Below you'll find the Program for HPC & AI on Wall Street 2019. We'll keep this page regularly updated with all new speakers and sessions, so be sure to keep checking in!
12:00 1:00

Conference Registration


1:00 1:15

Welcome and Conference Overview


1:15 2:00

Panel Discussion: “Tech Trilogy” – The Mysteries of AI Based Computing – Big Data + AI + HPC

Before choosing a platform for AI/ML in finance, it is best to clearly define the business applications and use cases.  There are multiple critical paths towards a profitable AI/ML practice. Exploring the details of ML successes & failures, similarities and differences to problems in finance will be the focus of this panel discussion.


2:00 2:45

Panel Discussion: AI on-Prem HPC vs Hybrid Management & Practices

Our panelists of financial services leaders will share their experiences in hybrid HPC deployments and the lessons learned in bridging the gap between on-premise and cloud environments.


2:45 3:30

Panel Discussion: “AI + HPC” Cloud Management & Practices

Our panelists will explore cloud adoption for high-performance workloads and the management and practices delivering measurable returns on cloud investments.


3:30 4:00

Closing Remarks


4:00 6:00

Opening Gala Reception – Exhibit Hall


7:00 9:00

Exhibits and Registration in Exhibit hall


9:00 9:15

Opening Remarks


9:15 10:00

General Session Topic: Using Data Science and AI to Guide Investment Decisions

Thomas Thurston, Partner, Chief Technology Officer, WR Hambrecht Ventures Thomas Thurston is a venture capitalist who uses data science to identify disruptive growth companies. He's a Partner at WR Hambrecht Ventures and developed the MESE® computing system. Formerly, he used data science to guide growth investments at Intel and led a joint R&D effort at the Harvard Business School with Professor Clayton Christensen to develop predictive statistical models for early stage innovation.


10:00 10:45

General Session Topic: Bridging the Gap Between Regulation, Compliance, Policy and Innovation

Our panel of policy and technology leaders will discuss business models that drive continuous innovation in a compliant-driven market and explore how AI can impact the pace of innovation in financial services.


10:45 11:15

Exhibits Networking Break: Exhibit Hall


11:15 12:00

General Session Topic: Building High Performance Development Teams for HPC+AI

Sagar Gakwaid, Senior Manager - Enterprise Machine Learning Platforms, Capital One This talk will focus on the fundamental building blocks enabling organizations to build high performance development teams:

  • Hiring the right mix
  • Art of career coaching
  • Value and rewarding culture enablers
  • Scaling high performing teams


1:00 1:45

Keynote: DDN Corporation

Hedge funds, proprietary trading firms and major banks are adding data sources, such as: additional trading venues for best execution, news feeds for sentiment analysis, cross product customer databases and more. When the best result depends on having the optimal algorithm consuming the most relevant data, the ideal approach is to be able to analyze more data, faster. By using fast, scalable, external disk systems with massively parallel access to data, researchers can perform analysis against much larger data sets delivering more effective models, faster.


12:00 1:00

Lunch (Tabletop) Discussion: Future Trends in FinTech and Capital Markets


1:45 2:30

Exhibit Hall Open


2:30 3:15

Keynote: AMD Corporation

AMD dares to imagine a better world and takes inspiration from customers to deliver innovative solutions to meet the challenges and possibilities in our digital age. AMD performs leading-edge research and provides technology direction critical to their customers’ future. AMD has a historical success record of influencing both industry and academia through exploration of important research directions and future technologies.


3:15 4:00

General Session Topic: Storage Innovations for High Performance Workloads

High-performance scalable storage for data-intensive applications is a key component of HPC and AI environments. Our panel will discuss how storage innovations in FinTech and Capital markets are necessary to support I/O intensive workloads in financial markets.


4:00 4:15

Networking Break


4:15 5:00

General Session Topic: Blockchain and Crypto Advances in Financial Services

Our panelists will share the use cases driving adoption of blockchain and crypto-financing in fintech and financial services. Our panelists will assess the enterprise-readiness of these technologies and how they are changing the ecosystem of traditional investment and revenue models.


5:00 5:15

General Session Topic: 2020 Predictions in Financial Services

No crystal ball exists that will accurately predict the future of capital markets and financial services. We will engage in a panel-led discussion on the ‘possibilities of the future’ in financial services, fintech and cryptocurrency.


