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Ross Pamphilon is a founding member of ECM Asset Management Ltd’s investment team and currently serves as its Chief Investment Officer and Chief Executive Officer.  With over 20 years of experience in trading and portfolio and risk management, including 17 years overseeing or investing in sub-investment grade securities, Ross Pamphilon has directed the firm’s investment process for nearly two decades.

Prior to joining ECM back in 1999, Ross Pamphilon was an emerging markets specialist at Merrill Lynch in London and New York. During his time at Merrill Lynch, Ross was responsible for trading local currency fixed income debt and derivative and foreign exchange products. Throughout his career at ECM, Ross Pamphilon has been responsible for a range of businesses including emerging markets, investment grade corporate debt, high yield, long-short relative value strategies and front office IT before assuming overall responsibility for portfolio management and credit research.


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Apart from his career, Ross Pamphilon takes great interest in Artificial Intelligence. At a young age, Ross’ curiosity surrounding the industry was very much apparent. Often times, Ross found himself programming on the ZX Spectrum and dreaming of the point in time when machines would finally outsmart human beings. More notably, Ross recalls the thrill he experienced when IBM’s Deep Blue defeated legendary world chess champion, Garry Kasparov, back in 1997.

More specifically Ross Pamphilon finds machine learning a rather fascinating subfield of artificial intelligence.

“We come across this almost every day, for example, online marketing profiling algorithms that look to  profile you  based on statistical factors (age, sex, location etc) and the type of searches and products that you’ve purchased previously. Making predictions from a small sample of data which have statistical regularities makes the task of building a model significantly easier. However, in the real world we often have to deal with vast amounts of data which creates a lot of noise and uncertainty. To move towards true artificial intelligence as opposed to simple learning algorithms what if it’s possible to harness the power of the internet? A learning algorithm focusing on the internet would have access to almost unlimited information, images, language and cultural references. Furthermore, the web based database is growing on a daily basis and it is fascinating to think about how powerful learning algorithms might be able to use this information in developing their own artificial intelligence.”

Ross Pamphilon looks forward to the point in human history where artificially intelligent machines surpass human biological intelligence. And though that may still be some years off, once we reach that point it seems likely that super intelligent AI will quickly follow.

How Advances in Artificial Intelligence are Driving the Future of Autonomous Vehicles

For the majority of its existence, artificial intelligence has been fairly dumb. We’ve designed AIs that are extremely good at one very specific thing, like playing chess or sorting widgets, but these are completely oblivious to everything else. And they are only good...

Ross Pamphilon, Portfolio Manager, Shares Machine Learning Basics

What Is Machine Learning? You have just taken a new job with a company that grows oranges. Your job is to inspect the oranges as they pass by you on a conveyor belt and to pick out the oranges that can't be sold because of their appearance. These oranges will be sent...

Ross Pamphilon, Business Leader, Shares 5 Important Reasons Your E-Commerce Website Needs a Chatbot

Does your e-commerce website have a chatbot? If not, you should consider adding one. Machine learning has made it possible to build conversational chatbots. Also known as a conversational bot, companies use this software to communicate with shoppers in real-time using...

Ross Pamphilon, Portfolio Manager, Talks Artificial Intelligence + Content Marketing: A Match Made in Heaven?

If you want to up your content marketing game this year, integrating Artificial Intelligence into your audience acquisition strategy might be one of the savviest moves you can make. Brand marketers are beginning to realize the powerful potential of AI-enabled tools at...

Emerging Technology: Wireless, Insect-Sized Drones

Just when you thought drones were impressive enough, researchers roll out new technology that continues to push the envelope on what we thought was possible. Here are some major developments from the past couple years.