July 20, 2016

Thomson Reuters and Imperial College London Partner to Advance FinTech and RegTech Innovation through Joint Research

Projects will harness latest data science techniques to solve global big data challenges impacting financial and legal professionals

LONDON Thomson Reuters and Imperial College London are working together to bring data science expertise from both corporate and academic worlds to bear on the global big data challenges impacting financial and legal professionals. The joint venture aims to drive faster innovation in FinTech and RegTech industries through collaborative research projects.

Working with researchers from the Data Science Institute at Imperial, Thomson Reuters will contribute financial market data and legal expertise, as well as data management and machine-learning expertise, to Imperial’s data visualization studio, and will work with academics from the College to solve real industry problems through world-leading research. This partnership will create a global ecosystem whereby academics, financial markets institutions, and technology firms can collaborate to tackle FinTech issues such as supply chain risk, financial risk management, real-time data analysis and RegTech issues such as the impact of regulation.

Imperial is consistently ranked in the global top ten universities and is known for its excellence in data-driven research. In 2014, the College created the Data Science Institute to bring together expertise from across all of its faculties. Thomson Reuters was among the first to collaborate with the institute, and this formal partnership marks the next step in the two entities working together to create technology solutions supported by rigorous academic research, lean experimentation and proof-of-concept applications.

“Connecting Thomson Reuters best-in-class financial markets content and deep industry expertise with a world-renowned university like Imperial means we have a unique opportunity for innovation with our customers,” said Mark Rodrigues, global managing director, strategic customers and solutions group, Thomson Reuters. “This exciting collaboration is part of our growing global strategy to drive faster innovation in Fintech and Regtech that helps our customers respond to change and opportunity across the financial and legal services industries.”

“Our world is experiencing a data revolution, and Imperial is at the helm. Our Data Science Institute is harnessing the wealth of data generated by our society to search for solutions to some of the greatest challenges facing our world today. We know that we can achieve more if we work collaboratively, that’s why we boast a vibrant community of partners from across the globe,” said Professor Yi-ke Guo, director of the Data Science Institute at Imperial. “This latest partnership with Thomson Reuters will present new opportunities to unlock hidden insights, drive forward innovation, and create value by harnessing data. We look forward to working with them in this important area.”

The collaboration between Thomson Reuters and Imperial follows recent openings of additional research facilities in London and Zurich. These facilities are the latest locations to open as part of Thomson Reuters Labs’ growing global network, joining locations in Boston, USA and Waterloo, Canada. Thomson Reuters Labs provide facilities for collaboration between customers, tech startups and universities. To learn more about Thomson Reuters Labs and data innovation at Thomson Reuters visit labs.thomsonreuters.com

Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of news and information for professional markets. Our customers rely on us to deliver the intelligence, technology and expertise they need to find trusted answers. The business has operated in more than 100 countries for more than 100 years. Thomson Reuters shares are listed on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges. For more information, visit www.thomsonreuters.com.

Imperial College London

Imperial College London is one of the world's leading universities. The College's 16,000 students and 8,000 staff are expanding the frontiers of knowledge in science, medicine, engineering and business, and translating their discoveries into benefits for society.

Founded in 1907, Imperial builds on a distinguished past - having pioneered penicillin, holography and fibre optics - to shape the future. Imperial researchers work across disciplines to improve health and wellbeing, understand the natural world, engineer novel solutions and lead the data revolution. This blend of academic excellence and its real-world application feeds into Imperial's exceptional learning environment, where students participate in research to push the limits of their degrees.

Imperial collaborates widely to achieve greater impact. It works with the NHS to improve healthcare in west London, is a leading partner in research and education within the European Union, and is the UK's number one research collaborator with China.

Imperial has nine London campuses, including its White City Campus: a research and innovation centre that is in its initial stages of development in west London. At White City, researchers, businesses and higher education partners will co-locate to create value from ideas on a global scale.



Felice Tobin
Thomson Reuters
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