Put AI to Work
April 15-18, 2019
New York, NY

Schedule: Financial Services sessions

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9:00am - 5:00pm Monday, April 15 & Tuesday, April 16
Francesca Lazzeri (Microsoft), Wee Hyong Tok (Microsoft), Krishna Anumalasetty (Microsoft)
Francesca Lazzeri, Wee Hyong Tok, and Krishna Anumalasetty walk you through the core steps for using Azure Machine Learning services to train your machine learning models both locally and on remote compute resources. Read more.
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9:00am12:30pm Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Location: Trianon Ballroom
Garrett Hoffman (StockTwits)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 3 ratings)
Garrett Hoffman walks you through deep learning methods for natural language processing and natural language understanding tasks, using a live example in Python and TensorFlow with StockTwits data. Methods include word2vec, recurrent neural networks and variants (LSTM, GRU), and convolutional neural networks. Read more.
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1:45pm5:15pm Tuesday, April 16, 2019
AI Business Summit
Location: Beekman
Alex Siegman (Dow Jones), Kabir Seth (Wall Street Journal)
Alex Siegman and Kabir Seth walk you through the steps necessary to appropriately leverage AI in a large organization. This includes ways to identify business opportunities that lend themselves to AI as well as best practices on everything from data intake and manipulation to model selection, output analysis, development, and deployment, all while navigating a complex organizational structure. Read more.
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11:05am11:45am Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Case Studies, Machine Learning
Location: Sutton South
Pamela Vagata (Stripe)
Pamela Vagata explains how Stripe has applied deep learning techniques to predict fraud from raw behavioral data. Join in to learn how the deep learning model outperforms a feature-engineered model both on predictive performance and in the effort spent on data engineering, model construction, tuning, and maintenance. Read more.
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1:50pm2:30pm Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Anand Rao (PwC)
Broader AI adoption and gaining trust from customers requires AI systems to be fair, interpretable, robust, and safe. Anand Rao synthesizes the current research in FAT (fairness, accountability, and transparency) into a step-by-step methodology to address these issues—illustrated with case studies from the financial services and healthcare industries. Read more.
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2:40pm3:20pm Wednesday, April 17, 2019
AI Business Summit, Case Studies
Location: Sutton North/Center
Andrew Chin (AllianceBernstein), Celia Chen (AllianceBernstein)
Andrew Chin and Celia Chen offer an overview of data science applications within the asset management industry, covering use cases on using ML to derive better investment insights and improve client engagement. Read more.
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4:05pm4:45pm Wednesday, April 17, 2019
AI Business Summit, Case Studies
Location: Sutton North/Center
Kyle Hoback (WorkFusion), James Lawson (WorkFusion)
Using AI to combat financial crime is more than strong fraud detection models monitoring transactions. Banks follow significant anti-money laundering (AML) and "know your customer" (KYC) laws and procedures, wrought with growth chained to cost and requiring auditable automation. Kyle Hoback walks you through a series of case studies that utilize AI-powered RPA that address AML and KYC. Read more.
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4:55pm5:35pm Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Angelo Calvello (Rosetta Analytics)
Angelo Calvello explains why asset managers will inevitably (but slowly and haltingly) incorporate AI into their investment processes in a meaningful manner and argues that this incorporation could be accelerated by the entrance of an external AI-based actor or the success of AI-based investment startups. Read more.
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4:55pm5:35pm Wednesday, April 17, 2019
AI Business Summit, Case Studies
Location: Sutton North/Center
Scott Clark (SigOpt), Matt Greenwood (Two Sigma Investments)
Companies are increasingly building modeling platforms to empower their researchers to efficiently scale the development and productionalization of their models. Scott Clark and Matt Greenwood share a case study from a leading algorithmic trading firm to illustrate best practices for building these types of platforms in any industry. Read more.
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11:05am11:45am Thursday, April 18, 2019
Case Studies, Machine Learning
Location: Sutton South
vishal hawa (Vanguard)
While deep learning has shown significant promise for model performance, it can quickly become untenable particularly when data size is short. RNNs can quickly memorize and overfit. Vishal Hawa explains how a combination of RNNs and Bayesian networks (PGM) can improve the sequence modeling behavior of RNNs. Read more.
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1:50pm2:30pm Thursday, April 18, 2019
Machine Learning, Models and Methods
Location: Grand Ballroom West
Arun Kejariwal (Independent), Ira Cohen (Anodot)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
Arun Kejariwal and Ira Cohen share a novel two-step approach for building more reliable prediction models by integrating anomalies in them. They then walk you through marrying correlation analysis with anomaly detection, discuss how the topics are intertwined, and detail the challenges you may encounter based on production data. Read more.
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4:05pm4:45pm Thursday, April 18, 2019
Implementing AI
Location: Regent Parlor
Aric Whitewood (WilmotML)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
Aric Whitewood details WilmotML's research on the application of AI to investment management and offers an overview of the company's prediction engine, GAIA (the Global AI Allocator), which has been running in production since January 2018. Read more.
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4:05pm4:45pm Thursday, April 18, 2019
Case Studies, Machine Learning
Location: Sutton South
Chakri Cherukuri (Bloomberg LP)
Chakri Cherukuri demonstrates how to apply machine learning techniques in quantitative finance, covering use cases involving both structured and alternative datasets. The focus of the talk will be on promoting reproducible research (through Jupyter notebooks and interactive plots) and interpretable models. Read more.