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Yves Bergquist
Director, AI & Neuroscience in Media

Yves is a data scientist and the director of the AI & Neuroscience in Media Project at USC’s Entertainment Technology Center, where his team helps the entertainment industry accelerate the deployment of next-generation analytics standards and solutions, including artificial intelligence.

He is also the CEO of AI engineering firm Novamente, which applies neural-symbolic Artificial General Intelligence to large enterprise problems, with clients like the Center for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, DARPA, IARPA, Intel, Cisco, or Lockheed-Martin. Novamente is the AI developer behind Hanson Robotics’ “Sophia” profiled on CBS’ 60 Minutes and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Yves’ team also built the world’s very first fully autonomous AI-driven hedge fund, Aidyia, profiled in Wired and on Bloomberg TV.

Yves is a complex systems expert with 15 years of experience modeling high-velocity markets for public and private sector clients. Before Novamente, Yves managed business development at analytics firms Bottlenose and Ranker in Los Angeles. He was part of the founding team at Singularity University, a joint venture between Google and NASA, which aims to leverage Artificial Intelligence and other exponential technologies to help solve the world’s greatest problems.


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