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Our story

Our CEO, Dr. Martin Goodson, founded Evolution AI after previously struggling with traditional OCR technology.



In 2011, he was one of a tiny handful of attendees at a conference workshop on a little-known AI technology called ‘Deep Learning’. He realised then that deep learning could address the limitations of OCR. After years of frustration with ineffective solutions that delivered poor results, Martin was inspired to conceive a data extraction solution that ‘just works’.

Evolution AI was born after Martin joined forces with our former CTO Rafal Kwasny, one of the UK’s most respected big data experts. Together with a stellar team of machine learning researchers and engineers, they have revolutionised the field of data automation.

By combining computer vision and natural language processing (NLP), our AI models are able to understand and interpret any type of document with unprecedented accuracy. Our technology sets a new standard for automated data extraction: human-like accuracy without laborious configuration and setup.

We are funded by one of the largest AI R&D grants ever awarded by the UK government along with investment from venture capital firm First Minute Capital.

Our government funding allowed us to form a research consortium including the University of Southampton and corporate partners, such as Dun & Bradstreet. Our research is also supported by the Office of National Statistics.

Industry Leadership

The UK Government recognised the game-changing potential of Evolution AI for UK business and beyond. In 2017, we received the UK Government’s largest-ever grant for commercial AI research and development, followed by further substantial awards in 2019 and 2020.

In 2021, Evolution AI was named the Leading Innovator in Data Extraction – Europe at the Fintech Awards 2021. Our technology’s ability to draw on visual reasoning and NLP was recognised as revolutionary.

Since 2012, Evolution AI has led the largest community of AI practitioners in Europe, the London Machine Learning Meetup, which has over 11,000 members.

One of Evolution AI’s core values is to support the growth of the field of data science into a mature industrial discipline. To stay up to date with our industry-revolutionising work, follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

Our CEO is also the former chair of the Data Section of the Royal Statistical Society: the membership organisation representing data scientists in the UK. One of Evolution AI’s core values is to support the growth of the field of data science into a mature industrial discipline.


Meet The Founders

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Dr Martin Goodson

Chief Scientist & CEO

Martin is a former Oxford University scientific researcher and has led AI research at several organisations. In 2019, he was elected Chair of the Data Science and AI Section of the Royal Statistical Society, the membership group which represents professional data scientists in the UK.

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Rafal Kwasny

Chief Technical Officer

Rafal is the CTO of Evolution AI and has over 15 years of experience in enterprise IT. He has developed big data and AI systems at institutions such as Credit Suisse, Coutts and Deutsche Bank.

The Evolution AI Team

Alessio Sarullo

Software Developer

Astrophysics PhD, University of Manchester

Alex Rusev

Head of Data Quality

International Business Relations BA, University of Economics, Varna

Alex Stoyanov

Project Manager

Logistics BA, University of Economics, Varna

Ben Palmer

Head of Commercial Operations

Philosophy, Politics and Economics BA, University of Exeter

Christian Kirilov

Head of Operations

BA in Finance, University of Sheffield

Daniel Friar

Machine Learning Engineer

Computational Statistics and Machine Learning MSc, UCL

David Lubomirov

Senior Software Engineer

Computer Science and Engineering BA, Technical University of Sofia

Dr Giuseppe Papallo

Senior Research Engineer

Theoretical and Mathematical Physics PhD, University of Cambridge

Dr Martin Goodson

Chief Scientist & CEO

Statistical Genetic Researcher, University of Oxford

Kartika Tulusan

Director of Product

New Media, Information and Society MSc, LSE

Miranda Hartley

Marketing Executive

English MA, University of Edinburgh

Orit Meidan

Head of Business Development

MBA, Columbia University

Rafal Kwasny

Chief Technical Officer

Computer Science MSc, Warsaw University of Technology

Rose Azad Khan

Software Engineer

Cognitive Science MSc, University of Edinburgh

Ryan Procter

Head of Marketing

Sociology and Social Policy BA, University of Sheffield

Stefan Sekov

Annotator

International Business BSc, University of Economics Varna

Stefan Stoychev

Annotator

Business Management BSc, Cardiff University

Tihomir Iliev

Head of Financial Data Quality

MSc Finance, Panthéon-Sorbonne University

Vincent Polfliet

Senior Machine Learning Engineer

Computer Science Engineering MsC, Ghent University

Our Research Collaborators

Dr Mike Swarbrick Jones

Orestis Bastas

Paul Melkert

Sibi Chandar

Dr Jonathon Hare

Dr Enrique Marquez

Angela Pang