Who We Are

RichardHShinnRichard H. Shinn,Ph.D., Founder and CEO of both AIBrain and CrossCert
Richard is building a true AI by unifying problem solving, learning and memory. He is also gamifying AI with the fully autonomous AI game, Futurable, to benefit people and society. His aim is to augment human intelligence with artificial intelligence.
He founded his first company, AIBrain, in Seoul, Korea in July 1997 and globally expanded it to a US company, AIBrain Inc, in Palo Alto in February 2012. AIBrain China (非凡智慧科技深圳有限公司) was also created in Shenzhen, China in February 2017. He also founded CrossCert as the first digital certification authority in Korea on March 17, 1999. CrossCert went IPO in November 2010 and its current market cap is around $200 million. He earned a bachelor degree in applied mathematics from Seoul National University, a master degree in computer science from Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in artificial intelligence from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Namsoon Jung, Ph.D., VP, Engineering
Namsoon has led multiple teams of software developers and researchers to produce commercially viable solutions based on cutting edge technologies in video analytics, machine learning, and human computer interaction, including several teams in a globally leading IT company. The solutions targeted various vertical markets in intelligent surveillance, retail analytics, out-of-home media, and interactive video gaming. In Samsung SDS, he successfully managed a significant project for developing video analytics solutions on an edge device. He provided top-level technological leadership and was a member of a committee that oversaw Samsung Software Academy for deep learning, digital image processing, and computer vision. He contributed to product and R&D innovations in VideoMining, PA from 2000, where he held positions as President, VideoMining Lab (2012~2014) and VP Innovation and Research (2007~2012). He is a co-inventor of 50 US patents. He holds a Ph.D. and a M.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, and a M.A. in Computer Science from the City University of New York.

daniel.l.kovacs-1 (2)Daniel L. Kovacs, AI Scientist
Dan is part of AIBrain since 2013. He is also an AI researcher at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in Hungary since 2003, where he got his B.Sc and M.Sc in Computer Science in 2003, and finished his Ph.D. studies in 2006. Dan introduced MA-PDDL back in 2012 as a multi-agent extension of PDDL3.1, which is the latest official version of PDDL, a de-facto standard for describing single-agent planning problems. — At AIBrain his work focuses mainly on MAP (Multi-Agent Planning); He participated in the projects: TYCHE, the smartest smartphone robot; SMILE (Social Mind for Intelligently Learning Emotions), an automated SEL (Social Emotional Learning) trainer, and most recently GiAR (General intelligent-incremental Agent Reasoner) as part of Futurable, a truly autonomous AI game.

Cirrus Shakeri, Ph.D., Chief AI Architect
Cirrus Shakeri is an expert in the applications of Artificial Intelligence technologies with more than 20 years of experience in intelligent agent systems, knowledge-based systems, semantic technologies, natural language processing, knowledge graphs, machine learning and Big Data. Cirrus worked as a Senior Director in the Office of the CTO at SAP Labs in Palo Alto for 7 years and was responsible for finding new areas of growth for SAP based on emerging technologies in Big Data and AI. Currently, he consults with startups in Silicon Valley about the applications of AI technologies in the consumer and enterprise domains. He has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in engineering and a Ph.D. from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the applications of multi-agent systems.

Steve Omohundro, Ph.D., Advisor
Steve is president of both Possibility Research and Self-Aware Systems, a think tank working to ensure that intelligent technologies have a positive impact. He was a computer science professor at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and cofounded the Center for Complex Systems Research. He published the book Geometric Perturbation Theory in Physics, designed the programming languages StarLisp and Sather, wrote the 3D graphics system for Mathematica, and built systems which learn to read lips, control robots, and induce grammars. He’s done internationally recognized work on AI safety and strategies for creating beneficial technologies. He earned degrees in physics and mathematics from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Raymond Perrault, Ph.D., Advisor
As Director of SRI International’s Artificial Intelligence Center, Ray Perrault was co-PI of the DARPA-funded CALO Project, a multi-institutional project to develop an enduring personalized cognitive assistant. Several technologies developed on that project were the seeds for spinoff companies (Siri, SocialKinetics, TrapIt, Desti, Tempo) and for transitions to military applications. He is Fellow of AAAI, has been President of the Association for Computational Linguistics, President of the International Joint Conferences in Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), Co-Editor-in-Chief of Artificial Intelligence and won IJCAI’s 2011 Donald E Walker Distinguished Service Award.

Soo Young Lee, Ph.D., Advisor and Board Member
Soo Young  is currently involved in building an augmented human intelligence with AIBrain, while he serves as the Director, Brain Science Research Center, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. He was Principal Investigator, Korean Brain Science Research Program under BrainTech21, for 10 years from 1998 until 2008, granted US$30 million with 25 professors and 70 graduate students. He is also Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. He received his Ph.D. in Electrophysics from Polytechnic Institute of New York.

Peter Friedland, Ph.D., Advisor
Peter received his PhD in Computer Science from Stanford in 1980 for pioneering artificial intelligence research in the areas of planning, knowledge representation, and expert systems.  He co-founded two companies while at Stanford:  IntelliGenetics, the first bioinformatics company, and Teknowledge, the first expert systems technology and training company.   Peter  joined NASA Ames Research Center to create what became the government’s largest and most highly-regarded Intelligent Systems R&D laboratory.  He formed his third company, Intraspect Software, an early knowledge management systems provider. He is now an independent technology strategist and consultant with a majority of his time spent as a scientific advisor to the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR).


AIBrain Inc owns AIBrain Asia Pacific based in Seoul and also AIBrain China in Shenzhen, China.