My career as a data and artificial intelligence engineer didn't start with a degree nor a business plan. It started with a book.
That book was Foundation by Issac Asimov. I was 16 years old. It was the first book I really read on my own. Since then, I have hoarded a library of more than 600 titles in my office. Asimov's psychohistory fictional science opened my eyes to the world of data, to statistics and how they could have a profound impact on human history.
My first successful AI attempt was to program a team of small robots that were playing soccer at the RoboCup US Open in 2003 in Pittsburgh and 2004 in New-Orleans. Sensors and vision data were flowing in. Individual and group decisions needed to be made. Everything was data that led to actions to fulfill a common goal. This experience dictated all of the research and development I would undertake in the next fifteen years.
Since, I co-founded Structured Dynamics LLC. and Cognonto Corp. As their CTO I had to research and engineer innovative approaches and techniques for managing and leveraging data in the field of the semantic web, machine learning and knowledge graph management. I co-developed two knowledge graphs with multiple thousands of concepts, integrated hundred of data sources, linked million of entities, created and managed hundreds of machine learning models, co-developed an open source semantic data management platform, engineered multiple machine learning pipelines. I worked with startups, public and private institutions, and non-profit organizations in height different countries.
Some people have their best idea when taking their shower. I have my best ideas when performing sports; it is when I have my Eureka! moments. I get my ideas while cycling, while cross-country skiing, while kickboxing, while hunting, or while walking.
The most important skill to me is communication. When I work with my partners or my colleagues, I always want to make sure that everything is understood, that people understand where the project is going, that everything is dutifully documented in an understandable way. Communication is about listening, sharing, brainstorming, understanding and learning.
It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.- Theodore Roosevelt -
Things are only impossible until they're not- Jean-Luc Picard -
The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up- Paul Valery -
The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.- Socrate -
The way to succeed is to double your error rate- Thomas J. Watson -
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry -
The human mind treats a new idea the same way the body treats a strange protein; it rejects it- P. B. Medawar -
The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall- Nelson Mandela -
Hell, there are no rules here – we’re trying to accomplish something- Thomas A. Edison -
Problems are the price you pay for progress- Branch Rickey -
Here is the list of all the major projects I created in the last decade. Click on any of these for a short description of the project.