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Technology has already changed the way Finance industry works. To deal with the new DIGITAL requirements in both academia and industry and remain at the forefront of financial innovation and research, PhD graduates in Finance will be required to acquire new skills encompassing AI algorithms, data analytics, blockchain infrastructures, and sustainable finance principles.

This is DIGITAL FINANCE

MSCA Digital Finance

What is MSCA Digital Finance?

We are an INDUSTRIAL Doctoral Network established within the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions which aims at training highly skilled doctoral candidates in Digital Finance.

What is a MSCA Doctoral Network?

 

DIGITAL will specifically train young researchers in R&D topics that cover the multiple disciplines required in the rapidly evolving field of Digital Finance substantially going beyond the traditional Finance PhD education in a wide range of inter-sectoral applications: data quality, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), Explainability of AI (XAI), Blockchain applications and sustainable finance; all of which are required for a wide range of industrial (financial products, risk management, customer-centric products, enhanced processes or improved services) and scientific (new AI techniques, new business models, and enhanced modelling) applications, necessitating novel scientific insight, new training courses, and future specialists in the field.


DIGITAL’s research and training framework is tightly integrated into the European Digital Finance Package with substantial involvement of the European Central Bank as one of our partners  and will contribute to one of the four EU’s key strategic orientations, namely the promotion of an open strategic autonomy through the development of key digital, enabling and emerging technologies, sectors and value chains that further accelerate the digital and green transition of Europe.

Research Topics

Research Topics

Today, Digital Finance does not exist as a standalone research discipline, despite many research gaps, the EU’s key strategic priorities and the urgent needs from industry. DIGITAL will overcome this and significantly advance the methodologies and business models for Digital Finance through the use of FIVE interconnected and coherent research objectives and a total of seventeen Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) hired by different faculties around Europe.

Towards a European financial data space.

Ensure sufficient data quality to contribute to the EU's efforts of building a single digital market for data

Artificial intelligence for financial markets.

Address deployment issues of complex artificial intelligence models for real-world financial problems

Towards explainable and fair AI-generated decisions.

Validate the utility of state-of-the-art explainable artificial intelligence (XAI) algorithms to financial applications and extend existing frameworks

Driving digital innovations with Blockchain applications.

Design risk management tools concerning the applications of the Blockchain technology in Finance

Sustainability of Digital Finance.

Simulate financial markets and evaluate products with a sustainability component

Who we are

Who Are We?

We have gathered an internationally recognized network consisting of eight leading European Universities (WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, University of Twente, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Babes-Bolyai University, Bern Business School, Kaunas University of Technology and University of Naples), all ranked among the top 200 universities globally in their fields, five major international corporations (Deloitte, Swedbank, Intesa Sanpaolo, Bank for International Settlements (BIS), and Raiffeisen Bank) with a significant R&D presence across Europe, two SMEs (Cardo AI and Royalton Partners) being some of the most innovative ones in their field, three large and internationally renowned research centres (ARC Greece, EIT Digital and Fraunhofer Institute) and the European Central Bank, as one of the seven principal decision-making bodies of the European Union and the Euratom as well as one of the world's most important central banks. 

Outputs
Research Repository

Our Git-based research repository serves as a comprehensive digital archive, meticulously organizing and storing all project-related research outputs, encompassing a wide array of materials such as working and published papers, presentations, code, and data, across various research topics

Training and teaching content repository

DIGITAL will produce a substantial amount of new doctoral training materials that will be taught at network-wide events. Our Moodle-hosted training and teaching courses repository is a centralized hub for all DIGITAL's educational materials, offering easy access to an extensive collection of training resources.

LINK to Repo

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Open PhD Positons

Open PhD Positions

PostDoc Position 

PhD Positions 

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Prof. Dr. Jörg Osterrieder

University of Twente & Bern Business School 

Project Lead

 

e-mail: joerg.osterrieder@utwente.nl

Prof. Dr. Branka Hadji Misheva 

Bern Business School 

Project co-lead

e-mail: branka.hadjimisheva@bfh.ch

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Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or Horizon Europe: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them. This project has received funding from the Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Grant Agreement No. 101119635

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