16 Março 2020, 13:14 António Manuel da Nave Quintino



Most lectures and classes will be delivered by videoconferencing, with some planned lectures to be delivered with videos and some classes with tutorials. Students will receive information in advance regarding the planned formats for each week.

For videoconferencing lectures/classes, for accessing zoom, the instructions are as follows:

1.       Before each lecture/class, students will receive by email a link to attend the videoconferencing session through Colibri platform’s Zoom video conferencing system, as recommended in;

2.       To attend a lecture/session, students MUST NOT login to the Colibri System. Login is only required by the session Professor/Organiser. Each login consumes licenses that may be crucial for other purposes;

3.       When following the link sent by email, an authorization request should appear so as to access the page. This step may take some time at first and students may be asked to install the zoom application;

4.       After this, the option to test the audio system appears. It is suggested that this test is carried out in all sessions. This will take no more than 10 seconds and it allows students to confirm that the microphone and audio are working correctly;

5.       After these steps, the main Zoom screen will be displayed, with the active lecture/class;

6.       In the lower bar students should verify if the video and audio are turned off. The video and/or audio should only be turned on when asked by the professor.

Regarding individual utilization of the platform by students:

7.       We suggest that students insert their names and, if possible, their photo in the account;

8.       In some periods, students will be able to interact with the lecturer through the chat;

9.       Lecturers may use pools (or kahoots) along the lectures, and students should be prepared for that.

Regarding a technical issue with the platform, due to a very high number of simultaneous uses of the Colibri system at the national level, some Colibri sessions may be limited to forty minutes. In case the session ends in forty minutes, you just click again in the link and the re-connection is almost immediate.

Next course schedule

16 Março 2020, 12:49 António Manuel da Nave Quintino

Dear Students, I hope you are well but please, keep yourselves safe and isolated.  Some guidelines on the course:

  • The course will be delivered by videoconferencing until the IST cancels the quarantine;
  •  I will make available on Fenix a document with instructions to follow for videoconferencing;
  • Whenever possible, the videos of the lectures will be made available;
  • The program will be maintained, with slight adaptations given the interruption in teaching (see below the details); further changes can be made if needed;
  • Since we will not have access so early to the IT labs, the The Monte Carlo classes will be moved to the end of the course in order you can access the 15 days of free trial software, enough to follow the practical handouts and complete the group work (for the ones who want to apply);
  • The group work for the students who want to apply, should be done using tools for remote collaboration, like Skype, never joining the group together in a room; I will inform the limit date for group registration on Fenix;
  • Online support will be assured by Skype (see the course web page instructions)
  • The exams dates in June and July, will be maintained, so far;
Next Chapters schedule:

  • Statistical theoretical distributions
  • Risk Portfolios
  • Financial Risk Measures
  • Bayesian Networks
Easter Holidays 

  • Bayesian Networks
  • Project Risk
  • Credit Risk
  • Market risk
  • Monte Carlo simulation
  • Reliability


Keep yourselves safe


Teaching is suspended and will resume in a remote videoconferencing format on the 18th of March

12 Março 2020, 20:34 António Manuel da Nave Quintino

Dear all, 

 We have received instructions from the President of IST clarifying that teaching is suspended until the 17th of March and will resume in a remote videoconferencing format on the 18th of March. 

 So, we will meet again by videoconferencing next Wednesday, 18th March, at usual hours, from 10:00 till 11:30 and from 11:30 till 13:00. 

The yesterday videoconferencing went well, according to the attending students.  This means that the practical classes have a reasonable efficiency and for major reasons, I believe the lectures will also have it. 

The support hours for students will be now by videoconferencing, as usual on Wednesday, 13:00 - 14:00 but only if requested previously by email. 

 The exams dates will remain the same. 

 Remain safe and isolated the most you can. 

Best regards,