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Behavioral Signals The Team

Driven by a passion to bring our ground-breaking patented speech-to-emotion and speech-to-behaviors technologies to market, CEO, Alex Potamianos, Chief Scientist, Shri Narayanan, and Chief Strategist Prem Natarajan founded Behavioral Signals in 2016. With the goal of enhancing and forever changing the world of business, technology is at the core of what we do. Our algorithms analyze human emotions and behaviors, transform data into usable information, and lead to making better business decisions and increasing profits.

Until now, human emotion has been considered impossible to quantify, and impossible to measure.

With our patented analytics suite, we use science to measure and interpret the “how” part of human interactions. Our solutions are easy to use and proven to help businesses improve their efficiency, reduce costs and save time.

Quite simply, our products complete the human loop by understanding calls and live interactions, measuring and interpreting their quality and providing immediate, actionable insights to decision-makers. Translating the qualitative into the quantitative. With the combined work of a strong and experienced team, Behavioral Signals is aiming for a better understanding of interpersonal conversations.

CEO & Co-founder

Alex Potamianos

A rare mix of scientist and businessman, Alex is a well-regarded innovator in the field of speech and natural language processing, interactive voice response systems and behavioral informatics. He has over 20 years of leadership experience both in the corporate and entrepreneurial sides of business. His background includes working at AT&T Labs-Research, Bell Labs and Lucent Technologies and is a co-founder of Alesman.

“Technology has become ubiquitous in our society as algorithmic capabilities expand and increasingly disruptive ideas are brought forth. Businesses, now more than ever, can take advantage of this technology in order to be increasingly efficient, improve quality, and reduce costs. Our products accomplish that and more

Alex Potamianos

His academic achievements have gone hand in hand with his extensive research work, receiving his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Engineering Sciences from Harvard University and later his MBA from the Stern School of Business, NYU.

Alex lives in Los Angeles where he enjoys kayaking and sailing.

Chief Scientist & Co-founder

Shri Narayanan

There is a lot that we can say about Shri, our Chief Scientist. In fact, there is an entire wikipedia page about his many accomplishments. He is a pioneer in human-centered information processing and communication technologies, with a special emphasis on behavioral signal processing and informatics.

Shri brings his vision to the team, encouraging new ways of thinking. He informs and inspires us to reach beyond what is possible today, setting new standards for tomorrow.

Granted, Shri is a very busy person, but in his leisure time he enjoys playing the citar.

He is a graduate, with an M.S. Engineering and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering, of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and is an Andrew J. Viterbi Professor of Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC). Shri holds appointments as Professor of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Linguistics, Psychology, Neuroscience and Pediatrics and is the founding director of the Ming Hsieh Institute. Prior to USC, Shri was with AT&T Bell Labs and AT&T Research from 1995 to 2000. At USC, he founded and currently directs the Signal Analysis and Interpretation Laboratory (SAIL).

 

Chief Strategist & Co-founder

Prem Natarajan

In his role as Chief Strategist at Behavioral Signal Technologies, Prem counts on his years of business experience and research in speech, face and handwriting recognition, as well as natural language processing to develop, execute and sustain our corporate strategic initiatives.

His practical knowledge helps to steer our business development efforts and partnerships, we call Prem our “connections guy”.

Prem grew up in India and earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Tufts University. He is the inaugural Michael Keston Executive Director of the USC Information Sciences Institute. Prior to joining USC and Behavioral Signal Technologies, he served as EVP and Principal Scientist at Raytheon BBN Technologies, leading its Speech, Language, and Multimedia Business Unit. At BBN, he founded the computer vision, speech-to-speech translation, and document image processing groups, and initiated foundational research efforts in the areas of computational social science and predictive analytics.

Business Development Analyst

Maria-Anna Niforos

Maria-Anna is the Business Development Analyst at Behavioral Signals. She has worked in business, education and even translated an Academy of Athens’ award-winning historical book. Prior to her role in Behavioral Signals, Maria-Anna worked in the R&D and Project Management teams at Bloomberg LP in New York City and received her PMP certification while working there. On the education front, she has taught English and Science at various levels, including a stint as Undergraduate Lecturer of Biological Sciences Laboratory at Columbia University. She is a graduate of Columbia University (BA, MSc) and holds an MBA degree from the Athens Laboratory of Business Administration (ALBA).

Maria-Anna has a love for languages: she is fluent in English and Greek, speaks Spanish and basic French. She has also worked as a business coach and has a stellar 100% success rate of employment!

