Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI & ML) and Sentiment Analysis are said to “predict the future through analysing the past” – the Holy Grail of the finance sector. They can replicate cognitive decisions made by humans yet avoid the behavioural biases inherent in humans.

Processing news data and social media data and classifying (market) sentiment and how it impacts Financial Markets is a growing area of research. The field has recently progressed further with many new “alternative” data sources, such as email receipts, credit/debit card transactions, weather, geo-location, satellite data, Twitter, Micro-blogs and search engine results. AI & ML are gaining adoption in the financial services industry especially in the context of compliance, investment decisions and risk management.

This is a sophisticated conference that not only interrogates and explores the implications of AI & ML in the financial services industry but also goes on to identify the investment opportunities of sharing knowledge and exploiting IP in the finance domain.

  • Learn how you can benefit from the unprecedented progress in technological advances for yourself and your company
  • Find out about the impact of Alternative Data from multiple sources.
  • Benefit from the experience of world class presenters from the UK, US and India
  • Gain exclusive insights into pioneering projects in AI, Machine Learning & Sentiment Analysis in Finance
  • Programme includes the latest state-of-the-art research, practical applications and case studies
  • Enjoy excellent networking opportunities throughout the days with all participants, including presenters, investors and exhibitors.

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Introduction and Background to the Program
Innovations in Finance and harnessing of Technology have led to the inevitable combination, whereby, in the domain of finance Fintech has appeared as a portmanteau word. In the evolution of the BFSI sector Fintech today is established as well as disruptive of traditional order.
Fintech has disrupted all aspects of the finance industry—banking and capital markets, asset and wealth management, insurance, and funds transfer and payments. The lending and payments sector is anticipated to experience a high level of disruption with the emergence of online platforms such as peer-to-peer personal loans. The themes of this conference are about multiple aspects of Fintech.

There are three main themes for the day:

Theme 1: Start-ups and New Opportunities in Fintech
Digitization of services is becoming the norm and customers expect more flexibility and interactivity. Reduction in entry costs due to tech support has created space for qualified finance professionals to join or create new start-ups, which has expanded exponentially in India over the last decade.

Theme 2: AI, Alternative data and Quantitative Fund Management using Sentiment Analysis (Presented in two Sessions)
The rise of AI and Machine learning has disrupted, as well as enhanced many aspects of investment models and technologies. Equally applications of Alternative Data in Fintech are growing at a great pace; the question is how to discover new sources of alpha and create strategies and signals. It is also related to alternative data as the use of multiple data sources exploit their hidden coupling. Text analysis, Natural Language Processing and analysis of News as well as investor sentiment is well established. Bringing all these advances together new applications in trading, fund management and risk control continue to emerge. Under this generic theme many aspects will be presented and discussed by presenters and panelists in two sessions.

Theme 3: Security in Fintech
Increasing foothold of fintech poses great challenges in managing the digital identities of individuals and enterprises. Adopting a combination of latest technology and conventional security architectures to prevent cross-platform malware contamination and exploitation of sensitive data in dark market.



9:00 - 9:10 Chairman's Introduction

Gautam Mitra - CEO, OptiRisk

9:10 - 9:30 Keynote

Anurag Bansal - Director, SMC Global Securities Limited

Morning Chairperson - Gautam Mitra - CEO, OptiRisk


9:30 - 9:45 Recent tech breakthroughs in Deep Learning/Machine. - Read More

Ajit Balakrishnan, CEO,, India

Ajit Balakrishnan, CEO,, India

What can R and Big Data do to throw new light on classic marketing challenges such as online consumer market segmentation and product recommendations… I will present a few cases of such applications using large scale Indian data and also cast an eye on where Deep Learning could go next.

