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CRAFT, the Center for Research toward Advancing Financial Technologies, held a special two-day Industry Advisory Board meeting. 
March 24-25, 2022
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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
BioTech Auditorium
110 8th Street, Troy, NY 12180


Day 1: MARCH 24, 2022 - Open sessions
7:30 – 8:30 am Registration, Breakfast & Networking
8:30 - 9:00 am Workshop Opening: Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst. and Stevens Inst. of Technology
(5, 5 minutes) CRAFT Co-Director and Workshop Chair and Director’s Welcome
8:40 - 8:55 am
8:55 - 9:00 am
Welcome Address – RPI and Stevens Leadership
RPI Provost, VP of Research and Dean of Lally School
Gregory Prastacos, Dean, The Business School at Stevens Institute of Technology
9:00 - 9:15 am Vision, Capabilities & Value Proposition of CRAFT
Director and Co-Director, CRAFT
9:15 - 10:00 am NSF Presentation on the I/UCRC Model
NSF Program Director & Evaluator
10:00 - 10:30 am Showcasing Prospective University PartnersPankaj K. Jain, University of Memphis
10:30 - 10:45 am Coffee Break
10:45 - 11:15 am Keynote Talk: Regulatory Compliance and Cloud-based Digital Transformations in Financial Services enterprises
Speaker: Kiran Panja, Managing Director, Financial Services Digital Transformation, IBM Cloud, IBM
Chair: Steve Yang 
11:15 - 12:30 pm Explainable AI and Fairness
Project Proposals
Chair: Steve Yang
Explainable AI with Attention Networks for Credit/Load Decisions, PI: K.P. Subbalakshmi (Stevens)
Causal Inference for Fairness and Explainability in Financial Decisions, PI: Jia Xu (Stevens)
Fairness-Aware Explainable Recommender Systems, PI: Wendy Hui Wang (Stevens)
Explainable Machine Learning for Credit Risk Analytics, PI: Brian Clark (RPI)
High-dimensional Portfolio Design and Optimization using an Explainable Ensemble Learning Framework, PI: Lydia Manikonda (RPI)
12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 - 2:00 pm Keynote Talk: Metaverse in Financial Services, Sudhir Pai, Executive Vice President & CTIO, Financial Services SBU, Capgemini
Chair: Aparna Gupta
2:00 - 3:15 pm Novel Data Paradigms for Financial Decisions
Project Proposals
Chair: Aparna Gupta
Predictive Learning from Long Financial Text Documents, PI: Mohammed Zaki (RPI)
Dynamic Asset-liability Management with Immunization, PI: Darinka Dentcheva (Stevens)
AI-Driven Early Estimates of State for Predictive Robust Portfolio Allocation, PI: Malik Magdon-Ismail (RPI)
Reducing Information Asymmetry in Business Processes through Blockchain and IoT, PI: Jianjing Lin (RPI)
3:15 - 3:30 pm Coffee Break
3:30 - 4:45 pm Frontiers in Risk Challenges
Project Proposals
Chair: Koushik Kar
Risky Business? Deep Dives into DeFi, PI: Kristin Bennett (RPI)
Risk Mitigation in Cross-Platform Decentralized Finance, PI: Oshani Seneviratne (RPI)
Fast Quantum Methods for Financial Risk Management, PI: Zhenyu Cui (Stevens)
Data-driven Financial Decision Making in Climate-change-induced Flooding, PI: Foad Pajouh (Stevens)
SHIFT, a Testbed for Risk Assessment and Regulatory Compliance, PI: Ionut Florescu (Stevens)
4:45 - 5:30 pm Panel Discussion
FinTech Challenges and Opportunities in Insurance
Panelists from Anthem, Capgemini, and others
5:30 - 5:45 pm Review of day and Day 2 Program overview
6:30 pm Reception & Dinner at Hilton
Day 2: MARCH 25, 2022 - Closed sessions
7:30 - 8:30 am Breakfast & Networking
8:30 - 9:15 am Center’s IAB Administrative Matters – Center Director and Co-Directors
9:15 - 10:45 am Feedback from Industry Participants on Projects (Voting) – IAB Chair moderates
10:45 - 11:00 am Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:30 pm NSF Closed Session with Industry
11:30 - 12:00 pm IAB Chair and Vice-Chair report out to CRAFT ALT
12:00 - 12:30 pm Next Steps, Action Items & Closing Remarks
12:30 – 2:00 pm Lunch and Networking
2:00 pm Adjourn