Name:    Prof. Michael Mascagni                 
Address: Department of Computer Science and
Department of Mathematics and
Department of Scientific Computing and
Graduate Program in Molecular Biophysics
        Florida State University
         Tallahassee, FL  32306-4530  USA
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Applied and Computational Mathematics Division
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National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8910 USA

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Title: An Introduction to Brownian Motion, Wiener Measure, and Partial Differential Equations

This is a long introduction to how stochastic processes and partial differential equations are related.  We begin with an introduction to Brownian motion, which is a Markoffian stochastic process.  We give some of it's elementary properties and present the notion of expectation with respect to Brownian motion, and introduce Wiener measure.  We then compute some Wiener integrals, and derive an explicit representation of Brownian motion.  We then introduce the Feynman-Kac formulas for the probabilistic representation of partial differential equations.  Time permitting, we explore some asymptotic results in action- and entropy-asymptotics.  We also introduce the idea of probabilistic potential theory.

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