Women in Fintech and AI

Women in Fintech and AI - IV Edition
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27-28 June 2024

Rethymno (Greece)

Call for Papers

We are delighted to invite submissions for the conference “Women in Fintech and AI - IV edition”. This year's event is especially devoted to understanding the challenges of financial education and literacy as a tool to improve inclusion for women and less-represented parts of the population in financial services and the development of technological applications in finance.

This workshop aims to bring together researchers, practitioners, and thought leaders to discuss, share insights, and foster collaboration in advancing gender diversity and inclusion within the fintech sector.

This workshop is organized by the Department of Preschool Education, University of Crete, Rethymno (Greece) in the framework of COST Action CA 19130 – Fintech and Artificial Intelligence in Finance on June 27th and 28th.

Conference Topics

This year, the Women in Fintech and AI IV Conference topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Transparency in Fintech
  • Transparent versus Black Box Decision-Support Models in the Financial Industry
  • Transparency in Investment Product Performance for Clients
  • Fintech and Artificial Intelligence in Finance
  • Gender balance in Financial Technology and Artificial Intelligence
  • Diversity issues in Fintech and financial education
  • Financial literacy and education

Submission Guidelines

Authors are invited to submit original research papers, case studies, and position papers addressing the workshop's themes. Full papers or extended abstracts (at least 1000 words) only are accepted for submission. Submitted papers and abstracts will be subjected to a selection process by the Scientific Committee. Accepted papers will be presented during the workshop, allowing in-depth discussions and networking.

Submission Procedure

A pdf file should be submitted to womeninfintech.cost@gmail.com according to the guidelines below:

  • Title
  • Authors, with corresponding author’s contact details
  • Keywords
  • Paper (preferred) or extended abstract (min 1000 words)
  • References
  • Speaker biography (up to 300 words)

Important Dates

  • Paper Submission Deadline: April 30, 2024
  • Notification of Acceptance: May 10, 2024
  • Workshop Date: 27-28 June 2024

Conferences Programs

Zoom link: https://shorturl.at/ZXBte

Day 1 - 27 June 2024

10:30 - 11:00 Registration

11:00 - 12:00 Core Group Meeting [FinAI Cost members only] - Room Δ7

12:00 - 13:00 Welcome remarks

13:00 - 14:30 Lunch break [at your own expense]

14:30 - 15:15 Keynote speech - Building Foundations: Financial Literacy for Future Minds in Preschool, Maria Ampartzaki (University of Crete, Greece) - Room Δ7

15:15 - 17:30 Scientific programme

16:00 - 16:15 Coffee break

Parallel Session A - Room Δ7: Special session on Fintech transparency and Fintech literacy - "Breaking down barriers to financial literacy"

Chair: Michalis Linardakis (University of Crete)

Financial Literacy, Cash Holdings and Digital Finance

Esra Kabaklarlı (Selcuk University)

Impact of Financial Literacy Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG), Saving and Borrowing Factors on Digital Experiences: A Multi-Country Survey Study Among the Elderly People

Belma Ozturkkal (Kadir Has University), Maria Iannario (University of Naples Federico II), Claudia Tarantola (University of Pavia), Alessandra Tanda (University of Pavia), Rezarta Perri (University of Tirana) and Esra Kabaklarlı (Selcuk University)

Adapting to Digital Payments: Insights from Albania's Evolving Landscape

Rezarta Shkurti Perri and Juna Dafa (University of Tirana)

The Efficiency of Digital Nudging via Robo-Advisors in Personal Investment Decisions

Cyril Laššu and Jana Péliová (University of Economics in Bratislava)

XAI for improved financial decision-making

Angus Gatus (York St John University), Galena Pisoni (York St John University and Université Côte d'Azur), Rita Pimentel (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

Parallel Session B - Room Γ2

Chair: Sabrina Giordano (Università della Calabria)

AI and Generative AI Based Transfer Pricing Tax Transparency

Pinar Nur (Medipol University) and Gokce Nur Yilmaz (TED University)

Assessing Efficiency of Sustainable Performance in the Manufacturing Sector

Kristina Sutiene (Kaunas University of Technology), Clara B. Vaz (Polytechnic Institute of Braganca) and Raminta Vaitiekuniene (Kaunas University of Technology)

A network analysis of cryptocurrency returns

Barbara Będowska-Sójka (PUEB) and Sabrina Giordano (Università della Calabria)

Revolutionizing Enterprise Resource Planning: A Transformation Journey in the Albanian Telecommunication Industry

Klejda Caushi (Catholic University Our Lady of Good Councel), Malvina Halilaj (Tirana University), Eralda Caushi (Canadian Institute of Technology) and Erisa Bekteshi (Tirana University)

Open innovation in banking: where do we stand?

