers from academics, leading quantitative analysts from the financial industry also participate in this network. The challenge lies in the necessity of combining transferable techniques and skills such as mathematical analysis, sophisticated numerical methods and stochastic simulation methods with deep qualitative and quantitative understanding of mathematical models arising from financial markets.

The main training objective is to prepare, at the highest possible level, young researchers with a broad scope of scientific knowledge and to teach transferable skills, like social awareness which is very important in view of the recent financial crises.

The current topic in this network is that the financial crisis in the European countries is a contagion and herding effect and is clearly outside of the domain of validity of Black-Scholes and Merton’s theory, since the market is not Gaussian and it is not frictionless and complete.

In this research training network our aim is to deeper understand complex (mostly nonlinear) financial models and to develop effective and robust numerical schemes for solving linear and nonlinear problems arising from the mathematical theory of pricing financial derivatives and related financial products. This aim will be accomplished by means of financial modelling, mathematical analysis and numerical simulations, optimal control techniques and validation of models.


State of the art and the new perspective

Work Packages - Project Structure

WP 1 • Modelling and Analysis

WP 2 • Numerical Methods for Nonlinear Models

WP 3 • Scientific Computing

WP 4 • Validation and Calibration

WP 5 • Complementary Skills Training

WP 6 • Dissemination and Exploitation

WP 7 • Management



  • BU Wuppertal (Matthias Ehrhardt ), Applied Mathematics and Numerical Analysis, University of Wuppertal, Germany.
  • CU Bratislava (Daniel Sevcovic), , Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia.
  • UP Valencia (Lucas Jódar), Instituto de Matemática Multidisciplinar, Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain.
  • U Rousse(Lyuben G. Vulkov), Department of Numerical Analysis and Statistics, Ruse University Angel Kanchev, Ruse, Bulgaria.
  • ISEG Lisboa (Maria do Rosario Grossinho), Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão (ISEG), Lisbon, Portugal.
  • UA Zittau (Ljudmila Bordag), Fakultät Mathematik/Naturwissenschaften, Hochschule Zittau/Görlitz, Germany.

  • TU Wien (Ansgar Jüngel), Institute for Analysis and Scientific Computing, TU Wien, Vienna, Austria.
  • TU Delft (Kees Oosterlee), Delft Institute of Applied Mathematics (DIAM), TU Delft, The Netherlands.
  • U Greenwich (Choi-Hong Lai), School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, University of Greenwich, Greenwich, London, UK.
  • U Würzburg (Alfio Borzi) , Lehrstuhl für Mathematik IX (Chair Scientific Computing), University of Würzburg, Germany.
  • U Antwerp (Karel in 't Hout) , Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Antwerp, Belgium.


Associated Partners:


  • Université Paris VI
  • University of Sussex
  • University of A Coruña
  • MathFinance AG
  • d-fine
  • Postbank AG
  • Ortec Finance
  • ING Bank
  • Rabobank