Conference

The impact of technology on the future of quant finance, 14th October, Live and Online

Fitch Ratings Auditorium, 30 North Colonnade, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5GN

The CQF Institute, Wilmott and Wiley present their second Quant Insights conference this October.

Held in the heart of Canary Wharf, London’s modern financial center, the conference will bring together leading practitioners in the field to explore trends in technology, and its uses in quant finance, trading and for Fintech business innovation.

Expect to hear practical examples of how quant and trading technology is used by the quant finance community and for new business ventures.

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Including 60 days of access to the conference recordings (Video on Demand)

Shedule

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Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:00 - 8:50
Registration and Morning Coffee
8:50 - 9:00
Opening Remarks - Randeep Gug

Quant Tech

9:00 - 9:40
Black Swan Events - What Can We Learn from Derivatives Data? - Philippe Henrotte
9:40 - 10:20
Can You Turn Your Data into a Competitive Advantage? - Andreas Binder
10:20 - 11:00
Title to be confirmed - Avik Sengupta
11:00 - 11:20
Morning Break

Trading Tech

11.20 - 12.00
Bitcoin and Blockchain, Opening the Blackbox with Python - Yves Hilpisch
12:00 - 12:40
Natural Language Processing in Trading: A Look at the Field of Natural Language Processing and News Analytics in Trading - James Isilay
12:40 - 13:20
Stochastic Filtering in Electronic Trading - Paul Bilokon
13:20 - 14:00
Lunch
14:00 - 14:40
Keynote: “Algo My Way, You Go Your Way” - Four Decades in Business - Paul Wilmott

Beyond FinTech

14:40 - 15:20
The Future of Financial Computation: Capabilities and Delivery - Conrad Wolfram
15:20 - 16:00
How the FINTECH Revolution Impacts Quant Finance & the Emergence of "WealthTECH" - Susanne Chishti
16:00 - 16:10
Afternoon Break
16:10 - 16:50
Cognitive Analytics and Quants - A Profession in the Eye of the Storm - Tony Boobier

Panel Discussion and Closing Remarks

16:50-17:20
Expert Panel
17:20 - 17:30
Closing Remarks - Randeep Gug
17:30
Conference Closing Get Together

The conference in numbers

Quant Insights by quantity

3

Organizers

10

Talks

120

Live

100+

Online

Speakers

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Keynote

Dr. Paul Wilmott

Wilmott

Paul is the founder of the Certificate in Quantitative Finance and Wilmott.com and he is internationally renowned as a leading expert on quantitative finance. His research work is extensive, with more than 100 articles in leading mathematical and finance journals, as well as several internationally acclaimed books on mathematical modeling and derivatives, including the best-selling Paul Wilmott On Quantitative Finance, published by John Wiley & Sons.

Paul has extensive consulting experience in quantitative finance with leading US and European financial institutions. He has founded a volatility arbitrage hedge fund and a university degree course. Paul has lectured at all levels, to students and to practitioners

Dr. Paul Wilmott

Founder, Wilmott.com

Biography

James Isilay

CEO, Cognism

James is CEO and Founder of Cognism an AI start-up, he previously worked as a successful algorithmic trader before founding Cognism. At UBS James, led a cross-functional team to build a web-based globally distributed option trading platform and is an experienced originator, trader and researcher in finance. He has a MEng in Information Systems Engineering from Imperial College.

James Isilay

CEO, Cognism

Biography

Dr. Yves Hilpisch

The Python Quants

Yves is founder and Managing Partner of The Python Quants, a group focusing on the use of open source technologies for quant finance and data science. He is author of the books Python for Finance (O'Reilly, 2014), Derivatives Analytics with Python (Wiley, 2015) and Listed Volatility and Variance Derivatives (Wiley, forthcoming 2016) and authors the Python-based financial library DX Analytics. Yves lectures on computational finance and also organizes meetups and conferences about open source for quant finance.

Dr. Yves Hilpisch

Managing Partner, The Python Quants

Biography

Susanne Chishti

CEO, FINTECH Circle

Susanne is the CEO of FINTECH Circle, Europe's 1st Angel Network focused on fintech opportunities and the FINTECH Tours, Chairman of FINTECH Circle Innovate and Co-Editor of The FINTECH Book​ - the 1st Crowd-Sourced Book on Fintech globally. Recognized in the European Digital Financial Services ‘Power 50’ 2015, an independent ranking of the most influential people in digital financial services in Europe. She has been selected as one of the 100 leading Women in FINTECH and top 15 FINTECH UK twitter influencers and is an Entrepreneur and Investor with strong FINTECH expertise. Susanne is a Mentor, Judge & Coach at FINTECH events and competitions such as SWIFT Innotribe, Cambridge Judge Business School Accelerator, Fintech Startup Bootcamp and Barclays Techstars Accelerators. She has more than 14 years’ experience across Deutsche Bank, Lloyds Banking Group, Morgan Stanley and Accenture in London and Hong Kong. Susanne is a leading conference speaker at international fintech conferences.

