Our Philosophy

Austin Artificial Intelligence and The Silicon Partners offer packaged data science, AI and ML solutions that are neither pure services nor pure product.

Using a hybrid approach, we retain the empathetic nature of consulting engagements in order to thoroughly understand client problems - and then deploy sophisticated automated algorithms to solve them. Our size and experience allows us to deploy these solutions at scale.

Whereas many times a purely consultative or purely product approach fails to give the desired results, our solutions are the most efficient and effective way to achieve practical results in organizations of any size.

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Proper modeling of a business problem requires:

Deeply understanding the specific dynamics of the organization
Customization of models and output to the client’s needs
Understanding human behavior
Resistance to overfitting and excessive data mining
Close collaboration with the business stakeholders and front office
Selection of inputs based on industry specific dynamics
Removal of forward-looking and other biases in data sets
Transformation of inputs based on fundamental business relationships
In addition to data scientists, AI engineers and IT professionals, we employ management consultants and industry experts.
We use Automated ML for efficiencies – but never for initial model setup - and always sanity-check the results

Founders and Advisors

Robert Corwin Austin AI Founder

Robert Corwin, CFA

Co-Founder & CEO

Robert has a wide array of data science experience in many industries. He is the co-founder of Austin Artificial Intelligence, a data science, ML and AI joint venture serving clients in the technology, financial, and industrial sectors.

Prior to Austin AI, Robert was Principal Data Scientist at Zdaly, a data company focused on the oil and gas sector. Prior to that, he co-founded EVA Capital, a quantitative hedge fund which traded long/short factor strategies in U.S. equities.  Prior to that, Rob served as Head of Quantitative Research at EVA Dimensions, where he was lead researcher on a variety of models, including an EVA-based stock section system for global equities, a customized risk and attribution tool, and cost of capital models. Prior to that, Rob was employed at The Rohatyn Group, a multi-billion dollar emerging markets hedge fund, where he held a wide array of responsibilities in quantitative modeling, trading, and programming.  Prior to that, Rob worked in a quantitative unit of Nomura Securities in both New York and Tokyo.

Rob holds a Masters in Financial Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Ravi Chowdhury

Ravi Chowdhury

Advisory Board Member

Ravi is the founder and CEO of The Silicon Partners (TSP) – a fast growing IT consulting firm focused on Enterprise IT. Ravi founded TSP in 2016 and has been instrumental in growing TSP to its current levels.

Ravi started his entrepreneurial journey at the age of 19. He setup a dot com company in the early 2000s – a performance-based loyalty program for users in India & the US - which achieved a user base of over 10 million and over a million dollars in sales within a year. His next venture was a Sales & Marketing Services company for Technology clients. He then spent over a decade and half with large IT setups like Rapidigm, Fujitsu Consulting, Sparta Consulting & KPIT. He was always involved with intrapreneurial initiatives and setting-up newer business lines & geographies for these large corporations.

Ravi is passionate about trying new things and being involved in a high-pace environment. His love for Technology, People and Growth has kept him absorbed in the Services Business for almost two decades.

Nick Lobaccaro, CFA

Advisory Board Member

Nick Lobaccaro serves as a Strategic Advisor to Austin AI especially with regards to business development.  Nick was the principal founder and Co-CIO of EVA Capital from 2015 to 2020. EVA Capital managed a quantitative long/short equity portfolio using proprietary signals.  Prior to that, Nick joined the Board of Managers of EVA Dimensions LLC in 2012 to develop a business model and investment strategy to bring EVA-based asset management strategies to market.

Prior to joining EVA Dimensions, Nick spent eight years as a partner at the Weiss Multi-Strategy hedge fund management company, where he was head portfolio manager of the firm’s cyclical sector strategy.  His investments were focused in global industrial, energy, commodity and consumer cyclical companies. Prior to joining Weiss, Nick was an industrial analyst at Hunter Global Advisors. He began his career in the equity research department of Goldman Sachs as a financial analyst for the packaged food industry and subsequently was a senior automotive analyst at S.G. Warburg, Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers. He was recognized for his stock picking, willingness to make contrarian calls and his forensic accounting expertise.  Nick holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Nick is on the Board of the Penn Grappler’s Club of the University of Pennsylvania and a member of the Penn Friars Honor Society.

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