AI startup moving to downtown Pittsburgh

Reported by Patty Tascarella, Senior Reporter, Pittsburgh Business Times

Ai Startup moving to downtown Pittsburg

Young company with close ties to CMU counts PPG, Monro Muffler and Pittsburgh Steelers among its customers.

An artificial intelligence startup whose clients include PPG, Monro Muffler Brake Inc. and the Pittsburgh Steelers is moving its headquarters from Gibsonia to downtown Pittsburgh on Monday.

Cognistx is setting up shop at 606 Liberty Ave., said CEO Sanjay Chopra. The office is focused on data science and product management, and the two-year-old company builds adaptive, multistrategy AI systems for clients in widespread industries. Cognistx employs seven locally and expects to add at least two posts in the next few months.”Downtown happens to be the one central location for everyone,” Chopra said. “The space is such that we can grow into it easily, and we’re in the same building as Kroll, a client of six months.”

Cognistx also added an office in Winston-Salem, N.C.’s Innovation Quarter last year, where its user interface and user experience operations are based. It expects to employ 25 there by next April.

The company’s technical leadership team is in Pittsburgh. That includes Chopra, Eric Nyberg and Florian Metze. Chopra is a repeat entrepreneur, adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University and a former director of digital commerce at Giant Eagle Inc.Nyberg, a CMU computer science professor, had consulted with IBM on the Watson project, the supercomputer that won on “Jeopardy!” five years ago. Metze serves on the research faculty at CMU’s Language Technologies Institute in automatic speech recognition, multimedia processing, semantic computing, and user interfaces. Cognistx’s first product, an app enabling Monro to make extremely customized offers to clients, launched in May 2016.

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