# Search result: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2020

Mathematics Master | ||||||

Electives For the Master's degree in Applied Mathematics the following additional condition (not manifest in myStudies) must be obeyed: At least 15 of the required 28 credits from core courses and electives must be acquired in areas of applied mathematics and further application-oriented fields. | ||||||

Electives: Applied Mathematics and Further Application-Oriented Fields ¬ | ||||||

Selection: Numerical Analysis | ||||||

Number | Title | Type | ECTS | Hours | Lecturers | |
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401-4658-00L | Computational Methods for Quantitative Finance: PDE Methods | W | 6 credits | 3V + 1U | C. Schwab | |

Abstract | Introduction to principal methods of option pricing. Emphasis on PDE-based methods. Prerequisite MATLAB programming and knowledge of numerical mathematics at ETH BSc level. | |||||

Objective | Introduce the main methods for efficient numerical valuation of derivative contracts in a Black Scholes as well as in incomplete markets due Levy processes or due to stochastic volatility models. Develop implementation of pricing methods in MATLAB. Finite-Difference/ Finite Element based methods for the solution of the pricing integrodifferential equation. | |||||

Content | 1. Review of option pricing. Wiener and Levy price process models. Deterministic, local and stochastic volatility models. 2. Finite Difference Methods for option pricing. Relation to bi- and multinomial trees. European contracts. 3. Finite Difference methods for Asian, American and Barrier type contracts. 4. Finite element methods for European and American style contracts. 5. Pricing under local and stochastic volatility in Black-Scholes Markets. 6. Finite Element Methods for option pricing under Levy processes. Treatment of integrodifferential operators. 7. Stochastic volatility models for Levy processes. 8. Techniques for multidimensional problems. Baskets in a Black-Scholes setting and stochastic volatility models in Black Scholes and Levy markets. 9. Introduction to sparse grid option pricing techniques. | |||||

Lecture notes | There will be english, typed lecture notes as well as MATLAB software for registered participants in the course. | |||||

Literature | R. Cont and P. Tankov : Financial Modelling with Jump Processes, Chapman and Hall Publ. 2004. Y. Achdou and O. Pironneau : Computational Methods for Option Pricing, SIAM Frontiers in Applied Mathematics, SIAM Publishers, Philadelphia 2005. D. Lamberton and B. Lapeyre : Introduction to stochastic calculus Applied to Finance (second edition), Chapman & Hall/CRC Financial Mathematics Series, Taylor & Francis Publ. Boca Raton, London, New York 2008. J.-P. Fouque, G. Papanicolaou and K.-R. Sircar : Derivatives in financial markets with stochastic volatility, Cambridge Univeristy Press, Cambridge, 2000. N. Hilber, O. Reichmann, Ch. Schwab and Ch. Winter: Computational Methods for Quantitative Finance, Springer Finance, Springer, 2013. | |||||

401-4788-16L | Mathematics of (Super-Resolution) Biomedical ImagingNOTICE: The exercise class scheduled for 5 March has been cancelled | W | 8 credits | 4G | H. Ammari | |

Abstract | The aim of this course is to review different methods used to address challenging problems in biomedical imaging. The emphasis will be on scale separation techniques, hybrid imaging, spectroscopic techniques, and nanoparticle imaging. These approaches allow one to overcome the ill-posedness character of imaging reconstruction in biomedical applications and to achieve super-resolution imaging. | |||||

