Lars Wood, Co-founder, Chief Science Officer

Lars Wood is a pioneer in artificial intelligence and advanced machines and algorithms, having solved intractable problems for the DoD and industry through invention, development and application of hardware and software since the 80’s.

Wood is developer of the analog Affective Neuron™, Quantum Artificial Intelligence (QAI), and a novel analog cryptographic transaction validation algorithm. Lars has a vast career in AI, machine learning, novel algorithms, physics, therapeutic drug discovery, quantum chemistry, brain cancer research, microelectronic, optoelectronic, mixed signal and analog VLSI design, superconducting electronics, quantum computing and development of a new behavioral logic synthesis system that automatically synthesizes software algorithms into Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICS) from code segments from an executable program image.

Wood has spent over a decade in therapeutic drug discovery where he was one of the first to develop a new "smart" molecule therapeutic, which self-modulated its in vivo activity through supramolecular force solicitations. The molecule, developed using novel subatomic quantum chemistry algorithms he invented, showed good biological activity and was patented. He worked with Dr. Sidney Pestka, (the father of Interferon drugs, recipient of the National Medal of Technology and the Lemelson-MIT lifetime achievement award), to apply Wood's subatomic quantum chemistry algorithms to characterize the 20 amino acids appearing in the genetic code. Wood continued his collaboration with Dr Pestka to study the biological activity of the structurally decorated sublimated C60 molecule as a Human Erythropoietin agonist scaffold using laboratory experimental spectrofluorometry together with Wood's subatomic quantum chemistry algorithms.

Wood was the first to develop an industrial Artificial Neural Network for the DoD applied to satellite anomaly (jamming) detection, a problem considered intractable. This resulted in a DoD machine learning contract worth $350 million for the company. He founded and directed the 20 million dollar GTE Advanced Machine Intelligence Laboratory composed of over 20 scientists and engineers that he hired and trained. Wood managed all the AI Laboratories at GTE Government Systems divisions. He was awarded the GTE highest award for research in machine learning, in competition with the founders of AI and machine learning (including his mentor Oliver Selfridge) who he worked with at GTE.

His AI research on Rodney Brooks' model-less, actionist behavior based approach to robotics, (formerly the subsumption architecture, which is currently used to power the robots roving Mars), was the first full implementation of the subsumption architecture in PGA reconfigurable hardware. This set the stage for QAI self-organized neuron signaling, which solves the problem of dynamic self-organized subsumption behavioral hierarchies.

He has 8 foundational supervised learning patents (below). His background in microelectronics is extensive. His microelectronics research focus was in direct band gap technologies including GaAs, InP and other high performance semiconductor substrates including superconducting electronics and solid state extremely low temperature cryostats. Wood discovered mathematically optimal receiver based optimization, which is now considered to be a fundamental principle of all self-organization in nature. His early research in quantum computing was one of the first to describe adiabatic quantum computing. His quantum computing designs received initial engineering validation from Hypres Corp.

His insights into theoretical evolutionary biology and how it applies to business process optimization helped to revolutionize the management consulting industry. These insights are documented in the 2003 book “The Info Mesa” written by science author Ed Regis.

Wood was an invited speaker by the NSA Supercomputing Research Center and Intel Corporation for an IEEE published paper he wrote, on an attache case enclosed portable supercomputer he built using asynchronous Field Programmable Gate Arrays and wave division multiplexed single mode optical fiber memory, at the first IEEE conference on field reconfigurable computing. He was invited by Bernard Vonderschmitt, CEO/COB of semiconductor giant Xilinx Corporation, to give seminars to the Xilinx senior engineering staff. Wood has been a visiting scientist at the MIT AI Lab, MIT Media Lab, Harvard, JPL, CIA, SCF, XILINX, SFI, DOS, FBI, LANL, NSA, NRO, DISA (DCA), DIA and White House.

Wood is a graduate of Boston University where he studied under Dr. Zvi Bodie with a focus on Markowitz Portfolio Theory optimization computer algorithm implementation.

View Lars’ patents here (for 8 past patents) and here for his recent AN patent.

Lisa Wood, Co-founder (LinkedIn)

Lisa Wood is a visionary entrepreneur inspired by novel science and technology. In the span of two decades she has been immersed, with husband scientist Lars Wood, in quantum physics and supramolecular chemistry, culminating in a novel patent pending Quantum Artificial Intelligence (QAI) unsupervised reinforcement machine learning technology. QAI is now being implemented as a hyper-performance GaAs analog integrated circuit multi-chip module running at 3 THz, trillions of times faster than any machine learning technology. The QAI Brain Chip module’s first application is blockchain petahash mining.

