A Conference in Honour of Walter Schachermayer — Vienna University, July 12-16, 2010

The Celebratee: Walter Schachermayer

The conference "Analysis, Stochastics, and Application — AnStAp 2010" was originally planned as a conference on the occasion of Walter Schachermayer's 60th birthday in July 2010. To this joyous occasion was recently added another one: it will also be the starting conference for Schachermayer's Advanced Investigator Grant awarded by the ERC which provides generous funding of his research projects for the upcoming five years.

Schachermayer studied mathematics at the University of Vienna and also obtained a master's degree in business administration from Vienna University of Economics. In 1974 he went to Paris to work on his PhD where he made contact with the research group around Laurent Schwartz to investigate the geometry of Banach spaces. Most of his research in the subsequent fifteen years was centered around this field of mathematics, with a two year intermezzo as an actuary at Assicurazioni Generali.

From 1990 on Schachermayer mainly focused on applications in Mathematical Finance. Much of this work was done in collaboration with Freddy Delbaen, the thesis advisor of Jean Bourgain, who also has a track record of research in Banach space theory. Schachermayer's scientific achievements cover a large variety of topics, from purely mathematical to very applied ones.

Schachermayer worked at several academic institutions: University Clermont-Ferrand, CINVESTAV Mexico-City, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Vienna University (Faculty of Economics), Université Paris Dauphine, and Vienna University of Technology. Finally, in 2008, he has come full circle and returned to his Alma Mater, the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Vienna, where he holds a chair in Mathematical Finance. He continues to be involved in a wide range of research topics.

The variety of speakers at the Conference "Analysis, Stochastics, and Applications", most of whom at some point have collaborated with Schachermayer, reflects his broad range of interests.