Celebrating the mathematics of Michel Benaïm

The workshop aims to give an overview of Michel Benaïm’s research, to formulate and exchange on problems inspired by his work, and to foster collaborations in the areas of mathematics dear to him. It is organized on the occasion of his 60th birthday. Michel has had a profound impact in several areas of mathematics, in particular probability, random dynamics, game theory, and mathematical biology.


The following subjects will be highlighted:

  • Algorithms for stochastic approximation
  • Game theory
  • Self-interacting processes
  • Population dynamics
  • Piecewise deterministic Markov processes
  • Quasi-stationary distributions.


The workshop unites collaborators of Michel Benaïm and researchers influenced by his mathematics. At the same time, we intend to attract early-career researchers with a particular focus on researchers working in Switzerland.

Please click here and fill out the form in order to register for the workshop.

We can offer accommodation to some doctoral students. If you are interested, please send to edouard.strickler@univ-lorraine.fr a short CV and a paragraph explaining why you would like to participate in the workshop.


Monday 21/08:

  • 10h30 – 12h30: Welcome coffee 1
  • 12h30 – 14h30 : lunch
  • 14h30 – 15h30: Welcome coffee 2
  • 15h30 – 16h30: Pierre Tarrès (NYU Shanghai)
  • 16h30 – 17h30: Laurent Miclo (CNRS – Toulouse)


 Tuesday 22/08:

  • 9h – 10h: Gérard Ben Arous (Courant Institute NYU)
  • 10h – 10h30: Coffee break
  • 10h30 – 11h30: Vivek Borkar (Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay)
  • 11h30 – 12h30: Janusz Mierczyński (Wroclaw University of Science and Technology)
  • 12h30 – 14h00: Lunch
  • 14h00 – 15h00: Sylvie Méléard (Ecole Polytechnique)
  • 15h00 – 16h00: Bruno Schapira (Aix-Marseille Université)
  • 16h00 – 16h30: Coffee break
  • 16h30 – 17h30: George Yin (University of Connecticut)


Wednesday 23/08

  • 9h-10h: Yuri Bakhtin (Courant Institute NYU)
  • 10h- 10h30: Coffee break
  • 10h30 – 11h30: Claude Lobry (Université Nice)
  • 11h30 – 12h30: Gilles Pagès (Sorbonne Université)
  • 12h30 – 14h00: Lunch    
  • 14h00-15h00:    Nicole El – Karoui  (Sorbonne Université)
  • 15h00 – 16h00: Nicolas Champagnat (Inria Nancy) / DenisVillemonais (Université de Lorraine)
  • 16h00 – 16h30:  Coffee break
  • 16h30 – 17h30 : Josef Hofbauer (Universität Wien)


Thursday 24/08

  • 9h-10h: Olivier Raimond (Université Paris Nanterre)
  • 10h- 10h30: Coffee break
  • 10h30 – 11h30: Jörgen Weibull (Stockholm School of Economics)
  • 11h30 – 12h30: Sebastian Schreiber (University of California, Davis)
  • 12h30: Conclusion
  • 12h30 – 14h00: Lunch
  • 14:00-17:00: Discussion and prospects

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Bernoulli Center


Thomas Mountford, EPFL
Aline Kurtzmann, University of Lorraine
Tobias Hurth, FU Berlin
Edouard Strickler, CNRS – University of Lorraine