5:15 5:30

Closing Remarks


5:30 7:00

Network Reception – Come make some friends!!


12:00 1:00

Conference Registration


1:00 1:15

Welcome and Conference Overview


1:15 2:00

Panel Discussion: “Tech Trilogy” – The Mysteries of AI Based Computing – Big Data + AI + HPC

Before choosing a platform for AI/ML in finance, it is best to clearly define the business applications and use cases.  There are multiple critical paths towards a profitable AI/ML practice. Exploring the details of ML successes & failures, similarities and differences to problems in finance will be the focus of this panel discussion.


2:00 2:45

Panel Discussion: AI on-Prem HPC vs Hybrid Management & Practices

Our panelists of financial services leaders will share their experiences in hybrid HPC deployments and the lessons learned in bridging the gap between on-premise and cloud environments.


2:45 3:30

Panel Discussion: “AI + HPC” Cloud Management & Practices

Our panelists will explore cloud adoption for high-performance workloads and the management and practices delivering measurable returns on cloud investments.


3:30 4:00

Closing Remarks


4:00 6:00

Opening Gala Reception – Exhibit Hall


7:00 9:00

Exhibits and Registration in Exhibit hall


9:00 9:15

Opening Remarks


9:15 10:00

General Session Topic: Using Data Science and AI to Guide Investment Decisions

Thomas Thurston, Partner, Chief Technology Officer, WR Hambrecht Ventures Thomas Thurston is a venture capitalist who uses data science to identify disruptive growth companies. He's a Partner at WR Hambrecht Ventures and developed the MESE® computing system. Formerly, he used data science to guide growth investments at Intel and led a joint R&D effort at the Harvard Business School with Professor Clayton Christensen to develop predictive statistical models for early stage innovation.


10:00 10:45

General Session Topic: Bridging the Gap Between Regulation, Compliance, Policy and Innovation

Our panel of policy and technology leaders will discuss business models that drive continuous innovation in a compliant-driven market and explore how AI can impact the pace of innovation in financial services.


10:45 11:15

Exhibits Networking Break: Exhibit Hall


11:15 12:00

General Session Topic: Building High Performance Development Teams for HPC+AI

Sagar Gakwaid, Senior Manager - Enterprise Machine Learning Platforms, Capital One This talk will focus on the fundamental building blocks enabling organizations to build high performance development teams:

  • Hiring the right mix
  • Art of career coaching
  • Value and rewarding culture enablers
  • Scaling high performing teams


1:00 1:45

Keynote: DDN Corporation

Hedge funds, proprietary trading firms and major banks are adding data sources, such as: additional trading venues for best execution, news feeds for sentiment analysis, cross product customer databases and more. When the best result depends on having the optimal algorithm consuming the most relevant data, the ideal approach is to be able to analyze more data, faster. By using fast, scalable, external disk systems with massively parallel access to data, researchers can perform analysis against much larger data sets delivering more effective models, faster.


12:00 1:00

Lunch (Tabletop) Discussion: Future Trends in FinTech and Capital Markets


1:45 2:30

Exhibit Hall Open


2:30 3:15

Keynote: AMD Corporation

AMD dares to imagine a better world and takes inspiration from customers to deliver innovative solutions to meet the challenges and possibilities in our digital age. AMD performs leading-edge research and provides technology direction critical to their customers’ future. AMD has a historical success record of influencing both industry and academia through exploration of important research directions and future technologies.


3:15 4:00

General Session Topic: Storage Innovations for High Performance Workloads

High-performance scalable storage for data-intensive applications is a key component of HPC and AI environments. Our panel will discuss how storage innovations in FinTech and Capital markets are necessary to support I/O intensive workloads in financial markets.


4:00 4:15

Networking Break


4:15 5:00

General Session Topic: Blockchain and Crypto Advances in Financial Services

Our panelists will share the use cases driving adoption of blockchain and crypto-financing in fintech and financial services. Our panelists will assess the enterprise-readiness of these technologies and how they are changing the ecosystem of traditional investment and revenue models.


5:00 5:15

General Session Topic: 2020 Predictions in Financial Services

No crystal ball exists that will accurately predict the future of capital markets and financial services. We will engage in a panel-led discussion on the ‘possibilities of the future’ in financial services, fintech and cryptocurrency.


5:15 5:30

Closing Remarks


5:30 7:00

Network Reception – Come make some friends!!