On Monday February 12th, Quantbot had the opportunity to facilitate this month’s NYC Quantum Computing meetup in our office. This month’s presenter, Mani Chandra from nOhm, presented about “Efficient non-Ohmic Charge Transport in Two-dimensional semiconductors.”
Mani Chandra is the CEO of nOhm Devices, a new startup at MIT. He has a PhD in high-energy astrophysics from the University of Illinois. Some of his achievements include being awarded the Astronomy Department’s Chu award for research excellence and the Illinois Distinguished Fellow from the Urbana- Champaign.
Many people showed up to tonight’s talk and were able to collaborate and share their thoughts on the topic.
Here is a synopsis of tonight’s presenation: Charge transport in semiconductors is usually diffusive (“Ohmic”) due to electrons scattering off defects and phonons, as described by the textbook Ohm’s law. However, in sufficiently clean two-dimensional materials, Ohm’s law breaks down and gives rise to novel “non-Ohmic” charge transport regimes wherein electrons flow like a fluid. These novel regimes – ballistic and hydrodynamic transport – allow for the creation of highly-efficient electronic devices, with much lower power consumption and heat dissipation compared to current generation electronics (which are based on field-effect transistors). I will present an overview of transport physics in semiconductors and talk about our efforts to use non-Ohmic charge transport to design highly-efficient readout electronics that can be co-located with qubits and various quantum sensors in the innermost cryostage of dilution refrigerators, where the cooling power is limited to ~1 mW. The resulting integrated cryogenic electronics will enable the scaling up of quantum systems, similar to the historical progression from discrete transistors to integrated circuits.
On February 9th, Quantbot had the opportunity to attend to a lecture by Ahmar Mahboob about the nature of language and linguistics.
Prior to the lecture, Ahmar posed questions such as, “Is language a purely human ability or can other life forms learn language too?” and “Is language related to environment and climate change?”. By asking these questions, the main focus of the lecture was uncovered: to understand on a deeper level how language can impact personal and professional lives as well as address societal and environmental concerns.
Ahmar is an Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Sydney. Some of Ahmar’s achievements include being a two time recipient of the President of Pakistan’s Award for Highly Qualified Overseas Pakistanis as well as being recognized as the field leader in English language and literature by the Australian Magazine. Additionally, his poetry was inducted into the Australian Poetry Hall of Fame in 2021.
Tis the season! On December 11, we hosted a holiday gift exchange in the office for the first time in a few years! Quantbot also had our annual holiday party at Slate: complete with good food, drinks, speeches, and even a slide!
We’re looking forward to another great year in 2024. Wishing everyone a Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!
We got every member of the US management team + some of our directors to go down the slide at Slate!
On October 17, the usual trio of Ashar, Ricky and Katharina traveled under the river to Brooklyn and inaugurated our first-ever Company Info Session at NYU’s MSFE Program. The engagement from the students was phenomenal and we feel grateful to be able to highlight the quant space as a viable option for internships.
Ashar Mahboob, CIO, speaking to prospective interns.Ricky Der, speaking about his role at Quantbot.Katharina, giving an overview of our intern program.
Back in September, Quantbot’s CEO Paul White participated in a panel at BattleFin’s conference in London. The panel topic was “How AI is Changing the Quantitative Trading World”, where Paul briefly described how the industry has changed since the financial crisis to today, and how people nowadays are focusing more and more on AI and Machine Learning technologies and using more Alternative Data sources. He then discussed how we value the Alternative Data at Quantbot, and how AI and ML can help us process the data quickly so we can shorten the time preparing the data and spend more time on research and finding alpha.
“How AI is Chaning the Quantitative Trading World”
On October 3rd, Quantbot Technologies’ team of talented bowlers came back stronger than ever to participate once again in the annual National Breast Cancer Coalition’s Women with Balls bowling fundraiser.
This annual event aims to raise money for breast cancer research while providing a fun-filled night for the various teams. Quantbot was able to raise $3600 to support the organization and one of our team members, Shrinath, won Highest Score while bowling!
We are looking forward to next year’s NBCC fundraiser and events in the future to fight against breast cancer. For more information about NBCC and to donate to their cause, click here!
Recruitment continues apace with a visit to Boston for MIT Sloan’s Master of Finance Networking Night. As a premium sponsor on the night we had a great time meeting the graduating class and the incoming class of the MFin program. Joining Katharina Botlo, Quantbot’s Intern Program Coordinator, were Shrinath Viswanathan, a former Quantbot intern and current Quant Researcher, and Rui Xiong, a fellow Quant Researcher, former Quantbot intern and herself an alumni of MIT’s MFin program. We had a great time fielding questions from enthusiastic students who wanted to learn more about opportunities at Quantbot.
Rui, Shrinath, and Katharina ready to meet everyoneTalking to prospective interns!
It’s officially intern hunting season. After a bumper summer of interns at Quantbot, our office is looking a little empty now and needs to be filled by..more interns! We started our Fall recruitment with our good friends at CMU’s MSCF program. First, at the end of August, we participated for the first time in their annual NYC Trek, where small groups visited various financial companies throughout the city. After hearing a company presentation, the students then had a chance to speak one-on-one with senior quant researchers at Quantbot in smaller breakout rooms. It was a great chance for a section of the incoming MSCF class to visit our new office, ask questions to actual quants about the job, and finish off with some pizza.
However, we didn’t want to leave the rest of the class without an impression of Quantbot, so we traveled down to their campus on Broad Street to give a company presentation to the whole incoming class. Ashar Maboob, our CIO, started with a run down of the company and what it takes to be a successful quant at Quantbot. Our second speaker, Ricky Der, Director of Quantitative Research, gave a deft overview of the quant research process from alpha generation to trade execution, and the pitfalls along the way. Katharina Botlo, our Intern Program Coordinator finished off the presentation by highlighting Quantbot’s intern program and the opportunities for them to apply for summer 2024. We always enjoy starting off our intern recruitment at CMU and this year was no different!
Ashar, our CIO, giving the introduction to QuantbotRicky, Director of Quantitative ResearchKatharina, our Intern Program Coordinator, speaking about our intern program and the opportunities for 2024.