Cournot Centre



The Cournot Centre and Foundation have invited in 2019 Charles Tapiero of New York University, a renowned mathematician, known most notably for his work in financial engineering and his contributions to fractional finance.

Charles Tapiero

Charles Tapiero

Charles Tapiero is a Distinguished Professor of Financial Engineering and Technology Management and founder and Chair (2006–2016) of the Department of Finance and Risk Engineering at the Tandon School of Engineering at New York University. He was Assistant and Associate Professor at Columbia University and has also held academic positions at the Hebrew University, the University of Washington, Case Western Reserve University, ESSEC in France, the Bar Ilan University in Israel, where he founded the Financial Mathematics Programme, and Concordia University. Professor Tapiero has published over 17 Books and 450 academic papers.


The Cournot Foundation has invited during the 2018–2019 academic years George Papanicolaou from Stanford University, an eminent mathematician known for his research in applied mathematics and stochastic processes. His research has been widely used in economics and finance, and more generally in data analysis. His visits to the Cournot Foundation will facilitate meetings with researchers based in France who use his research in their respective fields.

George Papanicolaou

George Papanicolaou

George Papanicolaou earned his doctorate from the Courant Institute at New York University in 1969 and taught there from 1969 to 1993. Named Associate Professor in 1973, he headed the Courant Institute’s Division of Wave Propagation and Applied Mathematics from 1979 to 1993. Since 1993, he has been a Professor at Stanford University, holding the Robert Grimmett chair in mathematics since 1997. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the US National Academy of Sciences, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and the American Mathematical Society. George Papanicolaou has been awarded the ICIAM Lagrange Prize for 2019; he was also the recipient of the SIAM John von Neumann Prize in 2006 and the William Benter Prize in Applied Mathematics in 2010.


During the 2017–18 academic year, the Cournot Centre and Foundation financed an original research programme on volatility led by senior researcher Knut Sølna.
Knut Sølna’s main research interest involves problems with multiscale structure and uncertainty. During his Senior Research Fellowship year in France, he worked on several problems that concern modelling in terms of dynamic systems driven by multiscale processes, with particular focus on inefficient markets. He studied the detection of inefficiency through data analysis, as well as descriptions that gave a consistent mathematical characterization of such markets, focusing particularly on markets with a turbulent character. Prices, for example, have a complex statistical structure of a kind also seen in complex turbulent physical systems. He also considered to what extent regime changes and such market behaviour can be understood in terms of endogenous development and/or institutional changes.


Knut Sølna

Knut Sølna is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of California at Irvine. He received his undergraduate and Master's degrees from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and his doctorate from Stanford University. He was an instructor at the Department of Mathematics, University of Utah, before coming to Irvine. His research has been funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFSOR). He received the Shell Award for his Master's degree, including an audience with the king of Norway. A recipient of the the Norsk-Hydro Award for his Ph.D., Sølna also holds a Sloan Fellowship award.


The Cournot Foundation awarded up to five Robert Solow Postdoctoral Fellowships each academic year from 2003/2004 to 2016/2017 to researchers of all nationalities.
The Cournot Centre’s Scientific Team chaired by Robert Solow selected the postdoctoral fellows based on their applications.