Preface

The present volume is an outgrowth of the AMS Summer Institute on

Stochastic Analysis, which was held on the campus of Cornell University

during the period of July 11-30, 1993. This effort included 69 one-hour

lectures which are reflected in the 46 papers in the current volume.

In a broad way, we have made some effort to achieve both depth and di-

versity. The classical connections betweeen stochastic analysis and differen-

tial geometry, partial differential equations and mathematical physics should

be well apparent in many of the papers of the current volume. More re-

cent trends in infinite-dimensional analysis and stochastic partial differential

equations are also well represented.

Although somewhat tentative, we have made an attempt to organize the

table of contents with respect to several main viewpoints: i) problems in

analysis, ii) problems in geometry, iii) infinite-dimensional problems and

iv) stochastic PDE/stochastic flows. Of course many papers overlap these

somewhat provisional labels which we have constructed. The effort is meant

to give some coherence rather than erect artificial boundaries.

The AMS conference was organized by a scientific committee chaired by

Rick Durrett, whose tireless efforts were apparent throughout. Further valu-

able assistance was provided by the AMS staff and the Cornell Conference

Services. The financial support was principally through a National Science

Foundation grant made to the AMS and supplemented by smaller grants from

the National Security Agency and the ARO-funded Mathematical Sciences In-

stitute of Cornell University. We are extremely grateful for these efforts in

bringing our participants to the Cornell campus for this unprecedented effort

in stochastic analysis.

All papers in the present volume have been refereed prior to publication.

Michael C. Cranston

Mark A. Pinsky

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