SmartBot360 was founded in 2014 (initially named SmartDocFinder) by then PhD Candidate Matthew Wiley and Professor Evangelos (Vagelis) Christidis as a University of California, Riverside spin-off company. The company was initially funded by the National Science Foundation.
Matthew Wiley, PhD, Co-Founder. Matthew co-founded SmartDocFinder while a PhD student at the Computer Science and Engineering Department at UC Riverside, working on social network and text analysis, and on machine learning with emphasis on health-related data, He has worked at City of Hope (major research hospital in Los Angeles) and Kaiser Permanente, where he collaborated with information scientists and clinical researchers to develop NLP tools for clinical notes. Before joining UCR, he led the development of machine learning models for patients with Type I Diabetes at the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Ohio University, which led to the founding of the SmartHealth Lab and to significant publicity from local media.
Evangelos (Vagelis) Christidis, Co-Founder. Vagelis is a Computer Science Professor at UCR, with expertise on text and big data analytics. His work on indexing, searching and exploring complex data has received more than 5,000 citations according to Google Scholar. His key achievements include the National Science Foundation CAREER award, a Google Research Award, an IBM Scalable Data Analytics for A Smarter Planet Innovation Award, the FIU SCIS Excellence in Research Award (twice), the FIU University Faculty Award, the Kauffmann Entrepreneurship Award, and a Samsung GRO award. His work on correlating Twitter and financial data in 2012 was featured by mainstream media like The New York Times, Forbes and Yahoo!.
Rick Rawson, MBA, is the Chief Strategist and Co-Founder of healthcare consulting company HC2 Strategies, Inc. Before that. he was the Interim President and CEO of Feather River Hospital in Paradise, CA, and the CEO of Loma Linda University Medical Center in Murrieta, CA.
Prof. Dara Sorkin, PhD, is a Health Psychology Professor of the School of Medicine at UC Irvine. She is an expert on social support and conflict, chronic disease management and program evaluation.
Prof. Robert El-Kareh, MD, is an Assistant Professor at School of Medicine at UC San Diego. He conducts research in clinical informatics and quality improvement focusing on the use of health information technology.