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# Stochastic Optimal Control of Interacting Particle Systems

Friday, 10th January 2020

Location: Technische Universität Berlin

Main building, Room H
3005

Straße des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin

Guests are welcome!

# Programme

**Friday, 10th January 2020**

15:00 |
Stochastic
Optimal Control of Ferromagnetic Spin Systems in a Heat
Bath Andreas Prohl,
Universität Tübingen, Germany |

15:50 | Coffee
Break |

16:10 | An Existence Result for a Class of Potential
Mean Field Games of ControlsLaurent Pfeiffer, Inria-Saclay, Center of Applied
Mathematics, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, France |

16:35 |
Optimal control of mean
field equations with monotone coefficients and applications in
neuroscience Antoine Hocquet,
Technische Universität Berlin, Germany |

17:00 | Informal get-together
("Stammtisch") |

# Abstracts

**Stochastic Optimal Control of Ferromagnetic Spin Systems in a Heat Bath**

*Andreas Prohl, Universität Tübingen, Germany*

This is joint work with M. Jensen (U Sussex, Brighton), T. Dunst, C. Schellnegger (U Tübingen), A.K. Majee (IIT Delhi), and G. Vallet (U Pau).

**An Existence Result for a Class of Potential Mean Field
Games of Controls**

*Laurent Pfeiffer, Inria-Saclay, Center of Applied Mathematics,
Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, France*

Mean field game theory aims at describing a Nash equilibrium
between a very large number of agents, each of them solving an optimal
control problem. I will present an existence result for a model where
the cost functional to be minimized by each agent involves a price
variable depending on the average control (with respect to all
agents). This situation typically arises in Cournot models, where the
price of some raw material is an increasing function of the total
demand.

At a mathematical level, the problem is formulated as a
set of coupled forward and backward PDEs, which coincides with the
optimality conditions of a mean field type optimal control problem.

Reference: J. Frédéric Bonnans, Saeed Hadikhanloo, Laurent
Pfeiffer. Schauder Estimates for a Class of Potential Mean Field Games
of Controls. Appl. Math. Optim., online first, 2019.

**Optimal Control of Mean Field Equations with Monotone
Coefficients and Applications in Neuroscience**

*Antoine Hocquet, Technische Universität Berlin,
Germany*

We are interested in the optimal control problem associated with an
appropriate

cost functional under a mean-field type
constraint of the form

dX_{t} =
b(t, X_{t}, L(X_{t}), a_{t}) dt + σ(t,
X_{t}, L(X_{t}) ,a_{t})
dW_{t} (*)

with
monotonicity assumptions on the coefficients, and where for
practical

purposes the control a_t is deterministic. Under
stronger assumptions,

the mathematical treatment of (*) was
investigated in the past decade by Carmona,

Delarue (among
others). However, these works do not seem to cover

the monotone
case, which was suggested as a model for neuron networks by

Fitz-Hugh and Nagumo, with a first mathematical investigation by

Baladron and co-authors in 2012. After addressing the existence of
minimizers via

a martingale approach, we show a maximum
principle for (*), and investigate a

gradient algorithm for
the approximation of the optimal control. This is joint work with
Alexander Vogler (TU Berlin).