About Us

About us.

We help people and machines work smarter together today to evolve your business, humanity, and the world tomorrow. Plus, building a groundbreaking AI is just plain fun.

Humanizing machine intelligence.

For a long time we have felt like the approach to machine intelligence was backwards. Why attempt to model unknown intelligence functions when we can look to natural evolutionary systems and brain mechanics to solve our most challenging problems? Instead of using AI to help us understand the brain, should we not use the brain to help us understand AI? For us, making machine intelligence approachable and accessible to all skill levels and business needs was critical not only to our industry, but the future of humanity. And so we built Intelligent Artifacts.

Artifacts of innovation.

Unlike other innovators in the Artificial Intelligence space, intelligence itself is not our goal. it is neither the ultimate product nor the ending outcome of our efforts. It is the output, an artifact, a subsequent, ever-changing result in a greater journey toward creating the most advanced Machine Intelligence platform. It is a vehicle by which we drive change, not the final destination.

Our purpose.

We exist to create new races of intelligent machines that partner with us in forging a new civilization that sustains, conserves, and evolves humanity to reach its full potential.

Our objectives.

To ensure trustworthy, transparent, and effective AI integration across safety-critical applications as a pathway to achieving human-level intelligence.

Our story.

Intelligent Artifacts was founded in 2009 by a cognitive physicist and new father with a passion for Artificial Intelligence and the desire to build a better world. AI had been in the back of his mind since he was a kid himself, mapping out his own solutions to some of the world’s most complex AI problems. Years passed and many of the problems he read about in his childhood remained unsolved. The AI industry continued to prove itself a sea of small victories leading to ultimate dead-ends, roadblocks, and AI winters. Our founder took one look at his newborn son and understood what his work should be.

Intelligent Artifacts was not formed as a startup in a dorm room or garage, like so many tech companies of our time. It was forged as a digital collaboration of seasoned, passionate professionals with an absolute focus and a yearning to create a positive impact. To this day, we believe our individual journeys brought us together to build something uniquely capable of creating a powerful and lasting solution for machine intelligence. With a shared sense of hope for the future of humanity, our collective abilities and imaginative geekiness forged a path for us to create what we believe will not only change the world as it is, but for generations to come. Together, we can re-engineer a part of humanity’s future by creating the first viable machine intelligence: a new civilization of intelligent machines that work harmoniously with humans to foster a better world for us all.

Our Leadership Team.

Nick Cianciolo
Chief Executive Officer
Nick Cianciolo has a hard science background in Astrophysics as well as extensive technical skills in engineering and software. Before joining IA, he founded and ran Ursim Consulting, a technology company serving Fortune 500 clients, including Google, Microsoft, GM, and more.
Specialty: Physics
Sevak Avakians
Founder & Chief Technology Officer
Sevak Avakians is a published physicist, information theorist, cybersecurity analyst for the Federal Reserve, and a software developer. His work led to the development of IA's AI framework and developer platform, which have been used in production environments for over a decade.
Specialty: Cognitive Physics
Mike "Montana" Edwards
Chief Growth Officer
Mike Edwards is a retired Air Force pilot with extensive experience within the DoD and Intelligence Community, having held leadership positions within the US Air Force, the Pentagon, and companies such as Northrop Grumman and Maxar Technologies over his 30+ year career.
Specialty: Defense & IC Strategy
Mark Mackowiak
Chief Operating Officer
Mark Mackowiak joined IA in 2017 as an early-stage investor with 20+ years of professional capital markets and financial portfolio management experience. He handles customer account acquisition, risk management, financial management as well as directing SBIR initiatives.
Specialty: Finance & Portfolio Mgmt
David Verlander
Chief Strategy Officer
David Verlander spearheads strategic initiatives and corporate funding, providing expert-level guidance on markets and risk assessment to leadership. He has a capital markets and investment management background and was an investor himself before joining the team in 2018.
Specialty: Risk Assessment
Elcid Melconian
VP of Operations
Elcid Melconian steers day-to-day operations focusing on business administration, customer relations, team leadership, bookkeeping/finance, and system implementation. Before joining IA, he spent 25 years in manufacturing and has a background in business management.
Specialty: Customer Relationships
Emily Mathwich
Communications Manager
Emily Mathwich manages the general content, design, and production of all sales and marketing materials. Her background in creative writing and theater has helped Intelligent Artifacts distill complex ideas into digestible storytelling formats.
Specialty: Explanatory Storytelling
GAIuS
Chief Intelligence Officer
GAIuS was built in 2008 as an evolutionary pathway to human-level intelligence. It is a true domain and data-agnostic Artificial General Intelligence system and is at the core of every Intelligent Artifacts solution.
Specialty: Data-agnostic problem solving

Updates & News.

News
January 20, 2022

Intelligent Artifacts wins Air Force Phase II SBIR Award for Advanced Sensor Fusion

AI/ML to Modernize the F-35 Lightning II Platform

Written by:
Emily Mathwich
News
April 22, 2021

Intelligent Artifacts Announces Mike Edwards As Chief Growth Officer

Retired Air Force Pilot brings 30+ years of Defense industry experience to AI startup

Written by:
Emily Mathwich
News
April 22, 2021

Intelligent Artifacts Wins Air Force SBIR Award to Develop Certifiable ML for Aerospace Platforms‍

The "Blue Sky" opportunity for airborne Machine Learning that meets strict technical standards for safety in aviation is one step closer.

Written by:
Emily Mathwich
News
April 6, 2021

Intelligent Artifacts Partners with ConsuNova to Develop its DO-178C Certifiable Software

Leading the industry to FAA certifiable Machine Learning

Written by:
Emily Mathwich
News
January 20, 2021

Intelligent Artifacts Wins Air Force SBIR Award

Explainable AI leveraged for autonomous collaboration to support commandONE architecture

Written by:
Emily Mathwich
News
April 13, 2018

Winner of the Sikorsky Entrepreneurial Challenge.

Intelligent Artifacts has won the prestigious Innovation Challenge for its Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) platform.

Written by:
Sikorsky

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