CIFEr 2024 - Call for Papers Has Ended

Important Dates and Deadlines (anywhere on Earth time zone)

  • Paper Submission: CLOSED

  • Notification to Authors (Regular Papers): Closed

  • Discussion Track Submission: July 22, 2024

  • Extended Abstract Submission: July 22, 2024

  • Early Registration: CLOSED

  • Notification to Authors (Discussion/Extended Track): August 15, 2024

  • Author Registration Deadline: August 30, 2024

  • Regular Registration: July 15-October 21, 2024

  • Discussion/Extended Abstract Registration: Flat Fee Registration Regardless of Date

  • Main Conference: Oct. 22-23, 2024

Organizing Institutions 

  • Stevens Institute of Technology 

  • The Center for Research toward Advancing Financial Technologies (CRAFT) 

Program Chairs 

  • Steve Yang (Stevens Institute of Technology) – Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee 

  • Aparna Gupta (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) – Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee 

  • Zachary Feinstein (Stevens Institute of Technology) – Chair of the Technical Committee 

Conference Objective

Since 1995, the IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence for Financial Engineering and Economics (CIFEr) has been a leading forum for research and applications of Computational Intelligence in Business, Finance and Economics. The financial services industry is presently undergoing considerable change due to the development of new technologically focused products and services. The understanding of these innovations requires multidisciplinary approaches from the perspective of industry, societal and government policies. The upcoming CIFEr 2024 will be co-hosted by the Center for Research toward Advancing Financial Technologies (CRAFT) funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation in the New York Metropolitan area.  

The event brings together a global community of researchers and practitioners with a particular emphasis on fostering cross disciplinary collaboration. Technical exchanges will encompass keynote talks, research presentations and tutorials. Networking will be facilitated by social functions and activities at the venue. 

Topics of Interest

1. Computational Intelligence Models and Applications

  • Machine learning in finance

  • Large language model applications in finance

  • Big data finance and economics

  • AI and deep learning models in finance

  • Probabilistic modeling/inference

  • Fuzzy sets, rough sets, & granular computing

  • Intelligent trading agents

  • Trading room simulation

  • Time series analysis

  • Non-linear dynamics

  • Financial analytics

  • Financial data mining

  • Evolutionary computation

  • Digital financial reporting

  • Semantic web and linked data

  • Multi-objective optimization

  • Agent based modeling and simulation

  • Co-evolutionary techniques

  • Artificial life

  • Evolutionary game theory

  • Particle swarm optimization

  • Cognitive systems

  • Modeling and problem representations

  • Operators 

2. Application Areas: Finance

  • Asset allocation strategies

  • Trading systems

  • Algorithmic trading

  • Trade execution systems

  • Risk management

  • Pricing of structured securities

  • Behavioral finance

  • Evolutionary finance

  • Portfolio optimization

  • Arbitrage Exotic options

  • Cryptocurrencies

  • Blockchain and applications

  • Front and back-office operations

  • Financial prediction and forecasting 

3. Application Areas: Economics

  • Agent based computational economics

  • Market modelling

  • Energy and electricity markets

  • Blockchain economics 

4. Application Areas: Business

  • Business analytics

  • Recommender systems

  • E-commerce

  • Advertising and marketing

  • Crowds and market models

  • Demand forecasting

  • Distribution and supply chain 

5. Fintech Areas

  • Applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence financial decision making. 

  • Cryptocurrency and Blockchain 

  • Smart contracts utilization in financial services 

  • Decentralized exchanges 

  • Open banking 

  • Quantum computing and communications in finance 

  • Insurtech innovations to simplify and streamline the insurance industry 

  • Regtech innovations for compliance and fraud detection 

  • Robo-advising 

  • New developments in Fintech ethics, legal, and regulatory topics 

Paper formatting

To help ensure correct formatting, please use the IEEE style files for conference proceedings as a template for your submission. These include LaTeX and Word style files.

The MS Word and LaTeX instructions and templates can be found on the IEEE website.

Only papers in PDF format will be accepted.

Paper Size: US letter.

The papers are limited to maximum of 8 pages, including figures, tables, and references. A maximum of two extra pages per paper is allowed (i.e., up to 10 pages), at an additional charge of USD 100 per extra page.

