Save the date: Tuesday May 9, 2023

10th Annual NJBDA Symposium

Big Data in FinTech

Host: Seton Hall University

The New Jersey Big Data Alliance (NJBDA) is an alliance of 18 higher education institutions, as well as industry and government members, that catalyzes collaboration in advanced computing and data analytics research, education and technology.

The NJBDA’s annual symposium is New Jersey’s premier conference for big data & advanced computing, consistently attracting 200+attendees from industry, government, and academia.

This year’s symposium will be held in person at Seton Hall University. Read Seton Hall’s press release.

For questions, please contact Manfred Minimair, Ph.D., Seton Hall. For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Kaerielle Larsen, Seton Hall, at

Call for Abstracts

We invite academic and industry researchers to submit abstracts of their research for presentation at the symposium.

The 2023 Symposium will include academic research sessions with presentations on current applied research in Big Data, AI, and Machine Learning.

Other topics of particular interest related to the focus of the symposium are welcome, including, but not limited to: AI and Finance, Blockchain, Crypto & Digital Currencies, NFTs, Big Data Business Intelligence.

Abstracts should be a maximum of 650 words and submitted by March 25, 2023. Indicate your name, email, department, university affiliation, title of presentation and track, at the top of the abstract. This information does not count towards the 650-word limit.

Submit abstract via

Notification of acceptance by April 14, 2023

We look forward to your submissions!

Selected presentations will be invited to submit papers to The Journal of Big Data Theory and Practice (JBDTP).

Contact Forough Ghahramani, Vice President Research, NJBDA at for questions or additional information.

Download PDF: NJBDA call for abstracts 2023


George Calhoun headshot

George Calhoun

Professor and Founding Director of the Quantitative Finance Program, Stevens Institute of Technology

Kjersten Moody headshot

Kjersten Margaret Moody

Chief Data Officer, Prudential Financial

Headshot of Stephen Ward

Stephen Ward

Managing Director, Insight Partners


8:30 – 9:30

Registration, Refreshments, Exhibits

Location: Event Lounge and Event Room

9:30 – 10:00


  • Matt Hale, President, NJBDA
  • Manfred Minimair, NJBDA Symposium Chair
  • Anthony Loviscek, Academy of Applied Analytics and Technology, Seton Hall University
  • TBA

Location: Event Room

10:00 – 10:45

Keynote 1: Kjersten Moody

Chief Data Officer of Prudential Financial

(30 minutes speech, 15 min Q&A)

Location: Event Room

10:45 – 11:00

Break, Exhibits (incl. Student Posters), Networking

The 2023 Symposium will include a student research poster session on the topic of Big Data in FinTech.  Students from NJBDA member institutions and others are welcome to submit a poster.  Topics related to the focus of the symposium theme include, but are not limited to, Large Language Models, AI, Finance, Blockchain, Crypto & Digital Currencies, NFTs, and Big Data Business Intelligence are also invited. Please submit your posters by April 14th, 2023, with a separate cover page, including your name, email, department, institutional affiliation, and title of the poster, to  Bring a 36” X48” printed copy of the poster to the event on May 9th, 2023.

Location: Event Lounge

Lead: George Avirappattu

11:00 – 12:00

4 Parallel Sessions:

AI/Machine Learning for FinTech

The need to adapt to newer technologies and cater to a wide customer base with customized needs has become the need of the hour, with companies constantly innovating. Successful companies have used AI-ML to design products suiting their customer’s evolving needs. Over the recent years, machine learning has had a major impact in the finance lending sector by allowing for more accurate and faster decision-making through analysis of consumer data, usage trends, and patterns.

This session will focus on the challenges and benefits of using such disruptive technologies of AI and ML for better BI on customers, more informed decision making, and improved risk management, and lower costs.

Location: Chancellor’s Suite

Data Assets and Privacy

Location: Meeting Room

Entrepreneurship in FinTech

Location: Event Room

Leads: Judith Sheft

Workforce Development for FinTech

Talent and human capital are now, and will continue to be, the critical factors of production in the data-driven economy. Technology and lifelong training to maintain the appropriate skills become pre-conditions for participating in this new landscape. By educating, training, and facilitating access to individuals with advanced computing and analytics skill sets, New Jersey can provide a competitive advantage for its employers. This workshop will highlight the specific skills and workforce development needs of the fintech sector to ensure the successful growth of this critical sector for the state economy.

  • William Noonan, Chief Business Development Officer, Choose New Jersey
  • Mark Gunther, Professor of Financial Practice,  Rutgers Business School
  • Steven Hunter, Director, AI Center of Excellence and co-organizer of the UBS Pitch Competition, UBS

Location: Faculty Lounge

Lead: Margaret Brennan-Tonetta

12:00 – 1:00

Lunch, Exhibits (incl. Student Posters), Networking

Location: Event Lounge and Event Room

1:00 – 2:00

4 Parallel Sessions:

Cybersecurity in FinTech

Over 75% of consumers globally use at least one fintech service such as Robinhood, PayPal, etc., and the number is expected to increase as the usage of digital and touchless payment, mobile banking, etc., becomes more prominent.

As usage increases among consumers, the threat of cyberattacks and cybercrime comes along with that. A survey shows that in 2021 account takeovers are on the rise, with an increase of 282% between 2019 and 2021. One of the largest data breaches happened recently with Equifax, which exposed the personal information of over 147 million people. So, in the long run, more of the fintech companies are becoming the target for cybercriminals. So cybersecurity is a key concern during digital adoption, and the adoption of best practices for building and securing fintech solutions is important. Most organizations are adopting best practices such as Data encryption, RBAC etc., and gradually accepting the recent trends such as DevSecOps.

In this session, we will focus on the recent patterns and trends seen with fintech cyberattacks and how organizations are equipping with fintech solutions as preventive measures for cyber attacks. Further, we will look at how next-generation students can equip themselves with the career choices and paths that can be taken with fintech cybersecurity.

Location: Chancellor’s Suite

Lead: Demetrios Roubos

Regulatory Issues in FinTech

Location: Event Room

Lead: Matthew Hale

Research Presentations in FinTech

The symposium Research Track features presentations on current applied research in Big Data, AI, and Machine Learning. Presentations are categorized based on specific symposium themes in Big Data and FinTech.

Location: Meeting Room and Faculty Lounge

Lead: Forough Ghahramani

2:00 – 2:45

Keynote 2: George Calhoun

Director of the Quantitative Finance Program and the Hanlon Financial Systems Center at Stevens Institute of Technology

(30 minutes speech, 15 min Q&A)

Location: Event Room

2:45 – 3:15

Cybersecurity Keynote: Stephen Ward

Managing Director at Insight Partners and former CISO

Location: Event Room

3:15 – 3:20

Journal of Big Data Theory and Practice

  • Jim Samuel, Associate Professor of Practice, Executive Director – Informatics, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University

Location: Event Room

3:20 – 3:30

Closing Remarks and Raffle

Location: Event Room


CRAFT logo and the words "Center for Research toward Advancing Financial Technologies"

Event sponsored by the US Economic Development Administration