CDAR’s members often attend conferences and symposia giving presentations and participating in panel discussions regarding risk analytics, applied statistical methods, and investment portfolio management techniques. The following are current and past listings of our Co-Directors and affiliated researchers sharing research projects and results.

Upcoming Engagements

Friday, September 1, 2017 | 1:10 PM to 2:30 PM
CDAR Co-Director Lisa Goldberg to give lecture: "Do Steph Curry and Klay Thompson Have Hot Hands?"

Abstract: The Splash Brothers, Steph Curry, and Klay Thompson, are great shooters but they are not streak shooters. Only rarely do they show signs of a hot hand. This counter-intuitive result is based on an empirical analysis of field goal and free throw data from the 82 regular season games and 17 post season games played by the Golden State Warriors in 2016–2017. Inspired by the iconic but flawed 1985 hot-hand study by Thomas Gilovich, Robert Vallone and Amos Tversky, as well as Josh Miller and Adam Sanjurjo’s 2015 fascinating correction to that study, we continue the dialog about how humans misperceive randomness, and we show how modern data science can improve on traditional statistical analysis in sports and in finance.

Speaker: Lisa Goldberg

Biography: Lisa Goldberg is Adjunct Professor of Economics and Statistics and co-Director of CDAR at UC Berkeley, and Director of Research at Aperio Group. Her interests include financial economics, statistical evaluation of investment strategies, asset allocation, credit and counterparty risk, socially responsible investing, and the statistics of basketball.

Photograph by Ken Ribet

Past Engagements

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 | 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Alexander Shkolnik, CRMR Postdoctoral Scholar, to give contributed session at the International Conference on Monte Carlo Methods and Applications
Alexander Shkolnik, CRMR Postdoctoral Scholar, to give contributed session at the MCM 2017 International Conference on Monte Carlo Methods and Applications Session title: Compactness Approaches

Monday, May 15, 2017 | 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Co-Director Lisa Goldberg moderated a panel, "Should ESG be Embedded as a Risk Factor?"
Join Chicago Booth's Social Enterprise Initiative and investment management firm Aperio Group to discuss the pros and cons of including ESG factors in portfolio risk models.

Thursday, April 6, 2017 | 5:15 PM to 6:15 PM
Financial and Insurance Mathematics Seminar by ETH Zürich
CDAR Co-Director Lisa R. Goldberg to present a seminar titled "Identifying Financial Risk Factor with Sparse and Low-Rank Decompositions" (link to page). Abstract: We show

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 | 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Dr. Kyong Shik Eom at the Korea Exchange (KRX) in Busan, South Korea
  Sponsored by the KRX Division of Derivatives Market, Dr. Kyong Shik Eom will lecture on the Changes in the U.S. and E.U. Capital Markets

Thursday, March 23, 2017 | 1:30 PM to 8:30 PM
BSTARS Conference 2017
The Berkeley Statistics Annual Research Symposium (BSTARS) surveys the latest research developments in the department, with an emphasis on possible applications to statistical problems encountered

Thursday, March 9, 2017 | 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM
SF ESG Forum
The SF ESG Forum will be on Thursday March 9, 4:30-6:45pm, including networking at the end. The event is co-sponsored by: The Saint Mary’s College of California

Thursday, March 9, 2017 | 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Investment Symposium by Society of Actuaries
Session on Big Data by Robert Anderson and Gautham Sastri (link to website)
There's no question that Big Data is the new engine driving innovation in the insurance industry. This includes improved customer service to reduced incidence of fraud, target marketing and more efficient pricing. But What about the investment space? Can the boundless reservoir of information help insurance investment professionals find alpha, generate extra yield or reduce investment risk? Does social media open up new horizons and offer an alternative to the daily barrage of ubiquitous market data that has fed the investment industry for the last half century? These are just some of the Big Data questions that will be discussed at this year's Investment Symposium.

Thursday, February 23, 2017 | 12:30 PM to 7:00 PM
2017 Elfenworks Center for Responsible Business Conference
Harnessing the Power of Big Data for Social Good (link to website)
The conference will present a dialogue on what Big Data means for businesses and non-profit organizations, the successes and challenges of collecting Big Data, how they are currently used or misused (or can be) by both for-profits and non-profits and identify promising areas for management research and education in Big Data. The conference will have two panels followed by a keynote speech.
This conference is cosponsored by CDAR and the Berkeley CRB.  

