Predii is an AI software company based in Palo Alto, CA. Predii’s AI platform is a purpose-built machine learning platform enabling the analysis of textual data, sensor data, and procedural data. The Predii Platform and solution suite has been deployed in predictive repair and maintenance for complex equipment. In this use case, Predii significantly reduces the time needed for repairs — and also reduces the need for repair by enhancing maintenance. The benefits they deliver include increased uptime, reliability, safety, and productivity for large enterprises.
Predii is currently processing billions of repair transactions for customers and has deployed AI-powered products commercially in North America and Europe. Predii is working with OEMs in transportation, original equipment manufacturing, and several industrial verticals. In each case, the efficiency gain for the organization can be transformational, particularly when scaled across servicing & engineering organizations and end-user technician facing products. Predii AI solutions provide an ever-increasing value to the customer as the data resources are refined and built on over time.
Predii has been recognized by Gartner, ABI Research, and the Industrial IoT Solutions World Congress for our focus in Applied AI in repair and maintenance. For an in-depth technical exploration of our process, download our whitepaper here.
Predii’s platform rapidly develops expertise in new industrial domains by ingesting diverse IOT and repair & maintenance service data sets with minimal supervision. It then ‘democratizes’ that expertise across entire organizations — making it available to everyone — augmenting new hires and old hands with data-driven intelligence in the field. The effect of this is a drastically accelerated diagnostic and repair process, by enabling analytics queries to be performed on the fly, and at scale.
Predii’s advantage is the ability to connect disparate sources of data into accurate and actionable insights. These are IOT/machine generated inputs (sensors, connected fleets, trouble codes, etc), human generated expertise (service records, heuristics), and technical/procedural manuals. By ingesting these historical and real-time sources, Predii's artificial intelligence understands the exact condition of a piece of equipment, and provides a breakdown of the parts and labor operations required to optimize, maintain, or repair it (when necessary).
Tilak is a senior technology executive experienced in building and scaling teams and businesses in the areas of enterprise applied AI and enterprise software. He began his career coding large-scale distributed systems for media and entertainment, progressed to engineering, architecture and venture roles in Silicon Valley, and has taken multiple product platform startups to scale.
Prior to founding Predii, Tilak was co-founder and CTO of Radion Inc. a radiation oncology big data-based software company that manages complex cancer treatments. He was an executive at iLoopMobile, where he led product management and strategic sales activities that were instrumental in closing deals with large enterprises. Tilak has also held positions as a Venture Technologist for a $100M corporate venture fund and Chief Architect for Time Warner.
Tilak has a Bachelors in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Warangal University (1988), a MS in Computer Science from Florida Institute of Technology (1990), and an MBA from University of Central Florida (1997).
Aniket Dalal is the head of Predii, India, our chief architect and a sitting board member for Predii, India. Aniket has over 12 years’ experience working to create scalable next generation artificial intelligence applications and is an expert in the areas of: natural language processing, statistical machine learning, big data systems, ontology-based semantic analysis and distributed computing. Aniket loves solving the toughest problems by applying artificial intelligence and coming up with simple, elegant solutions. Aniket was the founder of Semantic Labs, India and in recent years has worked as a machine learning consultant for tech-forward companies across the globe.
Aniket holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from Goa University. Aniket is a published author of several research papers in international journals and conferences.
Aniket is married and a father of one. He is food enthusiast who loves to explore world cuisine. During his free time Aniket enjoys showing his German Shepherds at dog shows.
Hieu Ho is the director of engineering here at
Hieu’s educational degrees include a Master of Science Degree in Software Engineering from Santa Clara University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science, also from Santa Clara University.Although Hieu’s greatest joy is being a husband and father, he also enjoys camping and
Nadja De Maeseneer is the Product Marketing Manager at Predii. She is responsible for Predii’s overall marketing strategy. This includes brand & product positioning, customer research, management, sales enablement and content marketing.
Before joining Predii, Nadja spent almost a decade working in marketing and communication, change management, and leadership development for Mercedes-Benz’ parent company Daimler AG.
Nadja holds Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees for Business Administration and Management from Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University in Stuttgart, Germany and The Open University in Milton Keynes, UK.
Babak Hodjat is the Vice President of Evolutionary AI at Cognizant. Prior to Cognizant, he was chief scientist and co-founder of Sentient Technologies, responsible for the core technology behind the world’s largest distributed evolutionary system. Babak is an entrepreneur having started a number of Silicon Valley companies as main inventor and technologist. He was senior director of engineering at Sybase iAnywhere, where he led Mobile Solutions Engineering including the AvantGo Platform, and the mBusiness Anywhere and Answers Anywhere product suites. Previously, Babak was the co-founder, CTO and board member of Dejima Inc, acquired by Sybase in April 2004. Babak is the primary inventor of Dejima's patented agent-oriented technology applied to intelligent interfaces for mobile and enterprise computing – the technology behind Apple’s Siri. Dejima was one of only four private firms enrolled in the DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency)-funded Cognitive Assistant that Learns and Observes (CALO) Project, managed by SRI International and one of the largest AI projects ever funded. Babak served as the acting CEO of Dejima for 9 months from October 2000. In his past experience, he led several large computer networking and machine learning projects at Neda, Inc.
