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September 2022: Professor Fethi Rabhi received an industry grant of $200K from Westpac bank to work on a 3-year research project in the area of applying AI techniques in the area of financial services. Together with the BrewAI and Cognitivo grants, the funding used to set up a Fintech AI Research Hub across both Engineering and Business Faculties.

August 2022: Professor Fethi Rabhi is an investigator in a new 1-year grant titled “RSSI Based Navigation in Indoor Positioning for Critical Applications” funded by the University of Dubai (budget 300,000 DHS). the goal of the proposed project is to develop an Innovative Location Based Critical Application (LBCA) to determine and track in real time the location of smartphone users inside the university buildings.

May 2022: Professor Fethi Rabhi received a grant of $170K from Cognitivo to work on a 3-year research project in the area of ESG (Environmental, social and corporate governance). The purpose is to use machine learning techniques to provide analyse data in relation to companies compliance in this area with a focus on financial services.

May 2021: Professor Fethi Rabhi received a grant of $170K from BrewAI to work on a 3-year research project in the area of delivering digital financial advice. The purpose is to use machine learning techniques to analyse ESG data using the BrewAI AutoML tool.

January 4-9, 2021. Professor Fethi Rabhi is one of the chairs of a minitrack on "Explainable AI" which is part of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-54)

16 December 2020: A 10 min presentation was made as part of AI@CSE day, on "Machine Learning for Electronic Trading", see

10 November 2020: Professor Fethi Rabhi chaired the 2020 Plato Conversations event which focussed on the future of artificial intelligence, with leading experts discussing the future of AI in business and finance. Videos can be viewed at

18 August 2020: FinanceCom 2020 has been organised on-line just before European Finance Association Meeting . Details in

22 December 2019: Fethi Rabhi presented the paper "Semantic Process Framework for Regulatory Reporting Process Management" (co-authored by Manjula Pilaka and Madhushi Bandara) at the 9th International Conference on Advances in Computing and Information Technology, (ACITY 2019) in Sydney.

28 November 2019: Ignition dominates the rising star and partnership categories at the global Banking Technology Awards:

13 November 2019:Funding on a new project with Manchester University and Plato Consulting in London has been secured starting in February 2020. It is a survey of how machine learning techniques are used in electronic trading.

25 June 2019: Fethi Rabhi has started a joint project with Professor Carole Comerton-Forde in UNSW School of Finance whose objective is to create a High Frequency Financial Market Measures Database for Australian Equity Markets. The first phase will run from June to December 2019. This is supported by a $25K grant and a Faculty of Engineering Taste of Research Scholarship.

December 2018: A TechVoucher application worth $29,700 between UNSW team (led by Professor Fethi Rabhi) and Cognitivo Consulting was awarded by the NSW Government. The goal of the project is to categorise and enrich data collected from merchant electronic receipts.

22 November 2018: Janet Ge (UTS) and Fethi Rabhi delivered a joint presentation titled Predictive House Pricing Model at the Co.Lab 18 organised by UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation and LANDCOM.

22 - 25 October 2018: Fethi Rabhi delivered a workshop on information processing for digital markets at the University of Paderborn for business students.

9 - 10 October 2018: Madhushi Bandara presented a paper at the 18th International SPICE Conference (SPICE 2018) in Greece.

9 - 14 September 2018: FinanceIT participated in the organisation of the international conference on Business Process Management (BPM) 2018 at UTS and Madhushi Bandara presented a paper at one of its workshops (5th International Workshop on the Interrelations between Requirements Engineering & Business Process Management).

6 - 7 September 2018: Madhushi Bandara presented at paper at the 7th Australasian Symposium on Service Research and Innovation organised at Macquaire University.

22 June 2018: Ali Behnaz presented a paper titled A Statistical Learning Ontology for Managing Analytics Knowledge at FinanceCom2018 organised at University of Manchester, UK.

1 March 2018: the team has been awarded a grant by Landcom (part of NSW Government) for a grant on house prices prediction. This is in collaboration with UTS and the University of Wollongong. Details in "Research Projects" page.