Objective | Super-resolution imaging is a collective name for a number of emerging techniques that achieve resolution below the conventional resolution limit, defined as the minimum distance that two point-source objects have to be in order to distinguish the two sources from each other. In this course we describe recent advances in scale separation techniques, spectroscopic approaches, multi-wave imaging, and nanoparticle imaging. The objective is fivefold: (i) To provide asymptotic expansions for both internal and boundary perturbations that are due to the presence of small anomalies; (ii) To apply those asymptotic formulas for the purpose of identifying the material parameters and certain geometric features of the anomalies; (iii) To design efficient inversion algorithms in multi-wave modalities; (iv) to develop inversion techniques using multi-frequency measurements; (v) to develop a mathematical and numerical framework for nanoparticle imaging. In this course we shall consider both analytical and computational matters in biomedical imaging. The issues we consider lead to the investigation of fundamental problems in various branches of mathematics. These include asymptotic analysis, inverse problems, mathematical imaging, optimal control, stochastic modelling, and analysis of physical phenomena. On the other hand, deriving mathematical foundations, and new and efficient computational frameworks and tools in biomedical imaging, requires a deep understanding of the different scales in the physical models, an accurate mathematical modelling of the imaging techniques, and fine analysis of complex physical phenomena. An emphasis is put on mathematically analyzing acoustic-electric imaging, thermo-elastic imaging, Lorentz force based imaging, elastography, multifrequency electrical impedance tomography, and plasmonic resonant nanoparticles. | |||||

Selection: Probability Theory, Statistics | ||||||

Number | Title | Type | ECTS | Hours | Lecturers | |

401-4605-20L | Selected Topics in Probability | W | 4 credits | 2V | A.‑S. Sznitman | |

Abstract | This course will discuss some questions of current interest in probability theory. Among examples of possible subjects are for instance topics in random media, large deviations, random walks on graphs, branching random walks, random trees, percolation, concentration of measures, large random matrices, stochastic calculus, stochastic partial differential equations. | |||||

Objective | This course will discuss some questions of current interest in probability theory. Among examples of possible subjects are for instance topics in random media, large deviations, random walks on graphs, branching random walks, random trees, percolation, concentration of measures, large random matrices, stochastic calculus, stochastic partial differential equations. | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | Lecture Probability Theory. | |||||

401-4626-00L | Advanced Statistical Modelling: Mixed Models | W | 4 credits | 2V | M. Mächler | |

Abstract | Mixed Models = (*| generalized| non-) linear Mixed-effects Models, extend traditional regression models by adding "random effect" terms. In applications, such models are called "hierarchical models", "repeated measures" or "split plot designs". Mixed models are widely used and appropriate in an aera of complex data measured from living creatures from biology to human sciences. | |||||

Objective | - Becoming aware how mixed models are more realistic and more powerful in many cases than traditional ("fixed-effects only") regression models. - Learning to fit such models to data correctly, critically interpreting results for such model fits, and hence learning to work the creative cycle of responsible statistical data analysis: "fit -> interpret & diagnose -> modify the fit -> interpret & ...." - Becoming aware of computational and methodological limitations of these models, even when using state-of-the art software. | |||||

Content | The lecture will build on various examples, use R and notably the `lme4` package, to illustrate concepts. The relevant R scripts are made available online. Inference (significance of factors, confidence intervals) will focus on the more realistic *un*balanced situation where classical (ANOVA, sum of squares etc) methods are known to be deficient. Hence, Maximum Likelihood (ML) and its variant, "REML", will be used for estimation and inference. | |||||

Lecture notes | We will work with an unfinished book proposal from Prof Douglas Bates, Wisconsin, USA which itself is a mixture of theory and worked R code examples. These lecture notes and all R scripts are made available from Link | |||||

Literature | (see web page and lecture notes) | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | - We assume a good working knowledge about multiple linear regression ("the general linear model') and an intermediate (not beginner's) knowledge about model based statistics (estimation, confidence intervals,..). Typically this means at least two classes of (math based) statistics, say 1. Intro to probability and statistics 2. (Applied) regression including Matrix-Vector notation Y = X b + E - Basic (1 semester) "Matrix calculus" / linear algebra is also assumed. - If familiarity with [R](Link) is not given, it should be acquired during the course (by the student on own initiative). | |||||

401-4627-00L | Empirical Process Theory and Applications | W | 4 credits | 2V | S. van de Geer | |

Abstract | Empirical process theory provides a rich toolbox for studying the properties of empirical risk minimizers, such as least squares and maximum likelihood estimators, support vector machines, etc. | |||||