Susanne Chishti

CEO, FINTECH Circle

Biography

Dr. Andreas Binder

MD, MathConsult, maker of UnRisk

Andreas obtained his PhD in Industrial Mathematics from the Johannes Kepler University Linz with a thesis on continuous casting of steel. A research grant led him to the Oxford Center for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, UK, in 1991, where he got in touch with mathematical finance (and Paul Wilmott) for the first time. After some years being an assistant professor at the Industrial Mathematics Institute, in 1996, he left university and became managing director of MathConsult GmbH, where he heads also the Computational Finance Group. Andreas has authored three books on mathematical finance and around 30 journal articles in the fields of industrial mathematics and of mathematical finance.

Dr. Andreas Binder

MD, MathConsult (Makers of UnRisk)

Biography

Tony Boobier

Worldwide Executive, IBM

Tony is a Worldwide Executive at IBM focusing on analytics for the Insurance Industry. Qualified in engineering, insurance, marketing and supply chain management, and with over 30 years in the financial services sector, (20 of which in line of business and a further 10 in the technology sector) he is a well known international speaker and commentator with an international perspective. As well as mentoring at Level 39, the largest Financial Services Innovation Hub in Europe, he has a particular interest in Spatial Analytics – ‘everything and everyone is somewhere’. He is author of the forthcoming book ‘Analytics for Insurance: The New Real Business of Big Data’. Thomas Davenport, Distinguished Professor at MIT and ‘Father of Analytics’ describes it simply like this: ‘Insurers need only read this book if they want to stay in business’. Tony says he ‘lies awake at night thinking of the convergence between insurance and technology’.

Tony Boobier

Worldwide Executive, IBM

Biography

Dr. Philippe Henrotte

Co-Founder and Partner, ITO33

Philippe is one of the founding partners of ITO33, a company which designs sophisticated derivatives pricing software for financial institutions. He is an Affiliate Professor at the Finance Department of HEC Paris. He holds a PhD in Finance from the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University. His research interests focus on risk management and the hedging and pricing of derivatives in incomplete markets.

Dr. Philippe Henrotte

Co-Founder and Partner, ITO33

Biography

Dr. Paul Bilokon

Founder and CEO, Thalesians

Paul A. Bilokon is Director at Deutsche Bank, where he runs the global credit and core quant teams, part of Markets Electronic Trading (MET) group. He is one of the pioneers of electronic trading in credit, including indices, single names, and cash, and has worked in e-trading, derivatives pricing, and quantitative finance at bulge bracket institutions, including Morgan Stanley, Lehman Brothers, Nomura, and Citigroup. His more than a decade-long career spans many asset classes: equities, FX spot and options, rates and credit.

Paul was educated at Christ Church, Oxford, and Imperial College. The domain-theoretic framework for continuous-time stochastic processes, developed with Prof. Abbas Edalat, earned him a PhD degree and a prestigious LICS paper. Paul's other academic interests include stochastic filtering and machine learning. He is an expert developer in C++, Java, Python, and kdb+/q, with a special interest in high performance scientific computing.

His interests in philosophy and finance led him to formulate the vision for and found Thalesians, a think tank of dedicated professionals working in quant finance, economics, mathematics, physics and computer science, the focal point of a community with over 1,500 members worldwide. He serves as its CEO, and runs it with two of his friends and colleagues, Saeed Amen and Matthew Dixon, as fellow Directors.

Dr. Bilokon is a joint winner of the Donald Davis Prize (2005), winner of the British Computing Society Award for the Student Making the Best Use of IT (World Leadership Forum's SET award, 2005), Ward Foley Memorial Scholarship (2001), two University of London High Achiever Awards (in mathematics and physics, 1999); a Member of the British Computer Society, Institution of Engineering and Technology, and European Complex Systems Society; Associate of the Securities and Investment Institute, and Royal College of Science; and a frequent speaker at premier conferences such as Global Derivatives, alphascope, LICS, and Domains.

