I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to Prof Vasant DHAR (the Stern School of Business and the Center for Data Science at New York University) and Prof Zhiguo HE ( Fuji Bank and Heller Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the Director of Becker Friedman Institute-China and Co-Director of the Fama-Miller Center) for accepting our invitation to be the speaker of the IIDs FinTech Seminars.
Prof Vasant Dhar is a professor at the Stern School of Business and the Center for Data Science at New York University where he is the Director of the PhD program. He is also the founder of SCT Capital Management, one of the first systematic machine-learning-based hedge funds, with a track record of over 20 years.
Dhar’s research answers two related questions: (1) when should we trust AI machines that learn from data, and (2) how should we design machines in different domains to be sufficiently trustworthy for decision making?
His research has addressed these questions in a number of areas, most notably, in financial markets. Dhar has authored over 100 research papers, as well as articles for publications such as the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Wired, and the Harvard Business Review. He has appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, National Public Radio and other media.
Prof Zhiguo HE is a Chinese financial economist serving as the Fuji Bank and Heller Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he has taught since 2008. He serves as the Director of Becker Friedman Institute-China and Co-Director of the Fama-Miller Center. He is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, member of the academic committee at the Luohan Academy, and special-term Alibaba Foundation Professor of Finance at Tsinghua University. He earned his Ph.D. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
His work has been published in leading academic journals, including American Economic Review, Econometrica, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, and Journal of Financial Economics. He is serving as Associate Editor for both the Journal of Finance and the Review of Financial Studies. He has been named a 2014 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow and has won numerous awards for his outstanding scholastic record, including the Lehman Brothers Fellowship for Research Excellence in Finance in 2007, the Swiss Finance Institute Outstanding Paper Award in 2012, the Smith-Breeden First Prize in 2012 and the Brattle Group First Prize in 2014.