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Bijan Tadayon, Ph.D., J.D. (CEO, cofounder)

 Dr. Tadayon has been involved with several startup hi-tech companies and their technologies. Currently, his focus is on research and development in artificial intelligence, Deep Learning, pattern recognition, classifiers, machine learning, neural networks, efficient/fast image analysis/processing algorithms, deep image analysis, video analysis, object recognition, face recognition, soft computing, Fuzzy Logic, information theory, analytics, Big Data analysis, information reliability, search engines, and application of images in ad networks.

 For 5 years, he was the one of the inventors and the Director of Intellectual Properties at ContentGuard, Inc., a major DRM company, which is a Xerox-PARC spin-off, jointly invested by Microsoft, Time Warner, and Thomson.

 He cofounded an educational multi-media software game company. He worked for the US Naval Research Lab for more than 5 years, as a semiconductor researcher. In the early 1990s, he and his brother designed and fabricated the fastest transistor in the world in its class.

 He has expertise and experience in many diverse technical fields, including artificial intelligence, image recognition, Deep Learning, Digital Rights Management (DRM), encryption, semiconductors, transistors, and software game. He has had more than 80 technical journal publications and presentations and more than 100 pending or issued US and foreign patents in various technical fields. He has also participated in various scientific and technical conference program committees.

 He got his Ph.D. degree from Cornell University (related to semiconductors and circuits, with Prof. Lester Eastman). He got his BS degree in Applied & Engineering Physics from Cornell, ranking second in his Class.

 He got his law degree from Georgetown Law School. He has given 23 invited technical and IP lectures at the US Patent Office. He was involved in the Patent Office Training Advisory Board and Work Sharing Roundtable at the US Patent Office (USPTO). He is a former Primary Patent Examiner and a former Patent Examiner Trainer at the USPTO.

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Saied Tadayon, Ph.D., J.D. (CTO, cofounder)

 Dr. Tadayon’s current focus of research and development spans artificial intelligence, Deep Learning, pattern recognition, classifiers, machine learning, neural networks, efficient/fast image analysis/processing algorithms, deep image analysis, video analysis, object/face recognition, soft computing, Fuzzy Logic, information theory and reliability, Big Data analytics, search engines, and application of image recognition in ad networks.

 He has over 29 years of experience in diverse technical fields, including artificial intelligence, image recognition, Deep Learning, semiconductor research & development, computer software, information technologies, renewable energy, wireless, telecommunications, and computer games, as well as years of experience in product development & design, project management, business development, and patent/intellectual properties.

 After obtaining his PhD from Cornell University (at age 23), under Prof. Lester Eastman, in high speed compound semiconductor device, he conducted research at Microelectronics Division at COMSAT Laboratories, as a senior member of technical staff. At COMSAT, he designed and produced the fastest transistor in the world in its class, in collaboration with his brother (Bijan). Later, he and his brother cofounded an educational software game company and developed and implemented a multimedia-based framework to implement flexible nonlinear game storylines, on both Mac and Windows platforms. Then, he joined Nextone Communications, a startup company, focusing on the next generation telecommunication technologies, including VOIP and softswitches. Later, as a Consulting IT Architect at IBM, he designed and implemented technical solutions for complex and challenging IT projects at IBM for US Federal agencies, and he successfully led large IT teams in all phases of solution life cycle (proposal, requirement gathering, design, development, implementation, testing, deployment, and maintenance).

 He obtained his BS degree from Cornell University in School of Applied and Engineering Physics in 1986, where he ranked first in the entire graduating Class of 1986 and was the first recipient of Cuykendall Award for Outstanding Senior. He obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in 1989, where he received fellowships for graduate research from Cornell Graduate School, as well as IBM Corporation. He also obtained his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. In addition, he is a registered patent attorney.

 He has authored or co-authored more than 70 technical journal publications, conference presentations, conference proceedings, and invited presentations, in addition to many inventions in various technical fields (as a prolific inventor). He has also participated in various scientific and technical conference program committees.

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Mahnaz A. Dean, Ph.D. (Cofounder)

Dr. Dean was the Senior Director of Information Security for Freddie Mac, and responsible for operation and technical IT security support.  She (as an executive in IBM) was leading the Security, Privacy, Wireless, and Emerging Technology practice.  In her role, she was responsible for the strategic direction, management, delivery, and customer satisfaction of the IBM Public Sector. She was responsible for overall annual sales budget of $150 million, oversaw annual budget of $1 billion in field of information security management expenditures, and managed an annual operation budget of $3 million. She worked closely with the IBM research team to identify and develop new technologies for clients, based on their requirements.

Before joining IBM in November 2000, she held various roles and responsibilities in the Office of the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer (DON CIO).  Mahnaz obtained her Master and Doctorate degrees on Public Policy and Information Technology from University of Southern California, where she developed a new decision-making model.   She also earned her Master of Engineering degree from Cornell University, focusing on Robotics and Vision Systems. She wrote Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software and developed the hardware for that.  She obtained the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.  She taught a course at the American Military University.  She has authored multiple publications on Information Technology.

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Dr. S. Rob Sobhani 

Entrepreneur;

Caspian Group's Chairman and CEO

Dr. Sobhani has a long career in academia and business. After earning his Ph.D. from Georgetown University, he taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels as an adjunct professor from 1989 – 2005. Through his company Caspian Group Holdings - a multi-disciplinary firm focused on energy projects in the broader Middle East - his team has both advised multi-national companies and taken equity positions in projects around the world. He is the author of three books and writes frequently on international business and energy issues. In addition to acting as the CEO of Caspian Group Holdings, Dr. Sobhani is the Chairman of GMS International, an investment firm specializing in breakthrough technologies, and the CEO of Sparo Corporation, a web portal that marries e-commerce and charity.