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Our Mission

Virtualitics' Goal is to shape a better world by enabling smarter data-driven decisions through AI, AI-driven visualizations and collaboration. The advanced, patented technology is based on a decade of research at the California Institute of Technology and NASA/JPL. The team has published hundreds of papers in AI and data visualization.

Executive Board and Leadership

Board of Directors

  • micheal a
    Michael Amori

    CEO, Co-Founder

  • ciro d
    Dr Ciro Donalek

    CSO, Co-Founder

  • george d
    Prof George Djorgovski

    Caltech professor, Co-Founder

  • Brian Miller

    Chief Investment Officer, North Sound Partners

  • Gen Frank Gorenc

    Four Star General (retired) US Air Force

  • gerald g
    Gen Gerald Goodfellow

    Brigadier General (retired) US Air Force

  • shay b
    Shay Badie

    Centricus

  • marco d
    Marco DeMiroz

    General Partner, The VR Fund

Scientific Advisory Board

  • Adam Wierman

    Professor of Department of Computing and Mathematical Sciences (CMS) at Caltech

  • Robert C. Berwick

    Professor of Computational Linguistics and Engineering at MIT

  • James R. Heath

    President and Professor at Institute for Systems Biology

  • Konstantin M. Zuev

    Assistant Teaching Professor of Department of Computing and Mathematical Sciences (CMS) at Caltech

Board of Advisors

  • Major Gen Jeff Taliaferro

    Major General (retired) US Air Force, Former Vice Director for Operations, Joint Staff, the Pentagon

  • scott d
    Scott Davidoff

    UX Design and Research Manager at NASA JPL/Co-founder

  • kerry k
    Kerry Kelley

    Former CIO and Director for US Strategic Command

  • bert m
    Bert Mandelbaum

    Co-Director of Sports Medicine Cedars Sinai

  • henry r
    Henry Ritchotte

    Former COO of Deutsche Bank

  • andy w
    Andy Walter

    Former Head of Business Intelligence at P&G

  • eduardo s
    Eduardo Siman

    Director of IT at Intradeco Apparel

  • Andy Wilson

    Serial Entrepreneur

Our Commitment

Virtualitics is committed to building a company where every individual can bring their full impact and reach their fullest potential. Our mission is to create a diverse and inclusive environment where talented people of all cultures, ages, perspectives, opinions, education, backgrounds, races, gender identity, religions, orientations, abilities, and beliefs can grow and thrive with Virtualitics.

Michael Amori

CEO, Co-Founder

Michael Amori has 14 years of experience in quantitative finance. For seven years of his career in finance, he was a Managing Director and head of a quantitative trading group focused on insurance markets at Deutsche Bank. His trading group structured and executed several multi-billion dollar transactions, some of the largest insurance and pensions risk transfer transactions ever done. He also managed a team of 25 people, mostly mathematicians, data scientists and computer scientists, with staff in New York, London and India. Designed the group’s data science and risk management systems. Helped develop various mathematical models for quantifying and trading insurance risks. Lead author in published paper on insurance markets. Speaker at various industry seminars and conferences.

Previously was interest rates derivatives trader at various large banks. Michael was also a researcher in nanotechnology at Caltech, where he contributed to two papers and obtained one patent. The patent is related to a quantitative method for determination of target molecules in the context of nanotechnology devices applied to medical research.

Michael is interested in science education, especially for early childhood, as a way to reduce inequality. He is a member of the Board of Caltech’s Computer Science Department (IST division) , a member of the Board of Caltech’s Finance and Economics Department (HSS division), a member of the Board of the Pasadena Math Academy, judge at the LA County Junior High Physics Science Fair, member of the Board of an early childhood STEM school in Los Angeles. He has an MBA from Harvard, an MS in Applied Physics from Caltech, and a BS in Physics with honors from Columbia University.

Dr Ciro Donalek

CSO, Co-Founder

Ciro Donalek is a former Computational Scientist at Caltech where he successfully applied Machine Learning techniques to many different scientific fields, co-authoring over a hundred scientific and technical publications (e.g., Nature, Neural Networks, IEEE Big Data, Bioinformatics).

Dr. Donalek has also pioneered some of the uses of Mixed Reality for immersive data visualization, exploration and machine learning, leading the iViz project at Caltech (Virtualitics Immersive Platform precursor); he has also four patents in the fields of AI and 3D Data Visualization.