Dr. Paul Bilokon

Founder and CEO, Thalesians

Biography

Conrad Wolfram

CEO, Wolfram Research Europe

Conrad Wolfram, physicist, mathematician and technologist, is strategic director and European co-founder/CEO of the Wolfram group of companies. Described as the place where "Computation meets Knowledge" and "The Math Company", the Wolfram Group specializes in pushing boundaries at the intersection of computation, data science, maths, and knowledge, including making Mathematica software, the Wolfram|Alpha knowledge engine (powering knowledge answers for Apple's Siri), the Computable Document Format (CDF) standard, Wolfram Development Platform and Wolfram Language. All Wolfram technology is now being hybridised to the cloud, including providing private computation cloud installations.

Wolfram technology and consulting solutions uniquely span modern data analytics, software development from start ups to Fortune 500 companies, in industries as diverse as medicine, finance and telecoms.

Conrad is also a leading advocate for a fundamental shift of maths education to be computer-based and founded computerbasedmath.org (CBM) to drive implementation of the change. The movement is now a worldwide force in re-engineering the STEM curriculum with early projects in Estonia, Sweden and across Africa. Conrad was educated at University of Cambridge from which he holds degrees in natural sciences and maths.

Conrad Wolfram

CEO, Wolfram Research Europe

Biography

Avick Sengupta

Julia Computing

Comming Soon

Avick Sengupta

Julia Computing

Biography

Talks

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Keynote: “Algo My Way, You Go Your Way” - Four Decades in Business

Paul Wilmott, Founder, Wilmott.com

Keynote: “Algo My Way, You Go Your Way” - Four Decades in Business

Paul Wilmott, Founder, Wilmott.com

Paul brings you some insights into starting your own firm based on his more than four decades in business.

  • The importance of good ideas
  • The different types of intelligence
  • B2B or B2C?
  • How good is good enough?
  • The impact of cynicism in business
  • Read Paul's teaser blog on his keynote here.

    Can You Turn Your Data into a Competitive Advantage?

    Andreas Binder, MD, MathConsult GmbH (Makers of UnRisk)

    Can You Turn Your Data into a Competitive Advantage?

    Andreas Binder, MD, MathConsult GmbH (Makers of UnRisk)

    ...or is your data caught up in incompatible data silos across your enterprise? Smart algorithms can turn data into a competitive edge, but introducing enterprise-wide computational knowledge services requires much more than simply scaling up existing computations to the required size.

    One of the main challenges is to sucessfully embed computations on cross-sectional data (such as xVA calculations) into a grown, strongly heterogeneous corporate environment: The nature of the data to be processed can vary widely across different parts of an enterprise (e.g, timeseries, relational customer data, semantic data,...), and so do data formats, data quality or security requirements. Existing computations are generally implemented using a bewildering array of different programming languages, technologies and commercial computing environments (such as Matlab or Mathematica), and need to be deployed on heterogenous hardware and different operating systems. Despite this complexity, full audit trails and detailed tracability of computation results must be ensured to fulfill regulational requirements.

    UnRisk speaks about their attempts to unify heterogenous "knowledge silos" and make the power of large scale simulations available to the whole enterprise.

    Natural Language Processing in Trading: A Look at the Field of Natural Language Processing and News Analytics in Trading

    James Isilay, CEO, Cognism

    Natural Language Processing in Trading: A Look at the Field of Natural Language Processing and News Analytics in Trading

    James Isilay, CEO, Cognism

    A look at the field of Natural Language Processing and News Analytics in trading. Unstructured data like news, social and government data contains tradable information that is time consuming to extract manually and subject to interpretation. Natural Language Processing can bring that extraction down to milliseconds and create a systematic treatment that makes decision making easier. We will look at the technology that makes this possible, market solutions that already exist and the impact on trading of these technologies.

    Bitcoin and Blockchain, Opening the Blackbox with Python

    Yves Hilpisch, Managing Partner, The Python Quants

    Bitcoin and Blockchain, Opening the Blackbox with Python

    Dr. Yves Hilpisch, Managing Partner, The Python Quants

    There is currently quite a hype around crypto-currencies, like Bitcoin, and their underlying technology, the blockchain. At the same time, there is still some confusion about the relevant technical details. This talk illustrates the fundamental notions and concepts behind Bitcoin and blockchain technology by the means of simple Python code.

