AI Advancement Award 2021

The winners of the PLEXUS Artificial Intelligence Award from 2021

The winners of the PLEXUS Advancement Award for

 Artificial Intelligence from 2021

The PLEXUS Advancement Award for Artificial Intelligence

In 2021, PLEXUS Investments offered the “PLEXUS Award for Artificial Intelligence in Finance” for the second time. The award was again endowed with 10,000 Euros, which will benefit the winners’ further research on AI and machine learning in the financial sector.

The Winners 2021

The PLEXUS Advancement Award was again won by two applicants: Dr Sasan Mansouri from Goethe University Frankfurt am Main and Colin Glag from the Technical University of Darmstadt. Their research papers are linked below the photos.

Sasan Mansouri

Dissertation: Essays on Information Transmission & Machine Learning in Finance

Colin Glag

Master Thesis: Robust Machine- Learning-Based Estimation of Credit Returns

The Panel of Judges

Christof Kutscher

Chairman of the Board of Directors at Bergos AG (Zurich), Executive Chairman Climate Asset Management (London), and formerly Chairman of the Board at AXA Investment Managers, Paris.

Prof. Walter Farkas

Professor of Quantitative Finance with the Department of Banking and Finance at the University of Zurich, and Associate Member of the Department of Mathematics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich).

Prof. Stefan Mittnik

Professor of Financial Econometrics, until 2020 at the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (LMU) and co-founder of Scalable Capital, a digital financial service provider.

The Conditions of Participation

The deadline for submitting research papers was 12/31/2021. Students with their Master’s thesis (in exceptional cases Bachelor’s thesis) and doctoral candidates with their dissertation submitted to a university or university of applied sciences to obtain their respective academic degree were eligible to participate. Read the complete conditions of participation in the linked document.

The PLEXUS AI-Conference 2022

PLEXUS Investments AG once again held the award ceremony for the AI Award 2021 via the online conference “Artificial Intelligence in the Financial Sector”. It took place on 9 May 2022 and was again attended by over 200 participants. The AI conference was held in English and, alongside the award winners, renowned AI fund managers shared their technology knowledge.

Read the programme here.


Here you can get an insight into the topics of the conference and the award winners. Read the article in “institutionell pbm” published on 25 May 2022:


The development of artificial intelligence (AI) in the financial industry is accelerating rapidly. This became clear at the PLEXUS AI Conference 2022 “Artificial Intelligence in the Financial Sector”, where researchers and experts exchanged views on the applications of AI in this field. Colin Glag from Allianz Global Investors and Sasan Mansouri from Goethe University Frankfurt received special recognition for their scientific work, together with PLEXUS Managing Director Günter Jäger. They write about the use of AI in funds, bond valuations and analyst commentaries.

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