During his 20 years career as a data scientist Dr. Donalek has been awarded different research fellowships, served as reviewer for numerous major scientific journals, and has given many invited talks on Machine Learning, Virtual Reality and Data Visualization.

He also has a Minor Planet named after him as a reward for the work done in the automatic classification of celestial bodies, and has been part of the group that built the Big Picture, the single largest real astronomical image in the world, 152 feet wide and 20 feet tall, currently installed at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, the most-visited public observatory in the world (with 1.5 million visitors a year).

Dr. Donalek holds a PhD in Computational Science (University Federico II of Naples, Italy) and a MS in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (University of Salerno, Italy). He is married with two children.

Prof George Djorgovski

Caltech professor, Co-Founder

S. George Djorgovski is a Professor and the Executive Officer (Dept. Chair) for Astronomy at Caltech, as well as the founding Director of the Center for Data-Driven Discovery. He was one of the founders of the Virtual Observatory framework, which is now a global data grid of astronomy, as well as of the emerging field of Astroinformatics. He was the Director of the Meta-Institute for Computational Astrophysics, the first professional scientific organization based in virtual worlds, and he pioneered some of the uses of virtual reality as a scientific and scholarly platform. He and his group also pioneered uses of machine learning and other advanced data analytics methods in astronomy and other fields. Prof. Djorgovski is the author or a co-author of several hundred scientific and technical publications, and a recipient of numerous professional honors and recognitions, including the Presidential Young Investigator, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, a Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science, a Harvard Junior Fellow, a NASA Group Achievement Award, several Distinguished Visiting Professorships, etc.

Brian Miller

Chief Investment Officer, North Sound Partners

Brian Miller is the Chief Investment Officer of North Sound Partners, which he founded in 2013. Brian has worked closely with many of the firm’s portfolio companies including joining boards, committees, and gaining board observer status. Prior to founding North Sound, Brian spent 21 years at Elliott Associates, a $40 Billion AUM hedge fund based in New York. When Brian retired from Elliott in 2012, he was one of four equity partners and held the title of Chief Trading Officer and was a member of Elliott’s Management Committee. Prior to starting with Elliott in 1991, Brian was a Vice President at Yamaichi International where he specialized in arbitrage strategies. Brian received a B.Sc. in Economics from the University at Albany in 1988. Mr. Miller is a Chartered Financial Analyst and received his C.F.A. designation in 1992. Brian served on the Board of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research in NYC and currently serves on the board of Inseego (Symbol: INSG), a leading provider of 5G CPE, FWA and edge devices.

Gen Frank Gorenc

Four Star General (retired) US Air Force

Virtualitics is proud to announce that General (ret) Frank Gorenc is joining its advisory team. He retired from the United States Air Force after 37 years of active duty service. His career culminated as the Commander US Air Forces Europe, Commander US Air Forces Africa, Commander NATO Allied Air Command at Ramstein Air Base, Germany and Director, Joint Air Power Competence Centre, Kalkar, Germany..

General (ret) Gorenc was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He was commissioned after graduating from the USAF Academy in 1979. He commanded units at every level and served in staff positions at HQ USAF, HQ Air Combat Command, the Joint Staff, and US European Command/Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe. As a command pilot, he flew over 4,800 hours in the F-15C, T-38A, MQ-1B, UH-1N, and C-21..

He participated in Operations DESERT STORM, PROVIDE COMFORT, SOUTHERN WATCH, NORTHERN WATCH, IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, ODYSSEY DAWN, UNIFIED PROTECTOR, and INHERANT RESOLVE. In addition, he commanded three standing NATO operations: Air Policing, BMD, and Augmentation to Turkey missions..

His education includes Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, a Master of Aeronautical Science, and a Master of Science degree in National Security. He graduated from the Air Force Fighter Weapons Instructor Course and the NATO Tactical Leadership Programme..

General (ret) Gorenc is now a defense and leadership consultant, a public speaker and serves on several boards.