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Content | In this series of lectures, we will start with considering exponential inequalities, including concentration inequalities, for the deviation of averages from their mean. We furthermore present some notions from approximation theory, because this enables us to assess the modulus of continuity of empirical processes. We introduce e.g., Vapnik Chervonenkis dimension: a combinatorial concept (from learning theory) of the "size" of a collection of sets or functions. As statistical applications, we study consistency and exponential inequalities for empirical risk minimizers, and asymptotic normality in semi-parametric models. We moreover examine regularization and model selection. | |||||

401-4632-15L | Causality | W | 4 credits | 2G | C. Heinze-Deml | |

Abstract | In statistics, we are used to search for the best predictors of some random variable. In many situations, however, we are interested in predicting a system's behavior under manipulations. For such an analysis, we require knowledge about the underlying causal structure of the system. In this course, we study concepts and theory behind causal inference. | |||||

Objective | After this course, you should be able to - understand the language and concepts of causal inference - know the assumptions under which one can infer causal relations from observational and/or interventional data - describe and apply different methods for causal structure learning - given data and a causal structure, derive causal effects and predictions of interventional experiments | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | Prerequisites: basic knowledge of probability theory and regression | |||||

401-6102-00L | Multivariate StatisticsDoes not take place this semester. | W | 4 credits | 2G | not available | |

Abstract | Multivariate Statistics deals with joint distributions of several random variables. This course introduces the basic concepts and provides an overview over classical and modern methods of multivariate statistics. We will consider the theory behind the methods as well as their applications. | |||||

Objective | After the course, you should be able to: - describe the various methods and the concepts and theory behind them - identify adequate methods for a given statistical problem - use the statistical software "R" to efficiently apply these methods - interpret the output of these methods | |||||

Content | Visualization / Principal component analysis / Multidimensional scaling / The multivariate Normal distribution / Factor analysis / Supervised learning / Cluster analysis | |||||

Lecture notes | None | |||||

Literature | The course will be based on class notes and books that are available electronically via the ETH library. | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | Target audience: This course is the more theoretical version of "Applied Multivariate Statistics" (401-0102-00L) and is targeted at students with a math background. Prerequisite: A basic course in probability and statistics. Note: The courses 401-0102-00L and 401-6102-00L are mutually exclusive. You may register for at most one of these two course units. | |||||

401-4604-20L | NCCR SwissMAP – Master Class in Mathematical Physics: Minicourse "Percolation Theory" | W | 2 credits | 2G | V. Tassion | |

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Literature | "Percolation" by Geoffrey Grimmett. " Introduction to percolation theory" Lecture notes by H. Duminil-Copin. | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | Probability Theory | |||||

Selection: Financial and Insurance Mathematics | ||||||

Number | Title | Type | ECTS | Hours | Lecturers | |

401-3629-00L | Quantitative Risk Management | W | 4 credits | 2V + 1U | P. Cheridito | |

Abstract | This course introduces methods from probability theory and statistics that can be used to model financial risks. Topics addressed include loss distributions, risk measures, extreme value theory, multivariate models, copulas, dependence structures and operational risk. | |||||

Objective | The goal is to learn the most important methods from probability theory and statistics used in financial risk modeling. | |||||

Content | 1. Introduction 2. Basic Concepts in Risk Management 3. Empirical Properties of Financial Data 4. Financial Time Series 5. Extreme Value Theory 6. Multivariate Models 7. Copulas and Dependence 8. Operational Risk | |||||

Lecture notes | Course material is available on Link | |||||

Literature | Quantitative Risk Management: Concepts, Techniques and Tools AJ McNeil, R Frey and P Embrechts Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2015 (Revised Edition) Link | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | The course corresponds to the Risk Management requirement for the SAA ("Aktuar SAV Ausbildung") as well as for the Master of Science UZH-ETH in Quantitative Finance. | |||||

401-3923-00L | Selected Topics in Life Insurance Mathematics | W | 4 credits | 2V | M. Koller | |

Abstract | Stochastic Models for Life insurance 1) Markov chains 2) Stochastic Processes for demography and interest rates 3) Cash flow streams and reserves 4) Mathematical Reserves and Thiele's differential equation 5) Theorem of Hattendorff 6) Unit linked policies | |||||

