I'm working on democratizing data via Ocean decentralized data economy for artificial intelligence, BigchainDB decentralized database, and advising Estonia E-residency. These are building blocks towards my long-term goal - to help ensure that humanity has a role in an increasingly autonomous world.

I started my career by doing AI research for national defense in the 1990s, while still an undergraduate.

Then, in my first startup (ADA), we explored the relation between human creativity and AI-based machine creativity. Synopsys acquired ADA in 2004.

I extended that work during my PhD from 2004-2008, and found a way to reconcile machine creativity with existing engineering knowledge. Here's the book.

In my second startup (Solido), we leveraged AI to help drive Moore's Law, which was under threat due to high manufacturing variations. Here's the book. Now, Solido software is used for most modern chip designs. Siemens acquired Solido in 2017.

My third and current startup is all about democratizing data for the planet. We've hatched ascribe (2013), BigchainDB (2015) and Ocean (2017). 

Other current activities:

  • Advise EstoniaGermany and other governments about blockchain & AI strategies. Member of Advisory Group for the e-Residency team of the Government of Estonia. 
  • Co-organize Berlin Machine Learning meetup with 5K+ members [link]
  • Advisor to: BlueYard (VC*blockchain), SingularityNET (AI*blockchain), TrueBit (blockchain), RiseML (AI), Orchid (blockchain), Authenteq (blockchain), Pandora Boxchain (AI*blockchain), SimpleToken (blockchain), BlockEx (blockchain), (AI*blockchain), (AI*blockchain). 
  • Keynotes & invited talks. Past examples: TedX, DLD, Consensus, Convoco Forum, MIT, Columbia, Berkeley, JPL, Nvidia, IFA+ Summit, Data Science Day Berlin, PyData Berlin, Data Natives, more. 

Past projects:

  • PhD in EE from KU Leuven, Belgium. Awarded #1 thesis worldwide in the field.
  • BE EE and BsC CS from U Saskatchewan, Canada. Awarded #1 final year thesis.
  • Did ML research for Canadian Department of National Defense, in the second half of the 90s.
  • Wrote 2 Books [1,2] on ML, circuits and creativity. Also 35 Papers, 20 Patents. 
  • Co-organized workshops on ML / circuits [e.g. 1,2,3,4]. TPC / reviewer for many conferences & journals [e.g. 1,2,3,4,5]. Lecturer at Data Science Retreat [link]. 
  • Organized meetup "Singularity Meets Self Improvement" [link].
  • Past projects: painting, BCI hacking, hypnosis, video game programming, surfing.
  • Raised in a pig farm in Canada, hacking away on cold winter nights. 3D CAD tool, wordprocessor, dozens of games.
  • more at LinkedIn

Photo: © Rise of AI 2017 /Saskia Bauermeister