9:45 - 9:55 Practical use-cases of how Machine Learning and Sentiment Analysis can transform BFSI sector - Read More

Indraneel Fuke, Founder, CEO, Simpleworks Business Solutions Pte Ltd (

Indraneel Fuke, Founder, CEO, Simpleworks Business Solutions Pte Ltd (

Going beyond the hype of AI/ML, this session will cover practical use-cases of how AI/ML and Sentiment Analysis can contribute to the digital transformation journey of the BFSI sector. It covers 1) uses cases of facial recognition, OCR scanning, Liveness Detection, fake ID detection, etc from Vision AI perspective, 2) use cases of leveraging of Sentiment Analysis of customer interactions through multiple channels towards cross-sell and up-sell opportunities 3) Leveraging ML for predictions such as next action recommender, next best product to buy, identifying insurance customers at policy renewal risk, etc.

9:55 – 10:05 Can artificial intelligence help retail investors behave right in a volatile share market? - Read More

Sougata Basu, Founder, CashRich

Sougata Basu, Founder, CashRich

Most retail investors need handholding when navigating numerous investment options and dealing with market uncertainties. Human advisors have been helping investors since a long time. In this discussion, we shall explore whether artificial intelligence and machine learning can provide similar or better level of service when compared to human advisors.


♦ Ajit Balakrishnan – CEO, Rediffmail
♦ Sougata Basu – Founder,Cashrich
♦ Indraneel Fuke – Founder & CEO, Simple CRM

10:15 - 10:45 COFFEE BREAK


10:45 - 11:10 Quantamental Factor Investing Using Alternative Data and Machine Learning - Read More

Dr. Arun Verma, Bloomberg L.P, Ph.D, Senior Quantitative Researcher & Quant Solutions Team Lead

Dr. Arun Verma, Bloomberg L.P, Ph.D, Senior Quantitative Researcher & Quant Solutions Team Lead

To gain an edge in the markets quantitative hedge fund managers require automated processing to quickly extract actionable information from unstructured and increasingly non-traditional sources of data. The nature of these “alternative data” sources presents challenges that are comfortably addressed through machine learning techniques. We illustrate use of AI and ML techniques that help extract derived signals that have significant alpha or risk premium and lead to profitable trading strategies.

This session will cover the following topics:

♦ The broad application of machine learning in finance
♦ Extracting sentiment from textual data such as news stories and social media content using machine learning algorithms
♦ Construction of scoring models and factors from complex data sets such as supply chain graph, options (implied volatility skew, term structure), Geolocational datasets and ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance)
♦ Robust portfolio construction using multi-factor models by blending in factors derived from alternative data with the traditional factors such as fama-french five-factor model.

11:10 – 11:35 Equity Trading Strategy using Sentiment and Technical Indicators - Read More

Gautam Mitra, CEO, OptiRisk Systems/Visiting Professor, UCL

Gautam Mitra, CEO, OptiRisk Systems/Visiting Professor, UCL

We compute daily trade schedules using a time series of historical equity price data and applying the powerful mathematical concept of Stochastic Dominance. In contrast to classical mean-variance method this approach improves the tail risk as well as the upside of the return. In our recent research we have introduced and combined market sentiment indicators and technical indicators to construct enhanced RSI and momentum filters. These filters restrict the choice of asset universe for trading. Consistent performance improvement achieved in back-testing vindicates our approach.

11:35 – 11:55 Predicting Distress from the Text of Corporate Filings - Read More

Ashok Banerjee, Departmental Head of Finance and Control, Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (IIMC), India

Ashok Banerjee, Departmental Head of Finance and Control, Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (IIMC), India

  • Qualitative information present in corporate annual reports
  • Data of 800 companies registered and operating in India
  • A text-based analytical model that evaluates three sections of an annual report
  • Directors Report, Audit Report and Notes to Accounts.
  • Predicts a credit default event 3-4 years before it happens


Lead and Moderator:
♦ Arun Verma – Sr. Quant Researcher, Bloomberg

♦ Vishvesh Chauhan – Founder & Managing Partner, Chase Alpha
♦ Gautam Mitra – CEO, OptiRisk
♦ Vikram Pandya – Director, Fintech, SP Jain
♦ Ashok Banerjee -Professor, IIM Cal
♦ Utpal Chakraborty – Head, AI, YES Bank


12:25 - 12:55 NSE Knowledge Hub- AI First Learning Experience Platform for BFSI

Abhilash Misra - CEO, NSE Academy

Abhilash Misra – CEO, NSE Academy

‘The NSE Knowledge Hub’, is a unique Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered learning eco-system to assist the BFSI sector in enhancing skills for their employees and helping academic institutions in preparing future ready talent skilled for the financial services industry.

