Panelist Biographies: The New Era of Machine Intelligence

Biographies: The New Era of Machine Intelligence

Mallesh Murugesan
CEO & CO-Founder of

Mallesh Murugesan, CEO & CO-Founder of, is an innovative leader with passion for technology, intelligence and design. His 15 years of technology experience includes developing and executing strategic IT initiatives, and leading service innovation for clients. Under his leadership, his firm has been working on several advanced technologies including cognitive computing, Business Intelligence and AI solutions. His latest creation, is a multi channel consumer engagement platform that is powered by cognitive technology. He has a patent pending on his intent identification methodology in a cognitive conversation.

Mallesh has an MBA from University of Maryland, College Park (Robert H Smith School of Business) and a Masters from George Mason University.

Elan Barenholtz, Ph.D.
Assoc. Professor & Director, Visual Mind Lab/Machine Perception and Cognitive Robotics Lab at FAU

Elan Barenholtz is Associate Professor of Psychology and Complex Systems and Brain Sciences at Florida Atlantic University where he is the co-director of the Machine Perception and Cognitive Robotics Lab.  He conducts basic and applied research using deep learning embedded in robotic agents as a model of biological cognition and behavior.

Gabriela Sabaté
Founder, Health Semantics

Gabriela Sabaté is an entrepreneur and technologist, passionate about innovation, healthcare and social impact.  She has led P&L, operating, venture capital, and turnaround initiatives in tech, digital health, mobile, energy, and telecommunications organizations.

She founded Health Semantics, health tech company that enables screening and prevention of chronic conditions (diabetes, hypertension, obesity, asthma) powered by cloud and mobile components as well as by the inclusion of community health workers and coaches in the delivery model.

As Chairman and CEO of Tiaxa, a venture-backed global leader in mobile software, services, and microcredits, she restructured the company onto a path of profitability and global expansion.

As Executive Director and head of the Miami Office for Softbank Latin America, a $150 M Softbank Venture Capital fund for US, Mexico, Brasil, Argentina, and Chile, she led investments in mobile and technology in Miami and in Latin America, focusing on developing entrepreneurial ecosystems. She served on the Board of Directors of six of Softbank’s portfolio companies, four of which were based in Miami:, BitTime, LearningSoft, and From2.

Before Softbank, Gabriela spent 12 years as a technologist with IBM Corporation, as General Manager and CTO for eight countries in Central America and Caribbean and as GIS Segment Manager in Latin America South Cone, systems engineer in HP, co-founded an Internet incubator in South Florida, and was part of founding team that raised capital for Structured Intelligence, a venture-backed roll-up of tech companies in Latin America.

She was a Finalist for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce 2017/6 Female Leader in Technology, is part of the eMerge Americas Advisory Board 2017/5, is Senior Ambassador for Social Media Week Miami, judge for FIU Senior Panel, mentor at Startup Bootcamp and MIT Hacking Medicine, and judge at Hack-for-Good. She was part of the board of directors of the South Florida Tech Alliance, Miami Internet Alliance, and FIU’s NetBiz Business Plan Challenge. She was featured in CNN Español, América Economía, and WSJ. She was board advisor and speaker at tech conferences in the US and Latin America.

Gabriela holds a BS, Information Technology from University of Buenos Aires, Faculty of Engineering; a year masters program in Economics from ESEADE; and an MBA from University of Florida.

Brian Brackeen
Founder & CEO, Kairos

Brian Brackeen founded Kairos in 2012, and serves as the company’s CEO. His leadership saw Kairos selected by Wall Street Journal as one of 2013’s top 25 startups in the country, and continues to drive growth and innovation within the company and in the face and emotion recognition space. Brian leads the senior management team in establishing the company’s strategic direction, while engaging directly with customers and investors from around the globe.

Prior to founding Kairos, Brian served as a Senior Project Manager for Apple Inc., and before Apple he was a Senior Managing Consultant for IBM. In addition to his work at Kairos, Brian lectures extensively around the world on entrepreneurship, code, digital economy, AI and machine learning— and participates in mentorship programs for organizations like Girls Who Code, Black Girls Code and The School District of Miami.

Eric Little, PhD
Chief Data Officer with Osthus Inc.

Eric Little is Chief Data Officer with Osthus Inc., working on data science and scalable integration standards for pharmaceutical, biotech and related chemistry-based R&D efforts. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy and Cognitive Science in 2002 from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. His Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University at Buffalo’s Department of Industrial Engineering (2002-2004) focused on developing ontologies for multisource information fusion applications. He has worked in both academia as a professor in several fields, as well as held multiple positions in industry.

Dr. Little is a recognized expert in semantic technology, analytics applications and formal ontology. His areas of specialization are: ontology, semantics, knowledge management, cognitive science, cloud computing and organizational theory. Dr. Little has designed and helped to implement semantic technologies and analytics for use in various applied domains including: biomedicine, medical device manufacturing, medical fraud, waste and abuse detection, pharmaceuticals, medical management, threat prediction/mitigation, disaster management, national defense/intelligence, steel production and petrochemicals.

William Edward Hahn
Founder & Co-Director, Machine Perception and Cognitive Robotics Laboratory at FAU
CEO, VoxelRx

William Edward Hahn graduated from Guilford College in 2008 with a B.S. degree in Mathematics/Physics and research focus in neural networks and swarm optimization. After Guilford, William studied artificial intelligence and immune systems at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro before joining the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences at Florida Atlantic University in 2011. In 2014, William co-founded the Machine Perception and Cognitive Robotics Laboratory with the purpose of building a team of creative scientists, programmers, and engineers to develop novel hardware/software environments that allow the exploration of the intersection of perception, computation, and robotics. Since 2016 William has served as CEO of VoxelRx, a Deep Learning Medical Imaging Company in Boca Raton, FL.

Moderator: Monica Ochaney
Founder, 3SE

Monica Ochaney founded the strategy group, 3SE, in 2011. Her passion is the power of digital education. In 2015 she joined as Innovation Officer at San Jose City College to refine technology education offerings to bridge the US tech job gap and reshape local workforces. Today, the initiatives she developed in this space are called upon by national and global corporations, academic institutions and governments.

Monica’s background encompasses a collaborative approach to technology solutions, academic innovation and entrepreneurship. Prior to 3SE she served as a Director for Veriown Energy and eMerge Americas. Following her B.S. from Boston University her appreciation for education was solidified as a Research Fellow for the US Smithsonian Institute and upon completion of her M.S. as a STAR Fellow with the US Environmental Protection Agency.

A strong advocate of community engagement, Monica serves as Board Member for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and CLEO, both South Florida organizations.