Ali Hirsa; Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia Engineering
Deep Learning & its Applications in Quantitative Finance
Professor Ali Hirsa is a Prefessor of Professional Practice in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Industrial Research at Columbia engineering. He is also Managing Partner at Sauma Capital, LLC a New York Hedge Fund.
Previously he was Managing Director and Global Head of Quantitative Strategy at DV Trading, LLC, a Partner and Head of Analytical Trading Strategy at Caspian Capital Management, LLC. Prior to joining Caspian, Ali worked in a variety of quantitative positions at Morgan Stanley, Bank of America Securities, and Prudential Securities. Ali was also a Fellow at Courant Institute of New York University in the Mathematics of Finance Program from 2004 to 2014. Ali’s research interests are algorithmic trading, machine learning, data mining, computational/quantitative finance and optimization. His focus has been on developing learning algorithms on signal extraction from data. He has authored “Computational Methods in Finance”, “An Introduction to Mathematics of Financial Derivatives”
He is currently member of Board of Visitors of College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences at University of Maryland College Park since June 2016 and was on Board of Visitors at A. James Clark School of Engineering from 2008 to 2018 and served as a trustee on University of Maryland College Park Foundation from 2011 to 2016.
Adam Cohen Aslatei
Are Dating Apps Built to Fail? What the Data Reveals
Adam is the former Managing Director @Chappy, Bumble’s gay dating app. He has over twelve years of experience, including almost 5 years at The Meet Group (MeetMe, Skout, Tagged, hi5, Lovoo, and Growlr). Adam is a high growth digital marketing expert, having led marketing teams for both leading publishers and for ad tech companies. He combines the best of brand and performance marketing to deliver flawless execution.
Adam has consulted for some of the biggest players in the industry including with Bumble, The Meet Group, and with Spark Network (Zoosk, J Date, Christian Mingle and more).
Hailing from Montreal, Adam attended McGill University for undergraduate studies, and earned a Master’s degree from Harvard University. Adam is a media/marketing thought leader and has been published in TechCrunch, The Drum, Venturebeat, AdWeek, and Digiday to name a few. Adam has also appeared on CheddarTV, and in 2018 he received the Advertising Club of New York's President Award for his work and dedication to the industry.