Joint Spring Conference 2018 of E-Finance Lab and IBM Deutschland

“Data Science in Financial Services”

The E-Finance Lab and IBM Deutschland cordially invite you to the 2018 Spring Conference. The event will be held on the afternoon of February 1st, 2018, at Campus Westend of Goethe-University Frankfurt and present insights from implementations of data science projects in companies such as Schufa and ING DiBa. It will help to understand how the new data-rich environments will help to better realize business opportunities but to also set realistic expectations about what to achieve with a better analysis of data. As in previous years, participation is free of charge and the conference aims at stimulating discussions between the financial service industry, academics and providers of data-science solutions.

The conference language is German but slides of the presentation can be in English.

It will also have two pre-conference “hands-on” workshops “Data Science in Practice” in which specialists from IBM and researchers will use real-world cases to outline how data science helps to make better decisions and predictions and how to implement such solutions in environments such as R, Python or IBM’s Data Science Experience.

Conference Details

Date & Time: Thursday, February 1th, 2018; 14:00 - 20:00 (registration from 13:30), subsequent Get Together
Venue: Goethe University Frankfurt, Campus Westend, Casino
Address: Nina-Rubinstein-Weg 1, 60323 Frankfurt am Main, Germany (see directions to the conference venue)

(former address: Grüneburgplatz 1, 60323 Frankfurt am Main)

For inquiries, please contact our organizing team.


Participation in the conference and workshops is generally free of charge: please register here.

Pre-Conference Program*



Agenda Item



Early Registration



Workshop 1: Text-Mining with SPSS and Python

Prof. Dr. Alexander Hillert (Goethe University Frankfurt)

IBM Deutschland

Workshop 2: Data Science with R

Steffen Foersch & Prof. Dr. Bernd Skiera (E-Finance Lab, Goethe University Frankfurt)

IBM Deutschland


Conference Program*



Agenda Item



Registration and Coffee



Welcome and Joint Introduction to the Conference's Topic

Prof. Dr. Bernd Skiera (E-Finance Lab, Goethe University Frankfurt)

Ulrich Wolf (IBM Deutschland)



Statistics in Central Banks: With Standardization and Micro Data Orientation to the Central Information Provider

Reinhold Stahl (Director General Statistics, Deutsche Bundesbank)



Presentation 2 - Title to be announced

Thomas Schaeck (Distinguished Enigneer, IBM Deutschland)



Coffee Break



Applications of Artifical Intelligence for the Modern Information Service Provider

Dr. Gjergji Kasneci (CTO, SCHUFA Holding AG)



Data into the New: How Big Data & Advanced Analytics are turning around the Financial Sector

Dr. Andreas Braun (Managing Director, Accenture)



Proleptic Market Analysis of the German Retail Banking Market

Prof. Dr. Daniel Ringel (UNC North Carolina)



Coffee Break



Customer Inbound Contacts as Sales Opportunities. Selecting "Next best Action" proposals at ING-DiBa

Prof. Dr. Martin Schmidberger, ING-DiBa



Date Science @ Goethe University

Benjamin M. Abdel-Karin: "Forecasting Stock Prices with Artificial Intelligence"

Maximiian Matthe: "Does Verbal Information from Earnings Conference Calls Predict Firm Performance? Evidence from the U.S."

Christian Janze: Title to be announced

Gabriela Alves Werb: Title to be announced



Concluding Remarks

Prof. Dr. Bernd Skiera (E-Finance Lab, Goethe University Frankfurt)

Ulrich Wolf (IBM Deutschland)



Get Together

We invite the participants to a dinner in the foyer of the Festsaal



End of Conference


*Version: December 5th, 2017