Advisors

Thanks to our versatile administrative framework and partnership network, we take care of critical business functions including HR, Admin, Legal, IT, Marketing Communication, so companies can focus their efforts on project advancement and commercialisation of their technologies. Meet our scientific advisors, R&D partners and business advisors. 

Scientific Advisors

Michael Graziano

PhD

Michael Graziano is a professor of neuroscience and psychology at Princeton University. He is also a writer, composer, and occasional ventriloquist. He is the author of many books (both novels and neuroscience books), and has written for the Atlantic, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and other media outlets. His research at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute has spanned topics from movement control to how the brain processes the space around the body. His current work focuses on the brain basis of consciousness. He has proposed the Attention Schema Theory of consciousness, a mechanistic explanation of how brain-based agents believe and insist they contain consciousness inside them.

Resources

Princeton Neuroscience Institute:
Michael Graziano | Neuroscience

Dianbo Liu

PhD

Dianbo Liu is a postdoc researcher in Prof. Yoshua Bengio group at MILA in Canada. He works on both fundamental machine learning research and applied projects. He has contributed to the design of deep neural architectures exploiting fundamental priors inspired by the working principles in the human brain, such as the GWT consciousness prior and the discrete representation prior.

Resources

Mila.Quebec:
Dianbo Liu PhD

Alex Lamb

PhD

Alex Lamb is a senior researcher at Microsoft Research NYC and was a PhD student at the University of Montreal advised by Yoshua Bengio and a recipient of the Twitch PhD Fellowship 2020. Alex’s research is on the intersection of developing new algorithms for machine learning and new applications. In the area of algorithms, he is particularly interested in making deep networks more modular and richly structured and improving the generalisation performance of deep networks, especially across shifting domains. In terms of applications of Machine Learning, his most recent work has been on historical Japanese documents and has resulted in KuroNet, a publicly released service which generates automatic analysis and annotations to make classical Japanese documents (more) understandable to readers of modern Japanese.

Resources

Google Scholar
Alex Lamb - Google Scholar

Eyal Eshed

MBA

Eyal has over 20 years of experience as a high-tech manager, inventor and is a founder of Israeli company SpeakingPal. He is recipient of Education Innovation awards and has co-founded Omnivee, a revolutionary viewing method creator. He led Omnivee from concept to commercial success, multiple prize winning products and a successful acquisition.Eyal holds a BA summa cum laude in Computer Science from IDC, and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. His Area of Interests are Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Speech Recognition.

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Ryan Baker

PhD

Ryan Baker is Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and Director of the Penn Center for Learning Analytics. His lab conducts research on engagement and robust learning within online and blended learning, seeking to find actionable indicators that can be used to predict future student outcomes. Baker has developed models that can automatically detect student engagement in over a dozen online learning environments, and has led the development of an observational protocol and app for field observation of student engagement that has been used by over 150 researchers in 4 countries. Baker has co-authored published papers with over 250 colleagues.

Resources

Penn GSE, University of Pennsylvania
Penn GSE - Ryan Baker

Luke Plonsky

PhD

Dr. Luke Plonsky is Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics at Northern Arizona University, where he teaches courses in second language acquisition and research methods. He has authored and edited several books including Second language acquisition: An introductory course (Gass, Behney, & Plonsky, 5th edition, under contract) and Advancing quantitative methods in second language research (Plonsky, 2015). Dr. Plonsky is Associate Editor of Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Managing Editor of Foreign Language Annals, and he serves on the editorial boards of Language Teaching and Learning and Individual Differences. He is also Co-Editor of de Gruyter Mouton’s Series on Language Acquisition and Co-Director of the IRIS repository for instruments in language learning and teaching (iris-database.org). Dr. Plonsky held previous faculty appointments at Georgetown and University College London. He has also taught in Japan, The Netherlands, Spain, and Puerto Rico. He received his PhD in Second Language Studies from Michigan State University.

