David A. Ferruci

CEO, Elemental Cognition


Dr. David Ferrucci is the Founder, CEO, and Chief Scientist of Elemental Cognition. With decades of experience in AI, Dr. Ferrucci built and led the IBM Watson team from its inception through its landmark Jeopardy success in 2011 when Watson defeated the greatest Jeopardy! players of all time. Watson went on to lay the foundation for a new wave of applications and research initiatives in AI. With Elemental Cognition, "he sees a future in which AI will become a powerful amplifier of human creativity– a system based not just on statistical methods but on learning a shared and rational understanding of how the world works. This AI will enable humans and machines to explore, collaborate and ask 'why' together."