The University of Oxford has appointed Mihaela van der Schaar to the Man Professorship of Quantitative Finance. The Man Professorship of Quantitative Finance is funded in perpetuity by a charitable gift of £3.3m made in 2007 by the Charitable Trust of Man Group plc.
Professor van der Schaar will be based at the Oxford-Man Institute (OMI), a centre for research into machine learning and data analytics applied to quantitative finance. The OMI, which opened in 2007, is a collaboration between the University of Oxford and Man Group plc, and shares premises with Man Group's Oxford research laboratory. The OMI has recently joined the University of Oxford's Department of Engineering Science, adding to its track-record of industrial applications of machine learning, for example in autonomous vehicles, computer vision, aerospace and robotics.
Professor van der Schaar takes up the Man Professorship of Quantitative Finance from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). At UCLA, Professor van der Schaar was the Chancellor's Professor of Electrical Engineering, a Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department and Director of the UCLA Center for Engineering Economics, Learning, and Networks which she founded in 2011.
In her new role, Professor van der Schaar will continue to conduct research alongside teaching and mentoring duties for graduate research students and junior colleagues. She will also interact and collaborate with Man AHL and its team of machine learning and data science researchers.