CRAFT CENTER, University-wide, Talks & Lectures, School of Business, Conferences
28–29 Oct 2021
Babbio Center or Virtual

CRAFT Launch Meeting

Kick-off event for the NSF-funded Center for Research toward Advancing Financial Technologies

Logo for CRAFT, with NSF seal.

Join the Center for Research toward Advancing Financial Technologies for its launch meeting, which will include panel discussions and research presentations relevant to the financial industry. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation and led jointly by the School of Business at Stevens Institute of Technology and Lally School of Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, CRAFT is the NSF's first industry-university cooperative research center devoted specifically to financial technology and science. 

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Thursday virtual meeting link

Event number: 2621 661 2661
Event password: CRAFT2021 (27238202 from phones)
Join by phone: +1 646-992-2010 US Toll (NYC)
Access code: 262 166 12661 

Friday virtual meeting link

Event number: 2622 107 1877
Event password: CRAFT2021 (27238202 from phones)
Join by phone: +1 646-992-2010 US Toll (NYC)
Access code: 262 210 71877

Event Agenda

All sessions are in Corcoran 103, unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, October 28, 2021

9:00AM: Registration and continental breakfast, Babbio Atrium

10:00AM: Welcome and opening program

10:20AM: Remarks from leadership

  • Sean Hanlon (Stevens Board of Trustees)
  • President Nariman Farvardin (Stevens)
  • Provost Jianmin Qu (Stevens)
  • Dean Gregory Prastacos (Stevens)
  • Robert Hull, VP of Research (RPI)
  • Dean Chanaka Edirisinghe (RPI)

11:10AM: Coffee break

11:25AM: Keynote Speaker: Chris Giancarlo, former chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission

12:00PM: Lunch, Babbio Atrium

1:00PM: Presentation from Behrooz Shirazi, director of the NSF's Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers program

2:30PM: Coffee break

2:45PM: Prospective universities' presentations

  • Cambridge University (UK), Prof. Andrei Kirilenko
  • Cardiff University (UK), Prof. Maggie Chen

3:30PM: Panel discussion: Banking and Payments. Moderator: Amit Mehta. Panelists include representatives from the following organizations:

  • SWIFT
  • Bank of America
  • Wells Fargo
  • Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FC-ISAC) 

3:55PM: Panel discussion: Asset Management. Moderator: Eric Brubaker. Panelists include representatives from the following organizations:

  • Goldman Sachs
  • UBS
  • Schwab

4:20PM: Panel discussion: Trading and Markets. Moderator: Tommy Zovich. Panelists include representatives from the following organizations:

  • Bank of America
  • IEX
  • Altonomy

5:00PM: Closing remarks

5:00-6:30PM: Reception, Babbio Atrium

 

Friday, October 29, 2021

8:30AM: Registration and continental breakfast, Babbio Atrium

9:00AM: CRAFT elections for chair and co-chair, by-law vote (Closed Session)

9:50AM: Welcome and opening program

9:55AM: Panel discussion: Technology & Consulting. Moderator: Nitin Gaur. Panelists include representatives from the following organizations:

  • IBM
  • Capgemini
  • Accenture
  • Capco
  • S & P Global

10:20AM: Coffee break

10:35AM: Panel discussion: Startups & Regulations. Moderator: Matt McGraw. Panelists include representatives from the following organizations:

  • The Blockchain Bureau Corp.
  • IEX Group
  • Governments Blockchain Association

11:00AM: Research presentations

  • Quantum Secured Financial Data Sharing and Processing, Yuping Huang (Stevens)
  • Explainable Machine Learning for Credit Risk Analytics, Brian Clark (RPI)
  • Causal Inference for Fairness and Explainability in Financial Decisions, Jia Xu (Stevens)
  • Reducing Information Asymmetry in Business Processes through Blockchain and IoT, Jianjing Lin (RPI)
  • Data-driven Technologies for Supporting Financial Decision Making in Regions Facing Climate-change-induced Flooding, Foad Pajouh (Stevens)
  • Predictive Learning from Long Financial Text Documents, Mohammed J. Zaki (RPI)

12:00PM: Lunch

1:00PM: Research presentations

  • Opening the Black-Box of Fraud Detection Models, Andrea Rozario (Stevens)
  • Risky Business?  Deep Dives into DeFi, Kristin Bennet (RPI)
  • Towards Identifying Influence in Financial Crowd Social Behavior via Social Media, Jose Ramirez-Marquez (Stevens)
  • AI-Driven Early Estimates of State for Predictive Robust Portfolio Allocation, Malik Magdon-Ismail (RPI)
  • Fairness-Aware Explainable Recommender Systems, Wendy Wang (Stevens)

1:50PM: Closing remarks

2:00PM: End of conference

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