Computation Meets Financial Data Science: London Technology Conference 2018

Brought to you by
Wolfram Research,
CQF Institute
and Fitch Learning

Financial data science professionals and Wolfram technology experts are coming together, in association with Fitch Learning and the CQF Institute, to share their knowledge and experience with you at the Computation Meets Data Science conference. Hear their opinions, discuss your own challenges and network with other attendees while seeing the latest advances in computational technology.

By showcasing how to inject cutting-edge computation at every level in your financial data science workflow, this conference seeks to promote how an "analytics-driven" decision-making culture can result in better, more insightful answers. So whether you're looking to improve your data science methodologies, empower technical collaboration or construct an enterprise-wide computation strategy, this conference will provide fresh advice and new perspectives.

Featured topics include machine learning, data visualisation, advanced analytics and infographics, with applications ranging from finance to insurance, and many more!


9:30 Registration and Coffee
10:00 From Zero to AI in 40 Minutes

Jon McLoone

10:40 No One Panic: The Impact of Behaviour on Portfolio Risk

Grant Fuller

11:10 Coffee Break
11:25 Mathematica in Finance: A Collector's Perspective

Cyril Godart

11:45 Building a Volatility Surface with a Data Science Approach

Igor Hlivka

12:15 Calculating PRIIPs-Relevant Scenario Numbers for Credit-Linked Derivatives with Mathematica and UnRisk

Michael Aichinger

12:45 Lunch
13:30 Panel Discussion
14:15 Exploring the Structure of an Excel Spreadsheet with Mathematica

Derek Yates

14:35 Power of Information in Insurance

Jan Martinek

14:55 Coffee Break
15:10 The Efficient IPO Market Hypothesis

Kevin James

15:30 Data Science Is More Than Just Statistics

Jon McLoone

16:00 Bayesian Inference in the Wolfram Language: An Application to Finance

Sjoerd Smit

16:20 Closing Remarks


Jon McLoone Wolfram Research Europe Director of Technical Communication and Strategy As Director of Technical Communication and Strategy at Wolfram Research Europe, Jon McLoone is central to driving the company's technical business strategy and leading the consulting solutions team. With over 25 years of experience working with Wolfram technologies, Jon has helped in directing software development, system design, technical marketing, corporate policy, business strategies and much more.
Igor Hlivka MThree Consulting Director Igor is a director at MThree Consulting—a specialist London-based organisation providing financial markets advisories in quantitative finance, trading platform development, risk modelling and regulatory-driven transformation. His professional career spans across all areas of quantitative finance, including financial products modelling, transaction structuring and trading in senior roles and capacities. He is a thought leader in various fields of financial theory and subject-matter expert in financial derivatives, structured products and integrated trading platforms. His most recent focus has centred on data science application in finance, where he explored new frontiers of data models and methods for products valuation and efficient objects building.
Derek Yates Datasera Ltd Derek worked in the areas of sales, trading and product development of interest rate derivatives for over 15 years at UBS, Bear Stearns, Morgan Stanley and the Royal Bank of Scotland. He has been a user of Mathematica by Wolfram Research since 1992, and currently writes software which is being used to process transactional data.
Grant Fuller Irithmics Cofounder Grant Fuller is the cofounder of Irithmics, a Bath-based fintech applying machine learning and artificial intelligence to explore the dynamics and behaviours of institutional investors. Grant was previously part of Ernst & Young's hedge fund advisory practice. Prior to this, he helped establish and develop Bloomberg's successful AIM hedge fund trading system and analytics platform, leading the firm's European and Asian business. Before Bloomberg, Grant was part of RiskMetrics, where he was responsible for helping establish their European asset management technologies and consulting capabilities. He holds a BSc in chemistry from the University of St Andrews. He remained at St Andrews to undertake a PhD applying neural networks within carbohydrate chemistry, after which he joined academic research at Cambridge University.
Sjoerd Smit Wolfram Research Technical Consultant Dr. ir. Sjoerd Smit is a technical consultant at Wolfram Research Europe Ltd. (Oxford, UK), where he has been working since 2016. He currently works on consultancy projects involving data science and statistics, and also works as a developer on Computer-Based Math. Sjoerd holds a PhD in applied physics and has a broad interest in science and mathematics with a background in computational science.
Michael Aichinger uni software plus GmbH CEO Michael Aichinger has a PhD in theoretical physics, and after several years as a senior postdoc at the Radon Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, he became the CEO of uni software plus in 2014. He has been working in the field of quantitative finance for more than 10 years.
Cyril Godart BNP Paribas Algorithmic Trader Dr. Cyril Godart works as an algorithmic trader at the FX swap desk at BNP Paribas. He has been a user of Mathematica and the Wolfram Language since 1993. He has held positions as a quantitative analyst, trader and risk manager for large investment banks in the UK, the US and Asia. He is a contributor to several international journals in finance and a regular speaker at conferences.
Jan Martinek AXIS Risk Management Actuary Jan is a risk management actuary at AXIS, predominantly focusing on uses of the internal model and automation of processes and calculations. Jan spent eight years primarily developing Solvency II internal models at Catlin and Argo Group before joining ProSight in 2016, where he was responsible for running the capital modelling function. The ProSight Group decided to pull their operation from the UK in 2017, and Jan joined AXIS in late 2017. Before joining the Lloyd's market, he worked in the life insurance industry and as a software developer in Prague. Jan is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and a fully qualified member of the Czech Society of Actuaries; he also has a master's degree in financial and actuarial mathematics from Charles University, Prague.
Kevin R. James London School of Economics Co-Investigator Kevin R. James is a co-investigator in the Systemic Risk Centre at the London School of Economics. His research focusses upon systemic risk, financial market effectiveness and the links between financial markets and overall economic performance. Drawing on insights from the research on stability in financial markets, he has also been analysing the stability of nuclear deterrence relationships.

About the Sponsors

Wolfram Research

Wolfram Research is one of the world's leading computer, web and cloud software companies—as well as a powerhouse of scientific and technical innovation. As a pioneer in computation and computational knowledge, the company has pursued a long-term vision to develop the science, technology and tools to make computation an ever-more-potent force in today's and tomorrow's world.

CQF Institute

Promoting the highest standard in practical financial engineering, the CQF Institute provides a platform for educating the quantitative finance community around the globe. Part of Fitch Learning, the Institute is the awarding body for the Certificate in Quantitative Finance (CQF). It organises key industry events, including the Quant Insights conference, and offers educational resources online, keeping Institute members up to date on the latest industry practices.

Fitch Learning

Part of the Fitch Group, Fitch Learning partners with clients to enhance knowledge, skills and conduct. With centers in London, New York, Chicago, Singapore, Dubai and Hong Kong, we are committed to questioning and understanding client needs across the globe and on the ground locally. Our people advise and build learning solutions to accelerate the achievements of the individual and the company, across the entire employee lifecycle.


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