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Why everyone now talks about AI and Machine Learning but very few actually do it - Opalesque Roundtable

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The reason why people are so interested in Machine Learning and why people talk about it but very few actually do it is because it's a paradigm shift to how things have been done before.

Machine Learning needs to be put at the centre of the system, says Guillaume Vidal, Co-Founder of Walnut Algorithms:

"You shouldn't start by looking at 'What do I have and how can I improve it with machine learning?', but rather look at how Machine Learning works and what systems you should use so that Machine Learning is working at its best, which is supervised classification, to put it short." (page 9)

This Roundtable also discusses the regulator's view (here: France's AMF) on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning as innovations within asset management and finance (page 10-11).

The Opalesque 2017 France Roundtable, sponsored by Eurex, took place in Paris with:

  1. Matthieu Lucchesi, Head, Asset Management Regulation Division, Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF)
  2. Philippe Paquet, Managing Partner, NewAlpha Asset Management
  3. Bernard Delattre, President, Altimeo Asset Management
  4. Philippe Malaise, Chairman, Koris International
  5. Guillaume Vidal, Co-Founder, Walnut Algorithms
  6. Carl Dunning-Gribble, Senior Partner, Syquant Capital
  7. Nicolas Kageneck, Senior Vice President, Eurex
The group also discussed:
  • How to launch an AI / Machine Learning based asset manager (page 5, 8-9, 14-15)
  • Why Machine Learning is a paradigm shift. Why start ups can better harness AI than legacy quant managers (page 8-9)
  • Model stability or model decay: Why most of the systematic firms and quant strategies have been decaying. Is Machine Learning the superior way? (page 12, 14)
  • Do you know or don't know what's going on in an AI driven system? (page 9, 14-15)
  • How asset managers can use Big Data (page 10, 15)
  • The difference between Big Data and AI (page 15)
  • Can quant strategies be used by Merger Arbitrage and Event Driven funds? (page 9, 11-12)
  • Why establishing a fund just on one strategy, no matter how attractive it appears, can result in great disappointment to any investor (page 11)
  • How to identify and deal with "fashionable" signals (page 12). The role of market stress indicators (page 13)
  • The state of high frequency trading in Europe (page 12-13)
  • Which are the most successful newly listed derivatives products replacing purely OTC traded swap instruments? (page 17-18). Options on ETFs: Eurex celebrates sevenfold volume increase (page 24-25)
  • France's hidden strengths in AI and Machine Learning (page 21-22). Brexit: Look who's moving from London to Paris (page 20-21)
  • Performance review and outlook for merger arb funds (page 22-23)

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