Moment Problems and Applications - Minisymposium at DMV2015
in Memoriam Murray Angus Marshall 24.3.1940 - 1.5.2015

Universität Hamburg, September 24 - 25, 2015

Main Information

This minisymposium took place during the annual meeting of the German Mathematical Society: Jahrestagung der Deutschen Mathematiker-Vereinigung 2015 (DMV 2015) at Universität Hamburg , Germany, 21 - 25 September 2015.

Our minisymposium was held on the 24th and 25th of September in the room W222 in the west wing of the main building of the Universität Hamburg at Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1 (click here for directions). A map showing the location of the seminar rooms can be found here.

More information about all the minisymposia scheduled during the DMV 2015 can be found here, where our minisymposium is identified with the number 23!

NEWS (18/09/2015): Update to the minisymposium programme!
NEWS (30/09/2015): Uploaded the minisymposium group picture with thanks from the organizers!
NEWS (28/10/2015): Updates to the page in memoriam Murray A. Marshall


The moment problem is a multi-facet theory with connections not only to several branches of mathematics but also to numerous applied fields. Despite of the huge literature about the moment problem and its applications, this is far to be a static theory. Indeed, there are many unknown aspects of the problem and also many related questions arising from applied fields. These are interesting to be explored both for their contribution to the moment problem and for their impact on other kind of problems. The aim of this minisymposium was to present this two-way interaction existing between the moment problem and other areas such as probability theory, operator theory, statistical mechanics and polynomial optimization. Specifically the intention was to highlight some questions arising in applications which are naturally connected to the moment problem, to present how these questions can shed some light on the unsolved points in moment theory and, at the same time, to explain how the moment problem can serve the progress in such areas. In particular, many instances of the moment problem appearing in applications are posed in an infinite dimensional setting. Therefore, this minisymposium also represented a first encounter between the scientific community working on moment problems in finite dimensions and the one working in the infinite dimensional case. A deep interest for the interaction between the two communities had already been shown during the Oberwolfach workshop in April 2014 (ID 1415). This minisymposium was meant to be a kickoff meeting in preparation of a possible future Oberwolfach workshop about this topic.

In Memoriam Murray Angus Marshall

This minisymposium has been devoted to the memory of Murray Angus Marshall (24.3.1940 - 1.5.2015), who widely contributed to the advances in the moment theory and introduced many of the new directions started in this framework.