Welcome to the 2016 Symposium!
Data science is changing financial markets and is now particularly applicable to developing better risk analytics. On October 7th at UC Berkeley's Memorial Stadium, Berkeley's Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk hosted our 2nd annual Symposium. The program featured plenary talks by Craig Boutilier, principal scientist at Google; Dan diBartolomeo, CEO of Northfield Information Services; and Mike Jordan, Professor of Statistics and Computer Science at UC Berkeley. Jessica Donohue (Chief Innovation Officer at State Street Global Exchange) and Lisa Goldberg (CDAR Co-Director) opened the day's program with an overview of CDAR's first year's successes and goals for the future. Jeff Bohn of State Street Global Exchange will led a discussion on the impact of emerging ESG (Economic, Social, and Corporate Governance) standards and practices. Alex Papanicolaou (CDAR Postdoctoral Researcher) and Alex Shkolnik (CRMR Postdoctoral Researcher, CDAR Affiliate) discussed the ways that statistical methods and theories can, or sometimes cannot, be useful in finance research.
On October 6, 2016, in partnership with BIDS, CDAR hosted a Research Spotlight in the Doe Library from 6-8:30pm. This kickoff to our annual symposium featured graduate students' and postdoctoral researchers' work in financial data analytics, and applications of statistical processes in risk management. We heard about up-and-coming research projects in finance and data analytics, met peers from industry and academia, and enjoyed refreshments including wine chosen by our sommelier.