Resources

Michigan State University
Dr. Luke Plonsky

Vasile Rus

PhD

Dr. Vasile Rus is a Full Professor of Computer Science at The University of Memphis and the Lead Principal Investigator of the NSF-funded Learner Data Institute(www.learnerdatainstitute.org). Dr. Rus’ research interests lie at the intersection of artificial intelligence, human and machine learning, and natural language processing with an emphasis on developing interactive intelligent systems such as intelligent tutoring systems and care-bots (healthcare bots). He has served in various roles on research projects funded by the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, Department of Education, and private companies.He has led the development of the DeepTutor system (www.deeptutor.org), a project funded by the Department of Education and is currently leading the development of an NSF-funded project to develop an intelligent tutoring system for source code comprehension, called DeepCode. He has produced more than 150 peer-reviewed publications and received 6 Best Paper Award nominations of which 3 were Best Paper Awards.

Resources

The University of Memphis
Dr. Vasile Rus

Markus Vincze

PhD

Markus founded the V4R group in 1996 with the intention to make robots see and improve their perception. Markus received his diploma in mechanical engineering from Technical University Wien (TUW) in 1988 and a M.Sc. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA, 1990. He finished his PhD at TUW in 1993 with a grant from the Austrian Academy of Sciences. He has worked at HelpMate Robotics Inc. and at the Vision Laboratory of Gregory Hager at Yale University. In 2004, Presently he leads the “Vision for Robotics” laboratory at TUW with the vision to make robots see. V4R regularly coordinates EU (e.g., ActIPret, robots@home, HOBBIT, Squirrel) and national research projects (e.g, vision@home) and contributes to research (e.g., CogX, STRANDS, ALOOF) and innovation proejcts (e.g., Redux, FloBot). He is (co-)author of 42 peer reviewed journal articles and over 300 reviewed other publications. His interest areas are cognitive computer vision techniques for robotics solutions situated in real-world environments and especially homes.

Resources

ACIN, TU Wien
Markus VINCZE

Margherita Anastassova

PhD

Dr. Margarita Anastassova, is the Head of Sensory and Ambient Interfaces Laboratory, in leading the definition of the ontology and training methodology for the social robot as well as leading the implementation and validation of the social brain.

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Christophe Leroux

PhD

Prof. Christophe Leroux is Manager of European Affairs in robotics and expert in Human Robots Collaboration, robotics, AI, computer vision, Assistive Robotics. He participated in and coordinated several European projects in robotics including Echord++ (facilitate robotics uptake by end-users), HORSE (industrial robotics), ESMERA (robotics research challenges), COVR (regulation in robotics), ROBMOSYS (model-based design for robotics), TERRINET (access to robotics infrastructures by researchers).

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Carlo Harvey

PhD

Dr Carlo Harvey is an Associate Professor in Computer Games Technology at Birmingham City University, in the School of Computing and Digital Technology. He teaches C++ for Games, Computer Graphics and Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning. He is the course leader for BSc Computer Games Technology and the Director of Future Games and Graphics overseeing the research arm for Games and Graphics within the DMTLab at BCU. He is a co-founder of Curzon Software House, started as a BCU initiative to aid students to develop their skills, work on industry projects and gain experience of working in a job in the field. He completed a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Warwick in 2012. This was entitled Modality Based Perception for Selective Rendering and considered user study evaluated techniques to speed up image synthesis, taking advantage of perceptual artefacts of cross-modal attention under different sensory systems. He has a BSc (Hons) Computer Science from Bristol University (2007) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic and Professional Practice from the University of Warwick (2016). Carlo has published in the fields of perception-aware rendering, simulation, auditory perception, multi-sensory perceptual impact on vision and cultural heritage.