NSE Knowledge Hub aims to bring world class content closer to learners in a personalized and community learning environment. It allows aggregation, curation, creation and targeting of content which is both learner centric and learner driven. The learning platform is powered by content aggregated from many internal, external, and premium sources, and enhanced by collaborative knowledge sharing from users. With Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (MI) capabilities, the platform provides a comprehensive user-wise report with recommendation on learning opportunities towards skill gap or as a part of progression matrix.

Further, a Learning Experience Platform (LXP), an in-built application on NSE Knowledge Hub platform, functions as a curation and content aggregation layer between an organization’s internal digital learning assets, the vast amount of external content available on the Internet, and user generated content. Enterprises can upskill workforce and enhance employee performance through collaborative innovation. Learners can learn current skills and be future-ready through content/certifications that complements their academic curriculum.

NSE Knowledge Hub delivers a unique learning experience for users and enhanced levels of performance for organizations that produces dramatic business and economic impact and value.

12:55 - 13:10 AI, Machine Learning and Fraud Prevention.

Avez Sayed - CRO, SBI Gen Insurance

13:10 - 14:10 LUNCH

Afternoon Chairperson - Amol Dethe - Editor, ET BFSI


14:10 - 14:30 Recent Technology trends in Deep Learning for FSI - Read More

Sundara Ramalingam N, Head - Deep Learning Practice, NVIDIA Graphics Pvt Ltd, India

Sundara Ramalingam N, Head – Deep Learning Practice, NVIDIA Graphics Pvt Ltd, India

The talk will cover the latest technology developments in the field of Artificial Intelligence, with focus on Deep Learning for FSI. It will touch upon how Global FSI companies are adopting AI and Deep Learning for their existing workflows like Risk analytics, Targeted customer campaigns, Document processing, Customer Churn prediction etc.

All aspects of the AI computing ecosystem including Frameworks, advancements in Training & Deployment etc., will be covered during the talk.

14:30 - 14:50 Alternate Data based underwriting for loans - Read More

Sonal Kapoor, Head, Consumer lending Business, Flipkart

Sonal Kapoor, Head, Consumer lending Business, Flipkart

Alternative data has come into the spotlight in financial services, and it presages a significant shift in credit availability for unbanked and underbanked consumers. There are about 70 million credit-invisible consumers in India who lack sufficient traditional credit data. Alternative data is the future of financial inclusion, enabling lenders to extend credit to consumers who have been credit-invisible using next-generation data sources to power both traditional and alternative credit models.

What is alternative data? It includes payment history for electricity, gas and telecom bills, rent payments, repayments to payday lenders, and information such as employment history and educational background. Although alternative data has proved to be valuable and insightful for making lending decisions, until recently, it has not been possible for it to play a meaningful role in credit scoring.

14:50 - 15:05 Utilization of Market News for improving the decision making process in Financial sector. - Read More

Chandrasekhar Subramanyam, Sr Professor and Director Business Analytics Center, IFIM Business School

Chandrasekhar Subramanyam, Sr Professor and Director Business Analytics Center, IFIM Business School

With the popularity of Digital Media large volume of Information about the Company,Industry are available from various sources some paid and unpaid like Bloomberg,Revenpack,News Agencies , Analyst reports , Company Web sites , Blogs , etc. All this is not used for decision making. Majority of these data is in the form of Text , Viedeo , Images etc.. They are also collectively known as unstructured data as they do not comply with standard definition of Data base. Sentiment Analysis is a type of Unstructured data analysis. It is a combination of Natural Language Processing , Statistics & Machine Learning to identify and extract subjective information from text.

