BACKGROUND

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.

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  • Learn how you can benefit from the unprecedented progress in technological advances for yourself and your company
  • Find out about the impact of Quantum Computing and Alternative Data
  • Benefit from the experience of world class presenters from the UK, US, Europe and India/Hong Kong
  • 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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Call for Participation

We are inviting speakers – thought leaders, subject experts and start up entrepreneurs – to share their knowledge and enthusiasm about their work and their vision in the field of AI, Machine Learning & Sentiment Analysis.

Please complete the speaker’s response form and submit a proposal to present at this event.

Code of Conduct & Diversity

UNICOM’s Code of Conduct & Views on Diversity

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Diversity: In our endeavour to be the provider of knowledge to the business community, we understand that this depends on hearing from and listening to a variety of perspectives that come from people of all races, ethnicities, genders, ages, abilities, religions, sexual orientation, and military service. We welcome diverse speakers for all our events, we do not always fully achieve this goal, but it is an ongoing process.

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Programme March 2020 Under Development

WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS

DK AGGARWAL, CHAIRMAN & MD, SMC INVESTMENTS & ADVISORS LTD

CHAIRPERSON'S INTRODUCTION AND SCENE SETTING

GAUTAM MITRA, CEO, OPTIRISK SYSTEMS/VISITING PROFESSOR, UCL

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

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.

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

TBC - Read More

K S Somasundaram, Chief Enterprise Risk Officer, NSE

K S Somasundaram, Chief Enterprise Risk Officer, NSE

TBC

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.

Recent tech breakthroughs in Deep Learning/Machine. - Read More

Ajit Balakrishnan, CEO, Rediff.com, India

Ajit Balakrishnan, CEO, Rediff.com, 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.

AI, Machine Learning and Fraud Prevention. - Read More

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

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

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.

Maximizing AI outcomes with Data Governance - Read More

Tejasvi Addagada, Director of Board - Marketing & Relations, IQ International

Tejasvi Addagada, Director of Board – Marketing & Relations, IQ International

Clean Data is a crucial need to get an outcome from Machine Learning capabilities. Scale and diversity in data is also another important aspect. How accurate is the data to give a usable outcome – is a major question? This is related to Data Accuracy

What is easy to access – are the machine-learning services and algorithms, but data is still the prime constituent of AI. The basic predictive efficiency of AI models is defined by diversity, scale and quality of input data. This is associated with Data Coverage & Availability.

Most of the data with Information aggregators or large institutions is not consistent across systems and processes, while it is also not consistently formatted across the organization. These aspects form Structural Consistency & Semantic Consistency.

Machine Learning and Momentum Trading - Read More

Vishvesh Chauhan, Founder & Managing Partner, Chase Alpha Asset Advisors

Vishvesh Chauhan, Founder & Managing Partner, Chase Alpha Asset Advisors

Using the Machine learning algorithm to design a quantitative trading system. Momentum trading is one of the highest used strategies in markets. We will try to showcase how we incorporate ML into your existing trading framework.

AI core fabric for nextgen banking - Read More

Utpal Chakraborty, Head, Artificial Intelligence, YES Bank

Utpal Chakraborty, Head, Artificial Intelligence, YES Bank

In the current decade, the world has achieved an enormous amount of technological advancement and skyrocketing progress in mass Digitization, Data Science and FinTech. In fact, we are currently living in the golden era of AI & FinTech.

With the advent of fast computing speed and low-cost storage for the enormous amount of data that is available for everyone, Artificial Intelligence has become paramount in our daily lives.

Strategic Considerations in Intelligent Automation - Read More

Vikram Pandya, Director FinTech, SP Jain School of Global Management

Vikram Pandya, Director FinTech, SP Jain School of Global Management

With advancements in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, fabric of traditional automation is undergoing rapid changes. In this session we are going to understand techno-strategic considerations in automation lifecycle management and how to integrate emerging technologies to increase productivity, better customer targeting, revenue optimization and cost reduction using various case studies and hands-on examples.

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

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

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 (www.simplecrm.com)

Indraneel Fuke, Founder, CEO, Simpleworks Business Solutions Pte Ltd (www.simplecrm.com)

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.

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

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.

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.

Speakers

Tejasvi Addagada

Director of Board – Marketing & Relations, IQ International

DK Aggarwal

Chairman & MD, SMC Investments & Advisors Ltd

Ajit Balakrishnan

CEO, Rediff.com, India

Ashok Banerjee

IIM Calcutta

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 (www.simplecrm.com)

Dan Joldzic

Alexandria Technology

Sonal Kapoor

Head, Consumer lending Business, Flipkart

Anthony Luciani

Quantitative Researcher, MarketPysch

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

AVEZ SAYED

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

Ishan Shah

Head for Content Development, QuantInsti

K S Somasundaram

Chief Enterprise Risk Officer, NSE

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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