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Finance Hub

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The Finance Hub conducts fundamental and applied research at the intersection of finance and computation, a sector which is colloquially known as FinTech.  Areas of interest include:

  • Open banking. Open banking and Payment Service Directive (PSD2) has opened up new business models for applying data-science and machine-learning to financial data, particularly in retail banking.
  • Financial markets. The financial markets present a unique opportunity for studying complex-adaptive systems with the availability of high-frequency tick-data, which can run to many billions of events per exchange per annum. These presents researchers with the opportunity to develop methods for using these big data sets to systematically calibrate models in order to try and better understand the role of learning and adaptation in financial markets.
  • Distributed Ledgers. The finance sector is proving to be the first major industry sector to adopt blockchain or distributed ledger technologies for applications other than Cryptocurrencies. A key research challenge is to find an appropriate balance between joint use of shared data while ensuring privacy and confidentiality. A focus is on researching, developing and implementing these technologies, for information-intensive applications in finance, insurance, and commodities trading, and in developing frameworks and tools for software verification and testing of distributed ledgers and smart contracts.

A full list of members can be found on the Hub website.

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