Former JPL Principal Investigator, Leading Artificial Intelligence Researcher Named Chief Technology Officer of Local Cognitive Computing Company

Published : Wednesday, August 30, 2017 | 5:13 AM

Pasadena resident Mark L. James, a former Principal Investigator at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and an expert artificial intelligence (AI) researcher, has been named Chief Technology Officer and Executive Director of Beyond Limits, a Glendale-based AI and cognitive computing company.

According to a company news release, as the CTO, James will lead Beyond Limits in its delivery of industrial-grade AI software, previously used in deep space exploration missions, to combine human knowledge with machine learning for companies in a wide range of industries.

James was a member of the Reasoning, Modeling, and Simulation Group in the Flight Software and Data Systems Section at JPL. While there, he was Principal Investigator and Task Manager in the work areas of AI and opportunistic data fusion, where he helped develop and test the advanced human cognition platform that now serves as the basis of Sherlock, Beyond Limit’s AI platform.

In his more than 30 years of experience in the industry, James has created and implemented numerous ground-breaking technologies in AI, including developing technologies for high-speed inference, hypothetical scenario generation, and natural language understanding. His work has been published in numerous journals and scientific papers.

James has consistently been recognized for his contribution to the scientific community, including the conferring of Space Act Awards in 2005 and 2003, Major Scientific Achievement Award in 2002, and NOVA award for Leadership in 2000.

Most recently, he was nominated and selected as a vetted candidate for the 2016 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, similar to the Nobel Prize but for engineers.

“As Beyond Limits continues to provide the most cutting edge in AI solutions, we see no better person to lead our efforts than the man instrumental in the creation of the technology from which our AI is derived,” AJ Abdallat, Beyond Limits chief executive officer, said. “Mark has helped create dynamic, flexible, and light technology that allowed unmanned exploration in space, and will likewise help the Beyond Limits team bring automated solutions to complex and challenging commercial and industrial problems here on earth.”

Beyond Limits, launched in 2014, adapts and delivers AI software capable of tackling complex industrial and enterprise challenges with the benefits of mechanical automation and human-like reasoning.

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