Tevian Dray(Department of Mathematics Oregon State University Corvallis, Oregon, USA) visited the Institut de Mathematiques et de Sciences Physiques (IMSP) Universit ́e de Abomey-Calavi, Porto-Novo, Benin. Prof. Dray successfully taught basics of Lorentzian geometry to mixed audience of Masters and PhD students of mathematics. He gave colloquium on active engagement in mathematics and explored possible topics for future collaboration. The IMSP is a Centre d’Excellence Africain en Sciences Mathematiques et Applications, sponsored by the World Bank. His visit took place from 21 October to 11 November 2018. While at the IMSP, he taught a graduate course in Lorentzian Geometry and General Relativity, meeting four hours per day, four days per week, for three weeks to a mixed audience of Masters and PhD students of mathematics (16 Master and Ph.D. students participated; 10 took the course for credit Level). Prof. Dray also discussed research topics with several faculty members and students at the IMSP. Finally, at the request of the Ad- joint Director of the IMSP, who had noticed my work in science education, he gave an institute-wide colloquium (seminaire generale) on active engagement in mathematics.
His report can be found here.
Franck Adekambi (University of Johannesburg. South Africa) gave a course in Advanced Risk Theory at the University of Abomey Calavi, Benin. Eleven Master students participated in the course. The teaching on Advanced Risk Theory took place from Monday, June 18th to Friday, July 13th, 2018, from Monday to Friday, up to 4 hours a day. It allowed students to become familiar with the modeling of the amount and the frequency of claims made by an insured (automobile insurance, home insurance, professional liability insurance, water damage, etc ...) and therefore allowed them to model the amount claims from an insurance portfolio. Students can thus use statistical models to estimate the parameters of such models for a given sample. The students also learned how to identify the necessary steps in the risk modeling process, understand the underlying assumptions for each family model studied, recognize which assumptions are applicable for a given business line, and appropriately adjust these models by taking into account the impact of the modification of risk cover (co-insurance, deductible, reinsurance, Bonus Malus systems and their rates in automobile insurance, the calculation of reserves for claims incurred but not yet declared, etc.). The lecturer also discussed with local staff issues regarding curriculum and is considering to supervise two masters students.
Dr. Kasso A. Okoudjou, University of Maryland, College Park, USA; January 7 - January 26, 2014; "Harmonic analysis, time-frequency analysis, and wavelets"; Institut de Mathematiques et de Sciences Physiques (IMSP) de l'Université d'Abomey Calavi, Benin (supported by CDC/ IMU).
His report can be found here.
Brigitte Lucquin, Université Pierre et Marie Curie Paris 6, France 7th - 25th November, "Introduction to Partial Differential Equations and their Approximations" at the l'Institut de Mathematuqes et de Sciences Physiques (IMSP) de l'Université d'Abomey Calavi, Benin (supported by CDC/ IMU).