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Events During the Week of October 26th through November 2nd, 2014

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Cosmology Journal Club
An Informal discussion about a broad variety of arXiv papers related to Cosmology
Time: 12:15 pm
Place: 5242 Chamberlin Hall
Abstract: Please visit the following link for more details:
Please feel free to bring your lunch!
If you have questions or comments about this journal club, would like to propose a topic or volunteer to introduce a paper, please email Le Zhang (lzhang263@wisc.edu)
Host: Peter Timbie
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Council Meeting
Time: 4:00 pm
Place: 2314 Chamberlin (Chair's Conference Room)
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Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Chaos & Complex Systems Seminar
On reactive model-free stock trading in a complex financial market
Time: 12:05 pm
Place: 4274 Chamberlin Hall (Refreshments will be served)
Speaker: Bob Barmish, UW Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Abstract: In this seminar, I will describe a new paradigm for stock trading in a complex financial market. The theory does not make use of a predictive model for the time-varying stock price. Instead, based on the use of a feedback control loop, the investment level is dynamically adjusted over time via a "reactive adaptation'' mechanism. In the finance literature, such a scheme falls under the umbrella of "technical analysis.'' After explaining what is meant by technical analysis, I will address a long standing conundrum in finance: Why is it that so many asset managers, hedge funds and individual investors trade stock using technical analysis despite the existence of a significant body of literature claiming that such methods are of questionable worth with little or no theoretical rationale? Whereas existing work on this question by academics and practitioners in finance involves extensive statistical analysis of a trading algorithm via back-testing with historical data, our new feedback-based approach is aimed at providing a theoretical rationale which explains both successes and failures.
Host: Clint Sprott
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Theory Seminar (High Energy/Cosmology)
Title to be announced
Time: 3:00 pm
Place: 5280 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: Dean Robinson
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Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Department Meeting
Time: 12:15 pm
Place: 5310 Chamberlin Hall
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Thursday, October 30th, 2014

R. G. Herb Condensed Matter Seminar
Time: 10:00 am
Place: Chamberlin 5310
Speaker: Lu Li, University of Michigan
Abstract: TBD
Host: Vavlov
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Graduate Introductory Seminar
Condensed Matter Experiment and Theory, and Quantum Computing
Time: 4:30 pm
Place: 5280 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: Coppersmith, Eriksson, Himpsel, Joynt, McDermott, Onellion, Rzchowski, Saffman, Vavilov, Winokur
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Friday, October 31st, 2014

Physics Department Colloquium
Time: 3:30 pm
Place: 2241 Chamberlin Hall (coffee at 4:30 pm)
Speaker: Lev Ioffe, Rutgers University
Abstract: TBD
Host: McDermott
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