Excellence in Risk Management and Modelling award | RiskMinds 2019 | Winner: Superfly Analytics at Danske Bank

From Risk Minds web page: “This award is for the team who has tirelessly designed, developed and implemented new models and risk management techniques that have helped their financial institution manage risk more accurately and/or helped their institution comply with regulatory requirements.”

RiskMinds is “the world’s largest risk management event. 700+ CROs and experts from banks, buy-side, regulators, academia and beyond cover every hot topic in risk.”

Superfly Analytics presented its One Analytic Engine and Deep Analytics: Risk Management with AI. See all the slides here.

RiskMinds 2019

Flying Monday to Amsterdam with my colleagues from Superfly Analytics of Danske Bank, including Brian Huge and Ove Scavenius, to attend the RiskMinds 2019 risk management conference and the award ceremony, where our group is nominated for ‘Excellence in risk management and modeling’.

EDIT: Superfly Analytics now won the award:

Excellence in Risk Management and Modelling, winner: Superfly Analytics at Danske Bank

We will be presenting our vision of modern risk management systems and the ‘One Analytics’ platform: full front to back consistency with scripting of cash-flows , model hierarchies and AAD. Further, we will present ‘Deep Analytics’: leveraging risk management systems with AI to learn revaluation and risk analytics on the fly. For those unable to attend, we posted our slides online here:

www.deep-analytics.org

click on the picture to see the presentation

QuantMinds 2019, Vienna

We had another fantastic conference from QuantMinds last week in Vienna, where I was honored to chair the Numerical and Computational Finance stream. The agenda was dominated by the application of machine learning to derivatives finance.

Brian Huge and I gave a talk on Deep Analytics to a vast audience of delegates, professionals and academics, including Bruno Dupire, Leif Andersen, Jesper Andreasen, Michael Dempster and many others. The room was full and some had to stand in the back for the whole 90 minutes!

Among many presentations focusing on big data, large infrastructures and deep neural networks, our talk stood out by a principled approach and the systematic integration and synergy of new methods from the deep learning world within the mature financial theoretical framework and in combination with other powerful financial techniques. Following Jesper Andreasen’s tradition of “computing XVA on iPad Mini”, we effectively trained small networks, within seconds to minutes, on trader workstations. We also proposed new techniques for the improvement of financial neural networks, not necessarily appropriate to other contexts, but particularly powerful for the pricing and revaluation of derivatives transactions and trading books. The most prominent of these techniques, “differential regularization”, leverages both AAD on the simulation side and back-prop on the neural side.

We extend billion thanks to our exceptional audience for a fantastic reception and feedback, to our colleagues of Danske Bank’s quantitative research for helping us polish the material and delivery, and to Danske Bank itself for encouraging and nurturing the research and development efforts necessary to properly produce game changing technologies like scripting, model hierarchies, parallel simulations, AAD and now, neural analytics.

It goes without saying that we heard other exceptional presentations, including, in my stream alone, Pierre Henry-Labordere‘s ground breaking work on the application of Schrodinger Bridges to stochastic volatility, and Jesper Andreasen’s rare and inspiring talk about scripting.

Outside of the stream, a series of filmed interviews gave me a chance to express my views on automatic differentiation (AAD), its exceptional contribution to risk management, its evolution and its future in quantitative finance combined with machine learning.

Finally, the presentation and interviews gave us an opportunity to introduce Danske Bank’s vision of “One Calculation Engine”. A core principle within Danske Bank’s quantitative research, this is a unique, single and consistent framework for the risk management of derivatives and the computation of regulations like XVA, CCR, FRTB… with the articulation of scripting, model hierarchies, parallel simulation engines, AAD and… deep analytics.

Antoine Savine, May 2019

Modern Computational Finance forum on Quora

A topic Modern Computational Finance was created on Quora for exchanging questions, answers, suggestions and comments about the Modern Computational Finance book, and, more generally, the topics of Numerical Finance, Monte-Carlo simulations, quasi-random number generators, parallel implementation in C++ and of course automatic differentiation.

https://www.quora.com/topic/Modern-Computational-Finance

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