VP of Engineering

Nassos Katsamanis

Nassos is our tech lead and is based in Athens, Greece where he works with our global team of engineers. He is devoted to building cutting edge technologies into the company’s products and turn them into profitable real world solutions for our clients.

Nassos has conducted extensive research in behavioral signal understanding, working on his postdoc with Shri Narayanan at USC, LA. He is also an entrepreneur, having co-founded beenotes.com, the first voice-controlled apiculture application, and as its CTO, he brought the speech-enabled apiculture platform to market. Before that, he received the Diploma in ECE (with highest honors) and Ph.D. degree from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in Greece. After his postdoc at USC, and 3 years thereafter, he was a Research Scientist at the Robotic Perception and Interaction Unit of Athena RC in Greece, working on (distant) speech recognition, gesture recognition, deep learning, audio saliency estimation and multimodal signal processing.

In his leisure time, he enjoys hiking, painting, and playing on a local soccer team.

VP of Analytics

Manolis Tsangaris

Manolis is based in Athens, Greece where he leads our product development and business analytics teams. He works directly with clients to understand their pains, workflow and iterate solutions with our engineering team based on our core technology. We call Manolis, our unconventional thinker., because he is not tied to mainstream thinking in order to create a solution.

His long time experience includes Chief Technology Officer & Architect at Sinartia Technologies and he holds a Ph.D. and a Master’s in Sciences in Computer Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an Engineering Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens. He has participated in two Silicon Valley Startups as a multiprocessing expert and Senior Architect, and two Boston based startups, as a technical leader and operations director. He has also contributed his technical leadership in two EU funded projects with the University of Athens, Greece. He has worked with  AT&T/Lucent Bell Labs from 1995 through 2001.

He holds two US patents in distributed multi processing for Electronic Design Automation and cell phone micro-location sensing.

Manolis loves to preserve traditional Greek music from his island home of Karpathos through recording, archiving and production.

HR and Operations

Katerina Dedoussi

Katerina works in HR and Operations at Behavioral Signals. Based in Greece, Katerina is an operations specialist with product development expertise and more than 10 years of production experience. Prior to her role with Behavioral Signals, Katerina worked as a Production Manager and International Communications Manager for the Follie Follie Group, a company that designs, manufactures and distributes luxury fashion items.

Katerina holds a masters degree in Strategic Human Resources Management and speaks 6 languages, including Japanese!

VP of Business Development

Mark Hodson

Mark is VP of business development at Behavioral Signals and brings over 20 years of partnership and business development experience as both an investor and BD lead within technology and media start-ups. Beginning his career within Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneurial Consulting group, Mark later became VP of Corporate Development for United Online (ISP NetZero, Juno and Classmates). He later both angel invested and/or worked in Business Development for tech startups Jumpcut (acquired by Yahoo!), Afterlive.tv (acquired by Twitter), Votigo, and UBERFAN.

A big fan of KU Jayhawk basketball and an avid golfer, Mark resides in Santa Monica, CA.

Business Strategist Advisor

Steve Borochoff

Steve is a Business Strategist and Advisor to Behavioral Signal Technologies. Based in Southern California (Los Angeles area), Steve is a mentor and strategic advisor to emerging stage software and hardware developers, helping them with business development, go-to-market strategies, and building global sales organizations.

Prior to his prominent advisory roles, Steve was an award-winning VP Level sales and business development leader, working for companies such as Sun Microsystems, JAI Group and Condusiv Technologies.

Steve has built numerous successful businesses by creating, mentoring, and leading teams that strategically address client issues and needs.

Marketing Strategist

Vicki Kolovou

Vicki is Marketing Strategist at Behavioral Signals. Born in Australia but living between the UK and  Greece, Vicki is an expert in brand identity and digital marketing strategy, working with companies across many industries including tech, tourism, ehealth, food processing, fashion and furniture.
As a business women, producer and active supporter of the startup ecosystem, Vicki has co-founded several successful ventures, including Tech Talks Central, a web radio platform that interviews technologists, scientists and researchers, broadcasting live from within tech events.

She loves meeting and talking with people from all over the world, and has a strong belief that you learn at every stage of the development process. Even from failures!

Director of Machine Learning

Theodoros Giannakopoulos

Theodoros is Director of Machine Learning at Behavioral Signal Technologies. Based in Greece, Dr. Giannakopoulos has multiple degrees, including a Ph.D in the department of Informatics and Telecommunications, University of Athens.

In addition to his work with Behavioral Signals, he is also a Research Associate in the IIT, NCSR.  He is the co-author of more than 70 publications in journals and conferences, and also co-author of the book “Introduction to Audio Analysis: A MATLAB Approach”.

