Gianna Giavelli, Principal

Gianna has been a pioneer in artificial intelligence and neural network design. She is the inventor of the neural cube approach incorporating elements of Edelman dynamics and Pribram Holographic modeling. She was an early pioneer in artificial life and as a student of John Koza at Stanford (Thesis: The Genetic Coding of Behavioral Attributes in Cellular Automata, 1994) developed genetic models for behaviour in artificial life simulations. She is considered one of the founders of hereditary models of genetic programming and self organizing neural network systems.

After graduating with a degree in Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence from Vassar College, the oldest cognitive science program in the nation (Thesis: A Neural Network Model of Handwriting Recognition, 1989), she went on to apply her learning at IBM Research and Federal Systems working on projects such as the advanced tactical fighter prototype and the B-2 Spirit electronic defense system.

She has been an innovator and launched or participated in several successful companies including TeamScape (1M sale to Peoplesoft), Relevance (50M sale to Documentum), eDreams (300M sale to Permira), and CrossMyPath (an internet augmented reality system). She has held senior technology roles at IBM, Oracle, Nokia, Documentum, and was the CTO of Blueturn Media.

Now her focus is to bring the new age of cybernetics to life with Noonean, it is a complex multi faceted problem that includes everything from advanced sensors in synthetic skin, synthetic muscular systems, and muscle coordination, cognition and learning, navigation and mapping, and developing language systems which seem normal to humans.