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James M. Mazzu

Founder and Principal UX Consultant
James has over 27 years of strategic leadership in UX architecture/design, applied AI, and knowledge systems architecture. In the early 90's, James was Architect and Product Manager of the first intelligent assistant for the Apple platform called Open Sesame. As Senior Scientist at Charles River Analytics, he served as Principal Investigator and has more than 15 publications on the neural networks, expert systems, intelligent UI, and eLearning. Later, he served as Director of R&D for KnowledgePlanet, Director of Development for MediaMap, and VP of Software Development & Consulting for Athenium Inc.

As Principal UX Consultant of Aminda LLC, he designed and developed the aSignals rule-based equity trading system, designed a patented web-based trading platform for Fidelity, enterprise knowledge systems for MassMutual, Goldman Sachs, Moody's, Morgan Stanley and Lazard, and has created the innovative multi-channel network for capturing and delivering personalized expert advice through conversational AI.

James has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from UMass Amherst, and in 1996 became a Candidate for Eng.D. at UMass Lowell with a focus on engineering leadership and artificial intelligence. 

Michael J. Mazzu

VP, Product and Solutions Architect
Michael has over 24 years of experience building and leading innovative technical organizations, including 13 years as a technical founding member of Viisage which had its IPO in 1996, and was renamed to L-1 Identity Solutions in 2006, where he later served as VP Engineering for their Secure Credentialing Division. In addition to full product life-cycle and software development leadership, his expertise includes machine learning, fingerprint and facial recognition, security and identification, and large scale database mining. Mike also served as Chief of Technology and Program Delivery for MorphoTrust, and most recently as VP Products for Authentix where he commercialized product and solution offerings that apply machine learning to brand identity tracking and business insights.

Michael is the recipient of Journal of New England Technology’s 2001 Mass High Tech All Star Award for Software, in recognition of his widely deployed Facial Recognition product for large scale enterprise database mining (FaceEXPLORER). Michael is a graduate of GE's distinguished Edison Engineering Program and was honored as a GE RAVE Award recipient, with an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University in 1992, and a B.S.E.E. in 1989 from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.