Babak Hodjat is co-founder and chief scientist of Sentient, responsible for the core technology behind the world’s largest distributed artificial intelligence system. Babak is a serial entrepreneur, having started a number of Silicon Valley companies as main inventor and technologist. Prior to co-founding Sentient, Babak was senior director of engineering at Sybase iAnywhere, where he led mobile solutions engineering. Prior to Sybase, Babak was co-founder, CTO and board member of Dejima Inc., acquired by Sybase in April 2004. Babak is the primary inventor of Dejima’s patented, agent-oriented technology applied to intelligent interfaces for mobile and enterprise computing – the technology behind Apple’s Siri. Babak is a published scholar in the fields of Artificial Life, Agent-Oriented Software Engineering, and Distributed Artificial Intelligence, and has 25 granted or pending patents to his name. Babak holds a PhD in Machine Intelligence from Kyushu University, in Fukuoka, Japan.