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Ashwin Ram

Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Chief Innovation Officer, Augmented Social Cognition, PARC; Co-founder, OpenStudy, Enkia; Professor, Georgia Tech. Expert in AI & CogSci.

Chief Innovation Officer, Augmented Social Cognition, PARC; Co-founder, OpenStudy, Enkia; Professor, Georgia Tech. Expert in AI & CogSci.

11 vouches

Involved In

Founder (acquired by Brainly)
Enkia (acquired by Sentiment360)
Enkia Corporation (acquired by Sentiment360)
Ardext Technologies


Center for 21st Century Universities


Senior Manager, Alexa AI Amazon 2016 - present
Adjunct Professor Georgia Institute of Technology 2012 - present
Co-Founder & Chairman (acquired by Brainly) 2007 - 2016
Board of Advisors C21U 2011 - 2013
Tenured Professor and Director, Cognitive Computing Lab Georgia Institute of Technology 2003 - 2011
Co-founder & CEO Enkia (acquired by Sentiment360) 1999 - 2010
Adjunct Professor, College of Computing Georgia Institute of Technology 2012 - present
Area Manager & Chief Innovation Officer, Interactive Intelligence & Augmented Social Cognition PARC August 2011 - present
Board of Directors Sentiment360 January 2011 - present
Co-Founder & Chairman 2007 - present
Board of Advisors Center for 21st Century Universities 2011 - 2013
Director, Cognitive Computing Lab Georgia Institute of Technology August 2003 - August 2011
Adjunct Professor Emory University August 2006 - May 2011
Associate Professor Georgia Institute of Technology 2003 - 2011
Co-founder & CEO Enkia Corporation (acquired by Sentiment360) 1998 - 2010
Co-founder & Director Ardext Technologies 2000 - 2002
Assistant Professor Georgia Institute of Technology 1989 - 1995


Yale University Artificial Intelligence & Cognitive Science 1984 - 1989
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Computer Science 1982 - 1984
Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi Electrical Engineering 1977 - 1982
Mayo College 1971 - 1977
St. Columba's School 1969 - 1970

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Education
  • • Healthcare
  • • Media
  • • Lifelong Learning (outside of school)
  • • Wellness
  • • Higher Education
  • • Quantified-self
  • • Social/Mobile/Collaborative Intelligence

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Innovation • Academics • Artificial intelligence • Entrepreneurship • Strategy

Key Accomplishments

At PARC I am the Chief Innovation Officer of Augmented Social Cognition, leading a team to invent, strategize, and deliver social computing technologies to augment human cognition in several application areas, including health and wellness.

My research expertise includes artificial intelligence and cognitive science -- spanning natural language processing, case-based reasoning, machine learning, educational technology, social media, and AI applications.

I am a serial entrepreneur with a proven track record in driving research to successful commercialization. I have co-founded four startups: OpenStudy, the first large-scale open social learning network for students and educators; Enkia (acquired by Sentiment360), which developed AI software for social media applications; Cobot Health, a social network for healthcare information; and Ardext, which provided software for testing electronic components and systems.

Prior to PARC, I was Director of Georgia Tech’s Cognitive Computing Lab and Associate Professor in the College of Computing. I have a PhD from Yale University, MS from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and BTech from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi, where I received the President of India's Gold Medal for valedictorians.

I am a closet anthropologist and love travel, people, and culture.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

Vision, experience, biz-tech expertise, strategy.

Combining technology innovation and business strategy: how to build a technology idea and take it to market.

Human-centered computing: what makes people tick, how to create technology they will want to use, and how to make them want to use it.

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Ben J Dyer
They're my friends
He's thrived in the entrepreneurial environments surrounding GA Tech and has always impressed me with his ability to work on big and importa ... nt ideas.
Jeff Levy
They're my friends
I don't really know Ashwin that well, but he was well thought of at Georgia Tech.
They're my school
Ashwin is a thought leader in Social Cognition with substantial body of work in the field. Couple this with his startup experience and passi ... on for commercializing research topics Ashwin is well positioned to build out his next venture.
Preetha Ram
We worked together at  •  CoFounder & CEO, and Advisor, Future of Learning, Institute for the Future. Yale grad.
He combines bold vision with thoughtful and precise execution. Big ideas+small details. Imaginative, innovative and creative problem solve ... r.
Juan Carlos Santamaria
We worked together at Georgia Institute of Technology
Ashwin is a great entrepreneur because he is goal-driven and has great ability to convince people to work as a team to accomplish the object ... ives. He is very analytical: he researches options carefully to determine costs, risks, and opportunities; he consistently chooses the objectives with best long-term returns; and he creates feasible plans to achieve those objectives. Ashwin is a team builder and a great leader. He is always mindful of the business case, the technologies involved in the offerings, and the capabilities of the team to deliver the products or services. He is creative, friendly, and committed.
Chris Sprague
We worked together at
Ashwin has an intellect and set of analytical skills that far surpass almost any other entrepreneur I've met. Some people know "a little ab ... out a lot", I would say Ashwin knows "a lot about a lot", with tremendous depth of experience and knowledge in all things startups, social, edtech, and AI. Ashwin leverages his vast knowledge base and network to drive new ideas and connections, and has a proven track record of applying his skills in building successful startups. He was instrumental in my time working with OpenStudy, and a critical part to its success (~1M students/month) and ongoing opportunities. I want him on my team when our paths cross again.
Craig Tashman
They're my friends
I believe Ashwin would be a great entrepreneur because he can mix cutting edge technology with business. As a professor at one of the top mu ... lti-disciplinary research centers in the world, Ashwin earned his credentials in advanced science. And through his work at Parc and his other entrepreneurial activities, he showed his passion for bringing that science to market in the form of products and services. Ashwin will bring awesome innovation, vision, and raw intellect to a founding team, and I recommend him strongly.
They're my school
I have known Ashwin for over 30 years in various capacities, as a school mate, friends, and as an entrepreneur. My interactions, with him, o ... ver the years leads me to believe that his inquisitiveness, his solution seeking DNA, and his desire to create and lead start-ups are some the traits that make for a successful entrepreneur.
Christian Fritz
Research Scientist, Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). Previously Program Manager, Big Data, PARC. University of Toronto grad.
Shrenik Devasani
Software Development Engineer, Amazon. Previously Software Engineer, Ejenta.
Tom Mundheim
Previously CFO, Verdande Technology AS. Previously CFO at AGR Drilling Services, AGR Drilling Services.

Sandeep Mathur
They're my school
He has proven he can do it—see his track record.

Preetha Ram
They're my current cofounder
Beyond technology, an A team needs vision, market savvy, and ability to execute. Preetha is a rare combination of all three in one. Add her ... energy, people skills, and network, and you have an entrepreneur you'd kill to acquire.