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Pittsburgh firm has green light for growth in North Carolina

Winston-Salem NC | Jan 6, 2017 – Plans are on go for Cognistx, the new tech company in Winston-Salem’s Innovation Quarter, to employ 60 within five years. That was the goal the company announced when it opened its Winston-Salem office last spring.

“Everything is operating as we’d hoped, even better than we’d hoped,” said Sanjay Chopra, Cognistx’s co-founder and CEO. “So far, so good.”
Admittedly, the growth is gradual. Chopra said his company has three employees working in Winston-Salem, as well as three interns, at least two of whom are students at Wake Forest University. A Raleigh operations office that Cognistx has opened has another four employees.

Cognistx, based near Pittsburgh, deals in cognitive algorithms and produces platforms to assist with customer interaction. The company is in the process of opening a “customer experience center” at 525 Vine St. in Innovation Quarter. Chopra said the goal is to have 25 people employed by the two-year anniversary of Cognistx’s opening, which will be April 2018. Along the way, a data center will also be added to the Winston-Salem office.

Cognistx was founded in 2015 by Chopra, entrepreneur Jeffrey Battin and Carnegie Mellon University computer science professor Eric Nyberg, who was part of the team that developed IBM’s Watson computer.

Recently the company created an app for auto repair chain Monro Muffler Brake and Service to provide customized offers and service histories.

“The idea is statistical machine learning,” Chopra said. “With Monro, it’s about understanding customer preferences, and how many cars you have, the mileage, when was your last oil change, your last state inspection. And we can present the right offer to this customer at the right time. Maybe you’ve been meaning to set up their next oil change, but never got around to doing it. But we send a timely offer, you press a button, and it sets up an appointment for you.”

Chopra was drawn to Winston-Salem in part by the low cost of doing business.

The company, Chopra said, is seeking project managers, technical writers and people who “understand program management, customer service, customer support and datsa science.”

Steve Huffman is a general assignment reporter for Triad Business Journal.

Partnering on app suits Club Prophet, Cognistx to a tee

Pittsburgh, PA | December 19 – Two southwestern Pennsylvania tech firms have partnered to launch an app for golfers and the first customer is a local course.

The app will enable users to schedule tee times, choose players from their buddy list, track and compare scores, map the course and receive personalized offers based on playing preferences and past purchases.

Club Prophet Systems, Cheswick-based developer of golf management software and cognitive computing startup Cognistx, whose tech hub is in Gibsonia, said the first course to benefit from the new app is Freeport-based Birdsfoot Golf Club.

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Cognistx and Club Prophet Systems Join Forces to Create an AI-Powered Intelligent Golf App

Winston-Salem, NC | December 12Club Prophet Systems, the world leader in golf management software, is partnering with cognitive-computing startup company Cognistx to create a game-changing app designed to deliver intelligent, individualized content and offers to golfers. Users will be able to schedule tee times, choose players from their buddy list, track and compare scores, map the course and receive personalized offers based on their playing preferences and past purchases.

“We’re excited to launch this new offering to our customers and know it will help them generate incremental revenue while delivering a great app experience to our customer’s golfers,” said Tom Robshaw, owner and President of Club Prophet Systems. “We chose Cognistx because of their deep technology and user experience track record. They brought us a new level of innovation that’s redefining the category through proprietary Artificial Intelligence algorithms which brings a whole new set of tools to the golf operator.”

The first course that will benefit from the app is Birdsfoot, located in Freeport, PA. Course owner Travis Lindsay will launch the app in time for the Spring golf season. “Our golfers will have an entirely new way to interact with us,” Stephenson said. “We’ll be delivering smarter marketing content and offers to individual golfers, not just generic messaging. We’re expecting big things.”

The app will be introduced at the PGA Show in Orlando January 24-27, 2017 at the Club Prophet Systems booth. Course owners and managers will be able to view a demo, discuss course customization options and learn about the affordable pricing plans available. “I’m an avid golfer,” said Cognistx CEO Sanjay Chopra. “We saw an opportunity to bring a smarter app and a personalized experience to the golfer while at the same time elevating the course operator’s reach through our use of cognitive computing, so we reached out to Club Prophet Systems to bring it life. I am excited to work on this project as I can apply Cognitive Computing to my favorite sport, golf!”