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401-3917-00L | Stochastic Loss Reserving Methods | W | 4 credits | 2V | R. Dahms | |

Abstract | Loss Reserving is one of the central topics in non-life insurance. Mathematicians and actuaries need to estimate adequate reserves for liabilities caused by claims. These claims reserves have influence all financial statements, future premiums and solvency margins. We present the stochastics behind various methods that are used in practice to calculate those loss reserves. | |||||

Objective | Our goal is to present the stochastics behind various methods that are used in prctice to estimate claim reserves. These methods enable us to set adequate reserves for liabilities caused by claims and to determine prediction errors of these predictions. | |||||

Content | We will present the following stochastic claims reserving methods/models: - Stochastic Chain-Ladder Method - Bayesian Methods, Bornhuetter-Ferguson Method, Credibility Methods - Distributional Models - Linear Stochastic Reserving Models, with and without inflation - Bootstrap Methods - Claims Development Result (solvency view) - Coupling of portfolios | |||||

Literature | M. V. Wüthrich, M. Merz, Stochastic Claims Reserving Methods in Insurance, Wiley 2008. | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | The exams ONLY take place during the official ETH examination periods. This course will be held in English and counts towards the diploma "Aktuar SAV". For the latter, see details under Link. Basic knowledge in probability theory is assumed, in particular conditional expectations. | |||||

401-3956-00L | Economic Theory of Financial MarketsDoes not take place this semester. | W | 4 credits | 2V | M. V. Wüthrich | |

Abstract | This lecture provides an introduction to the economic theory of financial markets. It presents the basic financial and economic concepts to insurance mathematicians and actuaries. | |||||

Objective | This lecture aims at providing the fundamental financial and economic concepts to insurance mathematicians and actuaries. It focuses on portfolio theory, cash flow valuation and deflator techniques. | |||||

Content | We treat the following topics: - Fundamental concepts in economics - Portfolio theory - Mean variance analysis, capital asset pricing model - Arbitrage pricing theory - Cash flow theory - Valuation principles - Stochastic discounting, deflator techniques - Interest rate modeling - Utility theory | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | The exams ONLY take place during the official ETH examination period. This course will be held in English and counts towards the diploma of "Aktuar SAV". For the latter, see details under Link. Knowledge in probability theory, stochastic processes and statistics is assumed. | |||||

401-3936-00L | Data Analytics for Non-Life Insurance Pricing | W | 4 credits | 2V | C. M. Buser, M. V. Wüthrich | |

Abstract | We study statistical methods in supervised learning for non-life insurance pricing such as generalized linear models, generalized additive models, Bayesian models, neural networks, classification and regression trees, random forests and gradient boosting machines. | |||||

Objective | The student is familiar with classical actuarial pricing methods as well as with modern machine learning methods for insurance pricing and prediction. | |||||

Content | We present the following chapters: - generalized linear models (GLMs) - generalized additive models (GAMs) - neural networks - credibility theory - classification and regression trees (CARTs) - bagging, random forests and boosting | |||||

Lecture notes | The lecture notes are available from: Link | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | This course will be held in English and counts towards the diploma of "Aktuar SAV". For the latter, see details under Link Good knowledge in probability theory, stochastic processes and statistics is assumed. | |||||

401-4920-00L | Market-Consistent Actuarial Valuation | W | 4 credits | 2V | M. V. Wüthrich, H. Furrer | |

Abstract | Introduction to market-consistent actuarial valuation. Topics: Stochastic discounting, full balance sheet approach, valuation portfolio in life and non-life insurance, technical and financial risks, risk management for insurance companies. | |||||

Objective | Goal is to give the basic mathematical tools for describing insurance products within a financial market and economic environment and provide the basics of solvency considerations. | |||||

Content | In this lecture we give a full balance sheet approach to the task of actuarial valuation of an insurance company. Therefore we introduce a multidimensional valuation portfolio (VaPo) on the liability side of the balance sheet. The basis of this multidimensional VaPo is a set of financial instruments. This approach makes the liability side of the balance sheet directly comparable to its asset side. The lecture is based on four sections: 1) Stochastic discounting 2) Construction of a multidimensional Valuation Portfolio for life insurance products (with guarantees) 3) Construction of a multidimensional Valuation Portfolio for a run-off portfolio of a non-life insurance company 4) Measuring financial risks in a full balance sheet approach (ALM risks) | |||||

