Allison Wang

Software Engineer, Robinhood

Allison Wang is a software engineer at Robinhood, a U.S.-based financial services company that helps consumers Invest in stocks, ETFs, options, and cryptocurrencies, all commission-free, right from their phone. As a financial services company, risk and fraud are areas of great concern so engineers like Allison work on developing monitoring strategies to check for financial risks and anomaly detection. She has a wide range of front-end engineering from companies like Airbnb, Expii, and Twitter and has a degree from Carnegie Mellon in Computer Science.

Talk Title: How Robinhood Built a Real-Time Anomaly Detection System to Monitor and Mitigate Risk.

Robinhood is democratizing the financial systems by offering commission-free investing and trading with the use of your phone or desktop. As exciting as that sounds to the outside world, internally, the team at Robinhood must understand the different risk vectors and build engineering solutions to mitigate these risks. In this talk, Allison will talk about how they build a real-time risk monitoring system with InfluxDB and Faust, an open-source Python stream processing library. She will review the architecture behind the system which will involve both the time series anomaly detection part (InfluxDB) and the real-time stream processing part (Faust/Kafka).