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
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Title: Monte Carlo Methods for the Telegrapher's Equation (Based on Mark Kac's Probabilistic Representation)

Monte Carlo methods for PDEs are mainly restricted to elliptic and parabolic equations using probabilistic representations based on the Feynman-Kac formulas.  However, Mark Kac came up with an ingenious probabilistic representation for the solution to the Telegrapher's equation.  The Telegrapher's equation is a transitional equation in the sense that one limit yields the heat equation (parabolic), and a different limit yields the wave equation (hyperbolic).  We show how to compute numerical solutions to the Telegrapher's equation using an algorithm based on Kac's representation.  We show that this provides a finite variance Monte Carlo estimator, and that the technique seems to work in arbitrary dimensions.  This provides the first Monte Carlo methods we are aware of for hyperbolic PDEs. 

This is joint work with Prof. Wenjian Yu in CS at Tsinghua University, and Bolong Zhang, who is currently my doctoral student.

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