Outstanding research-led teaching
We are an innovative and laboratory based teaching and research centre,
with an international reputation for leading-edge, interdisciplinary work
combining economic and financial modelling with computational
With very practical hands-on instruction from approachable, friendly
lecturers and a highly cross-disciplinary syllabus, we place a strong
emphasis on empirical work and make use of high-frequency data in both our
research and our teaching.
Strong links with industry
Our focus on skills required by industry is backed up by our extensive
network of industrial contacts, through our City Associates Board, our
alumni and advanced workshops and seminars from industry experts.
We are supported by our highly rated Department of Economics, School of
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, and Essex Business School.
Our research falls into four inter-related areas: agent-based modelling
of financial markets, the use of computational-intelligence methods for
investment decision making, high-frequency finance and computational risk
management. Our research is geared towards practical applications, and many
of our academic staff have experience of applying their research both in
industry and in advising the UK government.