The Rise of Machine Learning in Asset Management Conference drew nearly 300 academics, students, and practitioners to the Yale School of Management on Friday, October 5, 2018. The conference was organized by Professor Bryan Kelly and hosted by the International Center for Finance.
Watch the conference panel discussion about, “The Role of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in Entrepreneurship.”
Marina Niessner, AQR Capital Management, LLC.
Marina Niessner, PhD, is a Vice President on the alternative risk premia team within AQR’s Global Alternative Premia department. In this role, she is responsible for research on asset risk premia, factor research, and part of AQR’s research into statistical models. Prior to joining AQR in August, 2018, she was an Assistant Professor of Finance at the Yale School of Management. Her main research interests are behavioral finance, financial social networks, and social media. In her recent work, she applies methods from linguistic psychology to identify fake news on social media, and to examine their impact on financial markets. In her other work, she studies the market for initial coin offerings, and she also uses opinions from a social network of investors, to develop a new measure of investor disagreement and examine the extent to which different investment philosophies lead to more volatility in the stock market. Her research has been featured in the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal. She holds a BA in Economics and Statistics and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago.
Jason Briggs, Diffeo
Jason is COO at Diffeo, an AI startup based in Cambridge building collaborative teammate technology for defense and financial services customers. Jason is leading Diffeo's expansion into financial services. Most recently he led Diffeo’s participation in the Fintech Innovation Lab, where he has been working with top tier financial firms to solve their disparate data challenges. At Diffeo, Jason has also brought together a wide range of partnerships. For example, he led Diffeo in the Salesforce Incubator’s AI Cohort of 2017, where Diffeo was featured in Quip’s keynote presentation at Dreamforce. While studying computer science and military history at Williams College, Jason co-founded Meta Search in 2014 after watching his mom try, and fail, to find files on her computer. Meta launched to thousands of beta users before being acquired by Diffeo in 2016.
Shaheen Kanda, CEO and Founder, firstAI
Shaheen is the CEO of firstAI, an AI startup that helps collaboration and information creation in fixed income asset classes like leveraged finance and CMBS. firstAI has its own proprietary machine learning algorithms trained on the domains we specialize in. The company works with leading financial institutions and is an alum of Barclays Techstars and the FinTech Innovation Lab. firstAI was conceptualized during the endless hours and long nights of running comps and reading deal documents during the financial crisis, when the minutiae inside the long contracts made the difference between losing a lot of money or not.
Nathan Stevenson, CEO and Founder, ForwardLane Inc.
Nathan Stevenson is CEO and founder of Forwardlane, an entrepreneur with a background in quantitative finance, computer science and machine learning. His expertise combines financial services and technology and spans a number of areas, including digital innovation and transformation in wealth management, asset management, insurance and commercial banking. He was in quantitative research at CQS, a top 5 global hedge fund group, in fixed income credit at BNP Paribas and served as an enterprise architect at the JSE, a $980bn exchange, architecting and deploying transformative trading technologies with NYSE-Euronext, LSE and CME Groups. As an entrepreneur, he has co-founded three startups, in travel technology and entertainment with leading industry executives. He has been featured as speaker and industry expert on the application of AI in financial services for Forbes, Institutional Investor, Euromoney, World Economic Forum, Thomson Reuters, Wealth Management.com and more.