This information can be effectively utilised to improve the decision making by extracting sentiment from large volume of such data and combined with other Machine Learning techniques such as Decision Trees, Support Vector Machines and many more techniques. Two use cases will demonstrate how this can be implemented to predict the Rating Transition of Financial instruments and predicting the Enterprise value of companies using real life data. Also talks about some of the challenges involved in data Integration

15:05 - 15:10 COMFORT BREAK

15:10 - 15:30 Discovering Intelligence in Unstructured Content - Read More
Dan Joldzic, Alexandria Technology

Dan Joldzic, Alexandria Technology

♦ Technology borrowed from the domain of DNA identification
♦ Design to identify cause and effect in large datasets
♦ Analysis of immense quantity of genomic information
♦ This AI&ML base technology applied to financial analytics

15:30 - 15:50 Currency and Forex Forecasting with Media Sentiment Data - Read More
Anthony Luciani, Quantitative Researcher, MarketPysch

Anthony Luciani, Quantitative Researcher, MarketPysch

In this talk Anthony Luciani describes how media analytics are providing new insights into the origins and topping process of asset price bubbles. Examples from price bubbles including the China Composite, cryptocurrencies, housing, and many others will be explored. Recent mathematical models of bubble price action will be augmented with sentiment analysis. Attendees will leave with new models for identifying and taking advantage of speculative manias and panics

15:50 - 16:05 Sentiment Analysis for Trading - Read More

Ishan Shah, Head for Content Development, QuantInsti

Ishan Shah, Head for Content Development, QuantInsti

This workshop will demonstrate the cutting-edge natural language processing research in financial markets. This unique workshop will help you devise new trading strategies using Twitter, news sentiment data. Roadblocks and how to overcome them while working with unstructured data. And how long is the impact of the sentiments on the assets prices. You will learn to predict the market trend by quantifying market sentiments

16:05 - 16:20 TEA BREAK


Lead and Moderator:
♦ Amol Dethe – Editor, ET BFSI

♦ Tejasvi Addagada – IQ International
♦ A Luciani – Sr. Quant Analyst, Market Psych
♦ Gautam Mitra – CEO, OptiRisk
♦ Sonal Kapoor – Head, Consumer Lending, Flipkart
♦ Chandrashekhar S – Professor, IFIM
♦ Ishan Shah – Head, Content Development, QuantInsti
♦ Arun Verma – Sr. Quant Researcher, Bloomberg




Tejasvi Addagada

Director of Board – Marketing & Relations, IQ International

Ajit Balakrishnan

CEO,, India

Ashok Banerjee

IIM Calcutta

Anurag Bansal

Director, SMC Global Securities Limited

Sougata Basu

Founder, CashRich

Rajib Ranjan Borah

CEO iRage, India

Utpal Chakraborty

Head, Artificial Intelligence, Yes Bank

Vishvesh Chauhan

Founder & Managing Partner, Chase Alpha Asset Advisors

Amol Dethe

Editor, ETBFSI & ETCFO (By The Economic Times)

Indraneel Fuke

Founder, CEO, Simpleworks Business Solutions Pte Ltd (

Dan Joldzic

Alexandria Technology

Sonal Kapoor

Head, Consumer lending Business, Flipkart

Anthony Luciani

Quantitative Researcher, MarketPysch

Abhilash Misra

CEO of NSE Academy Ltd.

Gautam Mitra

CEO, OptiRisk Systems/Visiting Professor, UCL

Vikram Pandya

Director FinTech, SP Jain School of Global Management

Sundara Ramalingam N

Head – Deep Learning Practice, NVIDIA Graphics Pvt Ltd, India


Chief Risk Officer, Heading Risk Management, Information & Cyber Security at SBI General Insurance

Ishan Shah

Head for Content Development, QuantInsti

Chandrasekhar Subramanyam

Sr Professor and Director Business Analytics Center, IFIM Business School

Dr. Arun Verma

Bloomberg L.P, Ph.D, Senior Quantitative Researcher & Quant Solutions Team Lead
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