Gen Gerald Goodfellow

Brigadier General (retired) US Air Force

Gerald Goodfellow, Brigadier General (retired) US Air Force, is the President of the Southeast Innovation Institute. The Southeast Innovation Institute is a Non-Profit 501(c)3 Research Institute that provides the US Air Force access to a dedicated Research and Development Research Institute in the same city as Air Force Global Strike Command. The Southeast Innovation Institute focuses on aligning partners to create a collaborative environment where entrepreneurs, industry, small businesses, startups and capital intersect to, spark innovation, build community, and create investment in technologies, services, products, production, or processes, which will enable the US military to better defend the nation. Prior to co-founding the Southeast Innovation Institute, Goodfellow served as the Executive Director of the Louisiana Tech Research Institute and the Director of Technology Innovation at Louisiana Tech University.

Goodfellow is a 30-year Air Force Veteran who, in his last active duty military job, served as the Director of Strategic Plans, Programs and Requirements at Air Force Global Strike Command located at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. In this position he was responsible for strategic planning, and for resourcing the nation’s Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile force, B-1, B-2 and B-52 bombers, UH-1N helicopters, the E-4B National Airborne Operations Center Aircraft, and Nuclear Command, Control and Communications (NC3) systems.

Goodfellow has earned three Masters degrees. A Masters of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, a Masters of Military Operational Art and Science from the U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College, and a Masters of Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Additionally, he is a graduate of numerous executive education programs to include: the Capstone General and Flag Officer Course at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., the Public Policy Seminar at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, D.C., the Leadership Enhancement Program at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, N.C., and the Enterprise Leadership Seminar at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

Goodfellow spent much of his career educating and training military members and civilians. He served as a professor of strategy and planning at the U.S. Army War College where he instructed Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps Officers, as well as senior U.S. Government Civilians. He’s also served as the Commander and Commandant, at the United States Air Force Squadron Officer College. As a Brigadier General he served as the Director of the Nuclear Enterprise at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), where he oversaw many aspects of the Nation’s Nuclear force, to include the Defense Nuclear Weapons School, which teaches over 170 courses to approximately 30,000 military members and security-cleared civilians each year. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors for Workforce Opportunity Services (WOS), which is located on the campus of Columbia University in New York City. WOS is dedicated to developing the skills of untapped talent from underserved communities through partnerships with organizations committed to diversifying their workforce.

Goodfellow has vast experience educating and training military members for nuclear and conventional warfare. He served as a B-1 Bomber Operations Group Commander where he directed the education, development, and training required of B-1 Bomber Pilots and Weapon Systems Officers to fly combat missions throughout the world. As a Wing Commander, he directed the education, training, and qualification of United States Air Force Instructor Pilots, future Fighter Pilots, Combat Systems Officers, and Unmanned Aerial Systems Pilots and Sensor Operators. Additionally, he was in charge of all flying and parachute training at the United States Air Force Academy.

Goodfellow is a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism in combat. For the same combat mission, he also received the General Ira C. Eaker Award for the “Outstanding Single Feat of Military Airmanship.” He also holds the World-Record for the “Fastest Non-stop Flight Around-the-World,” which he flew in a B-1 Bomber. For this World-Record flight, he was awarded the Air Force’s top aerial achievement award, the Mackay Trophy, which is on permanent display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C., for the “Most Meritorious Aerial Flight of the Year.”

Shay Badie

Centricus

Shay Badie is a partner at Centricus, a global investment platform backed by a select group of sophisticated, global and long-term investors. Centricus currently has four investment verticals: technology, financial services, infrastructure and FEMS (fashion, entertainment, media and sport). Shay has over 17 years financial services experience.

His most recent role was at Goldman Sachs where he was responsible for structuring and executing strategic financing solutions, principal investments, hedging and asset liability management as well as complex derivatives in the Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa regions. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Shay was Head of Local Rates and FX Derivative Structuring for Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa regions at Deutsche Bank. Prior to this, Shay held roles in structured and project finance, FX structuring, Interest Rate structuring at Deutsche Bank. Shay holds PhD and Masters in Engineering (First Class Honours) both in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine.

Marco DeMiroz

General Partner, The VR Fund

Marco is the co-founder and a general partner of The Venture Reality Fund (The VR Fund), where he oversees the company’s investments in early-stage virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) startups. He has extensive experience in executive roles with leading technology companies and in global investments. For more than ten years Marco has focused on strategic investments across media, entertainment, lifestyle, sports and technology with firms most recently with Evolution Media Capital (Evolution), where he led its investment in JauntVR, as well as Trinity Ventures, Selby, GameChange Ventures, U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray Ventures.

