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KDF 2021 : The AAAI-21 Workshop on Knowledge Discovery from Unstructured Data in Financial Services


When Feb 8, 2021 - Feb 9, 2021
Where Virtual
Abstract Registration Due Nov 2, 2020
Submission Deadline Nov 9, 2020
Notification Due Nov 30, 2020
Categories    knowledge discovery   artificial intelligence   financial services   data science

Call For Papers


Knowledge discovery from various data sources has gained the attention of many practitioners over the past decades. Its capabilities have expanded from processing structured data (e.g. DB transactions) to unstructured data (e.g. text, images, and videos). In spite of substantial research focusing on discovery from news, web, and social media data, its application to data in professional settings such as legal documents, financial filings, and government reports, still present huge challenges. Possible reasons are that the precision and recall requirements for extracted knowledge to be used in business processes are fastidious, and signals gathered from these knowledge discovery tasks are usually very sparse and thus the generation of supervision signals is quite challenging.

In the financial services industry, in particular, a large amount of financial analysts’ work requires knowledge discovery and extraction from different data sources, such as SEC filings, loan documents, industry reports, etc., before the analysts can conduct any analysis. This manual extraction process is usually inefficient, error-prone, and inconsistent. It is one of the key bottlenecks for financial services companies in improving their operating productivity. These challenges and issues call for robust artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms and systems to help. The automated processing of unstructured data to discover knowledge from complex financial documents requires a series of techniques such as linguistic processing, semantic analysis, and knowledge representation and reasoning. The design and implementation of these AI techniques to meet financial business operations requires a joint effort between academia researchers and industry practitioners.  


We invite submissions of original contributions on methods, theory, applications, and systems on artificial intelligence, machine learning, natural language processing and understanding, big data, statistical learning, data analytics, and deep learning, with a focus on knowledge discovery in the financial services domain. The scope of the workshop includes, but is not limited to, the following areas:
• Representation learning, distributed representations learning and encoding in natural language processing for financial documents;
• Synthetic or genuine financial datasets and benchmarking baseline models;
• Transfer learning application on financial data, knowledge distillation as a method for compression of pre-trained models or adaptation to financial datasets;
• Search and question answering systems designed for financial corpora;
• Named-entity disambiguation, recognition, relationship discovery, ontology learning and extraction in financial documents;
• Knowledge alignment and integration from heterogeneous data;
• Using multi-modal data in knowledge discovery for financial applications
• AI assisted data tagging and labeling;
• Data acquisition, augmentation, feature engineering, and analysis for investment and risk management;
• Automatic data extraction from financial fillings and quality verification; 
• Event discovery from alternative data and impact on organization equity price;
• AI systems for relationship extraction and risk assessment from legal documents;
• Accounting for Black-Swan events in knowledge discovery methods.

Based on the reflection and feedback from our AAAI-20 KDF workshop, this workshop is particularly interested in financial domain-specific representation learning, open financial datasets and benchmarking, and transfer learning application on financial data.

Although textual data is prevalent in a large amount of finance-related business problems, we also encourage submissions of studies or applications pertinent to finance using other types of unstructured data such as financial transactions, sensors, mobile devices, satellites, social media, etc.


KDF 2021 is a one-day VIRTUAL workshop. The program of the workshop will include invited talks, spotlight paper presentations, and lightning poster presentations.


We cordially welcome researchers, practitioners, and students from academia and industrial communities who are interested in the topics to participate; at least one author of each accepted submission must be present at the workshop.


We invite submissions of relevant work that be of interest to the workshop. All submissions must be original contributions, following the AAAI-21 formatting guidelines. We accept two types of submissions - full research paper no longer than 8 pages and short/poster paper with 2-4 pages. Submission will be accepted via the EasyChair submission website For general inquiries about KDF or submission questions, please write to inquiry.kdf2021 at

Workshop Co-Chairs

Xiaomo Liu (S&P Global)
Zhiqiang Ma (S&P Global)
Manuela M. Veloso (J.P. Morgan)
Sameena Shah (J.P. Morgan)
Armineh Nourbakhsh (J.P. Morgan)
Gerard de Melo (University of Potsdam)
Le Song (Georgia Institute of Technology and Ant Financial)
Quanzhi Li (Alibaba Group)

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