SOURCE: Atigeo

December 02, 2008 07:00 ET

Dr. Oliver Downs, Prominent Bayesian Predictive Modeling & Optimization Expert, Joins Atigeo

BELLEVUE, WA--(Marketwire - December 2, 2008) - Atigeo LLC, a data intelligence technology innovator, today announces the appointment of Dr. Oliver Downs as its Chief Scientist. In his new role, Dr. Downs is spearheading Atigeo's research and development efforts in areas such as Bayesian machine learning, pattern recognition, predictive modeling and quantum optimization for real-time understanding and prediction of human behavior, resulting in high quality content for users.

Dr. Downs is known for his leadership in applying abstract analytical ideas from mathematical, physical and statistical science to problems in the real world. He has an extensive background in applied research in algorithm design and development, quantum optimization, and state-of-the-art machine learning. Dr. Downs' 14 years' experience has resulted in 18 US patents pending in the fields of Bayesian Prediction, Statistical Estimation, Outlier Detection, Real-Time GPS Data Processing and a granted patent in the field of Quantum Optimization algorithms.

"Dr. Downs brings tremendous technology passion, experience and values to Atigeo, which are completely aligned with our vision and team," said Michael Sandoval, CEO of Atigeo. "We're excited to be working with Dr. Downs, innovating together to deliver the future of relevance-based technology."

Dr. Downs joins Atigeo from Mindset Media, where he served as Chief Scientist, overseeing the architecture and development of a web-based predictive analytics platform that enabled ad-targeting to internet users based on inferring their individual psychographics.

Prior to Mindset Media, Dr. Downs served as Principal Scientist for Kirkland-based INRIX, a spin-off from Microsoft Research. At INRIX, Downs delivered a world-first in the provision of real-time traffic information using a nationwide network of GPS-enabled probe vehicles, which captured the 2007 Breakthrough Technology of the Year Award by the Washington Software Alliance.

Dr. Downs' accomplishments include pioneering web-facing applications of predictive analytics and probabilistic reasoning for Pelago, Farecast and MSN in addition to offline analytics, including financial mathematics, quantum computing and Bayesian prediction for L1 Partners, D-Wave Systems, Apollo Data Technologies, Microsoft Research, Barnes & Noble, Knight Ridder, Ryder and IGT.

"This is an exciting opportunity for me to be a part of a creative organization with amazing technology and remarkable talent with a track record of successfully commercializing leading edge technology," said Downs.

Dr. Downs is a graduate of Princeton University holding PhD and MA degrees in Applied and Computational Mathematics. He also holds BA, MA and MSci degrees in Experimental and Theoretical Physics from the University of Cambridge, UK. Dr. Downs has Erdös Number 3.

About Atigeo

Founded in 2005, Atigeo specializes in a new breed of data intelligence technology that enables individualized interactions and experiences of unprecedented relevance. The company is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington and is privately held. To learn more about Atigeo, please visit

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