Bringing Data Science to Finance
Nov 6-7 2015
Zürich, Switzerland
Financial Data Science is a new conference on the intersection between data science and finance.
The FDS conference was formed in 2015 in order to encourage innovation in the application of statistical techniques to the ever increasing data sets available to the financial sector. By creating a community of practitioners, researchers, and supporters of data driven thinking, FDSA aims to make the power of good data science broadly available, and judiciously used.
Organizing Committee
Damian Borth
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)
James Hodson
Global Consequences
Andreas Hoepner
ICMA Center, Henley Business School
Stefano Pacifico
Global Consequences
  • November 6th
  • 10:00 :: Arrival & Coffee ::
    Starting the discussion if Finance should be more data-driven
  • 10:40 :: Opening Notes ::
    Introducing the Principles of Financial Data Science :: Damian Borth, DFKI (Co-Chair, FDSA)
  • 11:00 :: Plenary Note 1.0 ::
    Financial Economics vs. Financial Data Science :: Andreas Hoepner, ICMA Centre, Henley Business School (Co-Chair, FDSA)
  • 11:20 :: Plenary Note 2.0 ::
    A data-driven view of the world? :: James Hodson, Global Consequences (Co-Chair, FDSA)
  • 11:40 :: Plenary Note 3.0 ::
    Understanding what is happening in the world - in real-time :: Marko Grobelnik, Quintelligence
  • 12:00 :: Lunch at Palavrion
  • 13:30 :: Financial Data Science – three practical perspectives ::
    Moderator: Hampus Adamsson (Sociovestix Labs); Panel: David Avakian (BlackRock), Tomasz Godziek (Bank J. Safra Sarasin), Michael Viehs (Hermes Fund Managers)
  • 14:30 :: Group Discussions ::
    Split into 3-4 groups, randomly assigned, to discuss topics that will form part of a road map of Financial Data Science:
    • What are the big challenges that FDS can help solve in the next 5-10 years?
    • What defines Financial Data Science for practitioners?
    • What defines Financial Data Science for researchers?
    • How do we measure progress and engage the Financial Data Science community?
  • 14:40 :: Refreshment Break ::
  • 15:00 :: Panel ::
    Can AI be a force for good? Moderator: Damian Borth (DFKI); Panel: Marko Grobelnik (Quintelligence); Stefano Pacifico (Global Consequences, call-in); Michael Witbrock (Lucid, call-in); Walt Diggelmann (AI-One).
  • 16:00 :: Panel: ::
    Moderator: Andreas Hoepner, (ICMA Centre, Henley Business School); Panel: Larry Abele (Auriel Equities); Stephen Freedman (UBS); Stephanie Hansen (Vanguard, call-in); Pernille Jessen (Unipension, call-in); Thomas Syrmos (University of Piraeus)
  • 17:00 :: Closing Notes ::
  • 19:00 :: Drinks and Nibbles ::

  • November 7th
  • 10:30 :: Arrival ::
    Höhenweg 1, 8824 Schönenberg ZH
    To come to Schönenberg you must get any train / S-Bahn to Wädenswil and then take a bus to Hütten or Hirzel (150 or 160).
    You have to get out at the station "Schönenberg Post".
    It takes around 45 minutes from the main station in Zurich to Schönenberg.
  • 10:30 :: Light Breakfast ::
    Coffee and Gipfeli / Croissant in Schönenberg
  • 11:15 :: Social Excursion ::
    Joint walking from Schönenberg to Hirzel and along the river Sihl
  • 13:45 :: Lunch Event ::
    Relaxed get-together with Pizza in the Pfarrhaus
  • 15:45 :: Conference End ::
Bank J. Safra Sarasin AG
General Guisan-Quai 26
8022 Zürich

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