Resources

Birmingham City School of Computing and Digital Technology
Dr Carlo Harvey

Jan Sedivy

PhD

Jan Šedivý has three decades of experience in the IT industry. He has led numerous global research and development projects and is the holder of 19 US patents. He began as a researcher and research manager at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center (1992-2008), later moving to Google as a Technical Lead Manager (2008-2010). He subsequently returned to CTU-CIIRC, where he leads the NLP group, winning the Amazon Alexa Prize 4 in 2021 and two seconds and one-third place in previous contests. Jan is also a co-founder of the Promethist.ai (major products: digital therapist talktopoppy.com and multimodal development platform flowstorm.ai) . He splits his time between being a researcher and entrpreneur.

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Sabine Koszegi

PhD

Sabine Koszegi is a Full Professor of Labor Science and Organization at the TU Wien and Academic Director of the MBA Program Entrepreneurship and Innovation.She has twenty years of experience in interdisciplinary research at the intersections of technology, work, and organization and published more than 100 peer reviewed papers. Together with her team she develops technology support for conflict resolution and negotiation, analyzes aspects of the New World of Work, as well as the impact of Robotics and AI an work environments, within socio-technical systems and on society in general. . Her current research focus is on issues of social robotics and new ways of work. She chairs the Austrian Council on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence and is a member of the High-level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence of the European Commission.

Resources

Prof. Sabine Theresia Köszegi

Guglielmo Papagni

PhD

Guglielmo Papagni has a background in the field of humanities,including archeology, anthropological and ethnographical research .He has developed a broad interpretative framework of how technology has contributed to shape the nature of human beings since the very beginning and reinforced his expertise by working in different fields ranging from the reconstruction of ancient cultural environments through the study of the remains of their material culture, to the analysis of deconstructive approaches of modern humanist philosophy of technology. In the last phase of his studies he focused his efforts on analyzing the possibility of restoring human agency in cases of severe impairment due to degenerative diseases (particularly amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) thanks to the progresses achieved in the field of brain connected interfaces.His interests lie in understanding the impact, on a societal scale, of the new technologies involved in robotics and artificial intelligent.

Resources

TU Wien
Guglielmo Papagni PhD

Luis Fernando

PhD

Luis Fernando is an Associate Professor at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. His current research interests are Conversational Agents (generative approaches) and their automatic evaluation, Natural Language Processing: classification and vector representation with external knowledge Language and Speaker identification system.

Resources

Speech Technology Group
Luis Fernando D'Haro

Business Advisors

Colouring Department

Colouring Department designs and optimises digital journeys and commercialisation strategies. Starting from creating a strong brand image right through to accelerating online appearance and recognition. We build client reputation through branding, website design, development and marketing services while optimising data collection for future growth. We capture attention, awaken interest and retain leads.

Website:
https://colouringdepartment.com

Bosco e Futura

Bosco e Futura is a creative services and design firm with more than fifteen years of experience in providing film directing, photography, editing and creative strategy services to both growing and established companies in a variety of sectors.

Website:
http://www.boscoefutura.com/

The Luzzato Group

The Luzzatto Group offers a range of complementary services to maximise the value of their clients’ IP. Their IP division, which includes Luzzatto and Luzzatto Patent Attorneys and The Luzzatto Law Firm, helps individuals, start-ups, companies, and multinational corporations protect their intellectual property.

Website:
https://www.theluzzattogroup.com/en/

Certification Company

Certification Company is an Dutch independent consultant on CE marking, product safety and International Certification. Through an extensive network of legal and safety experts, Certification Company ensures worldwide regulatory compliance and market access for products.

Website:
https://certification-company.com/

SpeakingPal

SpeakingPal is a mobile education company that focuses on improving English speaking skills of learners and provides a subscription based service which automatically provides pronunciation feedback. The company is founded by a multi-disciplinary team with expertise in high-tech management ,mobile technology, cloud computing, automatic speech recognition, linguistics and English Language Learning (ELL).