Babak received his PhD in Machine Intelligence from Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. Babak is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the AI XPRIZE, as well as several other companies including Affectiva, and Predii.
Michael Becker is a co-founder and managing partner for mCordis, a mobile and connected marketing strategic advisory and marketing educational services provider. Michael is also the co-founder and managing partner for The Connected Marketer Institute, a leading marketing community helping the industry serve connected individuals at scale. Michael and the team at mCordis advise brand marketers on how to embrace mobile and connected marketing, advise AdTech & MarTech vendors on servicing brands through the mCordis Three-Tier Educational Marketing Framework, and prepare individual marketing professionals to be of service to connected individuals at scale.
Michael is a strategic advisor to Assurant Solutions, Predii, Phoji, FunMobility, and Privowny. He is on the board and president of the Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium and a trustee for Marketing EDGE. He is the co-author of Mobile Marketing for Dummies and a number of other books and articles. He is on the faculty of marketing of the Association of National Advertisers, Direct Marketing Association, the Path-to-Purchase Institute, and National University. Michael previously worked with the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) as both a board member and managing director, and he was the co-founder of iLoop Mobile, a leading messaging solutions provider. Michael was awarded the 2014 Marketing EDGE Edward Mayer Education Leadership Award for his commitment to marketing education.
John Redgrave is currently an angel investor, start-up advisor and CEO of a stealth start-up. John has over 15 years of experience in enterprise technology, start-ups and management consulting. He was previously COO of Lattice Data (acquired by AAPL), a machine learning startup focused on rapid knowledge base construction to fuel the next generation of AI applications. During his time at Lattice, John led the acquisition process, investor relations, business development and operations. Prior to Lattice, he served as Head of Strategy and Operations at Palantir Technologies where he helped the company grow from a 200-person company valued in the millions to a 2000-person company valued at $20B. During his time at Palantir, he built the company's healthcare vertical, led multiple commercial customer engagements, ran worldwide operations, and built the strategy capability for the company to identify greenfield opportunities and solve scaling challenges for Palantir and its customers.
John obtained his MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of Business and his AB in Economics with honors from Brown University.
In May 2019 Arwed Niestroj has been assigned Chief Operating Officer of KeraCel Inc., a disrupting solid state battery startup. He has been a member of the Advisory Board of renu ventures since 2018, advising the fund on investments in the industry, automotive, digital technology, mobility and energy sectors. Arwed is a member of the advisory board of HyPoint Inc.
In 2018 he was responsible for the global innovation hubs and digital transformation of ZF Friedrichshafen AG globally, driving the company’s innovation and transformation efforts.
From December 2014 to 2017 Arwed Niestroj was CEO of Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America (MBRDNA) in California, comprising all R&D activities of Mercedes-Benz passenger cars in North America, ranging from technology research, digital technologies, self-driving cars, powertrain engineering, testing, software design to vehicle design.
In November 2011 Arwed Niestroj was founding managing director of the Daimler-Bosch joint venture EM-motive GmbH in Germany- developing and manufacturing electric motors for vehicle powertrains - that he ramped up until end of 2014 as Managing Director.
From 2008 to 2011 he was responsible for Fuel Cell Vehicle Fleet Operations at Daimler AG. Within that period he was project manager for the “F-CELL World Drive” – the world’s first circumnavigation with fuel cell vehicles. In 2007 and 2008 he was Program Manager for “Generation 2 full hybrid systems” at Daimler’s Hybrid Development Center in Troy, Michigan, USA.
From 2003 to 2007 Arwed Niestroj was executive assistant and chief of staff of the Daimler board member for Group Research and Development Mercedes Car Group.
Before that, he had worked in Mercedes Car Group production planning and strategy being responsible for various strategic production and business development projects as well as powertrain production location strategy and project manager and development engineer in commercial vehicle advanced engineering of Mercedes-Benz.
Arwed Niestroj holds a master degree in physics from the Technical University of Munich, Germany.
Mark Seng brings 36 years of global automotive aftermarket experience to advising Predii. He spent the first 23 years at parts manufacturer Federal-Mogul, which was recently acquired by Tenneco Automotive to form DRiV Inc. Starting as one of the company’s youngest branch managers, Seng held various positions in sales, distribution, international marketing, and product management.
In 2007, he moved to the R.L. Polk Company as vice president of the aftermarket and commercial vehicle sales teams. Following Polk’s acquisition by IHS Markit, Seng became Global Aftermarket Practice Leader responsible for an international team focused on the development of product solutions aimed at the automotive aftermarket. Along the way, Seng has been an industry leader in the development of aftermarket technology standards and a frequent speaker at industry events.