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Building brains for self-driving vehicles

Brain Corp is a San Diego-based software company specializing in the development of intelligent, autonomous systems that automate commercial equipment.

The company was co-founded in 2009 by world-renowned computational neuroscientist, Dr. Eugene Izhikevich, and serial tech entrepreneur, Dr. Allen Gruber, to focus on Artificial Intelligence and robotics development. Brain Corp’s initial work involved advanced R&D for Qualcomm Inc., and DARPA. The company is now focused on developing advanced machine learning and computer vision systems for the next generation of self-driving vehicles.

Dr. Izhikevich’s innovative research has attracted a team of accomplished scientists, engineers and innovators from all over the world to help him realize his vision.

Board of Directors

Brain Corp is funded by Qualcomm Ventures, the investment arm of mobile technology leader, Qualcomm Inc. Board members include Dr. Izhikevich, Dr. Gruber, Mr. Quinn Lee, Vice President & Global Head of Qualcomm Ventures, Mr. Harvey White, co-founder of Qualcomm Inc., and Mr. James Quandt, a nationally recognized business leader.

Known for his contributions to the theory of spiking networks, in 2005 Dr. Izhikevich implemented the world’s largest thalamo-cortical model. It simulated one hundred billion neurons and one quadrillion synapses - the same number as the human brain. In addition, Dr. Izhikevich was a senior fellow in Theoretical Neurobiology at the San Diego-based Neurosciences Institute and is the founder of Scholarpedia, a free, peer-reviewed encyclopedia.

Dr. Gruber graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Biochemistry and also with an MD. He attended Washington University for clinical and research training and was on the faculty of the University of Texas. Dr. Gruber was a Senior Fellow in the Institute of Neural Computation at UCSD in 2007. His professional memberships include the American Academy of Neurology, the Society for Neuroscience, and IEEE.

Mr. White founded Leap Wireless and was its Chairman and CEO until 2004. Leap’s Cricket Wireless service was the first to offer unlimited calling for a fixed monthly fee and thus changed the landscape for all U.S. based wireless service pricing. Cricket is now the sixth largest carrier in the U.S.

Prior to Leap, Mr. White was a co-founder, director and President of Qualcomm, Inc. He served as its COO for much of his tenure there where he oversaw the day-to-day operations and was deeply involved in managing its growth to become the dominant technology company in the terrestrial wireless industry. He also interfaced with the financial community and was a major contributor to the strategic direction of the company. His prior experience included financial and operational roles, including heading a $100-million-per-year conglomerate business, primarily in the aerospace marketplace.

Mr. White is on the Board of Trustees of the Salk Institute of Biological Studies, the Old Globe Theater, the San Diego Museum of Art, and the San Diego Padres. He also sits on the Board of Directors of ViaSat Inc. and Zeebo. He holds a BA in economics from Marshall University.

Prior to joining Qualcomm Ventures, Quinn held various engineering and management roles in the wireless industry. Most recently, he worked in product management and business development at IBM Systems and Technology Group. Previously, he spent several years in Broadcom and the wireless infrastructure group at Lucent Technologies.

Quinn received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, and his MBA from Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management.

He led the creation of Qualcomm’s IP licensing strategy, which became a catalyst for the rapid worldwide growth of CDMA technology and the success of the Qualcomm Technology Licensing business. In his role with Brain Corporation, Altman will helps develop the company’s licensing and royalty strategy.

Brain Corp receives ISSA 2016 Innovation of the Year Award for EMMA.

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