MEET OUR TEAM

The people who work on the Scripter team are passionate about leveraging AI as a tool that can be used as a force for good in the world.

Dr. Venkat Srinivasan

Founder & Chair

Dr. Venkat Srinivasan is the Founder and Chair for Intelligent Machines Lab and has worn the shoes of an entrepreneur for most of his career. He brings deep expertise in AI and computational algorithms to the firm, especially computational linguistics combined with deep functional knowledge in multiple domains including finance and accounting. He has founded several successful AI-led startups, including eCredit (acquired by ICG) and Rage Frameworks (acquired by Genpact). He also is the Founder and Managing Director of Innospark Ventures, which is a Boston-based VC investing in founders and ideas that leverage advanced AI to create a differential, disruptive impact for our economy and society.

He holds 8 patents, has published over 30 research papers in peer-reviewed prestigious journals, has co-edited two books and is the author of a recently published book titled, The Intelligent Enterprise in the Era of Big Data. Venkat has strongly advocated for and believes that successful AI-led transformation will be characterized by traceability, context recognition and the ability to learn from sparse data environments through computational abstractions. Outside of work, Venkat enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters. You will also frequently find him exploring the coffee shops around Boston.

Joy Dasgupta

CEO

Digital Transformation Leader and Entrepreneur, with a focus on enablement and adoption of AI driven automation.

As CEO of Empirican drove digital transformation in the Education business and developed growth strategies for AI and Tech startups. Prior to Empirican, General Manager of Rage Frameworks, a Genpact company, implementing AI enabled automation for Fortune 100 companies. Previous roles include Global Transformation Head at American Express, Founder of a Business Transformation consulting firm with a social development agenda, Global Digital Leader for Hewlett Packard. Areas of interest have always been in the intersection of generating change and transformation outcome, with measurable social impact, and Digital Technology and applied AI.

Ashish Cowlagi

Vice President

Ashish Cowlagi has a passion for using technology to drive socially responsible innovation. Throughout his career as an innovator, entrepreneur and as an expert in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, big data and analytics, Ashish has been helping find ways to achieve societal impact with technology. He currently serves as Vice President of Strategy for Intelligent Machines Lab.

Previously, Ashish spent several years in product management and strategy roles at IBM Corporation where he was responsible for building important products including Watson for Oncology & Clinical trial matching – which were among the first AI products in clinical use in the entire industry. Earlier he also helped incubate the Smarter Cities business at IBM, helping cities across the world leverage technology to innovate in areas ranging from public safety, social programs, and transportation.

Ashish is a sought-after public speaker and panelist who has spoken in diverse forums including academic and commercial conferences internationally, as well as at governmental panels including one at the Whitehouse. Ashish volunteers as the President of the board at the India Society of Worcester, a prominent non-profit in the Greater Worcester area. He also serves on the Advisory board for the Center for Clinical and Translational Science at the UMass Medical School and as a Corporator for Greater Worcester Community Foundation.

Vishaal Jatav

Chief Technology Officer & VP of Engineering

Vishaal is responsible for continuous R&D in Natural Language Understanding, Natural Language Evaluation and Artificial & Machine Intelligence and encapsulating all these capabilities into reusable components within the Gyan Platform. He is also responsible for taking these capabilities, applying specific context to them and delivering a suite of products and service APIs for Learning, Education and Academic Research, among others. He has over 11 years of extensive Research & Development in the academia and the industry in the fields of Information & Image Retrieval, Natural Language Processing, Information Extraction and Computational Linguistics.

Vishaal is B. Tech and M. Tech from IIT, Bombay in the use of Linguistics in Information Retrieval & Computer Vision. He has been involved in several collaborative research and tactical projects with University of Glasgow, UK and a consortium of over 18 Research Institutes across India under the Govt. of India.

Erica Schramma

Product Manager and Senior Computational Linguist

Erica has been working on the company’s writing products in the US and India since 2011, starting as a Product Analyst reviewing swaths of erroneous writing in order to improve the core writing engine’s performance. Since then, she has worked on the products from many more aspects, but always likes to return to tinkering with the linguistics and code of the engine. She earned her BA in English from Wellesley College and her Master’s in Varieties of English from the University of Essex, UK, where her research focused on second dialect acquisition.

