Luminaries & Thought Leaders (Columnists)

(alphabetical order)

Melvin Greer

Melvin Greer, columnist, is Director of Data Science and Analytics at Intel. Melvin uses his knowledge in graph analytics, machine learning and cognitive computing to accelerate transformation of data into a strategic asset for Federal Agencies and global enterprises. His systems and software engineering experience has resulted in patented inventions in cloud computing, synthetic biology and Io…

Paul Harmon

Paul Harmon, columnist, is currently a Senior Consultant with Cutter Consortium, specializing in Cognitive Technologies, and also the Executive Editor of BPTrends. He is the author of both Business Process Change and Expert Systems: AI for Business. Paul has provided management advice and has spoken at leading AI conferences around the wo…

Setrag Khoshafian

Setrag Khoshafian, Ph.D., columnist, has been a senior executive in the software industry for the past 25 years, and has invented, architected, and led the production of several enterprise software products and solutions. Dr. Khoshafian is Pegasystems' Chief Evangelist, IoT strategist, and strategic BPM (digital processes) technology leader involved in numerous innovation, technology, marketing…

Doug Lenat

Doug Lenat, Ph.D., columnist, is a pioneer in artificial intelligence. Dr. Lenat is founder of the long-standing Cyc project and CEO of Cycorp, a provider of semantic technologies for unprecedented common sense reasoning. He has been a Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie-Mellon and Stanford and has received numerous honors, including the bi-annual IJCAI Computers and Thought Award (the hi…

N. D. Ludlow

N.D. Ludlow, Ph.D., columnist, is an entrepreneur, research scientist, professor, CEO, and inventor. Dr Ludlow has a broad range of experience from academia, to technical leadership of research companies, to being CEO of three companies, one of which he took public on the NYSE. Following an honorable retirement from the US Air Force after 16 years as a pilot and researcher, and being decorated…

Mark Minevich

Mark Minevich, columnist, is an author and world-renowned visionary in the fields of digitization and artificial intelligence. Mark is the principle founder of Going Global Ventures in New York and Venture Partner of GVA Capital in Silicon Valley. He is a Senior Fellow of the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils and Senior Advisor of the Council of Competitiveness in Washington DC and…

Mike Olson

Mike Olson, columnist, co-founded Cloudera in 2008 and served as its CEO until 2013 when he took on his current role of chief strategy officer (CSO.) As CSO, Mike is responsible for Cloudera’s product strategy, open source leadership, engineering alignment and direct engagement with customers.

Steve Omohundro

Steve Omohundro, Ph.D., columnist, is a scientist, professor, author and entrepreneur. Dr. Omohundro is working to ensure that artificial intelligence is beneficial to humanity, and is developing a new kind of intelligent computing for better software, decision making and social structures. Although his Ph.D. is in mathematical physics, most of his work focuses on natural and artificial intelli…

Nathaniel Palmer

Nathaniel Palmer, columnist, is a best-selling author, speaker, practitioner, and is rated the #1 Most Influential Thought Leader in Business Process Management (BPM) by independent research. Nathaniel has the led the design for some of the industry’s largest-scale and most complex process automation and digital transformation initiatives, involving investments of $500 million or more. Today he…

Bruce Richardson

Bruce Richardson, columnist, is SVP and Chief Enterprise Strategist at Salesforce. During his 20-year career as Chief Research Officer at AMR Research he initiated and led the firm’s coverage of ERP, supply chain management, CRM, e-commerce, cloud computing, and the “future of work.” He described it as the "Best job in the world," and was responsible for First Thing Monday, a weekly publication…