News, Events and Awards
Recent news and media articles can be found here, as well as details on Awards and Events we have attended.
Cantab Research Jam20 October 2017
Cantab hosted its inaugural “Research Jam” conference at its offices in Cambridge.The event was attended by all of Cantab's scientists and the students and lecturers of the Cambridge University Cantab Institute. It follows several joint conferences hosted by the Institute at the University’s Centre for Mathematical Sciences.
Attendees presented 23 talks on a range of different topics from reinforcement learning, to convex optimisation, computational biology, mathematical proof engines and uncertainty estimation.
Talks were kept to a strict 5-minute limit enforced by a ‘countdown’ clock built in-house by one of Cantab’s developers, complete with the iconic gameshow’s count down anthem in the final 30 seconds. Several breakout sessions allowed participants to follow up and discuss topics of interest one-on-one.
Head of Research Dr Matt KiIleya said: “Taking time out to hear about and discuss other researcher’s work is invaluable. There are so many links between fields when you delve just a little bit deeper. For example, image reconstruction might seem unrelated to finance, but actually they are closely related. The particular penalty terms in the equations used to obtain hard edges in image analysis are used to penalise transaction costs in building optimal portfolio algorithms. Suddenly expanding your community of people working on the same hard problems as you can be transformative for your research.”
The conference ended with a panel discussing questions submitted by the attendees. Panellists gave different perspectives on big data and discussed ways in which industry and academia could work together to meet these challenges.
The Cantab Capital Institute for the Mathematics of Information hosts its first conference23 November 2016
During November, the Cantab Capital Institute for the Mathematics of Information hosted its first conference, held at Cambridge University’s Centre for Mathematical Sciences.Bringing together academics, students as well as many members of the Cantab team, the conference comprised an afternoon of talks from renowned speakers, and concluded with dinner and a keynote speech from Professor Stephen Hawking.
Introducing Professor Hawking, Dr Matt Killeya, Head of Research at Cantab, praised Cambridge’s “international reputation and culture of intellectual curiosity and technical rigour” as the reasons for funding the institute. “There is more data being collected in the world than ever before in the history of mankind. This creates both a huge challenge and a massive opportunity.”
Professor Hawking highlighted the importance of the Institute’s research, saying: “In a dazzlingly complex world, you have to be able to discern the meaning in the mess. We are, in a figurative and literal sense, awash with what we call data… What we’re only now fully realising is twofold: the sheer quantity of data in any given domain; and the tools we need to make use of the information encoded in it.”
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Cantab's CEO speaks at Investhedge6 April 2016
Adam Glinsman, Cantab's CEO, spoke at this year's HedgeFund Intelligence European Summit 2016 in Paris.Adam discussed the challenges of running an alternatives firm with a number of fellow CEOs.
Cantab takes bronze in Midnight Madness code-cracking challenge15 August 2015
A team of 10 from Cantab took part in the annual Midnight Madness race across New York, coming 3rd out of 21 teams.The event is a 12-hour 'treasure hunt' involving solving complex word, number and computing puzzles. More than m raised went to Good Shepherd Services, a social-service agency in New York.
Dr Ewan Kirk, CIO of Cantab and part of the code-cracking team said: "We're quants, we're programmers. Every day we're faced with puzzles: Why is this market reducing its liquidity? Why is this market getting bigger? This is what we do."
Cantab cyclists support Hedge Funds Care20 September 2015
Cantab's cyclists attended a charity bike ride from London to Paris in aid of disadvantaged children in the UK.Our cyclists covered 260 miles in 3 days, helping to raise more than £50,000. The money will go to Help for Children, a charity set up to support disadvantaged and abused children in the UK. We are very proud to have contributed to this very worthwhile cause.
Cantab's Founding Partner speaks at Technology Summit21 November 2013
Cantab's Founding Partner, Erich Schlaikjer, was among a number of leading industry professionals speaking at the Bloomberg Enterprise Technology Summit in London in December 2013.The Summit brings together top technology decision makers in the financial services industry to discuss the importance of the role of computing within finance.
Cantab's cyclists enjoy a successful weekend in the Pyrenees21 September 2013
Swapping the Fens for slightly more challenging terrain, Cantab’s intrepid team of cyclists recently spent a grueling weekend scaling some of the toughest climbs of the Tour de France.
The team enjoyed climbing the Tourmalet, Col d’Aspin and several other demanding Cols.
Their hard work was rewarded with stunning weather and breathtaking views of the Pyrenees.
Cantab Team Races at the Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival 201316 September 2013
Cantab was again proud to be a sponsor of the Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival, in aid of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices. The team is happy to report a solid 5th place finish in the Mixed races, with a final time of 126:76.Horse racing inspired this year’s costume choice, so the team donned jockey outfits in a punchy selection of colours. Fittingly we kept our rhythm under guidance from our horse-headed drummer.
With the weather holding out, a great day was had by all. Thanks to all who participated and supported us on the banks.
A night out for Cantab at the EuroHedge awards24 January 2013
The team at Cantab enjoyed a wonderful night out at the EuroHedge 2012 Awards ceremony in London, where Cantab's CCP Quantitative Fund was nominated in the 'Managed Futures' category.We were delighted to receive a further nomination in the category 'Fund of the Year' on the night.
Cantab's Dr Ewan Kirk speaks at Cambridge University’s Judge Business School as part of the City Speaker Series14 December 2012
Dr Ewan Kirk, Cantab's CIO, was delighted to be invited to take part in the Judge Business School's City Speaker seminar series.The Judge Business School, the business school of Cambridge University, is regarded as one of the best business schools in the world, and is one of the ways in which Cantab has close links to the University.
The City Speaker Series is a series of talks designed to provide students studying for the Master of Finance programme with the opportunity to hear from experts in their fields who work at the cutting edge of applied finance. The talks cover a broad range of subjects, institutions, product areas and roles, and they provide a stream of practical financial experience and expertise for students.