Organized by CFMAR faculty Nils Detering, Ruimeng Hu as well as Moritz Voss (now at UCLA, Visiting Assistant Professor at UCSB during 2017-2020), the 10th Western Conference in Mathematical Finance took place virtually during January 15-18, 2021. The event was split into 4 half-days (Friday afternoon, then Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings) and had 4 senior keynote speakers as well as the usual focus on junior speakers from Western US. One innovation this year was the use of discussants, with each junior talk followed by a 10-minute discussion by another junior speaker. Another innovation was the use of a Slack workspace to continue online discussions after the talks in lieu of the normal coffee breaks.
The 10th WCMF was a great success, shattering WCMF records for attendance. The talks by Charles-Albert Lehalle and Mete Soner each had over 120 participants, and attendance was consistently close to 100 throughout. There was also very lively Q&A after nearly every talk.
Well done and see you at the 11th WCMF in 2022!