Topic in Spring Semester 2019: “Machine Learning in Banking and Finance”


PD Dr. Maximilian Wimmer and Maximilian Germann

Registration and Schedule

The detailed schedule and registration information can be found on the seminar page of the Finance Area.

Important Dates:

  • 03.01.2019: Assignment of topics
  • 14.02.2019: Turn in of seminar papers until 12 p.m. (noon)
  • 26.02.2019: Seminar, Roche-Forum, 1.55 - 6.00 p.m.


Please find the list of topics here.

Please find the slides of the presentation of topics here.

    General Information

  • Important Documents

  • Assignment Procedure

    Topics for term papers are assigned twice a year after the exam period. The topics in the spring semester 2019 are given out in coordination with the chairs of Prof. Ruenzi, Prof. Niessen-Ruenzi and Prof. Theissen. Students may submit one priority list to apply at all four chairs.

    To be eligible to write a term paper at Dr. Wimmer's chair, you first have to complete a course in the Area Finance (FINXXX).  If you want to work on one of the term papers, you need to submit a priority list by the due date. Further details will be available on our website.

    You have to comply with our formal guidelines. Please make sure to use our guidelines on writing a term paper and our citation guidelines.

  • Kick-off Meeting

    In the kick-off meeting (canceled for spring semester 2019) you will get information on

    • writing a seminar paper
    • the formal guidelines for writing an academic paper
    • the presentation and active participation in the block course
    • recommended reading material

    In case you have questions concerning the seminar, feel free to refer to your supervisor. 

  • Grading

    The final grade for the seminar is composed of the grade for the term paper (2/3 of the overall grade), the presentation as well as the participation in the discussion during the seminar (together 1/3 of the overall grade). The module is considered passed if the module grade is at least 4,0.  If the module grade is worse than 4,0, students can re-sit partial examinations and have the grades from the re-sit exam count for the module. If the grade is still worse than 4,0 after the re-sit examination, the module and all (partial) examinations have to be retaken the following year. It is not possible to recognize partial examinations from the year before.

    The module grade is rounded up or down according to the following scheme (the second decimal will be eliminated):

    1,0 to 1,1 = 1,0 
    1,2 to 1,5 = 1,3 
    1,6 to 1,8 = 1,7 
    1,9 to 2,1 = 2,0 
    2,2 to 2,5 = 2,3 
    2,6 to 2,8 = 2,7 
    2,9 to 3,1 = 3,0 
    3,2 to 3,5 = 3,3 
    3,6 to 3,8 = 3,7 
    3,9 to 4,0 = 4,0 
    4,1 to 5,0 = 5,0”