Andrew Papanicolaou

Assistant Professor


Andrew Papanicolaou

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Finance and Risk Engineering. I have a BS from The University of California at Santa Barbara (2003), an MS from The University of Southern California (2007), and my PhD is in Applied Mathematics from Brown University (2010).

My research focuses on filtering theory, parameter estimation, stochastic control, and financial mathematics. Specific problems I've studied include model design and calibration for pricing of volatility derivatives, statistical inference for hidden economic indicators, and optimal strategies for investment in markets with unobserved factors. My work provides detailed mathematical analysis while emphasizing a deeper understanding of finance and risk management. My interdisciplinary interests allow me to explore new research directions in financial mathematics, such volatility markets, markets with latent states, high-frequency trading, market microstructure, and financial data analysis. 

My past appointments were as a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at Princeton in the Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering from 2010 to 2013, and as a lecturer at the University of Sydney in the School of Mathematics & Statistics from 2013 to 2015. In Spring 2015 I visited the Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics at UCLA and participated in the workshop series on “Broad Perspectives and New Directions in Financial Mathematics.” An article related to the IPAM program is available here.

Currently, I am an associate editor for Risk and Decision Analysis. I co-organized the 2017 2nd Annual Eastern Conference on Mathematical Finance, and also the first conference on New Ideas & Cutting-Edge Developments in Fintech. 

Research Interests: Finance and Risk

University of California at Santa Barbara, 2003
Bachelor of Science, Mathematical Sciences

University of Southern California, 2007
Master of Science, Financial Mathematics

Brown University, 2010
Doctor of Philosophy, Applied Mathematics

Journal Articles

  1. PCA for Implied Volatility Surfaces, (with M. Avellaneda, B. Healy, and G. Papanicolaou), to appear in The Journal of Financial Data Science (2020), arXiv
  2. Dynamic Optimal Portfolios for Multiple Co-Integrated Assets, (with T. N. Li) under review (2020), arXiv 
  3. Consistent Inter-Model Specification for Time-Homogeneous SPX Stochastic Volatility and VIX Market Models, under review (2020) SSRN
  4. A Functional Analysis Approach to Static Replication of European Options, (with S. Bossu and P. Carr) under review (2020) SSRN
  5. Singular Perturbation Expansion for Utility Maximization with Order-ε Quadratic Transaction Costs, (with S. Chandra) International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Finance, Vol. 22, No. 7, (2019) pp. (TBD) SSRN, journal
  6. Price Impact of Large Orders Using Hawkes Processes, (with L. R. Amaral) The ANZIAM Journal, Vol. 61, No. 2, (2019) pp. 161-194. SSRN, journal
  7. Statistics of VIX Futures and Applications to Trading Exchange-Traded Products, (with M. Avellaneda) International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Finance, (2019) 22(1):1-30. SSRNjournal
  8. Backward SDEs for Control with Partial Information, Mathematical Finance, Vol. 29, No 1. (2019) pp. 208-248. arXiv, journal
  9. Extreme-Strike Comparisons and Structural Bounds for SPX and VIX Options, SIAM Journal on Financial Mathematics, Vol. 9, No. 2, (2018) pp. 401-434. SSRN, journal
  10. Perturbation Analysis for Investment Portfolios Under Partial Information with Expert Opinions, (with J.P. Fouque and R. Sircar), SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization Vol. 55, No. 3, (2017) pp. 1534-1566. SSRN, journal
  11. Dimension Reduction in Statistical Estimation of Partially-Observed Multiscale Processes (with K. Spiliopoulos) SIAM Journal on Uncertainty Quantification, Vol. 5, No. 1, (2017) pp. 1220-1247. arXiv, journal
  12. Pairs Trading of Two Assets with Uncertainty in Co-Integration's Level of Mean Reversion, (with S. Lee), International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Finance, Vol. 19, No. 8, (2016) pp. (TBD). SSRN, journal
  13. Analysis of VIX Markets with a Time-Spread Portfolio, Applied Mathematical Finance, Vol. 23, No. 5, (2016) pp. 374-408 SSRN, journal
  14. Filtering and Portfolio Optimization with Stochastic Unobserved Drift In Asset Returns (with J.P. Fouque and R. Sircar), Communications in Mathematical Sciences, Vol. 13, No. 4, (2015) pp. 935-953. SSRN, journal
  15. A Regime-Switching Heston Model for VIX and S&P500 Implied Volatilities (with R. Sircar), Quantitative Finance, Vol. 14, No. 10, (2014) pp. 1811-1827. SSRN, journal
  16. Implied Filtering Densities on the Hidden State of Stochastic Volatility, (with C. Fuertes) Applied Mathematical Finance, Vol. 21, No. 6, (2014) pp. 483-522. SSRN, journal, arXiv
  17. Filtering the Maximum Likelihood in Multiscale Problems (with K. Spiliopoulos), SIAM J. on Multiscale Modeling and Simulation, Vol. 12, No. 3, (2014) pp. 1193-1229. arXiv, journal
  18. Dimension Reduction in Discrete Time Portfolio Optimization with Partial Information, SIAM J. on Financial Mathematics, Vol. 4, No. 1, (2013) pp. 916-960. SSRN, journal
  19. Nonlinear Filtering for Hidden Markov Models with Fast Mean-Reverting States, SIAM J. on Multiscale Modeling and Simulation, Vol. 10, No. 3, (2012) pp. 906-935. arXiv, journal
  20. Filtering Fast Mean Reverting Processes, Asymptotic Analysis, Vol. 70, No. 3-4, (2010) pp. 155-176. SSRN, journal


Other Publications

  1. Book Review: Numerical Solutions of Stochastic Differential Equations with Jumps in Finance, by E. Platen and N. Bruti-Liberati, Quantitative Finance, Vol. 13, No. 9, (2013) pp. 1353-1355. journal
  2. Notes on Nonlinear Filtering: Theory and Applications Stochastic Analysis Seminar in the Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering at Princeton University, (February 2011) arXiv
  3. Introduction to Stochastic Differential Equations (SDEs) for Finance (course notes for masters-degree students) arXiv