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G-Research April 2024 Grant Winners

G-Research April 2024 Grant Winners

2 May 2024
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Each month, we provide up to £2,000 in grant money to early career researchers in quantitative disciplines.

Our aim is to support and assist PhD students and postdocs conducting research, particularly with costs that may be difficult to get funding for elsewhere, for example, travel for those who are caring for children, or expenses for volunteer work related to research.

Learn more about our grant programme, including how you can apply and the work we support.

Read on to hear from our latest winners, their research and how our grants will aid their work.

April grant winners

Francis Liu (Humboldt University of Berlin)

“I am a PhD student at Humboldt University of Berlin, investigating financial innovations from a quantitative perspective. My research encompasses hedging, option pricing, and the pricing of fixed-income derivatives.

“I am interested in applying models of volatility and jump processes to derivatives pricing. These models provide quantitative insight into the reasons behind the trading of exotic and complex derivatives and how associated risks can be mitigated.

“The G-Research grant will enable me to attend the Bachelier Congress in Rio de Janeiro this July. There, I will present my findings about jump premia to a gathering of professionals. I am grateful for G-Research’s steadfast support of emerging scholars like myself.”

Noah Hollmann (Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin)

“My research interests are in exploring the capabilities of sequence modeling techniques such as transformers for replacing hand-coded learning algorithms using in-context learning. My work focuses on applying these techniques to tabular data and specialized modalities in the medical sciences.”

Evangelia Dragazi (National Technical University of Athens)

“I am a mathematician and my research focuses on probabilities and stochastic analysis.

“Since our world is not deterministically evolving, we try to provide models to limit our degree of uncertainty. The main topic of my PhD research are problems from financial mathematics, but our methods can apply to a broader range of questions. Recently we published an article called ‘Improved model-free bounds for multi-asset options using option-implied information and deep learning’, which has lead to an invitation to give a talk at the 12th World Congress of the Bachelier Finance Society, taking place in July 2024 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“The grant from G-Research will give me the opportunity to travel and participate in this conference and I am grateful for this support.”

Jesús Pineda (University of Gothenburg)

“I am a doctoral researcher in physics interested in the intersection between deep learning and microscopy. My research explores the use of geometric deep learning to uncover valuable insights derived from microscopy data. Furthermore, I am a core developer of the deep learning software packages DeepTrack and Deeplay.

“The G-Research Grant will support me in presenting his research at ENO-CANCOA 2024, a biennial event sponsored by the Colombian Optics Society, which brings together researchers from Latin America and the Caribbean to engage in discussions on optics and its applications.”

Hugo Chu (Imperial College London)

“My research lies at the intersection of several areas of Mathematics. In particular, I am interested in the application of Numerical and Functional Analysis to rigorously enclose the solutions of some Partial Differential Equations via so-called computer-assisted proofs. The equations I consider typically arise from fluids and stochastic dynamical systems.

“This generous G-Research grant will allow me to attend a thematic semester at the Centre de Recherches Mathématiques in Montréal, where I will present my work and continue my research with some collaborators.”

Sean Jordan (University of Cambridge)

“I am a planetary scientist investigating the atmospheres of exoplanets – planets which orbit stars beyond our Solar System. My work focuses on how we can use the divergent climates that Venus and the Earth locally exemplify to understand the climate conditions on exoplanets, and ultimately place the Earth in its cosmic context.

“Thanks to support from G-Research, I will be able to communicate my latest work at the upcoming ‘Exoplanets 5’ conference – the largest gathering of exoplanet scientists from around the world.”

Emanuele Panella (University College London)

“Thanks to the support of G-Research, I am excited to accept an invitation to a workshop in Princeton, where I’ll join leading experts in quantum information and quantum gravity. Beyond gaining insights from the lectures, this conference will provide a valuable platform for discussing new ideas and potentially launching new projects.”

Marco Pegoraro (Sapienza University of Rome)

“I’m a PhD candidate at the Sapienza University of Rome, specializing in Geometric Deep Learning. My work bridges Geometry and Bioinformatics, focusing on predicting molecule properties through geometric analysis.

“My passion lies in studying non-Euclidean domains, such as manifolds and their applications. Additionally, my research extends to the fusion of geometry processing and graph learning, focusing on spectral techniques for graph analysis.

“The grant will support my interdisciplinary research, particularly in merging geometry processing and NMR spectroscopy of proteins at IST Austria.”

Sierra Bonilla (University College London)

“My research focuses on 3D reconstruction for surgical vision.

“In addition to my research, I work at University College London Hospitals, developing custom software and advising on AI technology integration to boost operational efficiency and healthcare practices.

“This grant from G-Research enables me to present my work at the International Computer Vision Summer School in 2024.”

Maria Liapopoulou (University of Surrey)

“I am a postdoctoral researcher working on structural assessments under extreme loading, aiming to ensure safe and sustainable infrastructure. More specifically, my research focuses on understanding the capacity of structures to resist collapse due to earthquakes or other extreme events. By developing predictive models of the structural response in such cases, I am interested in improving design methods to arrest the propagation of failure.

“This grant from G-Research will support me in participating at two important conferences in my field, namely the 18th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering (18WCEE) and the 3rd International Conference on Resilience, Earthquake Engineering and Structural Health Monitoring (ICONREM), thus providing a great opportunity to increase the impact of my research and explore ideas for further improvements.”

Frencesco Calisto (Technical University of Munich)

“I am a Masters student in Theoretical Physics in Munich and my interests are rooted in quantum field theory, in particular in scattering amplitudes. For my masters thesis, I am working at the Max Planck Institute for Physics on mathematical aspects of amplitudes.

“This G-Research grant will support with my participation at the Amplitudes summer school and conference at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton. There I will have the chance to present my work and interact with many researchers and collaborators, focusing on topics ranging from formal and conceptual studies of amplitudes to their more computational and phenomenological applications.”

Congratulations to our grant winners.

Learn more about our monthly grant and how you can apply.

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