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We are a team of

researchers and engineers

committed to a future

when AI can actually think.


Dr. David Ferrucci is the Founder, CEO, and Chief Scientist of Elemental Cognition.

With decades of experience in AI, Dr. Ferrucci built and led the IBM Watson team from its inception through its landmark Jeopardy success in 2011 when Watson defeated the greatest Jeopardy! players of all time. Watson went on to lay the foundation for a new wave of applications and research initiatives in AI. With Elemental Cognition, "he sees a future in which AI will become a powerful amplifier of human creativity– a system based not just on statistical methods but on learning a shared and rational understanding of how the world works. This AI will enable humans and machines to explore, collaborate and ask 'why' together." Dr. Ferrucci shares more about his vision here.


Mike is a research software engineer at Elemental Cognition with more than 25 years of professional software development experience. He has worked on every aspect of software systems from infrastructure, to user interfaces, to database systems, to compilers to machine learning components. Prior to joining Elemental Cognition, Mike was a part of the Watson research team at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. At IBM, Mike developed WatsonPaths, an application using Watson's AI abilities to create complex reasoning chains between medical concepts and patient cases. Before IBM, Mike founded and ran a digital agency and a software development company specializing in web development technology. Mike received his Master's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Mike Barborak

Software Engineering and Application Development

Andy is a research scientist at Elemental Cognition working to build scalable frameworks for knowledge representation, automated knowledge acquisition, and formal reasoning. Prior to joining Elemental Cognition, Andy worked as a senior ontologist at Cycorp, Inc., building formal models on diverse subjects ranging from molecular biology and energy production technology to grade school math education and the semantics of natural language. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of California, San Diego, specializing in logic and formal semantics. Concurrent with his graduate studies, Andy held a graduate internship at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where he produced formal models in support of international efforts to monitor and prevent nuclear proliferation.

Andy Beck

Knowledge Representation and Formal Semantics


Lauren is responsible for strategic business and corporate development at Elemental Cognition. She most recently served as Managing Director for Watson Life, a division of IBM Watson. She led teams focused on identifying, developing, and launching new AI applications and business initiatives that could result in successful deployment of Watson’s cognitive technologies. Lauren has also served numerous executive positions in the Technology and Media industries for companies including Sony, Universal, and Bertelsmann. Lauren received both her JD, cum laude, and MBA, summa cum laude, from Suffolk University and a BS from Boston University.

Lauren Berkowitz

Chief Business Officer