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Double Dose of Datathons

What’s better than one Datathon? How about two?!

On Friday April 19, Quantbot was thrilled to participate in Schonfeld’s Early Engagement Summit PhD Datathon. Using Code Willing’s dynamic data processing and modeling platform, PhDs from around the country worked in competing groups to find and model alpha signals from pre-determined datasets. This event gave PhD candidates, whose disciplines ranged from Mathematics and Statistics to Economics, the opportunity to test quantitative methods on real financial data, and to encourage their future engagement in the Quant space. 

Ashar welcomes PhD candidates before the Schonfeld Datathon

Quantbot employee, Greg, mentors his team through the Schonfeld Datathon

The winning Schonfeld Datathon team

Since everything comes better in pairs, the very next day Quantbot sponsored a separate Datathon at Carnegie Mellon, also powered by Code Willing’s platform. Participating students came from either CMU’s Computational Finance Master's program (MSCF) or their undergraduate Math program. It was a victory for MSCF since a group of their students took home the top prize, but the 2nd-place undergraduates were equally competitive. After introducing the students to each competition, Ashar Mahoob, Quantbot’s CIO, handed out the prizes on both days to the winning teams. We were thrilled to foster an interest in Quant Finance in all the students, from PhD to undergrad, and we hope they will consider it as a viable career option. We are excited to repeat our success in future!

Quantbot mentor, Rui, celebrates with her winning team at the CMU Datathon

The official victory photo of the CMU Datathon-winning team

Some thoughts from the Quantbot mentors:

Mentoring cwiq-team-central was extremely rewarding.  They are a bright and enthusiastic group of students who worked together quite well and sought my guidance regularly.  I think the most important lessons I hope the team took away are how rich the field of alpha research is in terms of the breadth of both datasets and the machine learning techniques that can be applied, and how powerful Quantbot’s platform is for quickly developing new ideas and evaluating their performance. – Greg Sternberg

It was a rewarding experience mentoring the winning team, cwiq-team-code. They were a group of motivated young professionals who were highly collaborative and eager to learn. I was amazed by the abundance of brilliant ideas they tested in such a short time. The Quantbot platform proved indispensable in handling these computationally heavy and data-intensive tasks. I hope this victory will inspire them to take on even more interesting and critical challenges that impact global markets – Rui Xiong, Datathon winning team mentor

And an afterword from our CIO, Ashar:

Quantbot Hackathon 2024 provided CMU's Masters and Undergrad students a first-hand opportunity to work on a real-life alpha research project, under tight time and budget constraints, using real world datasets. I wish I had had an opportunity to participate in such a project when I was completing the MSCF program at CMU years ago. The students had a fun day of learning and competing. Additionally, all the mentors were very impressed by how well the students coordinated the research process and were able to come up with out-of-sample model performance that was in-line with observed performance in-sample.

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Quantbot Hosts a Second NYC Quantum Computing Meetup!

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.

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Quantbot Lecture Series: “What is Language?” by Ahmar Mahboob

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.

Thank you Ahmar for a great presentation!

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A Day in the Life!

We put together a day in the life video! You can hear from several of our employees, including data analysts and quantitative researchers, about their day to day with us. Check it out!

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Quantbot Intern Recruitment Continues at NYU

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.

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Quantbot CEO Participates in BattleFin London Panel

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"

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Quantbot Attends the MIT MFin Networking Night

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 everyone
Talking to prospective interns!

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Summer Intern Recruitment Season Kick Off with CMU MSCF

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 Quantbot
Katharina, our Intern Program Coordinator, speaking about our intern program and the opportunities for 2024.

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Quantbot hosts NYC Quantum Computing Meet up

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".

Tom Crimi, Quantbot's CTO, giving the opening talk about Quantbot.

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:

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.

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Movin’ On Up to 5th Ave!

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!

An NYC miracle: outdoor space!
Our stunning view of the New York Public Library!
The new kitchen; bring on the snacks!