Babak Hodjat

Co-founder and Chief Scientist, Sentient

Babak Hodjat is co-founder and Chief Scientist of Sentient, responsible for the core technology behind the world’s largest distributed artificial intelligence system. Hodjat is a serial entrepreneur, having started a number of Silicon Valley companies as main inventor and technologist. Prior to co-founding Sentient, Hodjat was Senior Director of engineering at Sybase iAnywhere, where he led mobile solutions engineering. Prior to Sybase, Hodjat was co-founder, CTO and board member of Dejima Inc., acquired by Sybase in April 2004. Hodjat is the primary inventor of Dejima’s patented, agent-oriented technology—the technology behind Apple’s Siri, applied to intelligent interfaces for mobile and enterprise computing. Hodjat is a published scholar in the fields of Artificial Life, Agent-Oriented Software Engineering, and Distributed Artificial Intelligence, and has 25 granted or pending patents to his name. Babak holds a PhD in Machine Intelligence from Kyushu University, in Fukuoka, Japan.