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 | 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
KOSDAQ 20th Anniversary Forum
Kyong Shik Eom, CDAR Affiliated Researcher, to be the single keynote speaker for the KOSDAQ 20th Anniversary Forum November 22, 2016 at the Korea Exchange

Saturday, November 19, 2016 | 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
SIAM Conference on Financial Mathematics & Engineering
Alex Papanicolaou, CDAR Postdoctoral Researcher, to speak at the SIAM Conference on Financial Mathematics & Engineering
November 17-19, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee (link to website)
The Activity Group on Financial Mathematics and Engineering focuses on research and practice in financial mathematics, computation, and engineering. Its goals are to foster collaborations among mathematical scientists, statisticians, computer scientists, computational scientists, and researchers and practitioners in finance and economics, and to foster collaborations in the use of mathematical and computational tools in quantitative finance in the public and private sector.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 | 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
2016 INFORMS Annual Meeting
Alex Papanicolaou, CDAR Postdoctoral Researcher, gave a talk at the 2016 INFORMS Annual Meeting at the Music City Center & Omni Nashville Hotel The INFORMS 2016 featured

Friday, November 11, 2016 | 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Conference on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing (SRI)
CDAR Co-Director Lisa Goldberg Presented the Moskowitz Prize at 2016 SRI Conference  (link to full press release)
The Moskowitz Prize is a global award recognizing outstanding academic research on a topic germane to the sustainable, responsible, impact (SRI) investment industry. The Annual SRI Conference serves thought leaders, investors, and investment professionals in the ESG, Shareowner Advocacy, and Impact Investing space, catalyzing the shift to a more socially equitable and environmentally sustainable economy.

Saturday, October 22, 2016 | 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
FMA International 2016 Annual Meeting
Baeho Kim, CDAR Visiting Researcher, to present at FMA International’s 2016 Annual Meeting A Smiling Bear in the Equity Options Market and the Cross-section of

Thursday, October 13, 2016 | 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Center for Financial and Risk Analytics Seminar
Lisa Goldberg and Alex Shkolnik to speak at Stanford’s Center for Financial Risk Analytics  The Center for Financial and Risk Analytics at Stanford University pioneers financial models, statistical

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 | 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Alex Papanicolaou: Background Subtraction for Pattern Recognition in High Frequency Financial Data
This event is part of a series of Neyman seminars offered through the Statistics Department. Abstract: Financial markets produce massive amounts of complex data from

Friday, August 19, 2016 | 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM
2016 International Conference on Monte Carlo and Quasi-Monte Carlo Methods in Scientific Computing (MCQMC)
The MCQMC Conference is a bienniel meeting on Monte Carlo and quasi-Monte Carlo methods. It usually attracts 150 to 200 mathematicians, computer scientists, statisticians and

Friday, June 24, 2016 | 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Algorithms for Modern Massive Data Sets (MMDS 2016) Workshop
Modern Massive Data Sets (MMDS) hosts workshops to, “explore novel techniques for modeling and analyzing massive, high-dimensional, and nonlinearly structured data sets, and to bring together computer scientists, computational and applied mathematicians, statisticians, and practitioners to promote cross-fertilization of ideas.” Alex Shkolnik, CDAR affiliate with the Center for Risk Management Research, and CDAR Co-Director Lisa Goldberg, presented at the conference. The 2016 Workshop is sponsored by the Berkeley Institute for Data Science.

Thursday, May 12, 2016 | 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Stanford Center for Financial Risk Analytics Seminar
CDAR Co-Director Bob Anderson presented: “PCA with Model Misspecification” The theoretical justifications for Principal Component Analysis (PCA) typically assume that the data is IID over

Friday, March 25, 2016 | 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Berkeley–Columbia Meeting in Engineering and Statistics 
The Berkeley-Columbia Meeting provides an interdisciplinary forum for research in Engineering, Finance, Mathematics and Statistics. CDAR’s Co-Directors, Robert Anderson and Lisa Goldberg, gave talks on PCA with Model Misspecification  and

Saturday, January 9, 2016 | 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
2016 Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM)
Lisa Goldberg participated in the panel discussion: Mathematical careers beyond academia, organized by the AMS Committee on Science Policy, during the Friday proceedings at the Washington

Sunday, November 1, 2015 | 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Lisa Goldberg: Optimizing Value (Forthcoming in the Journal of Portfolio Management), Northfield’s 28th Annual Research Conference
Since Graham and Dodd (1934), top finance professionals have argued that value investing— the orderly pursuit of underpriced securities—delivers a premium by outperforming the market

Friday, October 2, 2015 | 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Bob Anderson: Determinants of Levered Portfolio Performance, Pension Investment Association of Canada (PIAC)
Many Canadian pension funds use leverage to reduce the risk inherent in the asset-liability imbalance, to employ risk parity strategies, or to enhance asset returns,