Mr. Smyth is a geologist and software developer with 40 years of experience in minerals exploration, resource evaluation and mining, 25 of those with one of the largest mining companies in the world. He began his career as a De Beers Consolidated Mines student at the University of Cape Town in 1974, moving to the Anglo American Corporation of South Africa with a BSc (Hons) in geochemistry in 1978. He served Anglo American in diverse roles throughout Africa and Australasia. In 1985 he was sent by Anglo American to Imperial College, London, to study artificial intelligence applications in geology, and in 1996 he moved to Singapore to establish Anglo American's exploration presence in that region. During his career with Anglo, he held various responsibilities in exploration geochemistry, resource evaluation, software development and corporate management. Mr. Smyth and his team discovered the Buzwagi deposit in Tanzania in 1996; the Boyongan Cu-Au porphyry deposit in the Philippines in 1999; and GT Gold Corp’s Saddle Gold Project in British Columbia’s Golden Triangle in 2014.
In 2000, as Vice President (Exploration) in Johannesburg, he resigned from Anglo American and co-founded Georeference Online Ltd (GOL) in Canada. GOL provides consulting services to the minerals exploration and mining industry and develops software applications for mineral exploration and the earth sciences in general. In 2017 Minerva purchased GOL’s artificial intelligence software and intellectual property, and appointed Mr. Smyth as its CEO.
Professor Poole has been a professor in the department of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia for 29 years and is also the director of UBC’s Laboratory for Computational Intelligence. He was the winner of the Canadian AI Association (CAIAC) Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. Professor Poole is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and a Fellow of CAIAC. In addition, he is an associate editor of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research. He was the former chair of the Association for Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence and a former associate editor of the Artificial Intelligence Journal. During the 2014-2015 academic year, Professor Poole was a Leverhulme Trust visiting professor at the University of Oxford. In 2000, he co-founded Georeference Online Ltd (GOL) to develop artificial intelligence applications in geology. In 2017 Minerva purchased GOL’s artificial intelligence software and intellectual property, and appointed Professor Poole as its Chief Software Architect. Professor Poole has published extensively in the fields of artificial intelligence, logic programming and reasoning with uncertainty. He is a co-author of two artificial intelligence textbooks, the second edition of the second book was recently published by Cambridge University Press, and the full text is available online.
Mr. Elliott is an independent investor, corporate finance advisor and entrepreneur specializing in natural resources and technology. From 1993 to 2001, Mr. Elliott was a co-founder of Croesus Capital Management, a multi-strategy hedge fund manager with $1 billion under management. Since 2001, Mr. Elliott has been a co-founder of F3 Capital management, an alternative investments advisory that specializes in early stage financings. In addition, he is a co-founder and non-executive Chairman of Minds + Machines Group Limited, an AIM-listed technology company. Mr. Elliott is a former director of GCM Resources Plc, an AIM-listed natural resource company. He has a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics.
Dr. Mackworth is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia. He was educated at Toronto (B.A.Sc.), Harvard (A.M.) and Sussex (D.Phil.). He works on constraint-based artificial intelligence with applications in vision, robotics, situated agents, assistive technology and sustainability. He has authored over 130 papers and co-authored two books: Computational Intelligence: A Logical Approach (1998); and Artificial Intelligence: Foundations of Computational Agents (2010; 2nd Ed. 2017).
He was the founding Director of the UBC Laboratory for Computational Intelligence and the UBC Centre for AI Decision-making and Action (CAIDA). He has served as the President of International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence Inc. (IJCAI Inc.), the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Inc. (AAAI) and the Canadian Association for Artificial Intelligence (CAIAC) managing their executive boards. He is a Fellow of AAAI, CAIAC and the Royal Society of Canada.
From 2014 to 2018 he served the non-profit AGE-WELL (Canada’s network of aging and technology research) as the Chair of its International Scientific Advisory Committee, as a Director on its Board and as an Executive Committee member.