Viiu Wichman

Product Manager - Gyan Research & Computational Linguist

Viiu is the Product Manager for Gyan Research and a Computational Linguist for Gyan. She holds a Master’s degree in linguistics from UCLA where she focused on syntax, semantics and information structure. Before this she completed a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Michigan State University, focusing on logic and reasoning. Viiu has always had a passion for words, meaning, communication & logic, which has driven her academic pursuits. In her free time, she enjoys words, meaning & communication.

Emil Kuruvilla

Vice President - Business Development & Marketing

Emil Kuruvilla is a Vice President for Intelligent Machines Lab. He joined in the company in 2018 is involved on the market, sales, and product development side across all of the company’s products. Emil has a decade of experience in marketing/business development and has worked across the globe. Between 2009 – 2015, Emil was the head of marketing for the Deshpande Foundation in the U.S. and in India. Emil received his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and his BA (with honors) from the University of California, Irvine.

ASHISH COWLAGI

VICE PRESIDENT

Ashish Cowlagi has a passion for using technology to drive socially responsible innovation. Throughout his career as an innovator, entrepreneur and as an expert in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, big data and analytics, Ashish has been helping find ways to achieve societal impact with technology. He currently serves as Vice President of Strategy for Intelligent Machines Lab.

Previously, Ashish spent several years in product management and strategy roles at IBM Corporation where he was responsible for building important products including Watson for Oncology & Clinical trial matching – which were among the first AI products in clinical use in the entire industry. Earlier he also helped incubate the Smarter Cities business at IBM, helping cities across the world leverage technology to innovate in areas ranging from public safety, social programs, and transportation.

Ashish is a sought-after public speaker and panelist who has spoken in diverse forums including academic and commercial conferences internationally, as well as at governmental panels including one at the Whitehouse. Ashish volunteers as the President of the board at the India Society of Worcester, a prominent non-profit in the Greater Worcester area. He also serves on the Advisory board for the Center for Clinical and Translational Science at the UMass Medical School and as a Corporator for Greater Worcester Community Foundation.

VIIU WICHMAN

PRODUCT MANAGER - GYAN RESEARCH & COMPUTATIONAL LINGUIST

Viiu is the Product Manager for Gyan Research and a Computational Linguist for Gyan. She holds a Master’s degree in linguistics from UCLA where she focused on syntax, semantics and information structure. Before this she completed a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Michigan State University, focusing on logic and reasoning. Viiu has always had a passion for words, meaning, communication & logic, which has driven her academic pursuits. In her free time, she enjoys words, meaning & communication.

VISHAL JATAV

VICE PRESIDENT - ENGINEERING & PROGRAM HEAD, INDIA

Vishaal is responsible for continuous R&D in Natural Language Understanding, Natural Language Evaluation and Artificial & Machine Intelligence and encapsulating all these capabilities into reusable components within the Gyan Platform. He is also responsible for taking these capabilities, applying specific context to them and delivering a suite of products and service APIs for Learning, Education and Academic Research, among others. He has over 11 years of extensive Research & Development in the academia and the industry in the fields of Information & Image Retrieval, Natural Language Processing, Information Extraction and Computational Linguistics.

Vishaal is B. Tech and M. Tech from IIT, Bombay in the use of Linguistics in Information Retrieval & Computer Vision. He has been involved in several collaborative research and tactical projects with University of Glasgow, UK and a consortium of over 18 Research Institutes across India under the Govt. of India.

EMIL KURUVILLA

VICE PRESIDENT - BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & MARKETING

Emil Kuruvilla is a Vice President for Intelligent Machines Lab. He joined in the company in 2018 is involved on the market, sales, and product development side across all of the company’s products. Emil has a decade of experience in marketing/business development and has worked across the globe. Between 2009 – 2015, Emil was the head of marketing for the Deshpande Foundation in the U.S. and in India. Emil received his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and his BA (with honors) from the University of California, Irvine.

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