Dallas-Based Darwin Ecosystem Announced As a 2018 SXSW® Interactive Innovation Awards Finalist

The Technology Services and Solutions Company to Present Its “Cognitive Story” Project

DALLAS – February 8, 2018 – Dallas-based Darwin Ecosystem today was announced as one of South by Southwest’s® (SXSW) 21st annual Interactive Innovation Awards finalists for its work in artificial intelligence in the AI & Machine Learning category. Darwin Ecosystem created a machine learning system that helps limited individuals communicate by identifying brainwave patterns to detect intentions and express them to people or systems. Titled, “A Cognitive Story,” Darwin built an open source electroencephalography (EEG) brainwave detection and monitoring device and cognitive system in collaboration with IBM, Tanmay Bakshi, OpenBCI, Not Rocket Science and various neural networks for advanced data processing to create the first proof of concept, an organic EEG brainwave interpretation system that learns to detect intent.

The entire project kicked off with a single tweet asking IBM to help a quadriplegic Canadian woman communicate with loved ones. The Darwin team, with vast experience in organic pattern detection of both structured and unstructured data, quickly got to work and successfully built a machine learning system whose functionality measures brain patterns, processes data, displays outcomes and most importantly, learns through the interactions between the woman and her mother. Brain waves are measured through an EEG device that are then processed using cognitive computing.

“This Cognitive Story project is something we’ve worked on for quite some time and are extremely passionate about,” said Thierry Hubert, CEO and founder, Darwin Ecosystem. “We are honored to be named an award finalist and look forward to sharing how the profound impact technology and pattern detection can have in giving a ‘voice’ to those who may not otherwise have one.”

The 21st annual Interactive Innovation Awards presented by KPMG recognizes the most exciting tech developments in the connected world. Other finalists in the AI & Machine Learning category honoring digital systems which have the ability to adapt to changing data, stimuli and circumstances include, Akatsuki Inc, Tool, Unanimous AI and Woebot Labs, Inc. Darwin Ecosystem is the only Texas-based organization in the AI & Machine Learning category. Winners of the 2018 Interactive Innovation Awards will be announced on March 13 at the Innovation Awards Ceremony in Austin, Texas.

Launched in 2008 by Thierry Hubert as an R&D data exploration think-tank, Darwin Ecosystem technologies offer a framework to build solutions across industries seeking to capture, visualize and make sense of information streams as they occur. Darwin was awarded the 2012 TechCrunch Disrupt SAP Big Data Start-Up Award for demonstrating that pattern detection algorithms reveal the evolving themes from unstructured streaming information to help people, businesses and governments gain awareness and insight into constantly evolving topics across multiple information streams. Also recognized as the 2015-2016 recipient of Canada’s R&D grants for technological advancement in organic pattern detection research, the DAE system leverages IBM Cloud and Cognitive Technologies in conjunction with its own Organic Pattern Detection Services.

About Darwin Ecosystem

Darwin Ecosystem is an A.I. solutions provider that helps organizations accelerate discovery and insight through cutting-edge big data and cognitive technologies. Launched in 2008, Darwin Ecosystem began as an R&D exploration think-tank and quickly evolved to become the only organization specializing in pattern detection technology to improve the discovery, understanding and visualization of unstructured data to augment services and decisions for its clients. Darwin also specializes in cognitive solutions and APIs revealing, detecting and alerting when patterns change. Darwin Ecosystem is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with additional offices and labs located in Minneapolis, Minn., Derry, N.H. and Montréal, Canada. For more information, visit www.darwinecosystem.com.

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