Mathematical Finance & Financial Data Science Seminar

An Introduction to causal AI for Institutional Investment Managers

Speaker: Ben Steiner, General Manager, causaLens

Location: Online Zoom access provided to registrants

Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 5:30 p.m.


Causal AI is a new category of intelligent machines designed to reason about the world like humans (according to AI visionaries):

- “To build truly intelligent machines, teach them cause and effect.” Judea Pearl, Turing Award winner 2011, Author ‘Book of Why?’, 2018

- “Causality is very important for the next steps of progress of machine learning.” Yoshua Bengio, Turing Award winner 2018, considered one of ‘the godfathers of Deep Learning’

- Nobel prize recently awarded for “analysis of causal relationships” The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in memory of Alfred Nobel, awarded to Professors Joshua Angrist and Guido Imbens in November 2021


- What we mean by Causal AI

- Foundational concepts in Causal AI

- Current state & existing approaches to Causal AI modeling

- Examples from asset management that can be viewed differently through a causal lens:

    - Human guided macro research in the investment process

    - portfolio optimisation,

    - discovery of orthogonal model factors,  &

    - evaluation of models via causal risk assessment

Speaker Bio:

Ben Steiner helps asset managers and institutional investors deploy causal AI technology to add value in their investment processes. His background includes quantitive researcher, portfolio manager, head of model development and chief-of-staff roles at asset managers and quantitative hedge funds. He serves on the board of directors of the Society of Quantitative Analysts (SQA) and teaches an applied modeling course at Columbia University.


This event is free, but requires registration.  Please click here to register.  You will then receive the Zoom link by email about a day or so before the event.