Plenary Lectures

Plenary Lectures

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Professor Panos M. Pardalos
Center for Applied Optimization, University of Florida, USA


Title: Artificial Intelligence, Data Sciences, and Optimization in Economics and Finance



Abstract:Artificial Intelligence (along with data sciences and optimization) has been a fundamental component of many activities in economics and finance in recent years. In this lecture we first summarize some of the major impacts of AI tools in economics and finance and discuss future developments and limitations. In the second part of the talk we present details on neural network embeddings on corporate annual filings for portfolio selection.


Brief bio:


Dr. Panos Pardalos is a Distinguished Professor  in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Florida, and an affiliated faculty of Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science & Information & Engineering departments. In addition, he is the director of the Center for Applied Optimization.

Dr. Pardalos is a world renowned leader in Global Optimization, Mathematical Modeling, Energy Systems, and Data Sciences. He is a Fellow of AAAS, AIMBE, and INFORMS and was awarded the 2013 Constantin Caratheodory Prize of the International Society of Global Optimization. In addition, Dr. Pardalos has been awarded the 2013 EURO Gold Medal prize bestowed by the Association for European Operational Research Societies. This medal is the preeminent European award given to Operations Research (OR) professionals for “scientific contributions that stand the test of time.”

Dr. Pardalos has been awarded a prestigious Humboldt Research Award (2018-2019). The Humboldt Research Award is granted in recognition of a researcher’s entire achievements to date – fundamental discoveries, new theories, insights that have had significant impact on their discipline.

Dr. Pardalos is also a Member of several  Academies of Sciences, and he holds several honorary PhD degrees and affiliations. He is the Founding Editor of Optimization Letters, Energy Systems, and Co-Founder of the International Journal of Global Optimization, Computational Management Science, and Springer Nature Operations Research Forum. He has published over 500 journal papers, and edited/authored over 200 books. He is one of the most cited authors and has graduated 70 PhD students so far. Details can be found in

Panos Pardalos has lectured and given invited keynote addresses worldwide in countries including
Austria, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Brazil,  Canada,
Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, England, France, Finland,
Germany, Greece, Holland,  Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, Singapore, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, and the USA.


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