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Kuc, Bernard
Barclays Capital
London, United Kingdom
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Bernard Kuc is a vice-president in the London office of Barclays Capital working in the equity derivatives team of the quantitative analytics group, where he has been for the past four years. His day-to-day responsibilities involve Monte Carlo pricing of exotic equity derivatives, and maintaining and improving the group’s set of risk analytics. The primary attraction of his current job is the ability to work with some of the brightest minds in the world.

Prior employers include Application Networks (2004-2005), a provider of financial valuation and risk solutions, and Flextronics (2000-2004), where he worked on numerous telecom projects with a strong focus on fixed-line signalling infrastructure equipment. As part of his job, he was able to work with many partner companies and had the opportunity to take part in the first international interoperability tests of two of the Sigtran protocols. Finally, at Eagle Technology (1998-1999), he was responsible for Windows NT device driver development for data acquisition cards.

Bernard graduated with an MSc in Control Engineering (1999) and a BSc in Electrical Engineering (1997), both from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. His academic highlights include coming in at the top of his class in all of his MSc courses and spending two terms of office on both the Students’ Representative Council and the Students’ Engineering Council.

Bernard is a CFA charterholder and enjoys working with money. Having always had an interest in finance, keenly following oil prices as a student engineer while risking his bursary money on the markets, Bernard took the first step over to finance by studying for his CFA charter during the turmoil years that ravaged telecom employment prospects following the dot-com meltdown. Being a reviewer for Computing Reviews provides him with the opportunity to read outside his current specializations and keep in touch with progress being made in topics and technologies he has worked with before.


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Horton I., Van Weert P., Apress, New York, NY, 2020. 853 pp.  Type: Book (978-1-484258-83-5)

With more pages than there are words in this review, it would be excessive to list all the concepts, techniques, and lessons taught in Beginning C++ 20. This is a beginner text for the programming language. It does not assume an...

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  RML: runtime monitoring language: a system-agnostic DSL for runtime verification
Franceschini L., Franceschini L.  Companion Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on the Art, Science, and Engineering of Programming (Proceedings of the Conference Companion of the 3rd International Conference on Art, Science, and Engineering of Programming, Genova, Italy, Apr 1-4, 2019) 1-3, 2019.  Type: Proceedings

This paper on the runtime monitoring language (RML) is a very brief look at a system-agnostic domain-specific language (DSL) for runtime verification. This language is system agnostic due to its use of JavaScript Object Notation (JSON)...

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  Nonhomogeneous place-dependent Markov chains, unsynchronised AIMD, and optimisation
Wirth F., Stüdli S., Yu J., Corless M., Shorten R. Journal of the ACM 66(4): 1-37, 2019.  Type: Article

The transmission control protocol (TCP) that underpins most Internet traffic has a simple yet intuitively beautiful algorithm for congestion control. Every connection will gradually ramp up the bandwidth it uses until congestion occurs...

Oct 19 2020  
  Joint online coflow routing and scheduling in data center networks
Tan H., Jiang S., Li Y., Li X., Zhang C., Han Z., Lau F. IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking 27(5): 1771-1786, 2019.  Type: Article

With the proliferation of big data initiatives across corporations and academia, the importance of distributed computing frameworks has created many research opportunities related to routing and scheduling the multiple groups of parall...

Sep 3 2020  
  Automatically learning semantic features for defect prediction
Wang S., Liu T., Tan L.  ICSE 2016 (Proceedings of the 38th International Conference on Software Engineering, Austin, TX, May 14-22, 2016) 297-308, 2016.  Type: Proceedings

Have data? Try teaching a machine. Any problem space that has a large amount of data is just asking for someone to apply machine learning to find a solution. Defect detection is one such domain. With an extensive number of open-source ...

Feb 25 2020  
  The Gröbner cover
Montes A., Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2018. 276 pp.  Type: Book (978-3-030039-03-5)

The Gröbner basis provides a canonical representation of ordinary polynomial systems. This development allowed computers to solve polynomial equations across mathematics, engineering, and other sciences; however, the ability t...

Dec 20 2019  
   A game theoretic model for the formation of navigable small-world networks--the tradeoff between distance and reciprocity
Yang Z., Chen W. ACM Transactions on Internet Technology 18(4): 1-38, 2018.  Type: Article

The concept of small-world networks has been developed to help explain how real whole-world social networks manage to be “navigable.” By navigable I mean the ease with which any two people can be connected with seem...

Apr 25 2019  
  An efficient and secure directed diffusion in industrial wireless sensor networks
Sengupta J., Ruj S., Das Bit S.  FICN 2018 (Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Future Industrial Communication Networks, New Delhi, India, Nov 2, 2018) 41-46, 2018.  Type: Proceedings

Directed diffusion is a form of message routing that is application aware, allowing improved energy efficiency through path selection that is empirically efficient, combined with caching and summarization of data as it traverses the ne...

Mar 11 2019  
   Finite element applications: a practical guide to the FEM process
Okereke M., Keates S., Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2018. 472 pp.  Type: Book (978-3-319671-24-6)

Much of modern engineering owes its existence to the finite element method (FEM), which makes the impossible possible while also allowing us to build bigger, safer, and cheaper than ever before. Yet, as with any other tool in the engin...

Feb 5 2019  
  A modified artificial bee colony approach for the 0-1 knapsack problem
Cao J., Yin B., Lu X., Kang Y., Chen X. Applied Intelligence 48(6): 1582-1595, 2018.  Type: Article

Many would consider the search for the optimal evolutionary computation (the collective noun for the multitude of search algorithms based on nature) algorithm by researchers the world over as evolutionary in itself. Not only do we sear...

Aug 22 2018  
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