Minerva Intelligence Inc. is a private company based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Our objective is to develop and market AI software products to various industries with complex technical and scientific data. The principal founders of Minerva, Clinton Smyth (CEO) and Professor David Poole (Chief Software Architect), conceived and built the AI software based on decades of experience and expertise developed while working in the geological and cognitive computing fields.
In 2017, Minerva acquired the AI software and intellectual property of Georeference Online Ltd. (“Georeference”), which was founded in 2000 by Mr. Smyth and Professor Poole to develop AI applications in geology. Clinton Smyth is a geologist and software developer with 40 years in mineral exploration with 25 of those years being spent at Anglo American, one of the largest mining companies in the world. David Poole has been a professor in the department of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia for 30 years and is also the director of UBC's Laboratory for Computational Intelligence. Both of them have published in the field of AI, Professor Poole extensively.
Minerva’s proprietary AI Platform consists of the AI software acquired from Georeference, as enhanced and reengineered by Minerva. The Minerva AI Platform combines human domain expertise with information from public and private databases in a cognitive computer reasoning system to carry out complex tasks faster and more thoroughly than can be done by human beings. Knowledge engineering, logic programming and reasoning with uncertainty are also key elements of the platform.
While the AI Platform was initially applied to minerals exploration given the geology knowledge-base acquired from Georeference, it can be used in other industries, such as environmental protection, geohazards, land use planning, insurance and healthcare. Minerva intends to make its AI Platform available as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) application to the mineral exploration industry in early 2019 and is developing applications for the geohazards and insurance industries to be released in the near-term.