In addition to his role at The VR Fund, Marco actively advises numerous media and technology companies in the VR and AR sectors. Marco started his career as a programmer and then researcher at NASA/Ames Research Center. Prior to joining Evolution, he served as president and chief executive officer of the leading mobile game studio, PlayFirst, which he sold to Glu Mobile (NASDAQ: GLUU) in 2014.

Marco’s previous exec roles included president and chief executive officer of Racktivity, and chief financial officer of General Magic, where he managed its Initial Public Offering raising over $100 million, and worked alongside some of the most talented engineers and visionaries in Silicon Valley’s history developing intelligent communications devices and technologies that were essential to today’s smartphones, online communication and commerce. Marco holds a Master of Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University; a postgraduate Engineer degree in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University; a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from San Jose State University; and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the United States Naval Postgraduate School. His postgraduate studies and research at NASA focused on mathematical modeling and digital control of helicopters, drones, and robotics.

Major Gen Jeff Taliaferro

Major General (retired) US Air Force, Former Vice Director for Operations, Joint Staff, the Pentagon

Major General Taliaferro retired from the U.S. Air Force after 32 years of service. Jeff first served in a variety of B-1 flying positions, including U.S. Air Force Weapons School Instructor, and his career culminated as the Vice Director for Operations on the Joint Staff, Pentagon. He has commanded at the squadron and wing levels and last commanded the 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force and NATO Air Command-Afghanistan as the senior Airman in Afghanistan.

He has extensive experience in corporate decision-making within the Department of Defense, including programming over $44 billion dollars a year into combat air force portfolios, and guiding several major weapons systems through the requirements and acquisition process. His experience includes various operations, strategy, programming and military planning positions within headquarters U.S. Air Force, Air Combat Command, U.S. Central Command, U.S Northern Command and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Maj. Gen. (ret) Taliaferro is a command pilot with over 2,600 hours, including combat over Iraq, Serbia, and Afghanistan.

Jeff graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy (BS Human Factors Engineering), with follow on degrees from George Washington University (MA Organizational Management), and the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (MA Operational Art and Science). He also served as a National Defense Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Washington, DC.

Scott Davidoff

UX Design and Research Manager at NASA JPL/Co-founder

Scott Davidoff is a senior manager of Human-Centered Design at NASA’s JPL, where he leads design of the software to command all JPL spacecraft, and research into future command technologies including JPL’s VR tools such as Virtual Mars. As a Principal Investigator, Dr. Davidoff researches new ways to explore the Universe using Virtual and Augmented Reality, and to visualize high dimensional scientific and engineering data. Dr. Davidoff is also the creator of numerous lightweight prototyping methods that now form part of Design and Human-Computer Interaction curricula.

Across his over 20 years of experience, Dr. Davidoff was awarded both the Voyager and Mariner Prizes from the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, as well as best papers from ACM’s Designing Interactive Systems (DIS), and the Design and Emotion Society (D&E;). He has helped steer the discipline, serving on program committees that include the ACM’s Conferences on Computer-Human Interaction (CHI), and Tangible and Embedded Interfaces (TEI). Prior to JPL, Dr. Davidoff taught Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University, and earlier was Principal Designer at Scott Davidoff Design. Dr. Davidoff has a Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction, an MS in Computer Science (Research), and an M.HCI in Human-Computer Interaction (Practice), all from Carnegie Mellon.

Kerry Kelley

Former CIO and Director for US Strategic Command

Kerry Kelley was the Chief Information Officer and the Director of Command, Control, Computers and Communications Systems at US Strategic Command since 2011. She is an executive leader with over 30 years of national security experience in bringing together operations, strategy, policy, technology and resources. As Chief Information Officer, she served as primary technical advisor for multiple Commanders of US Strategic Command. Her responsibilities included providing assured decision support capabilities for US Strategic Command.

Previously, she served as the Associate Director for Capabilities and Resources at US Strategic Command where she was responsible for future concepts, research & development initiatives, advanced architecture and systems integration projects. Her background and skills include strategic planning, policy development, operational risk management, contract development and oversight, and financial planning and management. With experience in leading and managing a large technical workforce, her specialized expertise includes cybersecurity, information technology modernization, satellite communications, and information support for national and nuclear operations. Currently she provides consulting and advisory services for multiple clients.