Lisa has served in roles from investor and business development, to much of what startup CEO’s endure, and far beyond. At various points in the journey, Lisa’s seasoned big business media expertise (FORTUNE, BusinessWeek) has come into play, most recently with COGNITIVE WORLD, a developing knowledge hub, ecosystem and marketplace for AI transformation (also on FORBES).

  Chuck Brooks, Advisor (   LinkedIn   )

Chuck Brooks, Advisor

Chuck Brooks is a thought leader, influencer and technology evangelist in cybersecurity. He is Principal Market Growth Strategist, Cybersecurity and Emerging Technologies for General Dynamics Mission Systems.

Chuck is named by Thompson Reuters as a “Top 50 Social Influencer in Risk, Compliance”; is named by IFSEC as “#2 Global Cybersecurity Influencer; is a two-time Presidential Appointee for Executive Service; is a Top Person To Follow on Tech by LinkedIn; Helped "stand up" Office of Legislative Affairs at the US Department of Homeland Security; Served as first Director of Legislative Affairs at the DHS Science & Technology Directorate; Served as Senior Legislative Staff (foreign affairs, security, tech, business) to Senator Arlen Specter, U.S. Senate; Adjunct Faculty at Georgetown University and former Adjunct Faculty Johns Hopkins University; Former Technology Partner Advisor at Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Judge; Government Security News Homeland Security Awards; Published over 175 articles on technology and cybersecurity topics; Member of The #CyberAvengers, and Cyber Start Up Observatory Hall of Fame.

Chuck is a featured writer and speaker on homeland security, cyber security, CBRNE, AI, science & technology, public/private partnerships, IoT, innovation. He is published in FORBES, Huffington Post, InformationWeek, MIT Sloan Blog, Computerworld, Federal Times, NextGov, Government Security News, Cygnus Security Media, Homeland Security Today (visiting editor), The Hill, Biometric Update, Bizcatalyst360, IT Security Planet, Christian Science Monitor and Cognitive World.

  Jayshree Pandya, Ph.D., Advisor (   LinkedIn   )

Jayshree Pandya, Ph.D., Advisor (LinkedIn)

Jayshree Pandya (née Bhatt), Founder and CEO of Risk Group LLC, is a scientist, a visionary, a futurist, an expert in disruptive technologies, and a globally recognized strategic security risk intelligence expert with decades of experience in science and technology, technology trends, digital disruption, strategic security risks, and nation preparedness.

Her doctorate work focused on hydrogen production by Halobacterium halobium, for which she received India’s National Young Scientist Award in Biochemistry. Her publications on this work have been cited in several books, journals, and reports published by governments, including a report from the United States Department of Energy[1]. Her work on anti-cancer drugs also received worldwide attention and, amongst other citations, has been referenced in a report published by the World Health Organization[2].

In 1991, she was invited to come to United States (under the Scientist Exchange Program) to continue research on hydrogen production and was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship at the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute. In 1992 she researched atherosclerosis at the University of Chicago Medical School. Next, she took a job at Aurotech, a biotech company based in Wisconsin. As in her PhD research, she used microorganisms to develop natural processes and technologies, and some of the projects she worked on were quite promising. While her doctorate and post-doctorate studies gave her the first taste of the power of interdisciplinary research, it also introduced her to the repressive power of institutional silos and inefficiencies. As a result, her physical location wasn’t the only thing that shifted in the 1990s; her focus did as well. Since Microbiology trained her to see changes in tiny organisms coming from natural selection, she began to see similar forces at work in the evolution of individuals as well as entities across nations: its government, industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA) and society in general. It’s all the same basic mechanism. Her career took another turn after she was asked to consider risk management as part of a strategic planning effort by one of her employers. She quickly realized that most risk management is all process, with no actual benefit. That was the beginning of Risk Group, the strategic security risk research organization she founded in 2002, where she is passionately creating and managing cutting-edge security ventures that bring a futurist perspective to nations and all its components to improve innovation capacity, and define and design new ideas, innovations, products and services for security and sustainability.

A globally recognized thought leader and influencer, Jayshree is actively engaged in driving the thought leadership on existing and emerging technologies, technology transformation and nation preparedness. From National Science Foundation to organizations from across nations, Jayshree is an invited speaker on emerging technologies, technology transformation, digital disruption, strategic security risks, industry risks to country risks. She is the author of the book, The Global Age: NGIOA @ Risk

[1] Review of Non-conventional Bioreactor technology by C, E Turick and M.E Mcllwain Prepared for the US Dept of Energy. Published September 1993

[2] Palladium Environmental Health Criteria 226 prepared by Christine Melber, Dr. Detlef Keller and Dr. Inge Mengelsdrof Published by World Health Organization 2002