About Us

ABOUT US

Our foundation is deep experience in multiple industries

Our platform enables a unique experience for each organization

  • history

    i2k Connect was founded in 2013 with a singular purpose: to revolutionize organizations' ability to find, filter and analyze data.  Winner of two SBIR Awards from the National Science Foundation in 2014 and 2015, i2k Connect now serves thousands of users in multiple industries.

  • approach

    i2k Connect transforms documents into structured data enriched with subject matter expert knowledge. Our novel AI technology automatically tags documents with unique, accurate and consistent metadata – for findability, analysis, and action.

  • why choose us

    Out of the box, the i2k Connect Platform tags documents with accurate and consistent metadata, tuned for several industries and applications. Novel machine learning enables it to adapt quickly to your company's preferred approach.

  • contact us
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Reid Smith
Reid G. Smith, Ph.D.
CO-FOUNDER AND CEO

Before founding i2k Connect, Reid was VP of Research and Knowledge Management at Schlumberger, Enterprise Content Management Director at Marathon Oil, and Senior Vice President for Information Solutions at Medstory, a vertical search company purchased by Microsoft. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and is a Fellow of AAAI.

Bruce Buchanan
Bruce G. Buchanan, Ph.D.
CO-FOUNDER AND CHIEF SCIENTIST

Bruce is chiefly responsible for the AI science used in the i2k Connect Platform. He is also the University Professor of Computer Science Emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh. Before joining the Pitt faculty as a Professor of Computer Science, Medicine, and Philosophy, he was a Professor of Computer Science (Research) at Stanford where he worked on the Dendral, Meta-Dendral, Mycin, and Protean systems. He has supervised more than two dozen Ph.D. dissertations in AI and related fields. Bruce holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Michigan State University; he is a Fellow of AAAI and the American College of Medical Informatics, an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, and has served as the secretary-treasurer and president of AAAI.

Eric Schoen
Eric J. Schoen, Ph.D.
DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING

Eric has overall responsibility delivering the i2k Connect Platform. He plays a major role in ensuring the architecture, AI science and processing algorithms are robust enough to enable operation at scale in cloud-based, on-premise and hybrid installations. Before joining i2k Connect, Eric spent over thirty years at Schlumberger, in both research and engineering functions, most recently as its Chief Software Architect. At Schlumberger, he contributed to a broad range of software, from the company’s early pioneering efforts to leverage knowledge-based systems, its GeoFrame and Ocean platforms for reservoir characterization, its software quality processes, and its strategies for enterprise-scale architecture for data acquisition, transmission, processing, and delivery. Eric holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) from Stanford University.

Joshua Eckroth
Joshua Eckroth, Ph.D.
CHIEF ARCHITECT

Josh has primary responsibility for the software architecture that underpins the i2k Connect Platform. He is also Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Stetson University. Josh holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science) from The Ohio State University.

Rebecca Thomas
REBECCA THOMAS
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Becky brings 25+ years’ experience in technology commercialization to i2k Connect. Her expertise is in building companies from startup to exit through a proven methodology of sales, business development, marketing, and customer acquisition. She has been instrumental in several startups including QCase, Bauguss Consulting, Meridio, Trusted Edge, NextPage, Active Navigation, Strategic Saas, Gimmal, and Broad Wing Aerial. She holds a Bachelor of Science Business Management, University of Phoenix.

Keri Harvey
Keri Harvey
Director, Marketing and Advertising

Keri’s primary responsibilities are marketing i2k Connect’s information portal to target audiences and advertising its services. She has more than 20 years of experience in conference management with the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. Keri has created and executed marketing and advertising strategies that she will use to help prepare, inform, and promote i2k Connect’s services to the public. Keri holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of the Pacific.

Steven Gardner
Steven Gardner
SENIOR INFORMATION ANALYST

Steve is responsible for user interface ease-of-use and functionality testing. Over 35+ years at Marathon Oil, Marathon Petroleum and Noah Consulting, he led many process improvement and change management initiatives. Steve has been Purchasing Manager, IT Architect, and Enterprise Content Management Manager. He is very experienced in downstream energy business processes and support functions. Steve is a graduate of the University of Findlay.

Rachel Berkowitz
Rachel Berkowitz, Ph.D.
SENIOR INFORMATION ANALYST

Rachel is responsible for identification of Oil & Gas basins, fields and formations in the i2k Connect Platform. She collaborates with the engineering team to identify and resolve shortcomings. She also writes for US and European scientific publications. She was the founding contributor to Physics Today’s ‘Down to Earth’ column and worked in science writing / communications at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Rachel holds a Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Cambridge.

Sebastian Florez
SEBASTIAN FLOREZ
SOFTWARE DEVELOPER

Sebastian is responsible for new i2k Connect platform software and service features. He is a Computer Science graduate of Stetson University.