BLOOMBERG Tech Talk: for Ph.D. Students

  • Gates Hillman Centers
  • Reddy Conference Room 4405
  • UMUT TOPKARA and ANDREW HSI
  • Umut: Research Scientist, AI Group
  • Andrew: Software Engineer, AI Group
  • Bloomberg
Career Presentation

AI at Bloomberg

Decision makers across the global finance industry look to Bloomberg to deliver timely political, business and financial information and insight. Today, a large part of this insight is derived using Artificial Intelligence (AI). The practice of AI at Bloomberg presents its researchers with the unique challenges associated with building low-latency, high-precision, and highly-available systems that need to find needles in haystacks of data. Among its vast portfolio of innovative products, the Bloomberg Terminal has provided ways for investors to sift through the stream of tweets in order to discover financially-relevant content, deliver Graph-based analytics, and enrich news with advanced custom-tailored metadata like sentiment, trends, and topics. In this talk, Dr. Umut Topkara and Dr. Andrew Hsi will introduce some of the different problems that we solve using AI at Bloomberg. They will provide an overview of the cutting-edge AI research and touch on Bloomberg’s machine learning and natural language processing (NLP) capabilities and infrastructure that have been developed as part of Bloomberg’s AI team.

Umut Topkara is a research scientist in the AI Group at Bloomberg. He joined Bloomberg in 2016. He received the PhD degree in Computer Science from Purdue University. He has been affiliated with CMU at various times as a masters student at the LTI and a post-doctoral researcher at SCS. Previously, he held research and engineering positions at the JW Player, IBM T.J. Watson Research Lab, and Google.

Andrew Hsi is a software engineer in the AI Group at Bloomberg. He joined Bloomberg in 2018. He recently received his PhD in Language and Information Technology from CMU, where he was advised by Yiming Yang and Jaime Carbonell. Prior to CMU, he obtained a BS in Computer Science from University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign.

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