Searching for the most likely evolution

Speaker: Giovanni Conforti

Date: Thu, Mar 25, 2021

Location: Zoom, Online

Conference: Kantorovich Initiative Seminar

Subject: Mathematics

Class: Scientific

CRG: Pacific Interdisciplinary Hub on Optimal Transport


The theory of large deviations provides with a way to compute asymptotically the probability that an interacting particle system moves from a given configuration to another one over a fixed time interval. The problem of finding the most likely evolution realising the desired transition can be seen as a prototype of stochastic optimal transport problem, whose specific formulation depends on the choice of interaction mechanism. The first goal of this talk is to present some notable examples of this family of transport problems such as the Schrödinger problem and its mean field and kinetic counterparts. The second goal of the talk is to discuss some (possibly open) questions on the ergodic behaviour of optimal solutions and how their answer relies upon a combination of tools coming from Riemannian geometry, functional inequalities and stochastic control.