35th meetup



NOTE: as of this month a valid photo ID is required



Note: Please use your full real names when signing up, otherwise you may be refused entry!

As always, there'll be free beer and pizza, generously provided by our host AHL. Also air-conditioning.


Main speakers:

Richard J Brooker on AI & ART - Style Transfer

It would seem like machines are getting very smart. They can see, hear and even draw.
What does this mean for jobs? What does this mean for programmatic media? What does this mean for art? How smart are they really?
In this talk, I look at some emerging technologies that are going to be changing the way we produce music, videos, and online content.

About the speaker:

Richard J Brooker is a Data Scientist, Mathematician and Filmmaker, working at one of the UKs leading Media Agency.
He specialises in using data and AI to analyse, understand and create, online content. I’m currently working with UCL on one of their first online Data Science courses.

Saeed Amen on Using Python in financial markets

I'll discuss the general ecosystem for Python data (some libraries folks will know, eg. pandas! but many of the libraries I suspect people won't know about like VisPy) - which I'll skim over very quickly, given the audience is likely quite knowledgeable here. Then I'll do some demos of my own open source Python libraries (chartpy, findatapy, finmarketpy). Demos will include showing how to access market data, how to speed up plotting using GPU, doing animated vol surface plots, a simple trend following model and speeding up backtesting by using Redis to cache data. A lot of it should be relevant to non-finance folks.

About the speaker:

Saeed Amen is the founder of Cuemacro. Over the past decade, Saeed Amen has developed systematic trading strategies at major investment banks including Lehman Brothers and Nomura. Independently, he is also a systematic FX trader, running a proprietary trading book trading liquid G10 FX, since 2013. He is also the author of Trading Thalesians: What the ancient world can teach us about trading today (Palgrave Macmillan). Through Cuemacro, he now consults and publishes research for clients in the area of systematic trading. His clients have included major quant funds and data companies such as RavenPack and TIM Group. He is also a co-founder of the Thalesians.


Lightning talks:

Won Bae Suh on Arms for Sale: UK Bazzar in the 21st Century

No commodity is as controversial as weapons. Heated debate is on how much they "contribute" to employment and the national economy. Using SIPRI(Stockholm International Peace Research Institute)'s open data on arms transfers, we will explore how the UK has propagated arms across the globe. All in Python, of course.

Calvin Giles on The PyData London Lottery

We are experimenting with using a lottery to issue tickets to the meetup. I will talk about why we did this, how this worked in practice, and what we plan to do in the future.



Doors open at 6.30 (get there early as you have to sign-in via AHL's security), talks start at 7 pm, beers from 9 pm in the bar. We normally have > 200 folks in the room so there's plenty of people to discuss data science questions with!

Please unRSVP in good time if you realize you can't make it. We're limited by building security on the number of attendees, so please free up your place for your fellow community members!

Follow @pydatalondon (https://twitter.com/pydatalondon) for updates and early announcements. See you on the 4th!