Fangyuan Zhang

Lecture Format

In view of the corona pandemic and its impact on university life, the implementation of  the course has not been fixed yet (virtually/on campus/or a mixture of both). Currently, we expect that the course will take place (at least partially) virtually. More information will be provided in due course.

Time and place






Exercise session


Important News
  • The lectures and exercises are in English.
  • Handing in Homework is compulsory.
  • All further information and all documents can be found in moodle.


4 hours lecture + 2 hours exercises


  • Introduction to Probability Theory
  • (Elementare Wahrscheinlichkeitstheorie), Calculus (Analysis)I,II,
  • Linear Algebra I,II.
  • Measure and Intregration Theory (Statistics and Measure Theory) or Introduction to Measure Theoretic Probability is recommended.

Intended audience

Master students in Mathematics, Master students in Business Mathematics and Master students in Finance

Key subjects

The content is guided by the standards of the DAV. This course provides an introduction to several stochastical and statistical methods of risk modeling and their applications.

Some of the subjects discussed in the lecture are:

  • Stochastic processes in risk theory with focus on (compound)
  • Poisson processes
  • Markov chains and Markov processes
  • Introduction to the collective model
  • Relevant distribution families in risk theory
  • Time Series Analysis
  • Life-time models and mortality modeling
  • Generalized linear models and their applications in risk theory
  • Credibility theory
  • Dependencies and Copulas
  • Monte Carlo simulations
  • Risk measurement using VaR and TVaR

    Final exam

    The exam is open.

    The date of the exam will be announced later.

    Handing in homework is mandatory. The prerequisite to register for an exam will be announced in the lecture. To get points in the homework, it is necessary to be registered in moodle.


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    • Beard, R.E., Pentikäinen, T., Pesonen, E.  Risk Theory, Chapman and Hall, London - New York, 1984
    • Embrechts, P., Klüppelberg, C., Mikosch, T.  Modelling extremal events, Appl. Math., 33, Springer, Berlin, 1997
    • Gerber, H.U.  An Introduction to Mathematical Risk Theory, Richard D. Irwin, Homewood, 1979
    • Heilmann, W.  Grundbegriffe der Risikotheorie, Verlag Versicherungswirtschaft, Karlsruhe, 1987
    • Hipp, C., Michel, R. Risikotheorie: Stochastische Modelle und Statistische Methoden, Schriftenreihe Angewandte Versicherungsmathematik, Heft 24, Verlag Versicherungswirtschaft, Karlsruhe, 1990
    • Kaas, R., Goovaerts, M., Dhaene, J., Denuit, M.  Modern actuarial risk theory, Kluwer, Boston, 2001
    • Klugman, S. A., Panjer, H. H., Willmot, G. E.  Loss models. From data to decisions, Wiley, 1998
    • Mikosch, T.  Non-life insurance mathematics, Springer, 2004