His accolades include winning two best-paper awards at MMSP2007 and ICMLA2010, and being ranked in the top 0.5% of Python users according to gitawards.com. He is an enthusiastic and active member of the open source community.

Senior Platform Engineer

Spyros Georgiladakis

Spiros is a Senior Platform Engineer at Behavioral Signal Technologies. Based in Greece, Spiros has a M.Sc. in Electronic and Computer Engineering from the Technical University of Crete. In addition to developing the Behavioral Signals platform, he is the Founder of web design and development company, Websphere.

His background includes working as a software engineer for Behavioral Informatix, and as a research assistant for the Technical University of Crete and the Athena Research and Innovation Center.

He also speaks Greek, English and Spanish!

Senior Machine Learning Engineer

Elias Iosif

Elias is a Senior Machine Learning Engineer at Behavioral Signal Technologies. He has a Ph.D in Electronics and Computer Engineering from Technical University of Crete, Greece, and is now a Post Doctoral Researcher at the National Technical University of Athens. He is the co-author of numerous journal and conference papers, and several book chapters on the subject of Ontology Based Information Extraction.

Dr Ellias and his team won 1st place (among 19 groups) in the Twitter sentiment analysis task SemEval 2016 competition.

Behavioral Data Analyst

Eleni Manusoyanaki

Eleni is a Behavioral Data Analyst at Behavioral Signal Technologies. Based in Greece, she is also a Psychologist and Group Analyst at Open Psychotherapy Centre. Eleni has a Masters degree in Applied Psychology from The University of Manchester and speaks an impressive 4 languages: Greek, English, German and Spanish.

Senior Platform Architect

Spiros Dimopoulos

Spiros is a Senior Platform Architect at Behavioral Signal Technologies. Based in Greece, Spiros has over 10 years of IT experience and has worked in research projects funded by the EU and NSF in the roles of software developer and machine learning engineer. Prior to his position at Behavioral Signals he worked as an IT consultant to the University of Patras and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, as well as various private businesses.

When Spiros isn’t tinkering with small hardware/software integration projects using mobile electronics and sensors, he loves to do watersports, travel and post-process his photos of beautiful scenery!

Social Media Manager

Lila Stavropoulou

Lila is Behavioral Signals’ Social Media Manager. Based in Turkey, Lila is a Top50 Global Health Tech Influencer of 2017, and is a committee member of the European Health Parliament. Lila’s background includes working as a Global Business Intelligence Analyst for Genesis Pharma S.A. and as a Corporate Communication Consultant for Design Brothers, offering communication support for digital health startups.

She is a proud ambassador for the World Health Innovation Summit, an international platform set up to support health services while creating community value. 

Lila is a mentor and has devoted a lot of time to volunteering for worthy programs, events and organizations throughout her career.

R&D Software Engineer

Dimitris Mastrogiannopoulos

Dimitris is an R&D Software Engineer at Behavioral Signals with a strong set of skills software engineering,
embedded programming and audio signal processing engineering. When he’s not coding Dimitris plays his guitar or saxophone while often dwelling into audio processing with Pure Data and Max/MSP and photography.

R&D Software Developer

Ledion Sotiri

Ledion is an R&D Software Developer at Behavioral Signals with an extensive knowledge of system analysis and software engineering for networks, including mobile communications. He’s also prolific in image and video processing. With a strong mathematical background, he excels in analytical thinking and probabilities analysis.

When Ledion is not tinkering away with writing code he loves to read about philosophy and psychology, interpreting human behaviors, while also looking up towards the stars in his spare time.

Machine Learning Engineer

Nelly Papalampidi

Nelly is Machine Learning Engineer at Behavioral Signals while also studying at the National Technical University of Athens.

When she’s not working with natural language processing she enjoys reading, playing mind-games and discovering the world. She also loves aerial acrobatics.

Machine Learning Engineer

George Paraskevopoulos

George is Machine Learning Engineer at Behavioral Signals. He’s experienced in the cloud telecommunications domain and in machine learning. He’s also a PhD candidate on Multimodal Semantics using Deep Learning at the National Technology University in Athens.

When George is not working on his computer he loves to read, play his guitar or go hiking.

Machine learning engineer

Thymios Tzinis

Thymios is Machine Learning Engineer at Behavioral Signals while also studying at the National Technical University of Athens. He’s working on his thesis in which he investigates speech emotion recognition by utilizing deep neural networks and analysing from within the space and chaotic phases.
He has a strong background in Programming, Pattern Recognition, Natural Language & Speech Processing and Algorithms.

He’s loves playing football and is a passionate musician.

Our Investors

Kairos Ventures

Our Advisors

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