The purpose of the conference is to summarize the recent advances, to discuss the status, the development trends and also to share views on the current and future challenges in the wide subject area of stochastic mechanics and, more generally, in applied stochastics.
The development of stochastic methods in mechanics and of stochastic dynamics in particular, has been achieved over the past four decades owing to the research and collective, persistent efforts of many people. However, with no doubt there can be identified a group of world leaders who made mile stone, or corner stone, contributions to the subject area, having laid out the avenues for pursuing research and having inspired the research of many others. One of those leaders is professor Kazimierz Sobczyk, whom and whose research work we all know very well. It happens that he will be turning 70 years of age in 2009. This presents a very special occasion for getting together and taking a broader view on the status and future challenges of the subject area of stochastic mechanics.