Keynote Speakers

  • Michael A. H. DEMPSTER, University of Cambridge

    Professor Emeritus, Statistical Laboratory, University of Cambridge

    Founder, Centre for Financial Research, University of Cambridge


    Professor Michael Dempster is ‎Professor Emeritus in the Statistical Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. In 1996 he co-founded the Centre for Financial Research in the Judge Business School at Cambridge, where he was also Professor of Management Studies (Finance and Management Science). His research interests include mathematical and computational finance and economics, optimization and non-linear analysis, stochastic systems, algorithm analysis and applications software.


    Professor Dempster was educated at Toronto, Carnegie Mellon and Oxford. From 1974-81 he was Chairman of Oxford Systems Associates Limited and from 1974-79 he was Managing Director. Currently he is Managing Director of Cambridge Systems Associates Limited, a financial services consultancy and software company with international patents on its Stochastics SuiteTM for optimal financial planning.


    He is author of over one hundred published research articles and reports and is author, editor or translator of fifteen books. He is founding joint Editor-in-Chief of Quantitative Finance with Professor J Doyne Farmer and presently shares this position with Professor Jim Gatheral of CUNY. He was formerly a member of the editorial boards of the Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Mathematical Finance and Computational Economics and is currently an associate editor of Stochastics, Computational Finance and the Journal of Risk Management in Financial Institutions.


  • Robert WEBB, University of Virginia

    Education: 

    Ph.D., Finance, University of Chicago

    M.B.A., Finance, University of Chicago

    B.B.A., Business Administration, University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire


    Areas of Expertise: 

    Derivative securities and markets

    Trading and the behavior of speculative prices

    Market microstructure


    Professional Activities: 

    Professor Webb specializes in the study of speculative markets, with particular emphasis on how differences in market structure - or the way financial markets are organized - affect the behavior of financial market prices. He is also interested in how traders make decisions and how “noise” (i.e., noninformational factors) affects financial markets. His current research interests include the impact of high-frequency trading on financial market prices, latency, and behavioral finance. Professor Webb is the Editor of Journal of Futures Markets, a leading academic journal focusing on derivative securities and markets. He is the author of the books Trading Catalysts: How Events Move Markets and Create Trading Opportunities (FT Press, 2007) and Macroeconomic Information and Financial Trading (Blackwell, 1994) and co-author of Shock Markets: Trading Lessons for Volatile Times (FT Press 2013).  He has written articles for academic journals such as Journal of Econometrics; Journal of Business & Economic Statistics; and Journal of Futures Markets, among others. He has also written articles for the financial press, including The Wall Street Journal; Nikkei Weekly; Investor's Business Daily; MK Economic Newspaper; and Nihon Keizai Shimbun. His experience includes trading fixed income securities for the World Bank (consultant); trading financial futures and options for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (member); designing new financial futures and option contracts for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (senior financial economist); serving as Senior Financial Economist at both the Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission; and consulting on risk management issues for the Asian Development Bank in Manila. He served as a Visiting Professor at the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia from 1994 to 2013. He held a joint appointment at the KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) Business School in Seoul, Korea, from 2009 to 2012.

  • Jianqing FAN, Princeton University

    Jianqing Fan, is a statistician, financial econometrician, and data scientist. He is Frederick L. Moore '18 Professor of Finance, Professor of Statistics, and Professor of Operations Research and Financial Engineering at the Princeton University where he chaired the department from 2012 to 2015. He is the winner of The 2000 COPSS Presidents' Award, Morningside Gold Medal for Applied Mathematics (2007), Guggenheim Fellow (2009), Pao-Lu Hsu Prize (2013) and Guy Medal in Silver (2014). He got elected to Academician from Academia Sinica in 2012.


    After receiving his Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989, he has been appointed as assistant, associate, and full professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1989-2003), and as professor at the University of California at Los Angeles (1997-2000), Professor of Statistics and Chairman at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (2000-2003), and professor at the Princeton University (2003-), where he directs the Committee of Statistical Studies since 2006 and chaired Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering from 2012 to 2015. He was named Frederick L. Moore'18 Professor of Finance since 2006


    Fan has coauthored two highly-regarded books on Local Polynomial Modeling (1996) and Nonlinear time series: Parametric and Nonparametric Methods (2003) and authored or coauthored over 200 articles on finance, economics, statistical machine learning, computational biology, semiparametric and non-parametric modeling, nonlinear time series, survival analysis, longitudinal data analysis, and other aspects of theoretical and methodological statistics. He has been consistently ranked as a top 10 highly-cited mathematical scientist since the existence of such a ranking. His published work on statistics, financial econometrics, computational biology, and statistical machine learning has been recognized by the 2000 COPSS Presidents' Award, given annually to an outstanding statistician under age 40, invited speaker at The 2006 International Congress for Mathematicians, The Humboldt Research Award for lifetime achievement in 2006, The Morningside Gold Medal of Applied Mathematics in 2007, honoring triennially an outstanding applied mathematician of Chinese descent, Guggenheim Fellow in 2009, Pao-Lu Hsu Prize (2013), presented every three years by the International Chinese Statistical Association to individuals under the age of 50, and Guy Medal in Silver (2014), presented once a year by Royal Statistical Society, and the election to the fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science, Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and American Statistical Association.


  • Chongfeng WU, Shanghai Jiaotong University

    Prof. WU Chongfeng is Director of Professor Committee of Antai College of Economics and Management, and Director of the Institute of Financial Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He achieved his Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 1989. He went to Yale University as a visiting professor from Dec. 2003 to June 2004.


    Prof. WU was Vice Dean of Antai College of Economics and Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University from 1996 to 2010. In 1993, he won "The government special allowance of the state council". In 1998, Prof. WU was selected into the first and second level of Millions of National Distinguished Scholars Plan and two years later, he won the program sponsored by National Science Fund for Distinguished Yong Scholars. In 2010, he was chosen into the Shanghai Leading Talent Plan.


    Prof. WU is now Member of Teaching Guidance Committee in Finance of MOE, Standing Member of Chinese Research Council of Modern Management, Standing Director of China Association of Finance and Vice Chairman of China Association of Financial Engineering. He is Member of 14th Shanghai Municipal People's Congress, and Standing Member of the 9th, 10th and 11th Standing Committee of Shanghai people's Political Consultative Conference.


  • Huiyan ZHANG, Shanghai Futures Exchange

    Huiyan Zhang received his Master’s degree and PhD degree in Economics from Fudan University and Johns Hopkins University, 

    respectively. He has been the Chief Financial Engineering Specialist at Shanghai Futures Exchange since 2011.