Website:
https://www.speakingpal.com/

Advepa

Advepa are the market leaders in Immersive Reality for for the Buisness Sector. They have 10 years of experience in building Metaverse and consits of a highly skilled team with focus on Virtual Reality.

Website:
https://www.advepa.it/

StoryFit

StoryFit’s AI Engine simulates how audiences will respond to stories and provides audience insights earlier than ever before to empower creativity and improve performance. StoryFit helps to understand the true value of story and how to connect with the broadcast audience.

Website:
https://storyfit.com/

Filmarket Hub

Filmarket Hub is an online marketplace for curated films and series in development. It matches talent and projects with leading companies in the industry. It is Europe’s largest online marketplace for film & series in development where filmmakers meet executive producers and producers find excellent stories.

Website:
https://www.filmarkethub.com/

Humanly

Humanly.io is a unified conversational AI for recruiting platform where automation and people work seamlessly together to help organizations surface the most qualified, diverse applicant pool at scale.They believe direct candidate conversations are the gateway to drive better hiring efficiencies and measure candidate quality.

Website:
https://humanly.io/

R&D Partners

Universidad Politecnica de Madrid

The Speech Technology Group of the Department of Electronic Engineering of UPM is devoted to research and development in various areas of speech science and technology, specially speech synthesis and recognition, and technology applications in the office environment, telephone environment and aids for people with disabilities.

University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf

The Department of Excellence for Neural Information Processing falls at the interface between theory and experiment and aims at understanding the principles of cortical information processing by developing new quantitative data analysis techniques based on the principles of Information Theory and by developing computational models of neural network function.

Ecole Normale Supérieure

The Department of Cognitive Studies (DEC) is an interdisciplinary department of ENS, at the crossroads of the humanities and social sciences, life sciences, and engineering. DEC Training and research focus on mental abilities such as perception, attention, decision making, consciousness, reasoning, language, emotions, action, and social skills.

The School of Computing and Digital Technology - Birmingham City University

The School of Computing and Digital Technology at Birmingham City University is recognised internationally for the high quality of teaching, research and extensive industry partnerships. The school has established themselves as one of the leading academies for Microsoft and Cisco Systems. Their computing courses have been recognised in a national review undertaken by the Higher Education Funding Council for England and have received appreciation and accolades for the work.

Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics & Cybernetics (CIIRC) - Czech Technical University of Prague

Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics & Cybernetics (CIIRC) was set up as a national scientific and teaching workplace on a European and international level.The Institute has a broad field of specialization, covering: automatic control and optimization, robotics, artificial intelligence, computer graphics, computer vision and machine learning, designing software systems and computer devices, designing decision support and diagnostic systems and using these systems in medical applications, distributed decision support systems, industrial diagnostics, telematics, and designing user-friendly and beneficial solutions for citizens and for residents (including smart homes, smart cities, etc.)

Interdisciplinary Doctoral College on Trust in Robots – Trusting Robots Vienna University of Technology

Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) has established an interdisciplinary Doctoral College (DC) on the topic of “Trust in Robots – Trusting Robots” to foster cutting-edge research in robotics and AI. The main objectives are (1) To comprehensively analyse “trust” in the context of robot technology from various perspectives, including, but not limited to social sciences and economics, computer science and mathematics, electrical and mechanical engineering, and architecture, and (2) To develop technologies that increase the social and technical capabilities of autonomous robots.

CEA-List’s Smart Robotics Research Program French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission

CEA-List is one of three institutes of the CEA (French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission) Technology Research Division. CEA-List conducts research in interactive robotics, control engineering, computer vision, deep learning, NLP, software engineering and integration, and software functional certification. CEA-List’s smart robotics research program aims to design and develop a new generation of robots that offer unparalleled performance, and are better at learning new tasks. CEA-List is a member of the European Digital Innovation Hub Healthcare Robotics and one of the funding members of the Alliance Industrie du Futur created to coordinate initiatives, at the national level for the
modernization of industry in France.