Bert Mandelbaum

Co-Director of Sports Medicine Cedars Sinai

Dr. Mandelbaum is a medical graduate of Washington University Medical School in St. Louis in 1980, which completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and fellowship in Sports Medicine from UCLA. He served on the faculty at UCLA from 1986-89 and subsequently joined the Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group. He presently practices there and serves as the Director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship Program and Medical Director for the FIFA Medical Center of Excellence in Santa Monica. He also serves as Co- director of Clinical Affairs of the Kerlan Jobe Institute at Cedars Sinai and the Co-Chief of Sports Medicine at Cedar Sinai Orthopaedic Surgery. He serves as Chief Medical Officer for CONCACAF and Chairman of the medical committee since 2016. Academically, he is well published including over 120 journal articles and five books.

He has received five national awards for Excellence in Research in the Field of Sports Medicine . Since 1995 he has been on the editorial board of the American Journal of Sports Medicine and associate editor for Current Concept Reviews. He also served 1999-2001 as executive board member for the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. Presently, he is Past President of the International Cartilage Repair Society (2008-09). He was honored in a distinguished fashion in 2009 with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters ( DHL) from the State University of New York. He served as Director of Research for Major League Baseball 2011-2015. As a team physician Dr. Mandelbaum has worked with UCLA Athletics (1985-1989) and Pepperdine University (1990-present, LA Galaxy and Chivas USA MLS teams. He was the Chief Medical Officer for Women’s World Cup Soccer 1999 and 2003, US Soccer Men’s National Teams Physician since 1991, and the assistant Medical Director for Major League Soccer since 1996, and served as USA Team Physician for Soccer World Cups ’94 in the USA, ’98 in France, 2002 in Japan and Korea, Germany in 2006 and South Africa in 2010. He served as FIFA medical officer for Brazil World Cup 2014.

In 2002 he was appointed to FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Committee (F-MARC). In 2007 he was appointed to FIFA’s Sports Medicine Committee until 2017. He also served as Olympic Medical Officer for the Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 and London 2012 games and RIO 2016 games. He was Chief Medical Officer for LA 2015 World Special Olympic Games the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2015 and 2017 and COPA Centenario in 2016. He has published his first motivational and inspiration book entitled … The Win Within…. Capturing Your Victorious Spirit. He also does motivational speaking for societies, companies and groups. He also writes a monthly column for Medscape and The US World News Report. He is married to Ruth a Family Physician and Medical Executive with 3 children Rachel 28 Jordan 25 and Ava 21.

Henry Ritchotte

Former COO of Deutsche Bank

Henry Ritchotte was Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Management Board and Group Executive Committee at Deutsche Bank since 2012. As Chief Operating Officer, he was responsible over various periods for Group Strategy, Technology, Operations, Corporate Services, Corporate Security, Business Continuity, Information Security and the Bank’s global digital transformation agenda. From 2010 Henry was Chief Operating Officer of the Corporate and Investment Bank and a member of its Executive Committee. He was previously Chief Operating Officer of Global Markets, based in London. Between 2004 and 2008 he was Head of Global Markets in Tokyo, where he became a member of the Global Markets Executive Committee, and from 2001 to 2004 Head of the Institutional Client Group Asia in Singapore.

Before joining Deutsche Bank in 1995 in Fixed Income Sales, Henry worked for Credit Suisse First Boston (New York, USA), spent a year as a Luce Scholar (Jakarta, Indonesia), served with the boutique investment bank Recof Corporation (Tokyo, Japan) and worked as a financial analyst at Merrill Lynch (New York, USA). He is the founder of RitMir Ventures, dedicated to investing in financial services firms. Prior to launching RitMir Henry created the blueprint for a digital challenger bank within Deutsche Bank. The digital bank aimed to deliver extraordinary customer experiences through intelligent use of technology, data and mobile devices. Henry holds a degree in History from Haverford College, Pennsylvania, magna cum laude. He has a masters degree in East Asian Studies and an MBA from the University of Chicago and speaks a number of European and Asian languages. Henry is married and has two children.

