MAY 4-5, 2018


Imagination AI


Founder & CEO, Predictika, Inc.

Dr. Sanjay Mittal is an accomplished AI technologist, a successful serial entrepreneur, and a seasoned business executive who has sold to and managed relationships with some of the largest companies in manufacturing, retail, consumer goods and insurance. He is the founder and CEO of his latest venture – Predictika – where he and his team are developing leading edge products for building automated AI programs (aka chatbots) with conversational and learning capabilities. His first venture was Selectica, a pioneer in internet sales and configuration solutions for large enterprises using AI constraint-reasoning technologies, where he built the company from scratch to a very successful $5B IPO in 2000. He was also the inventor of Selectica's core technology, was the founding CTO and VP of Engineering and later served as its CEO. At Selectica he was instrumental in selling to major companies such as Cisco, Dell, IBM, GE, Reliance, Blue Cross and Blue Shields and managed their executive relationships. More recently he was the co-founder and CTO of Spotzot, the leader in location-based delivery of retail offers over mobile devices with 50M unique users at its peak. At Spotzot he was instrumental in developing a number of machine learning techniques for optimizing bid prices that helped reduce cost of buying media by 5-10x. Spotzot was sold to Valassis, a large privately owned company. He is an investor in and was briefly also the CEO of Video Mining – a pioneer in applying advanced computer vision and machine learning techniques to analyzing consumer behavior in retail stores from camera images and deliver advanced analytics to consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies and retailers. He has also started, advised, or invested in other startups such as Kiffets (ML for content categorization), TrustHop (marketplace for local services - sold to LinkedIn), and AccelTree (mobile enterprise applications). Before starting Selectica, he had a distinguished career as a research scientist at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) with notable work in Artificial Intelligence and Constraint Reasoning. He has served on program committees of major AI conferences such as IJCAI and AAAI; been on editorial boards of AI related journals; and published over 30 papers on AI in major conferences and journals. Sanjay holds a PhD in Computer Science (specialization in AI) from The Ohio State University, and a B. Tech. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He has numerous patents in machine learning, natural language processing, configuration and mobile technologies. He is a charter member of TiE Silicon Valley, probably the leading organization for promoting entrepreneurship run by other successful entrepreneurs and has served on the board of TiE Silicon Valley. He is a founding donor of the South Asian Heart Center in the Silicon Valley and serves on its customer advisory board.