Starting 1 January 2022, InterAct serves as a project frame for a range of research and education activities of high market proximity in actuarial mathematics and related fields. The frame is the result of an agreement of extensive collaboration between between the Department of Mathematical Sciences and currently eight of the country's insurance companies and pension funds. The agreement marks a historic initiative to promote education and research in actuarial science in Denmark.

 

The project frame InterAct is an ambitious, strategic, and long-term strengthening of the collaboration concerning research and education in actuarial mathematics between the Danish insurance and pension sector and the University of Copenhagen. InterAct elevates the University of Copenhagen's research and education activities in actuarial mathematics with and towards the industry by creating significant increases in volume, variation, and practical relevance to the benefit of all parties.

InterAct forms the foundation for intensified research and development of actuarial courses within a number of areas that influence the evolution of the insurance and pension sector – now and in the years to come. This includes

  • data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence
  • sustainability and decision making under sustainability risk
  • prevention and containment as a form of risk mitigation
  • emerging risks such as climate risk, cyber risk, and pandemic risk.

The studies take balanced account of applications to both life and non-life insurance; for instance, multiple of the studies build bridges between these two areas of application thematically as well as methodologically.

The University of Copenhagen receives knowledge and ideas in the form of active participation and influence from the insurance and pension sector – and resources in the form of external funding therefrom. The University of Copenhagen also provides to the project frame knowledge, ideas, and resources. The outcome is research in topics derived directly from problems of high market proximity, additional and stronger actuarial mathematicians on both the master's and PhD level, and continuing and professional education targeted the Industrial Partners.

 

 

The Steering Committee of InterAct continuously assesses the frame's progress with respect to the purpose of the project frame. It consists of one representative from each of the Industrial Partners and three representatives from the Department of Mathematical Sciences (MATH). Currently, the Steering Committee is composed of the following members:

  • Michael Sørensen, MATH
  • Mogens Steffensen, MATH
  • Christian Furrer, MATH
  • Thomas Møller, AP Pension
  • Bo Søndergaard, Danica
  • Rikke Sylow Francis, Industriens Pension
  • Line Dahlbæk, PensionDanmark
  • Svend Haastrup, Codan
  • Bjørn Lunding Sandqvist, Tryg
  • John Olsen, Velliv
  • Anders Damgaard, PFA.

The Steering Committee has set up an advisory body, the so-called Temaudvalg, which is tasked with discussing and proposing project topics. Besides one representative from each of the Industrial Partners, it consists of up to five representatives from the Department of Mathematical Sciences and two representatives from Den Danske Aktuarforening. Currently, it comprises the following members:

  • Mogens Steffensen, MATH
  • Christian Furrer, MATH
  • Mogens Bladt, MATH
  • Munir Hiabu, MATH 
  • Thomas Møller, AP Pension
  • Anders Druedahl, Danica
  • Rikke Sylow Francis, Industriens Pension
  • Line Dahlbæk, PensionDanmark
  • Svend Haastrup, Codan
  • Bjørn Lunding Sandqvist, Tryg
  • Magnus Tor Ry Hessler, Velliv
  • Kristian Buchardt, PFA 
  • Jette Lunding Sandqvist, Den Danske Aktuarforening
  • Pernille Jul Overby, Den Danske Aktuarforening.

 

 

 

Publications:

Manuscripts:

Selected talks:

  • Christian Furrer: Extension of as-if-Markov modeling to scaled payments. The 5th European Actuarial Journal
    Conference, Tartu, Estonia, 2022.

 

 

 

We are currently looking for PhD students: PhD stipends in Statistics, and the mathematics of Insurance and Economics, 2023. The application deadline is November 15, 2022.

Learn more about the Department of Mathematical Sciences' PhD program and how to apply.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Industrial Partners

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