Acuity Trading, the big data solutions provider to retail investment companies, has just announced a collaborative agreement with the Department of Computer Science at the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC).
The agreement will see Acuity Trading and the UPC work jointly in areas of research related to computational finance using a range of mechanisms including computational statistics, econometrics, mathematical finance and computer science.
“I welcome the development of this strategic relationship between the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya and Acuity Trading. It provides our students and department with the opportunity to work closely with industry and forge relationships with business owners who are at deploying Natural Language Processing (NLP) technology in their business.”
Andrew Lane, Acuity Trading’s Managing Director based in Barcelona, said: “With NLP technology advancing at its current pace and the surge in its applications across many industries, Acuity Trading is keen to stay at the forefront of developments and to maximise its potential in our product offering both now and in the future.
“We hope that through academic partnerships, such as this one with the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, companies such as ours not only support young scientists with the essential skills to enter the industry but also ensure that the academic staff and the Universities themselves are better prepared to support the future direction and needs of our sector.”
“We are really excited to be working with Professor Arratia and his team on this research project. With close ties to Barcelona, being able to access the skills of such talented professionals on our doorstep is both exciting and testament to Barcelona’s growing reputation as a technical hub.”
Recently we have seen several partnerships of financial technology and research companies with academic institutions. In September this year, Thomson Reuters Corporation (TSE:TRI) announced a partnership with the University of Waterloo.