Worldwide Business with Kathy Ireland features Cognistx: Tune in November 20

Los Angeles, CA | November 15, 2016 — Worldwide Business with kathy ireland® announces an exclusive interview with Cognistx CEO, Sanjay Chopra. The
feature will air on Sunday, November 20 on Fox Business Network and Bloomberg International.

JL Haber, Vice President of Programming for Worldwide Business with kathy ireland®, is delighted to feature Cognistix on the show, “Cognistix is determined to take the information that we already collect and already have on hand to create a real plan that is going to work rather than a plan that may or may not get you the sales and revenue that you need. Rather than creating a one size fits all solution, they work with clients to find the best possible solution and they stick with it.”

Tune in to Fox Business Network as sponsored programming at 11:30am EST and Bloomberg International at 7:00am GMT, 10:00am D.F. and 2:30pm HKT on Sunday November 20, 2016.  Visit for detailed airing schedules or check local listings.

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Kathy Ireland interviews Sanjay Chopra, Cognistx CEO on WWB

Metze to speak at 2017 Big Data Summit in Hanau

Pittsburgh, PA  |  November 11 — Our Chief Speech Scientist, Florian Metze, PhD, is a featured speaker at the Big Data Summit in Hanau, Germany in February 2017. The theme of the 2017 summit is Connecting the Dots: Data, Algorithms, Technology, Mindset. Over 650 global players in research, policy, technology, and business will come together to discuss best practices and applications of data analytics, machine learning, and related developments in the big data ecosystem. 

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Big Data Summit 2017

Nyberg and CMU team earn top honors in biomedical question-answering challenge

Pittsburgh, PA  |  November 7 — Eric Nyberg, Ph.D and his team from Carnegie Mellon University’s Language Technologies Institute (LTI) at the School of Computer Science earned top honors at BioASQ 2016, a global biomedical semantic indexing and question answering competition. BioASQ challenges include tasks such as hierarchical text classification, machine learning, information retrieval, QA from texts and structured data, multi-document summarization, and others. Top medical and research universities from around the world participated in the annual challenge, including Mayo Clinic, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Hasso-Plattner-Institute at the University of Potsdam, Germany.

The winning team from CMU consisted of Cognistx’s Chief Data Scientist, Eric Nyberg, and two of his students from CMU’s School of Computer Science: Zi Yang, a PhD student at LTI; and Yue Zhou, a student in the Masters of Computational Data Science program. Nyberg, Yang and Zhou received awards for their solutions for Task 4B: Biomedical Semantic QA, which used benchmark datasets containing training and biomedical questions constructed by biomedical experts. The team received first place in the Exact Answers category for batches 3, 4 and 5. For this challenge, Nyberg and his team were given a biomedical question in natural language. The team created a system that automatically produced an accurate, paragraph-sized summary response that was fluent and coherent in natural English language. The team also received second place for their solution to batch 4 in the Concepts category.

The BioASQ challenge started in February 2016, and teams presented their results in August at the BioASQ Workshop at the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) Conference at Humboldt University in Berlin. Final results of the challenge were announced October 24, 2016.

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Learn more about how tasks in BioASQ relate to larger biomedical research efforts

Open Position: Data Science Engineer

Pittsburgh, PA  |  October 31 — Our Pittsburgh-based Cognistx team is looking for a Data Science Engineer to help develop and implement large-scale projects as a technical project leader. 


Job Title:
Data Science Engineer

Pittsburgh, PA

Job Description:
The role of Data Science Engineer is a critical one at Cognistx. This person will have strong technical and analytic skills as well as project leadership responsibilities across the entire product development life cycle, paired with the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.

Technical requirements:

  • Strong computer science foundation, with the ability to design and implement efficient large-scale analytic computations (course work and/or relevant real-world experience)
  • Familiarity with practical applications of machine learning methods on large-scale datasets
  • Responsible for all phases of analytic development, including requirements refinement, design, implementation, testing and optimization, and deployment to production

Other requirements:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to collaborate with distributed teams, including a development team in India
  • Temperament that’s consistent with working in an uncertain and exciting startup environment
  • Based in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Willingness to work at home as well as occasional client travel

Daily Functions and Expectations:
Work closely with Chief Data Scientist, Product Development Manager, SVP Operations and Development Team to design, develop and implement large-scale projects as technical project leader

Supervised by:
Chief Data Scientist / SVP of Operations

To apply:
Successful candidates will present current CV, 3 professional references and samples/documentation of completed work to

Competitive salary and benefits.

About Cognistx:
Cognistx is an applied technology company harnessing the latest in data science – Big Data, advanced analytics, natural language processing, and artificial intelligence – to solve real world problems for our clients. Our SmartCognitives Engine is used to deliver individualized, intelligent content whether it’s an offer, article, dashboard, chat or recommendation and is technology-agnostic, so it’s easily integrated with existing apps, web sites, chat bots, POS systems and more.

