Paul Lewicki, PhD is a cognitive scientist, entrepreneur, and investor. He is a former professor of cognitive psychology at the University of Tulsa (1984-2009), where he established the Nonconscious Information Processing Laboratory, funded by multiple grants from NSF and NIH.
He was among the first scientists to publish evidence that the advanced expertise, acquired by humans from experience, involves multivariate and highly-interactive patterns in data, which are much more complex than what humans are able to consciously articulate or even communicate. This approach became popular and quickly adopted by the corporate world as so-called “predictive data mining” – making computers derive from Big Data more complex patterns than what humans can understand, and then use these patterns to make new predictions.
He started StatSoft, a company that pioneered commercial applications of data mining, and rapidly became a large developer of data mining solutions for all industries, with offices in 30 countries and over 1 million accounts. He was the CEO and main shareholder when StatSoft was acquired by Dell in 2014.
As a cognitive scientist, he continues to develop artificial intelligence technologies that make computers smarter. As a businessman, he invests in (and helps develop) companies that strive to “make a difference” by using AI to promote the general welfare by accelerating technological progress, especially in the area of medicine, that has been traditionally slower in adopting artificial intelligence.