The Team Behind The Technology
Sophia’s technology is only half the story. Our revolutionary new approach to monetizing the web has been developed by a star team from technology, retail, advertising, sales and academia. Browse below and meet the team behind the company.
- Dr David PattersonChief Strategy Officer & Co-founderPrior to founding Sophia, David was Director of an Artificial Intelligence Research Lab at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland. His research focused on developing & commercializing the latest data mining, machine learning and information retrieval techniques. It was here that the initial research behind Sophia was carried out. Since becoming CEO and Chief Strategy Officer of Sophia he has led the product development and commercialization process, and he was instrumental in securing the largest angel investment round in Northern Ireland's history and a Series A investment from Atlantic Bridge Partners, based in Dublin.
- Dr Vladimir DobryninCSO & Co-FounderPrior to founding Sophia, Vladimir was an Associate Professor and Senior Researcher at St. Petersburg State University. He graduated in 1977 with honours and worked for 3 years as an engineer in the Radio-Technical Research Institute in St. Petersburg. In 1981 he took up a position at St. Petersburg State University and received his Ph.D. in Mathematical Cybernetics in 1985. He has 30 years R&D experience in the IT sector.
- Conal LoughreyVP EngineeringConal is responsible for architecture, technology, development, solutions delivery and operations. He works closely with product and executive management. He has over 17 years of extensive experience in software development with a combination of start-up and Fortune 500 experience in the UK and USA. Prior to joining Sophia, Conal was Technology Director at the Benefits Corporation of America where he led new product innovation. Before BCA, Conal was at PwC where he worked on enterprise ERP products.