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.
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.
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!
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.
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 .
Hosted the first Game night at our very own office filled with games, pizza and of course, beer
We’re serious at poker…
but we always make sure to have fun 🙂
Last night, our Quantbot interns headed to Spin to attend Schonfeld’s Farewell Intern Event. With internship projects slowly wrapping up, it was a great opportunity for our interns to hang out and engage in friendly ping-pong competition with interns from Schonfeld and other quant groups before they all head back to their respective campuses this month. There was an informal tournament, and one of our interns was on the winning team! It was a fun night and we thank Schonfeld for inviting us.
It’s June, and as per Quantbot tradition, we found ourselves at the annual Joy of Sake event last week! Along with excellent food from local NYC restaurants, there was the usual overwhelming choice of sakes to try. We had a great turnout from our office this year and had a blast trying out the food samples and sakes on offer. Needless to say we’re already looking forward to next year!
On March 27th, Quantbot Technologies turned 10!! The US Team celebrated with a presentation by our President Paul White with flashbacks from the past, drinks (lots) , and an amazing team dinner at Zuma NYC. Everyone was full of smiles and laughter all night long !
The US Quantbot Family~ (missing a few) #issalit
Our Quantbot Partners looking extra happy 🙂 (missing one)
Cheers to many more years to come! 😀 #issavibe
Bonus Zuma Dessert Platter : Trying out different ranges of dessert, from Yuzu cheesecake to Banana Bread to Molten Lava Cake to many many more ranges of delicious fruits !