Dr. Anatoly (Alec) Schmidt is Adjunct Prof. at Financial Engineering Depts. of the NYU Tandon School and Stevens Institute of Technology. He was also visiting professor at Nanyang Technological University and Moscow Financial Academy. Alec holds a PhD in Physics and has worked in the financial industry for more than 20 years. Most recently as Lead Research Scientist at a market data analytics company, Kensho Technologies. He published two books, "Quantitative Finance for Physicists: An Introduction" (Elsevier, 2004) and "Financial Markets and Trading: Introduction to Market Microstructure and Trading Strategies" (Wiley, 2011), and multiple papers on agent-based modeling of financial markets, portfolio management, and trading strategies.