Literature | Market-Consistent Actuarial Valuation, 3rd edition. Wüthrich, M.V. EAA Series, Springer 2016. ISBN: 978-3-319-46635-4 Wüthrich, M.V., Merz, M. Claims run-off uncertainty: the full picture. SSRN Manuscript ID 2524352 (2015). England, P.D, Verrall, R.J., Wüthrich, M.V. On the lifetime and one-year views of reserve risk, with application to IFRS 17 and Solvency II risk margins. Insurance: Mathematics and Economics 85 (2019), 74-88. Wüthrich, M.V., Embrechts, P., Tsanakas, A. Risk margin for a non-life insurance run-off. Statistics & Risk Modeling 28 (2011), no. 4, 299--317. Financial Modeling, Actuarial Valuation and Solvency in Insurance. Wüthrich, M.V., Merz, M. Springer Finance 2013. ISBN: 978-3-642-31391-2 Cheridito, P., Ery, J., Wüthrich, M.V. Assessing asset-liability risk with neural networks. Risks 8/1 (2020), article 16. | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | The exams ONLY take place during the official ETH examination period. This course will be held in English and counts towards the diploma of "Aktuar SAV". For the latter, see details under Link. Knowledge in probability theory, stochastic processes and statistics is assumed. | |||||

401-3888-00L | Introduction to Mathematical Finance A related course is 401-3913-01L Mathematical Foundations for Finance (3V+2U, 4 ECTS credits). Although both courses can be taken independently of each other, only one will be recognised for credits in the Bachelor and Master degree. In other words, it is not allowed to earn credit points with one for the Bachelor and with the other for the Master degree. | W | 10 credits | 4V + 1U | C. Czichowsky | |

Abstract | This is an introductory course on the mathematics for investment, hedging, portfolio management, asset pricing and financial derivatives in discrete-time financial markets. We discuss arbitrage, completeness, risk-neutral pricing and utility maximisation. We prove the fundamental theorem of asset pricing and the hedging duality theorems, and also study convex duality in utility maximization. | |||||

Objective | This is an introductory course on the mathematics for investment, hedging, portfolio management, asset pricing and financial derivatives in discrete-time financial markets. We discuss arbitrage, completeness, risk-neutral pricing and utility maximisation, and maybe other topics. We prove the fundamental theorem of asset pricing and the hedging duality theorems in discrete time, and also study convex duality in utility maximization. | |||||

Content | This course focuses on discrete-time financial markets. It presumes a knowledge of measure-theoretic probability theory (as taught e.g. in the course "Probability Theory"). The course is offered every year in the Spring semester. This course is the first of a sequence of two courses on mathematical finance. The second course "Mathematical Finance" (MF II), 401-4889-00, focuses on continuous-time models. It is advisable that the present course, MF I, is taken prior to MF II. For an overview of courses offered in the area of mathematical finance, see Link. | |||||

Lecture notes | The course is based on different parts from different textbooks as well as on original research literature. Lecture notes will not be available. | |||||

Literature | Literature: Michael U. Dothan, "Prices in Financial Markets", Oxford University Press Hans Föllmer and Alexander Schied, "Stochastic Finance: An Introduction in Discrete Time", de Gruyter Marek Capinski and Ekkehard Kopp, "Discrete Models of Financial Markets", Cambridge University Press Robert J. Elliott and P. Ekkehard Kopp, "Mathematics of Financial Markets", Springer | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | A related course is "Mathematical Foundations for Finance" (MFF), 401-3913-01. Although both courses can be taken independently of each other, only one will be given credit points for the Bachelor and the Master degree. In other words, it is also not possible to earn credit points with one for the Bachelor and with the other for the Master degree. This course is the first of a sequence of two courses on mathematical finance. The second course "Mathematical Finance" (MF II), 401-4889-00, focuses on continuous-time models. It is advisable that the present course, MF I, is taken prior to MF II. For an overview of courses offered in the area of mathematical finance, see Link. | |||||

