Artificial Intelligence and Applications in Finance

Michail Vamvakaris, Machine Learning Specialist, Barings LLC

The Department of Accounting and Finance is delighted to invite you to join our Industry Engagement and Knowledge Transfer Series with artificial intelligence expert, Dr. Michail Vamvakaris, AI Scientist, Barings LLC.

Michail will present artificial intelligence fundamentals, with a particular focus on the applications in business and finance. The presentation will also involve introductions of internship opportunities at Barings LLC. There will also be an opportunity for a Q&A session and networking with light refreshments. 


Dr. Michail Vamvakaris is a Machine Learning Specialist at Barings LLC. He leads the collaboration between the Quant and Investment teams with the Data Science team. Previously, he worked as Machine Learning specialist Researcher at Greensill applying ML in Banking and as ML Research Engineer at UrbanChain applying ML in the energy industry. He has consulted various start-ups companies (algorithmic trading, cyber security etc) offering his expertise in ML. Michail obtained his PhD from the School of Computer Science from the University of Manchester with focus on developing Machine Learning algorithms for financial time series analysis. He also holds a BSc in Economics and Finance, MSc in Mathematics and MRes in Engineering. Before joining Manchester University, he spent a year at School of Mathematics, Liverpool University, as a PhD student studying the effect of Chaos Theory in financial time series.

Barings LLC:

Barings is a global investment manager sourcing differentiated opportunities and building long-term portfolios across public and private fixed income, real estate and specialist equity markets. With investment professionals based in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific, the firm, a subsidiary of MassMutual, aims to serve its clients, communities and employees, and is committed to sustainable practices and responsible investment. Barings currently manages over USD 391 Billion assets under management, serving over 1,200 external clients, and has over 1800 professionals globally.

Barings has a long history spanning more than 250 years in the Asset Management industry. The company managed to survive through major challenges due to its ability to adapt to the prevailing conditions. The company joined the data revolution and established a Data Science team few years ago with the aim to increasing performance and efficiency through automation and augment human decision making powered by machines. The abundance of data has enabled business to gain value by driving insights from data.  Today Barings has a growing Data Science team that is involved in all aspects of business from Marketing to Risk Management and Portfolio Allocation utilising Artificial Intelligence (AI) Algorithms. Along with AI applications, the Data Science has established the AI Innovation Lab, conducting research on various aspects of AI and in the near future there is a plan to contribute to peer review published literature and to academic conferences.

Date and Times:

24th May 2022  



Lecture Theatre 3
Lancaster University Management School
Bailrigg, Lancaster. LA1 4YX


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