No page numbers please. We will insert the page numbers for you.

Please Note: Violations of any of the above specifications may result in rejection of your paper.

Accepted papers will be published in proceedings accessible through IEEE Xplore. Authors will have the option to opt out from their paper being included in the conference proceedings.

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Paper Awards

  • The Best Paper Award, carrying a prize of $750, is open to all papers presented. 

  • The Best Doctoral Paper Award, carrying a prize of $500, is open to all thesis papers presented. 

  • Papers registered after April 30, 2024, will not be considered for the awards. 

Registration Fee 

The early registration fee is $800 by July 15, 2024. After July 15, 2024, registration fee will increase to $900. IEEE members will receive $100 discount on all registration fees. For doctoral students, a discount of 40% applies to the registration fees. Registered participants may attend all conference functions free of charge, including tour, reception, gala dinner, lunches, and coffee breaks. 

Keynote Speakers

  • Andrei Kirilenko, Professor of Finance, Director of the Cambridge Center for Finance, Technology & Regulation at the University of Cambridge 

  • Agostino Capponi, Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, Director of the Center for Digital Finance and Technologies at Columbia University 

Organizing Committee

  • Steve Yang (Stevens Institute of Technology) – Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee 

  • Aparna Gupta (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) – Co-Chair 

  • Agostino Caponi (Columbia University, US) 

  • Ruppa Thulasiram (University of Manitoba, Canada) 

  • Maggie Chen (Cardiff University, UK) 

  • Uzay Kaymak (Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherland) 

  • Ruixun Zhang (Peking University, China) 

  • Dietmar Maringer (University of Basel, Switzerland) 

  • Jing-bo Yang (University of Manchester, UK) 

  • Tae-Wan Kim (Seoul National University, South Korea)

Technical Committee

  • Zach Feinstein (Stevens) – Chair 

  • Roy S. Freedman (NYU) 

  • Lydia Manikonda (RPI) 

  • Yi Cao (Edinburgh) 

  • Majeed Simaan (Stevens) 

  • David Quintana (University Carlos II de Madrid) 

  • Mohammed Zaki (RPI) 

  • Pablo Campos de Carvalho (BIS) 

  • Kevin Mo (Invesco) 

  • Robert Golan (DBMind)

  • Anqi Liu (Cardiff)

  • Zhenyu Cui (Stevens)

  • Zigan Wang (Tsinghua University, China)

Further Information

The CIFEr website will publish information regarding the conference, accommodations, featured speakers, travel arrangements, fees, and other activities as needed.

CRAFT Student Travel Grants ($500) are available for eligible Ph.D. students to attend CIFEr 2024 conference. The details will be announced soon on the conference website.

CIFEr 2024 will take place at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. Stevens is named for the distinguished family known as "America's First Family of Inventors." Founded in 1870, it is one of the oldest technological universities in the United States and was the first college in America solely dedicated to mechanical engineering. The 55-acre campus encompasses Castle Point, the highest point in Hoboken, a campus green and 43 academic, student and administrative buildings.

Hoboken can be reached by air, train, and road easily from major Northeast USA cities, including New York City. Perched on the Hudson River in the Hudson County of New Jersey, Hoboken is a small city located right across from Lower Manhattan. It is a 30-minute drive from Newark Liberty International Airport. Newark Airport is a bustling hub with a diverse lineup of more than 50 airlines, providing an extensive network of flights to destinations across North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Hoboken offers postcard-perfect stunning views of the Hudson River and skyscraping buildings of Manhattan. The city also has a rich history and vibrant culture that can be seen in several fantastic museums, art galleries, festivals, and other unique attractions.

You will also find delectable food in the delightful eateries across the town influenced by various communities. The city's nightlife is also very much worth experiencing; with several unique bars and clubs, you are guaranteed to have a great time. With breathtakingly stunning views, scrumptious food, waterfront bars, and all the other fantastic attractions, Hoboken will win over your heart.

CRAFT Student Travel Grants ($500) are available for eligible Ph.D. students to attend CIFEr 2024 conference. The details will be announced soon on the conference website. 

CIFEr Conference 2024