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Why was Trading System Lab formed?

Trading System Lab was formed to fill the need for improved design techniques of mechanical Trading Strategies. From the time early computers were directed towards the discovery of financial market algorithms, researchers and developers have focused on the use of Artificial Intelligence as a means to enhance performance. Many of these early attempts failed to produce results. Consequently, many developers returned to manual design approaches, supported with theoretical foundations from filter theory, stochastic calculus and quantitative analysis. This manual design approach remains prolific today even though machine design approaches have permeated many other complex areas such as engineering, pharmacology, underground mapping, tumor classification, environmental engineering, and business prediction. TSL's belief is that there is no reason why manual design approaches should drive Trading Strategy design moving forward. The recent stock and credit market meltdowns have shown, once again, that traditional long only money management suffers severe downside risk, forcing the implementation of Trading Strategies. This continues to drive a ongoing, determined effort to enhance the design of Trading Strategies for High Frequency and longer term trading models. As evident by the high attrition rate of Hedge Funds, clearly there is a need for tooling that supports the strategy designer. Cautiously, over the past 10 years, several developers have reignited the interest in AI with the application of "algorithms that write algorithms" directed at financial markets thanks to recent innovations in machine learning. This effort has produced the first high speed "smart designer" algorithm that provides for the automated, rapid design of financial Trading Models. Recent use of this technology has initiated a paradigm shift with machine designs outpacing human designs in independent testing.

Michael L. Barna, Trading System Lab's Founder

Bio - Trading System Lab

Michael L. Barna is Trading System Lab's founder and President. Mike received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Arizona State University, a Master of Science in Astronautical and Aeronautical Engineering from Stanford University, holds or has held a Series 3 Commodity Brokers License, a Series 30 Branch Office Manager License, a California Real Estate License, a National Futures Association Commodity Trading Advisor designation and 12 FAA pilot licenses or ratings. His background included work as a Senior Vice President for Regency Stocks and Commodity Fund, LP, and engineering and management positions in several large Fortune 500 defense firms where he developed ramjet, missile, and space based laser defense systems. His work included the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms as a means to enhance various guidance and control systems.

Mr. Barna has utilized similar AI techniques in the design of modern Trading Systems and has pioneered AI and Trading System integration. Mike has created numerous popular and successful Trading Systems that are employed by fund managers, brokerage houses and traders worldwide. His Legacy Trading System "Big Blue" is ranked one of the Top Ten Trading Systems of All Time as published in the Book: "The Ultimate Trading Guide", by Hill, Pruitt and Hill. Mr. Barna is the creator and author of one of the most popular Legacy daytrading systems ever written, The RMESA Trading System, which is his first trading system to include a basic Neural Network approximation filter.

Mike's background includes airline captain and flying management positions at one of the largest international airlines in the world. Mr. Barna has provided more Futures Truth top ranked trading systems than any other developer in the country. Mike has developed Trading Strategies for many different trading platforms including TradeStation™. His work has been published in numerous books and journals on Trading Systems. Mike is an tournament level, indoor 4 wall handball player with California State, Canadian National and United States National Masters Championship Titles.

Frank D. Francone, President of RML Technologies, Inc.

Bio - Trading System Lab

Mr. Francone received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Claremont Men's College, a Juris Doctor in Law from U.C. Berkley, a Technical Licensiate Degree in Earth and Energy Sciences from the Complex Systems Department of the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden and is a 2012 PhD Candidate. Mr. Francone designed RML's linear genetic programming, optimization software, and statistical analysis and data preprocessing software packages, Discipulus™ and Notitia™. That software has been on the market since 1998. For the past eight years, Mr. Francone has collaborated with SAIC in the design and testing of the UXO discrimination and residual risk analysis processes and has designed much of the system, including all the statistical classification and risk analysis portions and the bulk of the data pre-processing, feature extraction and QA/QC modules. He has been one of the leaders in developing statistical methodologies to convert the outputs of statistical classifiers into statistically supportable risk analysis and stop-digging decisions on UXO digs. He headed the JPG-V and F.E. Warren AFB MEC applied UXO discrimination projects and was principal investigator on the successful applied UXO discrimination projects at Camp Sibert and Camp San Luis Obispo in ESTCP project MM-0811. Mr. Francone is one of the authors of a leading graduate-level textbook in artificial intelligence, machine learning, evolutionary computation and information theory entitled: Genetic Programming: an Introduction, Morgan Kaufmann (1998). He has served for several years as an editor of the Journal of Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines and as Senior Program Committee Member for the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference. He has been a guest lecturer at West Point Military Academy, Colorado School of Mines, and University of Idaho on inductive learning and optimization.

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