About Cognistx
Cognistx is a cognitive computing company leveraging the latest data science tools and approaches to solve today’s most complex business challenges. The privately-held company has offices in Pittsburgh, PA; Raleigh, NC; and Winston-Salem, NC. Their first cognitive-powered app for Monro Muffler & Brake, MotoManager by Mr. Tire, was recently released and is now available on the App Store and Google Play.

About Club Prophet Systems
For the past 25 years, Club Prophet Systems has designed and provided fully integrated Golf Management Software systems for the golf industry including Point of Sale (POS), Food and Beverage (F&B) for Snack Bar to Fine Dining, Customer History and Member Management with Billing and Online Statements, Tee Time and Online Reservations, Email Marketing, Mobile Solutions, Integrated Credit Card Processing, Reporting, Inventory, and much more. Club Prophet Systems serves more than 1600 facilities in 16 countries in 9 languages. CPS provides local server and cloud solutions for every type of golf facility including driving range, public, private, resort and municipal including multi-course and management companies.


Chopra appointed to Advisory Board at Chatham University

Pittsburgh, PA | December 2 — Cognistx CEO Sanjay Chopra was appointed to the Advisory Board for Chatham University’s Business and Entrepreneurship Department. As a member of the Advisory Board, Sanjay will provide feedback on strategic plans and goals for the B&E Department. Congratulations, Sanjay!

Chatham University is a Pittsburgh-based academic institution with an enrollment of over 2,200 students and over 60 undergraduate and graduate programs in sustainability, health and lab sciences, business and communication, and the arts and humanities. Chatham prides itself on preparing women and men to be world ready: to build lives of purpose and value and fulfilling work. Chatham believes that world readiness means being an informed and engaged citizen in one’s communities; recognizing and respecting diversity of culture, identity and opinion; and living sustainably on the planet.

Watch Cognistx on Worldwide Business with Kathy Ireland

Los Angeles, CA | December 1, 2016 — Cognistx was featured on Worldwide Business with kathy ireland® on Sunday, November 20, 2016. Kathy Ireland interviewed Cognistx CEO Sanjay Chopra, to talk about how “Cognistx brings together science and creativity for the ultimate, consumer-based marketing solution.”

If you missed the feature that aired on Fox Business Network and Bloomberg International, watch the full interview below!

Open Position: UX/Graphic Designer

Durham, NC  |  November 30    Pittsburgh-based Cognistx seeks a highly talented UX/Graphic Designer for our creative team in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area.

Job Title:
UX/Graphic Designer

Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, NC

Job Description:
The Designer should enjoy working in a fast-paced and collaborative environment on a variety of projects for clients as well as internal efforts. In this position the Designer will work with the Creative team to develop and drive branding, identity, and UI/UX schemes from concept through technical production under the design direction of the Creative Director.

The Designer must have the ability to work independently as well as work well in a team environment. The Designer must also communicate and comprehend design direction quickly and efficiently. The right candidate must be extremely driven, a self-starter, and able to work remotely until office space becomes available.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Design and produce a variety of digital collateral from concept to final production, including UI/UX schemes, sales presentations, corporate marketing collateral and internal technical documents
  • Develop production assets for web and mobile applications, working directly with technical team
  • Use graphic design expertise to interpret needs from the project team, including partners, directors, and project managers
  • Work with creative/marketing and technical to maintain budgets, timelines, and required specifications
  • Report to and work with Creative Director, project manager and technical partners

Job requirements:

  • Completed graphic design or related degree from an accredited institution
  • 4 or more years of proven graphic design or UI/UX experience
  • Ability to work in a team environment within a fast-paced, deadline driven environment
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to receive and deliver constructive critique
  • Possess expert knowledge of graphic and UX design methods, especially: design trends, UI/UX best practices, typography, layout, and production methods
  • Expert knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Keynote
  • Experience in UI/UX tools such as Sketch, Invision, or Marvel
  • Proficiency in motion graphics software is a plus
  • Must work on Mac (obviously)


To apply:
Please submit all relevant resume and portfolio links to:
Pete Minnelli, SVP Creative

Applicants without a portfolio will not be considered.

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.

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