Babak Hodjat

Babak Hodjat is Vice President of Evolutionary AI at Cognizant, and former co-founder and CEO of Sentient. He is
responsible for the core technology behind the world’s largest distributed artificial intelligence system.
Babak was also the founder of the world's first AI-driven hedge fund, Sentient Investment Management. He is a serial entrepreneur, having started a number of Silicon Valley companies as main inventor
and technologist.

Prior to co-founding Sentient, Babak was senior director of engineering at Sybase iAnywhere, where he
led mobile solutions engineering. He was also co-founder, CTO and board member of
Dejima Inc. Babak is the primary inventor of Dejima’s patented, agent-oriented technology applied to
intelligent interfaces for mobile and enterprise computing – the technology behind Apple’s Siri.

A published scholar in the fields of artificial life, agent-oriented software engineering and
distributed artificial intelligence, Babak has 31 granted or pending patents to his name. He is an expert in
numerous fields of AI, including natural language processing, machine learning, genetic algorithms and
distributed AI and has founded multiple companies in these areas. Babak holds a Ph.D. in machine
intelligence from Kyushu University, in Fukuoka, Japan. He can be reached at Babak.Hodjat@cognizant.com.