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The meaning of AI, Machine Learning and Robotic Process Automation in financial markets (23rd February 2021)

The meaning of AI, Machine Learning and Robotic Process Automation in financial markets


Topics for discussion include: 

  • The relative importance of cost-cutting versus improved customer service 
  • Whether finance is especially well-adapted to RPA and AI
  • Whether the projected savings are being achieved
  • Attitudes of employees towards the technologies
  • Impact on levels of employment and skill
  • Whether the IT department is a source of resistance to RPA and AI and ML
  • How it alters the threat of cyber-attacks
  • Current natural language processing capabilities
  • Difficulties in working with legacy systems
  • Whether RPA, AI and ML are merging into a single form of intelligent digital automation
  • What RPA and AI cost


Kam Star, Senior Product Manager for AI and Emerging technologies of Blue Prism

Bob Bonomo, Founder and CEO of NextSTOP

After a successful career of over 25 years on Wall Street as a Developer, Manager and Executive (Partner and Chief Information Officer at AllianceBernstein and OppenheimerFunds), I formed NextSTOP in 2019.
NextSTOP is focused on delivering Digital Transformations for Small and Medium sized Businesses, via Strategy, Technology, Operations and Process optimization, utilizing our Digital Pathfinder™ Model.

Dr Francesco Corea, Research Lead at Balderton

Francesco joined Balderton in 2019 as Research Lead, working on all research and data projects on the investment team. Prior to Balderton, Francesco helped a number of AI startups ramp up operations, and worked with small financial boutiques on venture strategies.

Dr Ian Robotham, Client Technical Leader at IBM

I focus on the design and development of business platforms to create and capture new value. I’ve developed solutions that enable business transformation using hybrid cloud integration, artificial intelligence and new ways of working. The technology initiatives encountered during my career have been across a number of industries, in particular financial services.

James Dening, SVP EMEA at H2O.ai

I’m a former geek, now a commercial leader, with a passion for combining how you use data effectively and how you nurture and develop people superbly to create amazing kick-ass organisations. After four years building out the European operation for Automation Anywhere from zero to tens of millions ARR, I am now at H2O.ai, again in a hypergrowth phase, making AI powered decision making easy for Enterprises of every shape and size.

Moderated by Dominic Hobson, Co-Founder at Future of Finance

Dominic Hobson has worked for himself for 30 years. He was one of the founders of Asset International, a transatlantic financial publishing, events and survey business, which was sold in 2009.  Since then, Dominic has contributed to the work of two data businesses covering financial markets, run a peer group network for hedge fund managers, and co-founded the Future of Finance, which hosts events on innovation in finance.  As one half of Hobson Cardew, Dominic also provides consultancy services to a number of financial services businesses and market infrastructures.

If you would like more information please contact Wendy Gallagher on wendy.gallagher@futureoffinance.biz.

We are keen to involve the audience and if you would like to send questions ahead of time please do email them to Wendy on the email above.