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Co-founder and CEO of Neurala Inc.

Massimiliano Versace, Ph.D.

I am the co-founder and CEO of Neurala Inc., a Boston-based company building Artificial Intelligence emulating brain function in software. Neurala commercializes a new Deep Learning technology called Lifelong-DNN. Neurala’s AI is the only one in the market that gets smarter after every use, instantly and continuously learning new information in any computing substrate, from servers to small devices. After deploying its AI in 25M+ devices, from smart phones, to cameras, drones, and robots, Neurala is launching the Brain Builder SaaS platform to enable any Enterprise to leverage its L-DNN technology in their products, without the need of AI expertise.

Over my academic and industrial career, I have co-founded the Boston University Neuromorphics Lab, authored dozens among academic papers, book chapters, and patents, and lectured at dozens of events and venues, including TEDx, keynote at Mobile World Congress, DARPA, the Pentagon, GTC, InterDrone, Los Alamo National Lab, GE, Air Force Research Labs, HP, iRobot, Samsung, LG, Qualcomm, Huawei, Ericsson, BAE Systems, AI World, Mitsubishi, ABB and Accenture, among many others.

My work has been featured in in TIME, IEEE Spectrum, Fortune, CNBC, The Boston Globe, Xconomy, The Chicago Tribune, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, Nasdaq, Associated Press and many other media. Career and company awards include: CB Insights 100 Most Promising AI Companies, Draper Venture Network Most Innovative Company, Disruptor Daily 100 Most Disruptive Companies, Edison Award Best New Product in Social Innovation.

I came to US via a Fulbright scholar, and hold two Ph.Ds: Cognitive and Neural Systems, Boston University; Experimental Psychology, University of Trieste, Italy.

After founding the Boston University Neuromorphics Lab, I worked with DARPA and NASA to develop a new kind Artificial Neural Networks able to learn in real-time, even in computationally constrained hardware (e.g., small compute Edges). I then transitioned this research to industry, where I co-founded the Boston-based AI startup Neurala Inc. This technology is being transitioned to real-world applications by award-winning company Neurala, one of the most successful AI company in the industry.

My specialties include artificial intelligence, neural networks, deep learning, reinforcement learning, edge intelligence, neuromorphic engineering, cognitive modeling, spiking neurons, robotics.