On Wednesday, September 13 Quantbot had the pleasure of hosting the NYC Quantum Computing group in our office for their monthly meeting.
Vinod Menon, this month’s presenter, gave a presentation on “Half-light half-matter quasiparticles (polaritons) as a platform for Hamiltonian simulators and quantum optical nonlinearity”.
It was a great night of discussion with great minds. We look forward to hosting future events in our space as we continue to grow in our space.
Vinod Menon is a Professor of Physics at the City College of New York and doctoral faculty at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). He is a fellow of the Optical Society of America (now Optica) and an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer in Photonics (2018-2020). More details about his group can be found at: https://lanmp.org/
And for those curious as to the content of the presentation: Abstract: Strong light-matter interaction results in the formation of half-light half-matter quasiparticles called polaritons that take on the properties of both its constituents. In this talk I will first introduce the concept of polariton formation in low-dimensional semiconductors. Following this, I will discuss the formation of Bose Einstein like condensates at room temperature using polaritons formed in organic molecules. Approaches to create condensate lattices in such systems and their potential application as Hamiltonian simulators will also be presented. In the second part of the talk, I will present our recent work on polaritons in atomically thin (2D) materials and their potential to reach quantum nonlinearity. Finally, I will discuss our quantum education efforts at the City College of New York (CCNY) including the development of undergraduate level quantum optics lab and the potential for outreach efforts at the high school level using these systems.
On July 13, Quantbot had our first squash night since 2019 at Open Squash. With such a wide range of experience, we luckily had professional trainers coaching us through the basics. We love friendly competition and playing squash was no exception! In the end, we had a great time and are already looking forward to our next squash night.
Last week, the new Quantbot office hosted a game night for the first time. Employees and interns enjoyed a night of pizza and poker, with some FIFA thrown in on the side. It was a great event getting to mingle with our interns while also enjoying some fun competition. We are already looking forward to planning our next game night as the summer days continue.
It’s the most sake-iest time of the year. Quantbot once again enjoyed delicious food, a preponderance of sake, and wonderful cocktails (sake in a negroni, who knew?!) at the annual Joy of Sake on Friday, June 16th. Luckily many of our summer interns had the opportunity to come, along with many of the yearly regulars. We love attending this event every year and can’t wait for the next. Kanpai!
Quantbot ran its first long-awaited JPM Corporate Challenge! On June 1, 12 of our employees laced up their running shoes and took to the trails of Central Park to join the thousands of runners, joggers, and walkers participating in the 5k. The weather and the vibes were great even when we fought our way through the Harlem hills! We can’t wait to run it again and set some new PRs next year!
What do cocktails, lobsters, and speeches all have in common? That’s right, they were all at Quantbot’s annual company dinner! Hosted this year at Milos Estiatorio, the Quantbot NY office and our summer intern cohort celebrated another successful and productive year at Quantbot. Over courses of delicious Greek delights, we toasted many highlights from the year so far, including moving to our new NYC office, opening one in Miami, and welcoming the largest intern class we’ve ever had. Cheers to fourteen years and counting!
That’s right, Quantbot has moved to a new office space! When just a short time ago we were playing musical desks in an office that couldn’t grow in tandem with our hiring rate, now we have a bright new space that can not only fit all of us (including our many summer interns), but provides plenty of room for future joiners. Overlooking the NYPL and Bryant Park in the heart of Midtown, the new Quantbot headquarters are spacious and comfortable. We even have an outdoor patio for sipping post-work drinks on sunny summer afternoons!
Back on April 14, Quantbot Technologies, along with Schonfeld Strategic Advisors and Code Willing, had the pleasure of hosting a PhD-focused Datathon, featuring participating students from across the United States. The event started with presentations from the three data vendors that freely provided their data for the Datathon: Estimize, Wall Street Horizon, and RedGraphs. Each team was then given 3 hours to run backtests, using the data provided by the vendors, to generate alpha and develop an out-of-sample strategy.
Each team was provided with a senior mentor. Two of Quantbot’s researchers, Keywan and Zihao, each mentored a team where they dispensed expert advice on how the students should build and tweak their strategies. The most successful strategy across several parameters was deemed the winner. Congratulations to CWIQ team Sim for your win!
On September 28, the Quantbot Technologies team was in San Francisco for the September Neudata Data Summit. The conference had over 400 people in attendance with over 60 speakers discussing the latest advancements in the cryptocurrency space and how blockchain technologies are enabling adoption for institutional investors.
Paul White, Quantbot’s CEO, was given the opportunity to participate during the Neudata event. Once during the “Panel: Navigating Turbulence in Crypto Markets”, where Paul and two other panelists “[e]xplore[d] how DeFi has challenged many aspects of traditional capital markets and discover how it can create alpha returns”.
Paul was able to also participate as a judge in a Shark Tank-like event during the conference. During this event, “four new data providers pitch[ed] their data proposition for established data providers” with one being declared “best in their class”.
You can find the programme with the list of speakers here .
In May, we were grateful to once again meet for the annual Quantbot company dinner. With good food, good drinks, and good company; what more could we ask for? It was a great night for everyone, and we are looking forward to another year at Quantbot Technologies!