    How the FINTECH Revolution Impacts Quant Finance & the Emergence of "WealthTECH"

    Susanne Chishti, CEO, FINTECH Circle

    How the FINTECH Revolution Impacts Quant Finance & the Emergence of "WealthTECH"

    Susanne Chishti, CEO, FINTECH Circle

    Susanne provides an overview on the booming fintech scene and the latest trends such as "WealthTECH". She will explain the dynamics between fintech startups, investors, tech giants and incumbents and show the opportunities for Quant Finance professionals to be at the forefront of this seismic digital shift in financial services. Susanne can be followed on Twitter here.

    Cognitive Analytics and Quants - A Profession in the Eye of the Storm

    Tony Boobier, Worldwide Executive, IBM

    Cognitive Analytics and Quants - A Profession in the Eye of the Storm

    Tony Boobier, Worldwide Executive, IBM

    According to Gartner, by 2020 over 50% of organisations will be using some form of artificial intelligence or cognitive computing to manage parts of their business. The ability to combine structured and unstructured data, to obtain meaning, insight and to predict outcomes will have a transformative influence on the way we do business. Of all sectors, Financial Services is likely to feel the greatest impact. In this provocative and forward-thinking presentation, Tony Boobier, will ask what will this mean for organisations, professional institutions, the future of professional learning and above all, what will it mean to you as professionals?

    Black Swan Events – What Can We Learn From Derivatives Data?

    Philippe Henrotte, Co-Founder and Partner, ITO33

    Black Swan Events - What Can We Learn From Derivatives Data?

    Philippe Henrotte, Co-Founder and Partner, ITO33

    Calibrating a rich model on a large set of derivatives data can help uncover the rare but large events priced in the market but impervious to statistical analysis. This is true not only for vanilla options, but also for volatility derivatives such as VIX futures and options and variance swaps. Not surprisingly, the implications for risk management are quite significant.

    Stochastic Filtering in Electronic Trading

    Paul A. Bilokon, Founder and CEO, Thalesians Ltd.

    Stochastic Filtering in Electronic Trading

    Paul Bilokon, Founder and CEO, Thalesians Ltd.

    In this talk we shall give an overview of the methods of stochastic filtering: from Kalman, to particle, to assumed density filtering. We shall focus on the latter to demonstrate how they are particularly useful in a high-frequency trading environment. We shall then consider applications in electronic trading and volatility estimation.

    The Future of Financial Computation: Capabilities and Delivery

    Conrad Wolfram, CEO, Wolfram Research Europe Ltd.

    The Future of Financial Computation: Capabilities and Delivery

    Conrad Wolfram, CEO, Wolfram Research Europe Ltd.

    Abstract coming soon.

    More to come

    Algo Trading with Python Workshop

    Presented by Dr. Yves Hilpisch, Managing Partner of The Python Quants, 12th & 13th October 2016, Live and Online

    The Corn Exchange, 55 Mark Lane, London, EC3R 7NE

    Topics

    This two-day intensive training covers all technical topics relevant in the context of algorithmic trading:

  • Pandas for data analysis and vectorized backtesting of trading strategies
  • Object oriented programming with Python for event-based backtesting
  • Working with sockets and real-time/streaming data
  • Price prediction with regression and machine learning approaches
  • Working with the Oanda trading platform and API (historical data and backtesting, streaming data and automated trading)
  • Deploying trading strategies in the cloud for automated, monitored trading
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    Conference Organizers

    Quant Insights is produced by

    CQF Institute

    Dr. Randeep Gug - Director of CQF Institute

    The Institute is a global community for quant finance professionals and provides access to online educational resources for its members. The CQF Institute is part of Fitch Learning.

    Wilmott

    Dr. Paul Wilmott - Founder of Wilmott.com

    Wilmott is the leading resource for the quant finance community, comprised a website and discussion forum and Wilmott magazine.

    Wiley

    Thomas Hyrkiel - Publisher

    Wiley is a globally publisher of scientific & technical information; including journals, books, reference, databases & lab manuals.

    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. Fitch Group is a global leader in financial information services with operations in more than 30 countries. Fitch Group is comprised of: Fitch Ratings, Fitch Solutions, BMI Research and Fitch Learning.

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    Conference Venue

    Address:

    Fitch Ratings Auditorium,
    30 North Colonnade,
    Canary Wharf,
    London,
    E14 5GN

    Phone:

    020 7496 8600

    Workshop Venue

    Address:

    Fitch Learning Training Center,
    2nd Floor,
    The Corn Exchange,
    55 Mark Lane,
    London,
    EC3R 7NE

    Phone:

    020 7496 8600