Cryptocurrency Alchemy: Combining Physical and Digital Gold A New Financial Index for Alternative Assets William Knottenbelt, Professor of Applied Quantitative Analysis, Dept. of Computing; Director of the Imperial College Centre for Cryptocurrency Research and Engineering, Imperial College London This talk outlined a new financial index developed as an output of a research collaboration between the Imperial College Centre for Cryptocurrency Research and Engineering and Coinshares. The Coinshares Gold and Cryptoassets Index combines physical gold with cryptocurrency in such a way that the risk profile of the combination is superior to the risk profile of holding either asset in isolation. The collaboration is an example of how Imperial is working together with industry to bring innovative products from concept to market. William Knottenbelt is Professor of Applied Quantitative Analysis in the Department of Computing and Director of the Imperial College Centre for Cryptocurrency Research and Engineering at Imperial College London. He is co-founder of the Imperial Blockchain Forum; serves on the editorial board of the cryptocurrency/blockchain journal Ledger; is an editor of Performance Evaluation Journal; and has served as general or program chair of numerous conferences and workshops related to quantitative modelling and analysis. A keen supporter of student-led innovation, he is the Innovation Fellow for the Department of Computing and serves on the Entrepreneur First Science Partners panel. He is an expert of the World Economic Forum on blockchain and is technical advisor to several blockchain start-ups including Gradbase, Aventus and Alice.si. This NEW live mini-lecture and chat is one of our Fireside chats with Friends – our very own mini-series over summer to keep you cool! It's part of our Friday with Friends offering to continue sharing knowledge as we plan our 2020/21 events programme. You can view the recording of this fireside chat shortly on our YouTube channel! To keep updated with future chats, make sure you are registered with us to hear about them first! Booking for this event has now closed.