Laurent El Ghaoui

UC Berkeley EECS Professor & Chief Scientist SumUp Analytics

Laurent El Ghaoui is the Co-Founder and Chief Scientist of SumUp Analytics, which specializes in text analytics for investment professionals, and Kayrros, a Fintech specializing in Energy markets. He joined the Berkeley faculty in April 1999 as an Acting Associate Professor, and went on leave from UC since July 2003 until September 2006 to work for SAC Capital Management, a hedge fund based in New York and Connecticut. Since then Laurent has been back full time at UC Berkeley in the EECS department. He teaches optimization in that department (EE 127 / EE 227AT and EE 227BT), and a class on Optimization Models within the Masters of Financial Engineering at the Haas School of Business.

Laurent is the recipient of a Bronze Medal for Engineering Sciences, from the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (France), a CAREER award, an Okawa research grant, and a Google research grant.

He holds a PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics, obtained from Stanford University.

Conference Day Two: 17 September 2019

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

9:15 AM Panel: Man vs. machine

The perceived wisdom is that as human and machine brains have quite different strengths and abilities, the combination of both capabilities will offer the most effective solutions.  But for how long will this remain the case?  Does the vast increase in data to be modeled; advanced algorithms and new deep learning techniques mean that a machine-only advantage will be reached in the near future? 

1:35 PM Start-up showcase

Meeting 4 leading AI driven start-ups from within the asset management world. Each will present their business and a winner voted on by you, the audience.

  • ChAI helps mitigate commodity price volatility by forecasting their prices using both traditional and alt data (including satellite, maritime & political risk) and the latest in AI techniques over time horizons of one day to one year.
  • Revelio Labs leverages the latest advances in AI research methods to create structured and accurate representations of raw labour data contained in millions of resumes, online profiles, and job postings.
  • SumUp Analytics is advancing the way companies leverage unstructured, text-data. We provide a large scale, high-speed text analytics platform that enables users to extract key insights in a fast, efficient and transparent way.
  • QuantsUnited provides superior and stable investment return to asset managers with AI-based quantitative strategies, powered by selected crowd-sourced data scientists and proprietary algorithms

Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Laurent El.

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