Andy Walter

Former Head of Business Intelligence at P&G

With over 25 years of experience, Andy’s career has spanned a variety of assignments including Global R&D;, Product Supply & Manufacturing, Marketing, and International Sales & Operations. Andy also designed and led the industry-leading Business Intelligence / Analytics journey across P&G.; Under his leadership, P&G; received the first-ever Excellence in Analytics Award by The International Institute of Analytics.

His teams have also been recognized with CIO 100 Awards in 2010, 2011, and 2012. In 2013, Harvard Business School added a P&G-based; case study to their analytics’ curriculum. Andy credits such recognition to clear “Play to Win” strategy choices, relentless talent development, and breakthrough strategic partnerships. His team delivered the largest M&A; portfolio in the history of P&G;…over $12B in transformation of the largest CPG company in the world. Andy is driven by the belief that people and relationships make the difference—that “The day we claim success is the day we fail.” An inspirational and in-touch leader in diversity, organization design, strategic partner management, and industry influence, he’s clear that value comes from execution where it matters most… with consumers!

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Cincinnati. Andy serves as a Member of the Board of Directors for Digimarc (NYSE: DMRC), Board & Strategic Advisor for Fractal Analytics, Virtualitics (a CalTech/JPL Analytics Startup), & Ivy Mobility, and as Trustee and Treasurer for the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Greater Cincinnati.

Eduardo Siman

Director of IT at Intradeco Apparel

Eduardo Siman is one of the original Angel Investors in Virtualitics. He is a tech blogger and VR evangelist, who has been recognized as a top 100 influencer in the areas of augmented reality and big data. Eduardo currently works as the Director of Information Technology at Intradeco Apparel, a leading apparel manufacturer. In this role, Eduardo is in charge of all strategic IT initiatives across the enterprise, including: data visualization, business intelligence, software development, cybersecurity, and cloud migration.

Prior to Intradeco, Eduardo held multiple positions in the technology and financial sectors. He worked as a private banker for Goldman Sachs in both New York and Miami and as a Senior Consultant for Deloitte Consulting, where his primary client was the US Department of Defense. Eduardo holds a degree in Political Science, with a minor in Mathematics, from the University of Miami and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Additionally, he completed executive training courses at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and The Center for Creative Leadership. In addition to trying every new VR and AR experience, he enjoys reading about analytic number theory and learning how to program in Python. He lives in Miami, Florida with his wife Rachel and his two sons Eli and Noah.

Andy Wilson

Serial Entrepreneur

Andy Wilson is the Executive Director at the Alliance for Southern California Innovation. He is a serial entrepreneur having led, founded or invested in almost two dozen Southern California high tech start-ups. He currently serves on the board of directors or advisors for several leading local start-ups and funds.

Prior to his start-up days, held senior technology and product leadership roles at Yahoo!, RR Donnelley & Sons and Bowne & Co. Andy is also a co-founder and board member of Innovate Pasadena, which is dedicated to advancing the east side of Los Angeles as a vibrant innovation community.

Andy has extensive volunteer experience with the City of Pasadena including service on the a number of high profile commissions and currently represents District 7 on the Pasadena City Council. He also serves on the both the Pasadena Municipal Services Committee (the Pasdena Power & Water Company) and the Economic Development and Technology Committee of the City Council. Andy holds a degree in engineering with honors from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a graduate of Leadership Pasadena and has completed advanced certificate programs at Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Northwestern Kellogg School of Business.

Adam Wierman

Professor of Department of Computing and Mathematical Sciences (CMS) at Caltech

Adam Wierman is a Professor in the Department of Computing and Mathematical Sciences (CMS) at the California Institute of Technology. He is the director of the Information Science and Technology (IST) initiative and served as Executive Officer (a.k.a. Department Chair) of CMS from 2015-2020. Additionally, he serves on Advisory Boards of the Linde Institute of Economic and Management Sciences and the “Sunlight to Everything” thrust in the Resnick Institute for Sustainability. He received his Ph.D., M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 2007, 2004, and 2001, respectively, and has been a faculty at Caltech since 2007. Adam’s research strives to make the networked systems that govern our world sustainable and resilient. He develops new mathematical tools in machine learning, optimization, control, and economics and applies these tools to design new algorithms and markets that can be deployed in data centers, the electricity grid, transportation systems, and beyond. He is best known for his work spearheading the design of algorithms for sustainable data centers, which led to significant industry adoption, and was named a Computerworld Honors Laureate. He is a co-author of a new book on “The Fundamentals of Heavy-tails” that will be published in 2021. Currently, his work focuses on the interface of machine learning and control, with applications to sustainability. He is a recipient of multiple awards, including the ACM Sigmetrics Rising Star award, the IEEE Communications Society William R. Bennett Prize, the ACM Sigmetrics Test of Time award, an NSF Career Award, and multiple teaching awards. He is a co-author of papers that have received “best paper” awards at a wide variety of conferences across computer science, power engineering, and operations research including ACM Sigmetrics, IEEE INFOCOM, IFIP Performance, and IEEE PES.

