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Using sentiment and alternative data in trading | Panel Discussion

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Sentiment Analysis, Natural Language Processing, Alternative Data - you've come across these terminologies in the recent times when it comes to trading. But going about learning about them, researching, and actually implementing them in Live Markets is what makes the difference.

Join Dr. Valle, Prof. Mitra, Dr. Campellone and Dr. Kashyap as they discuss how you can use sentiment and alternative data in trading, avenues, advances, applications and more - all the while addressing your queries on the topic in a brief span of 60 minutes. Brace yourself for an incredible session!

The event was conducted on:
Monday, September 27, 2021
9:30 AM ET | 7:00 PM IST | 9:30 PM SGT


Dr. Cristiano Arbex Valle (Researcher/Developer at OptiRisk Systems)

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Dr. Valle has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and an MSc in Operations Research from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, Brazil. In 2011 Dr. Valle joined OptiRisk as a software engineer and a researcher.

In the year 2014 Dr. Valle obtained his PhD in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Brunel University (UK) on the topic of optimization techniques and financial modelling.

Dr. Valle is fluent in Portuguese (his native language) as well as in English; he also has advanced knowledge in Spanish and French.

Prof. Gautam Mitra (Founder & MD, OptiRisk Systems)

Prof. Gautam Mitra

BEE(JU, 1962), MSc (London, 1964), PhD (London, 1968), FBCS, FRSA, CMATH, and FIMA.

Prof. Gautam Mitra is the founder and the MD of OptiRisk Systems. He is an internationally renowned research scientist in the field of Operational Research in general and computational optimisation and modelling in particular.

He has developed a world class research group in his area of specialisation with researchers from Europe, UK , USA, Brazil and India. He has published five books and over hundred and fifty research articles. He is an alumnus of UCL and currently a Visiting Professor of UCL in the department of Computer Science.

In 2004 he was awarded the title of ‘distinguished professor’ by Brunel University in recognition of his contributions in the domain of computational optimisation, risk analytics and modelling. He headed the Mathematics Department (1990-2001) and subsequently founded the Centre for the Analysis of Risk and Optimisation Modelling Application (CARISMA). He is an emeritus Professor of Brunel University.

In OptiRisk Systems he directs research and actively pursues the development of the company as a leader in the domain of financial analytics. Professor Mitra is also the founder and chairman of the sister company UNICOM seminars. OptiRisk systems and UNICOM Seminars also have subsidiaries in India. In India and Southeast Asia both the companies are going through a period of organic growth.

Dr. Matteo Campellone (Executive Chairman, Brain)

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Dr. Campellone is co-founder and Executive Chairman of Brain, a company focused on the development of algorithms for trading strategies and investment decisions. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics and a Master in Business Administration.

Matteo’s past activities included Financial Modelling for financial institutions and Corporate Risk and Value Based Management for industrial companies. As a Theoretical Physicist he worked in the field of statistical mechanics of complex systems and of non-linear stochastic equations.

Dr. Ravi Kashyap (Quantitative Strategist/Vice President, Morgan Stanley)

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Dr. Kashyap has worked in New York and Hong Kong, two leading financial markets. He gained his experience as a Product Manager, and a Quantitative Strategist working for financial services companies, namely, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and Citigroup.

His last major industry role was with IHS Markit, where he headed their quantitative products for Asia Pacific. In mid-2017 he switched his career to an academic pursuit in the domain of finance. He obtained his PhD from the City University of Hong Kong in the area of uncertainty and unintended consequences in life and financial markets.

He was a finance professor at SolBridge International School of Business, South Korea and subsequently with SP Jain School of Global Management, Singapore.


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