Founded in 2015, Cognistx is privately-held with offices in Pittsburgh, PA; Raleigh, NC and Winston-Salem, NC. The company has been nominated for Startup of the Year by the Pittsburgh Technology Council and has just released its first cognitive-powered mobile app in late-October.

The First Cognitive App for Car Maintenance Is Now Live; MotoManager by Mr. Tire Hits App Stores

Rochester, NY | October 25, 2016 — Introducing MotoManager™, our new cognitive app experience for Mr. Tire™. MotoManager is a resourceful and individualized tool that helps Mr. Tire customers simplify their vehicle maintenance routine. With MotoManager, customers find a place to conveniently store service records, receive reminders and coupons specifically relevant to their vehicles’ needs, search for tires at the nearest store, schedule an appointment for an oil change and so much more!

Curious to try MotoManager for yourself? Download MotoManager for free from Apple’s App Store or Google’s Play Store and complete the onboarding process to receive $25 off your next service or a free conventional oil change.

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How Tech Helped Winston-Salem Quit Tobacco

Winston-Salem NC | October 20, 016 – Inside a suite of laboratories nestled amid what was once the world’s largest tobacco manufacturing complex, a team of researchers is growing human bladders, tracheas and muscles using the patients’ own cells. In another laboratory, workers are producing human ears and tissue with a 3D printer. In the not-too-distant future they hope to “bioprint” kidneys, noses, livers and other tailor-made organs and tissue for surgical implantation. It’s work that’s healing wounded soldiers and sick civilians, but it’s also a remarkably apt metaphor for the regeneration that has helped bring this city of 230,000 back to life.

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CBS’s “60 Minutes” Visits CMU’s School of Computer Science

Pittsburgh, PA | October 9, 2016 — CBS’s 60 Minutes gets to the heart of Artificial Intelligence research and visits Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science, “the birthplace of some of the most intelligent A.I. systems today — like the technology that helps run NASA’s Mars rover and the driverless car.” Cognistx’s Chief Data Scientist, Eric Nyberg, is a Professor and Director of the Computational Data Science Program at CMU’s School of Computer Science.

CBS visited other prominent players in the field of AI for the episode, which aired on October 9, and explored what AI holds for business, healthcare, and beyond. At CMU, CBS’s Charlie Rose interviewed Andrew Moore, the Dean of the School of the Computer Science at CMU. Moore discussed specific research projects at CMU, such as smart maritime technology that’s currently being tested by the U.S. Navy, as well as broader topics about the future of AI. One thing is certain: CMU’s School of Computer of Science is leading the charge in AI and machine learning, and it has the potential to solve very specific problems as well as massive, worldwide concerns.

From Moore: “The biggest problems of the world, terrorism, mass migration, climate change, when I look at these problems, I don’t feel helpless; I feel that this generation of young computer scientists is actually building technology to put the world right.”

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Sneak Preview of Worldwide Business In-Studio

Los Angeles, CA | October 10 — Cognistx CEO Sanjay Chopra recently wrapped an interview for Worldwide Business with Kathy Ireland, and here are some sneak peak photos from in-studio. The program is currently in editing, and will be televised in November. Stay tuned here for details!

Cognistx's CEO Sanjay Chopra In-Studio on Worldwide Business with Kathy Ireland

Cognistx's CEO Sanjay Chopra In-Studio on Worldwide Business with Kathy Ireland

Cognistx's CEO Sanjay Chopra In-Studio on Worldwide Business with Kathy Ireland

Eric Nyberg, PhD. a Panelist at IBM’s Cognitive Colloquium

Yorktown Heights, NY | September 20, 2016 — Cognistx’s Co-founder and Chief Data Scientist Eric Nyberg, PhD. continues to lead in the field of cognitive computing. Nyberg was among the panelists at IBM Research’s Cognitive Colloquium: Augmenting Human Intelligence on September 18-20.

Academic, business, and government leaders gathered at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights to shape the research agenda for cognitive computing and discuss its benefits for industry and society. Nyberg was a panelist for “Next Generation Curriculum: Learning to build, understand, and work with digital cognitive systems.” Other topics covered throughout the Colloquium ranged from deep learning and natural language understanding to cognitive infrastructure, human computer interactions, and trust and ethics in AI.

Cognistx's Eric Nyberg a Panelist at Cognitive Colloquium

Behind the Scenes with Kathy Ireland

Los Angeles, CA | September 15, 2016 – Cognistx CEO Sanjay Chopra joins supermodel turned super businesswoman Kathy Ireland in studio for an exclusive interview. Full interview to air in November. Stay tuned for details! Here’s Sanjay in the studio.