Alberto Francesconi and Alessandra Tanda (University of Pavia)

17:30 - 17:45 Closing remarks day 1 and networking - Room Δ7

Day 2 - 28 June 2024

09:00 - 10:30 Parallel WG1, WG2 and WG3 meetings

WG1 Meeting - Room Δ7

Chair: Olivija Filipovska

09:00 - 09:20 Leveraging AI Tools for fraud prevention in crowdfunding

Stefana Belbe (Babes-Bolyai University and CISD BBU)

09:20 - 09:40 The Color of Change - Employee Perception of Transformation

Hanna Kristin Skaftadóttir (Bifrost University)

09:40 - 10:00 Socio-Cultural Factors and Fintech Adoption

Olivija Filipovska (Komercijalna Banka)

10:00 - 10:20 Unfair Terms in Banking and Financial Contracts

Armela Baka (University of Tirana)

WG2 Meeting - Room Γ2

Chair: Codruta Mare

09:00 - 09:20 Narrative Digital Finance

Joerg Osterrieder (BFH, University of Twente)

09:20 - 09:40 From fair predictions to just decisions: The case for credit approvals

Enis Kayis (Ozyegin University)

09:40 - 10:00 Data Classifications using Clifford Algebra Subspaces

Mutlu Akar (Yildiz Technical University)

10:00- 10:20 The Digital Transformation in Finance: Exploring Perceptions and Concerns Regarding Central Bank Digital Currencies

Liana Stanca (BBU Cluj)

WG3 Meeting - Room AK (Aithousa Kallitechnikon)

Chair: Nikos Thomaidis

09:00 - 09:20 Gender diversity of FinTech companies leadership– choice or necessity? An Evidence from Cruchbase

Anastas Dzurovski (University St.Kliment Ohridski Bitola)

09:20 - 09:40 Unlocking the power of the financial transparency

Karolina Bolesta (Warsaw School of Economics)

09:40 -10:00 The path to green financing in the Western Balkans: challenges and barriers

Albulena Shala (University of Prishtina) and Vlora Berisha (University of Peja)

10:00 - 10:20 New models for trading renewable energy

Nikos Thomaidis (University of the Aegean)

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break - outside amphitheater Δ7

11:00 - 12:30 Parallel Working session

Room Δ7

WS1: D12 – Methodological discussion papers on AI models to generate “failed trials” of investment product producers and on quantitative strategies with the usage of the promising field of network data analysis

Ref: Karolina Bolesta & Ioana-Florina Coita

Speaker: Olivija Filipovska

WS3: D16 – Science Communication Plan

Ref: Ioana-Florina Coita

Room Γ2

WS2: D15 – An edited volume containing scientific achievements of the Action

Ref: Anastas Dzurovski

WS4: D13 – Four annual reports (for lay audience) distributed via local and national media

Ref: Alessandra Tanda

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch break [at your own expense]

13:30 - 15:30 Scientific programme - Room Δ7

Session C: Machine learning for Fintech and AI

Chair: Petros Dellaportas

13:30 - 14:00 Reservoir computing for macroeconomic forecasting with mixed-frequency data

Petros Dellaportas (UCL and Athens University of Economics and Business)

14:00 - 14:20 Advancing Markowitz: Asset Allocation Forest

Luis Ormonde Bettencourt (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Alla Petukhina (Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin), and Anastasija Tetereva (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Tinbergen Institute)

14:20 - 14:40 A fair sample selection methodology: Auditing ML models in the FinTech industry

Pavlos Vourvachakis (Technical University of Crete)

14:40 - 15:00 Synthetic Financial Data with Probabilistic Forecasting: A Generative Adversarial Network Approach

Mohammed Alruqimi, Luca Di Persio (University of Verona)

15:00 - 15:20 Exploring Methodologies: AI Models for Generating 'Failed Trials' of Investment Product Producers and Quantitative Strategies Utilizing Network Data Analysis

Özgür Yildrim (Yildiz Technical University)

15:30 - 15:45 Coffee break - outside amphitheater Δ7

15:45 - 17:45 Best WI-FI 2024 presentations, award and closing remarks - Room Δ7

Chair: Maria Iannario

15:45 - 16:05 Adam Christos “Segmenting female students’ perceptions about Fintech using Explainable AI”

16:05 - 16:25 Marie Dupont “Blockchain and the Future of Secure Financial Transactions”

16:25 - 16:45 Ibrahim Al-Masri “Using AI to Predict Market Trends: A Comparative Study”

16:45 - 17:05 Elena Petrova “Fintech Innovations and Financial Inclusion: A Global Perspective”

17:05 - 17:25 David Kim “Algorithmic Trading in High-Frequency Markets: Challenges and Solutions”

17:25 - 17:45 Award Ceremony and Closing Remarks

Organizing Committee

Petros Dellaportas (UK/GR), Sofia Giantsidi (IT), Maria Iannario (IT), Michalis Linardakis (GR), Codruta Mare (RO), Claudia Tarantola (IT), Alessia Paccagnini (IE), Eleftheria Paschalidou (GR), Rezarta Perri (AL), Albulena Shala (KX), Liana Stanca (RO), Alessandra Tanda (IT)

Scientific Committee

Mutlu Akar (TR), Barbara Będowska-Sójka (PL), Stefana Belbe (RO), Levent Çarkacıoğlu (TR), Ioana-Florina Coita (RO), Petros Dellaportas (UK/GR), Dajana Ercegovac (RS), Sofia Giantsidi (IT), Sabrina Giordano (IT), Maria Iannario (IT), Michalis Linardakis (GR), Codruta Mare (RO), Maria Moloney (IE), Mirela Momčilović (RS), Alexios - Ioannis Moukas (GR), Belma Ozturkkal (TR), Alessia Paccagnini (IE), Eleftheria Paschalidou (GR), Jana Peliova (SK), Galena Pisoni (FR), Rezarta Perri (AL), Albulena Shala (KX), Catarina Silva (PT), Alessandra Tanda (IT), Claudia Tarantola (IT), Nikos Thomaidis (GR)

Location of Conferences

The workshop is organised by the University of Crete in Rethymno (Greece) with the support of COST Action CA 19130 – Fintech and Artificial Intelligence in Finance

For any queries, please email womeninfintech.cost@gmail.com