Sentiment Analysis for Financial Markets to be Showcased at New York Conference

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The Sentiment Analysis Symposium 2015 – the premier event for social intelligence and cognitive computing – will debut a first-ever workshop for financial markets at its upcoming, eighth annual conference, taking place July 15-16 in New York.

The Sentiment Analysis Symposium 2015– the premier event for social intelligence and cognitive computing – will debut a first-ever workshop for financial markets at its upcoming, eighth annual conference, taking place July 15-16 in New York. The new half-day segment on the afternoon of Thursday, July 16, “Sentiment Analysis for Financial Markets,” is a unique opportunity for traders, strategists, researchers, analysts, and regulators working in finance to learn about the latest developments in sentiment analysis and big data particular to their industry.

“If you’re ‘seeking alpha’ you have to look at sentiment and social signals,” stated Sentiment Analysis Symposium organizer Seth Grimes. “Opinion and emotion move markets, and traders who neglect them risk losing out,” according to Grimes, who is the leading industry analyst covering text, sentiment, and social analytics technologies. He founded Alta Plana Corporation, which is producing the symposium, in 1997.

“The Sentiment Analysis Symposium is a meeting place for institutions, hedge funds, news organizations, and researchers,” Grimes said. “We aim to create a forum for learning and networking that cross-pollinates financial and consumer-insight applications and showcases key research initiatives and leading industry solutions.”

The symposium’s “Sentiment Analysis for Financial Markets” segment features a lineup of notable speakers and topics, including:

  • Eiji Hirasawa, Senior Executive Managing Director, Financial Technology Research Institute (NIKKEI Group), “Financial News Analysis for Equity and Credit”
  • Vika Abrecht, Sr Software Engineer in the Bloomberg machine learning team, "Sentiment Analysis in Finance"
  • Kevin Coogan, Founder, Zettacap, “Improving Sentiment for Investing Through Stock Price Extraction”
  • James Ross, Co-founder and CEO, HedgeChatter, “Extracting Intent & Influence for Predictive Trading Strategies”
  • Evan Schnidman, Founder and CEO, Prattle Analytics, “Combine Domain Expertise and Sentiment Analysis”
  • John Liu, Data Scientist, Digital Reasoning, “Financial Markets and Trading Strategies”
  • Joe Gits, CEO, Social Market Analytics, “Interpreting Group Investment Behavior from Twitter”
  • Chris Camillo, CEO of TickerTags, “The Evolution of Social Analysis for Capital Markets”

Symposium speakers, outside the Financial Markets workshop, include thought leaders from Instagram, Verizon, IDC, Forrester Research, Lenovo, Cision, Face Group, and a variety of other companies and organizations. Speakers will cover healthcare, market research, customer experience, and social engagement, with presentations on topics such as measuring and combating gender biases in the workplace, perfecting customer interactions with real-time analytics, enterprise speech-to-text and how to detect pervasive issues early and develop future products through VOC analytics.

Industry analyst Dave Schubmehl from IDC will keynote on “The Commercialization of Cognitive Systems” and Forrester Research analyst Anjali Lai will speak on “A Comprehensive Research Approach to Customer Understanding.”

An innovation segment will include speakers from Affectiva on facial expressions and emotion analytics, Amyx McKinsey on wearables, Artificial Solutions on virtual assistants, and Crowdflower on crowd-sourced analysis. Instagram engineer Thomas Dimson will speak on “Emojineering @ Instagram.”

The additional workshop tracks will feature an array of technical content, with a Sentiment Analysis tutorial taught by research leader Prof. Bing Liu and including sessions on Cognitive Computing, Machine Learning, Media Measurement, and Natural Language Generation.

For more information, please visit the symposium agenda page for the full program. To register for one or both days of the event, please visit http://sentimentsymposium.com/registration.html
and use the promotion code SOCIAL for 10% off. Follow the Sentiment Analysis Symposium on Twitter.

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