Selection: Mathematical Physics, Theoretical Physics | ||||||

Number | Title | Type | ECTS | Hours | Lecturers | |

401-3814-00L | Quantum Mechanics for MathematiciansNOTICE: The class scheduled for 5 March 2020 has been cancelled. | W | 4 credits | 2V | J. Wisniewska | |

Abstract | Introduction to quantum mechanics aimed at mathematics students | |||||

Objective | The course begins with the fundamentals of classical mechanics and its mathematical description i.e. Hamiltonian dynamics. We will introduce the notion of states and observables in the classical setting and further on its counter parts in the quantum setting. We then will discuss quantisation and the mathematical formulation of quantum mechanics. Further on we will study the Heisenberg’s uncertainty relations and quantum entanglement. The course then goes on to study the dynamics of quantum systems described by the Schrödinger’s equation. | |||||

Content | 1. Hamiltonian mechanics and fundamentals of symplectic geometry 2. Classical observables and Poisson bracket 3. Basic principles of quantum mechanics and quantisation 4. Heisenberg’s uncertainty relations 5. Quantum entanglement and EPR paradox 6. Schrödinger’s equation | |||||

Literature | Takhtajan, Leon A. Quantum mechanics for mathematicians. Graduate Studies in Mathematics, 95. American Mathematical Society, Providence, RI, 2008. xvi+387 pp. ISBN: 978-0-8218-4630-8 | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | Prerequisites: Essential: Differential Geometry 1 Recommended: basic Functional Analysis and Algebraic Topology | |||||

402-0206-00L | Quantum Mechanics II | W | 10 credits | 3V + 2U | G. Blatter | |

Abstract | Many-body quantum physics rests on symmetry considerations that lead to two kinds of particles, fermions and bosons. Formal techniques include Hartree-Fock theory and second-quantization techniques, as well as quantum statistics with ensembles. Few- and many-body systems include atoms, molecules, the Fermi sea, elastic chains, radiation and its interaction with matter, and ideal quantum gases. | |||||

Objective | Basic command of few- and many-particle physics for fermions and bosons, including second quantisation and quantum statistical techniques. Understanding of elementary many-body systems such as atoms, molecules, the Fermi sea, electromagnetic radiation and its interaction with matter, ideal quantum gases and relativistic theories. | |||||

Content | The description of indistinguishable particles leads us to (exchange-) symmetrized wave functions for fermions and bosons. We discuss simple few-body problems (Helium atoms, hydrogen molecule) und proceed with a systematic description of fermionic many body problems (Hartree-Fock approximation, screening, correlations with applications on atomes and the Fermi sea). The second quantisation formalism allows for the compact description of the Fermi gas, of elastic strings (phonons), and the radiation field (photons). We study the interaction of radiation and matter and the associated phenomena of radiative decay, light scattering, and the Lamb shift. Quantum statistical description of ideal Bose and Fermi gases at finite temperatures concludes the program. If time permits, we will touch upon of relativistic one particle physics, the Klein-Gordon equation for spin-0 bosons and the Dirac equation describing spin-1/2 fermions. | |||||

Lecture notes | Quanten Mechanik I und II in German. | |||||

Literature | G. Baym, Lectures on Quantum Mechanics (Benjamin, Menlo Park, California, 1969) L.I. Schiff, Quantum Mechanics (Mc-Graw-Hill, New York, 1955) A. Messiah, Quantum Mechanics I & II (North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1976) E. Merzbacher, Quantum Mechanics (John Wiley, New York, 1998) C. Cohen-Tannoudji, B. Diu, F. Laloe, Quantum Mechanics I & II (John Wiley, New York, 1977) P.P. Feynman and A.R. Hibbs, Quantum Mechanics and Path Integrals (Mc Graw-Hill, New York, 1965) A.L. Fetter and J.D. Walecka, Theoretical Mechanics of Particles and Continua (Mc Graw-Hill, New York, 1980) J.J. Sakurai, Modern Quantum Mechanics (Addison Wesley, Reading, 1994) J.J. Sakurai, Advanced Quantum mechanics (Addison Wesley) F. Gross, Relativistic Quantum Mechanics and Field Theory (John Wiley, New York, 1993) | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | Basic knowledge of single-particle Quantum Mechanics | |||||

