Who We Are

Richard H. Shinn, Ph.D., Founder and CEO of AIBrain and CrossCert
Richard is building a practical true AI by unifying the essential aspects of cognitive intelligence, that is, problem solving, learning and memory. He is creating a fully autonomous AI game for future travel, Futurable, for everyone to be able to discover their own better future. His aim is to augment human intelligence with artificial intelligence and then to advance us to universal human intelligence.
AIBrain, he initially started in 1997 in Seoul, Korea, has been globally expanded to Palo Alto, California in 2012 and then to Shenzhen, China and Berlin, Germany in 2017. His second company, CrossCert, founded as the first digital certification authority in Korea in 1999, went IPO at KOSDAQ, Korea Stock Exchange, in 2010 and has since been growing as one of the most trusted online brands in Korea.
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.

John Seo, COO and SVP, Product Management
John founded Yeonjoo Systems in 1989 and led the development team for X terminal emulation software, Xcute, for PCs, raster to vector image conversion program for engineering drawings and geographical maps, ENDRES, and document imaging system, MetaDesk. Metadesk was the first local software selected by IBM as one of their product line in Korea. He also founded FrissNet in Silicon Valley to develop a computer network switching software. John received a bachelor’s degree in computer science and statistics from Seoul National University, master’s degree in computer engineering from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and completed a Ph.D. from Seoul National University in computer graphics.

Shahid Chishty, SVP, Business Development and CFO
Shahid has worked at highly respected institutions including Deutsche Bank and Merrill Lynch, and has enjoyed investment and entrepreneurial experience and interests in wholesale and retail as well as finance, technology and real estate businesses internationally. He has gained significant experience in corporate and business development having actively developed, implemented and managed cross-functional strategic business initiatives for companies including Merrill Lynch where he was actively involved in the strategy and business development of all of Merrill Lynch’s business divisions for the German speaking countries in coordination with EMEA Executive Management, the Global Heads of Strategy and the top Group Executive Management of Merrill Lynch & Co. He completed his education at leading institutions in the United Kingdom including Merchant Taylors’ School, Northwood and the University of Southampton, gaining a Joint Honours degree in Business Economics and Accounting.

Ricky Wong (黄益源), Country Manager, AIBrain China (非凡智慧科技深圳有限公司)
Ricky was the co-founder of iMaibo,net, a prominent financial SNS in China based in Guangzhou. iMaibo builds a young investor community targeting China securities market. iMaibo has successfully achieved over 200K daily active users and EBITA breakeven in 3 years’ time. Ricky was the Asia Pacific Sales Director of VeriSign, a global Internet security company and Greater China General Manager of GE Information Services respectively. Ricky is an IT Entrepreneur who founded Synergy Information Technology in Beijing. Synergy was a SI delivering financial trading solutions in China. During mid 90’s, they had successfully built the core trading systems for China Foreign Exchange Trade Centre, Shanghai Commodities Exchange and several stock & securities brokers. Ricky graduated from University of Waterloo, Canada with a B Math major in Computer Science and a MSc from The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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.

Wilfred O. Odoyo, Ph. D., Director, Global AI Technical Unit
Has worked with AIBrain Inc., since 2012 during which he has mainly led research and development of Tyche, an AI robot which displays a holistic human-like intelligence. Tyche is a CES 2014, Innovation Award Winner in the Category of Technology for a Better World. In this domain he has gained hands-on experience in the implementation of AI technologies including ML and Natural Language Processing. His vision is shaped by the strong background in Computer Vision and AI major subjects. He holds a M.S. and a Ph. D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the Chosun University, S. Korea.

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.

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
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).