Robert C. Berwick

Professor of Computational Linguistics and Engineering at MIT

Professor Robert C. Berwick is Professor of Computational Linguistics and Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences. Professor Berwick received his A.B. degree from Harvard University in Applied Mathematics and his S.M. and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence. He has now been a member of the MIT faculty for nearly forty years. He was one of the founders and co-Director (along with Professor Tomaso Poggio), of the MIT Center for Biological and Computational Learning, from 1994-2002. He has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as MIT’s highest award for junior faculty, the Edgerton Faculty Achievement award, and one of the Vatican’s notable honors, the Pontifical Council for Culture Award. Professor Berwick’s research has spanned several disciplines, from natural language processing to learning theory and to bioinformatics and evolutionary biology, to the interplay between deep learning and human language. He is the author of nearly a dozen books and numerous articles in the area of human language, learning, language processing, neurobiology and evolution, and cognition, most recently, Why Only Us (MIT Press, 2016), on the evolution of human language, co-written with Professor Noam Chomsky.

James R. Heath

President and Professor at Institute for Systems Biology

Dr. James R. Heath is President and Professor at Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle. Heath also has the position of Professor of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology at UCLA, and he has directed the National Cancer Institute-funded NSB Cancer Center since 2005. Formerly, he was the Elizabeth W. Gilloon Professor of Chemistry at Caltech, and served as co-director of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy at UCLA until 2017. Heath received his PhD in 1988 from Rice University, where he was the principal graduate student involved in the discovery of C60 and the fullerenes — work that resulted in three senior members of his group receiving the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1996. He was a Miller Fellow at UC Berkeley before joining the research staff at IBM Watson Labs in 1991. He took a faculty position at UCLA in 1994, and moved to Caltech in 2003. He has received several awards and honors, including the Irving Weinstein Award from the American Association of Cancer Researchers, and the Sackler Prize in the Physical Sciences. He was named one of the top seven innovators in the world by Forbes Magazine. Heath has founded or cofounded several companies, including PACT Pharma, Integrated Diagnostics, Indi Molecular, CTI Molecular Imaging (acquired by Siemens in 2005), Sofie Biosciences, Isoplexis, and NanoSys.

Konstantin M. Zuev

Assistant Teaching Professor of Department of Computing and Mathematical Sciences (CMS) at Caltech

Dr. Konstantin M. Zuev is an Assistant Teaching Professor in Computing and Mathematical Sciences and the Option Representative for the Information and Data Sciences option at Caltech. He obtained two PhD degrees in 2009, which he did simultaneously: PhD in Applied Mathematics from the Moscow State University and PhD in Civil Engineering from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. During 2015-2018 he has served as an Honorary Supervisor at the Institute of Risk and Uncertainty, University of Liverpool, UK, and as a chair of the Committee on Probability and Statistics in the Physical Sciences, Bernoulli Society for Mathematical Statistics and Probability. Before joining Caltech in 2015, he was an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Southern California. Dr. Zuev’s research interests and expertise are Applied Probability, Computational Statistics, and Data Science with applications to Rare Event Estimation, Network Science, and Quantitative Finance. He has written more than 25 papers published in top journals such as Nature Scientific Reports, PNAS, and PLOS ONE, made 30 presentations and organized more than 15 mini-symposia and special sessions at various international conferences. Dr. Zuev’s work has been recognized by several honors and awards, including the Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researcher (2021), the Northrop Grumman Prize for Excellence in Teaching (2019), and Associated Students of the California Institute of Technology (ASCIT) Teaching Award (2018). His current research efforts are focused on exploring fundamentally new research directions in the interdisciplinary area of Rare Event Estimation in Complex Systems and Networks by harnessing recent advances in statistical, information, and data sciences.