402-0844-00L | Quantum Field Theory IIUZH students are not allowed to register this course unit at ETH. They must book the corresponding module directly at UZH. | W | 10 credits | 3V + 2U | G. Isidori | |

Abstract | The subject of the course is modern applications of quantum field theory with emphasis on the quantization of non-abelian gauge theories. | |||||

Objective | The goal of this course is to lay down the path integral formulation of quantum field theories and in particular to provide a solid basis for the study of non-abelian gauge theories and of the Standard Model | |||||

Content | The following topics will be covered: - path integral quantization - non-abelian gauge theories and their quantization - systematics of renormalization, including BRST symmetries, Slavnov-Taylor Identities and the Callan Symanzik equation - the Goldstone theorem and the Higgs mechanism - gauge theories with spontaneous symmetry breaking and their quantization - renormalization of spontaneously broken gauge theories and quantum effective actions | |||||

Literature | M.E. Peskin and D.V. Schroeder, "An introduction to Quantum Field Theory", Perseus (1995). S. Pokorski, "Gauge Field Theories" (2nd Edition), Cambridge Univ. Press (2000) P. Ramond, "Field Theory: A Modern Primer" (2nd Edition), Westview Press (1990) S. Weinberg, "The Quantum Theory of Fields" (Volume 2), CUP (1996). | |||||

Selection: Mathematical Optimization, Discrete Mathematics | ||||||

Number | Title | Type | ECTS | Hours | Lecturers | |

401-3903-11L | Geometric Integer Programming | W | 6 credits | 2V + 1U | J. Paat | |

Abstract | Integer programming is the task of minimizing a linear function over all the integer points in a polyhedron. This lecture introduces the key concepts of an algorithmic theory for solving such problems. | |||||

Objective | The purpose of the lecture is to provide a geometric treatment of the theory of integer optimization. | |||||

Content | Key topics are: - Lattice theory and the polynomial time solvability of integer optimization problems in fixed dimension. - Structural properties of integer sets that reveal other parameters affecting the complexity of integer problems - Duality theory for integer optimization problems from the vantage point of lattice free sets. | |||||

Lecture notes | not available, blackboard presentation | |||||

Literature | Lecture notes will be provided. Other helpful materials include Bertsimas, Weismantel: Optimization over Integers, 2005 and Schrijver: Theory of linear and integer programming, 1986. | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | "Mathematical Optimization" (401-3901-00L) | |||||

Selection: Theoretical Computer Science, Discrete Mathematics In the Master's programme in Mathematics 401-3052-05L Graph Theory is eligible as an elective course, but only if 401-3052-10L Graph Theory isn't recognised for credits (neither in the Bachelor's nor in the Master's programme). For the category assignment take contact with the Study Administration Office (Link) after having received the credits. | ||||||

Number | Title | Type | ECTS | Hours | Lecturers | |

252-0408-00L | Cryptographic Protocols | W | 6 credits | 2V + 2U + 1A | M. Hirt, U. Maurer | |

Abstract | The course presents a selection of hot research topics in cryptography. The choice of topics varies and may include provable security, interactive proofs, zero-knowledge protocols, secret sharing, secure multi-party computation, e-voting, etc. | |||||

Objective | Indroduction to a very active research area with many gems and paradoxical results. Spark interest in fundamental problems. | |||||

Content | The course presents a selection of hot research topics in cryptography. The choice of topics varies and may include provable security, interactive proofs, zero-knowledge protocols, secret sharing, secure multi-party computation, e-voting, etc. | |||||

Lecture notes | the lecture notes are in German, but they are not required as the entire course material is documented also in other course material (in english). | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | A basic understanding of fundamental cryptographic concepts (as taught for example in the course Information Security or in the course Cryptography Foundations) is useful, but not required. |

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