Golf Industry Podcast: AI Applications for Golf Operators

Cognistx CEO Sanjay Chopra offers expert insight into Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications for the golf industry. Together they discuss recent advances in AI technology and why Business Intelligence (BI) is crucial for supporting AI applications. Sanjay also discusses how this technology has become affordable for golf operations and why AI can drive more pro shop, green fee, and restaurant sales.


Cognistx Partners with Kroll Inc. to Roll Out AI-powered BINWatch

We are very excited to partner with Kroll Inc. – ITBN to provide #AIpowered BINWatch capability for banks to reduce credit card fraud. BINWatch monitors the Deep and Dark Web (DDW) for credit card numbers based on a specific bank’s BIN (Bank Identification Number) range. Our AI clustering provides added insights into the credit card data and these insights and exposed cards are reported to the Bank immediately.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Cognistx AI family!

From our AI family to yours – wishing you a safe, happy holiday this year.

Cognitive Journey: Business Application of AI by Sanjay Chopra of Cognistx

Time :

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

7:00 PM


Chatham University, Mellon Board Room

1 Woodland Road, Pittsburgh, PA

This talk discusses how to efficiently combine, customize, and apply AI building blocks such as Deep Question-Answering (Deep QA), speech and image recognition and natural language processing (NLP) to real world problems.


  • 7:00pm: Food & Refreshments
  • 7:15pm: Announcements
  • 7:25pm – Tech Talk
  • 8:10pm – Q&A
  • 8:25pm – Conversations
  • 8:55pm – Departure


Sanjay Chopra is the Co-Founder and CEO of Cognistx An Applied AI Company. The Cognistx team builds adaptive multi-strategy Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems that help organizations simplify, humanize and monetize their data. Sanjay is also the Co-Founder & CEO of Intellions, a pricing software company. He has over twenty-two years of expertise in e-commerce strategy, business development and technology and in 2000 he was awarded the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year. Sanjay actively participates in promoting entrepreneurship in Pittsburgh and was the Founding Chair of Pittsburgh Social Venture Partners as well as a founding charter member of the TiE Pittsburgh. Mr. Chopra is an Adjunct Professor of e-Commerce at Carnegie Mellon University and holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University (GSIA – Tepper Business School), a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and Bachelors in Computer Science from Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT -REC), Bhopal, India.

Remember: All attendees can enter a drawing to win a free ACM Membership! Simply sign in when you arrive and at the end of the event we will draw one lucky winner who will receive a free ACM Membership!

Here are directions to the Mellon Board Room (MBR) in Mellon Center:

Come into the campus via Fifth Avenue. (GPS Coordinate: 5918 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232.)

Turn onto Murray Hill Avenue. (If you are coming from Oakland, turn right off Fifth Avenue onto Murray Hill Avenue.) After following Murray Hill Ave about a half mile, turn left into the Chatham University Jennie King-Mellon Library parking lot. Turn to your left in the parking lot along the back of the library. Just past a large blue dumpster on your right is the Parking Attendant’s hut. If the lot is full, the attendant may need to valet park your car. Parking is unrestricted after 4:30 PM.

From the library lot, go up some steps to get to campus. Facing the Quad Lawn, with the library behind you, Mellon Center will be to your right, down the path. Following the downward sloping path, the Mellon Board Room will be on your left. MBR is a one-storey, brick structure with a balcony on top. You will see the Tudor-style mansion just beyond it. Enter MBR through wooden double doors from the outside.

This is what the MBR looks like from outside:

MBR outside

You can find the Library, the Library Lot, and Mellon Center on the campus map:

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Open Advancement of Question Answering: Beyond the Jeopardy! Challenge

LTI Colloquium Presentation

Eric Nyberg, Professor, Language Technologies Institute

WhenFriday September 22, 02:30 PM to 03:50 PM
Whereaker Porter Hall – PH 100 (Map: )


The development of IBM Watson and its success in the 2011 Jeopardy! Challenge led to a renewed emphasis on QA research and development, across a broad range of application domains and data sets. This talk presents an overview of the Open Advancement of Question Answering (OAQA) consortium and its recent contributions to QA research, including the development of QA for Bioinformatics (BioQA, QUADS, BioASQ), real-time QA for web users (LiveQA), and language technology for AI and Law (LUIMA). The presentation will also explore the rise of AI agents (Watson, Siri, Cortana, Alexa), their impact on public perceptions of AI, and implications for current and future research.

Speaker Bio:

Noted for his contributions to the fields of automatic text translation, information retrieval, and automatic question answering, Nyberg received his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University (1992), and his B.A. from Boston University (1983). In 2012, Nyberg received the Allen Newell Award for Research Excellence for his scientific contributions to the field of question answering and his work as an original developer on the Watson project. He received the BU Computer Science Distinguished Alumna/Alumnus Award on September 27, 2013. Nyberg currently serves as Director of the Master of Computational Data Science (MCDS) degree program, and is co-Founder and Chief Data Scientist at Cognistx.

September Chapter Meeting

When:Thursday, September 21, 2017 – 7:30am
Where:Omni William Penn Hotel
Time:7:30 a.m. Registration & Breakfast, 8:00 a.m. Program
NAIOP Members – Complimentary
Non-Members – $40.00
Topic:Cybersecurity & Artificial Intelligence
The Impact on Commercial Real Estate
Speaker: Sanjay Chopra
Co-Founder and CEO, Cognistx
Call 412.928.8303

RSVP REQUIRED – NO SHOWS WILL BE CHARGED Cancelations 48 hours prior Invoice will be sent for online payment or make check payable to and mail to NAIOP Pittsburgh Chapter Rosslyn Commons 333 Baldwin Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15205

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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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Carnegie Mellon Launches Artificial Intelligence Initiative

PITTSBURGH | June 27, 2017 — Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science (SCS) has launched a new initiative, CMU AI, that marshals the school’s work in artificial intelligence (AI) across departments and disciplines, creating one of the largest and most experienced AI research groups in the world.

“For AI to reach greater levels of sophistication, experts in each aspect of AI, such as how computers understand the way people talk or how computers can learn and improve with experience, will increasingly need to work in close collaboration,” said SCS Dean Andrew Moore. “CMU AI provides a framework for our ongoing AI research and education.”

From self-driving cars to smart homes, AI is poised to change the way people live, work and learn, Moore said.

“AI is no longer something that a lone genius invents in the garage,” Moore added. “It requires a team of people, each of whom brings a special expertise or perspective. CMU researchers have always excelled at collaboration across disciplines, and CMU AI will enable all of us to work together in unprecedented ways.”

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Cognistx CEO Sanjay Chopra at TEDxYouth@Shadyside

Pittsburgh PA | June 6 – Video of Cognistx CEO Sanjay Chopra’s recent TED talk at TEDxYouth@Shadyside ‘A Cognitive Journey: Application of AI to Business Problems’

Cognistx at CRMC 6/8/17

Chicago, IL | May 30 — Catch Cognistx at CRMC with Monro Muffler Brake and RedPoint Global Thursday, June 8 at 11:10am, at the Hilton Chicago Grand Ballroom – 2nd Floor. Our very own Dr. Eric Nyberg, Chief Data Scientist and Professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science, will be co-presenting at this exciting event. He’ll discuss Next Generation Customer Engagement through Artificial Intelligence and New Advancements in Retail Marketing Technology.

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