OUR TEAM

At LSI, globally renowned scientists work together with a highly skilled and experienced management team to create products and services that will radically change the way life events are predicted, while our accomplished board of directors provides ongoing oversight, guidance, and support.

S. Jay Olshansky, Ph.D. Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer

Jay leads the biodemography team as well as contributes to the development of all applications associated with estimates of duration and quality of life. Formally trained as a demographer with additional background in the biological sciences, he has served as an advisor to numerous companies and countries on their mortality forecasting methods and assumptions. He co-created the field of biodemography, which is a merging of the biological/demographic/actuarial sciences for the purpose of explaining why people live as long as they do.

In addition to his leadership responsibilities at LSI, Jay is a Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Research Associate at the Center on Aging at the University of Chicago and at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Chicago.

Karl Ricanek Jr., Ph.D. Co-Founder and Chief Data Scientist

Karl leads the facial analytics, machine learning, and data science group, which focuses on developing novel solutions for the prediction of life events through deep analysis of the face and application data. Karl began his training in artificial intelligence and machine learning while working with the U.S. Department of Defense. He then applied this knowledge to the field of biometrics, developing innovative solutions for the U.S. Government for over a decade. During this time, he also developed the field of facial analytics and holds multiple patents on the topic.

Karl is also a Professor of Computer Science at University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he founded the world renowned Face Aging Group Research Lab. He is the Director for the Institute for Interdisciplinary Identity Sciences (I3S) and affiliated with multiple International Scientific Working Groups on the subject of face recognition and facial analytics. He has authored more than 80 scientific articles and multiple book chapters in the areas of machine learning, face recognition, and facial analytics. Karl received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina A & T State University.

Bruce Carnes, Ph.D. Senior Scientist

Bruce brings to LSI expertise in all aspects of mortality and survival estimation, with a particular emphasis on biostatistics and the integration of biology and demography. His knowledge as a biostatistician and co-creator of the field of biodemography enables him to develop and test all new applications associated with life and health estimation. Bruce is internationally recognized as a top biostatistician with expertise in aging and longevity, and he has served as an advisor to several insurance companies and financial institutions in an effort to help them develop and test improved methods of forecasting length and quality of life.

Bruce received a B.S. in biology from the University of Utah, an M.S. in Population Biology from the University of Houston, an M.A. in Statistics and a Ph.D. in Theoretical Ecology from the University of Kansas.

Yang Claire Yang, Ph.D. Senior Scientist

Claire brings to LSI expertise in all aspects of mortality and survival estimation based on the integration of demography, genetic epidemiology and medical sociology. Her knowledge on statistical methodologies involving the use of cohort analysis uniquely qualifies her to develop and test all new applications associated with life and health estimation. Claire is internationally recognized as having created the statistical tools required to conduct age-period-cohort analyses, which is a way of exploring how the historical circumstances in a person's life, when combined with personal history, can be used to improve and enhance estimates of length and quality of life.

Claire is currently a full professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in the Department of Sociology, the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Carolina Population Center.

Claire received her B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature from Beijing University, M.A. in Sociology in from the Ohio State University, M.S. in Statistics and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Duke University.

Hirám Beltrán-Sánchez, Ph.D. Senior Scientist

Hirám's research focuses on the demography of health and brings to LSI his global expertise specializing in Latin American countries. He has written on health patterns and trends in low- and middle-income countries; on aging in high-income countries including issues about compression of morbidity; on the links between early life experiences and late life outcomes; as well as on biomarker data from Mexico to study physiological patterns of health and their link with sociodemographic factors. Hirám co-founded the Latin American Mortality Database, the largest data repository of mortality from 19 countries in Latin America (including data from around 1850). He has collaborated with researchers and institutions in México, Brazil, Germany, and Sweden.

Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA in 2015, Hirám was Research Associate at the Center for Demography of Health & Aging at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was a David E. Bell Fellow at the Center for Population and Development Studies at Harvard University and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Southern California.

Amrutha Sethuram, Lead Modeling & Algorithms

Amrutha's research brings extensive knowledge in the areas of biometrics, pattern recognition, image processing, computer vision and neural networks to LSI. Her research has recently focused on developing algorithms for synthetic face aging, facial analytics and face recognition. She has published research papers in these areas and has also served as the Co-PI on research grants. Amrutha was previously a research associate at the Computer-Aided Diagnosis and Display Laboratory, Lineberger Cancer Center at UNC Chapel Hill, where she successfully executed projects related to Digital Mammography.

Amrutha received her B.E. degree from R.V.C.E., Bangalore University and M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University.

Benjamin Barbour, Lead Developer

Ben's knowledge and expertise in primary research areas including biometrics, computer vision, and machine learning are vital to LSI and its product development. As a member of the Face Aging Group and I3S he worked on funded research projects for IARPA, CASIS, FBI, CIA and developed algorithms and applications for enhanced facial processing for the government. Ben is President of Port City Robotics, a non-profit that provides STEM education and opportunities to students in K-12.

Ben received his Master's degree in Computer Science and Information Systems from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where he is also a part-time Lecturer in the Computer Science Department.

Domonique Dixon, Software Developer

With over 7 years of experience in web development and 2 years in software development, Domonique develops in both C# and PHP programs. He is experienced in both front and back-end development, and is proficient in HTML/HTML5, CSS/CSS3, JSON, XML, JavaScript, jQuery, AJAX, and SQL/MySQL/PostgreSQL, .NET. Highly motivated to proactively deliver the best websites, he has been experimenting with .NET MVC, which was used to create an API.

Domonique studied Computer Science at North Carolina A&T University and the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Harry Atwal, Data Collection and Curation Lead

Harry's experience in academic research is brought to Lapetus's R&D division to help gather quality data points to develop solutions for today's world. Working with various research groups at his alma mater, has provided him with the experience to design, develop, and implement systems to insure there is never a shortage of data. Harry also performs research in biometrics, computer vision, and deep learning systems which allows for intimate knowledge of what types of data is needed for specific projects Harry is also a member of the Face Aging Group and I3S and has worked on various projects for the Intelligence Community.

Harry received his Bachelors of Science in Biology and Computer Science and Masters of Science in Computer Science and Information Systems from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Norvell Miller, President and Chief Business Officer

Norvell drives LSI's overall direction and business strategy. Having served as Managing General Partner of SEInteractive since 1997, he also serves as General Partner of Covestco Seteura. In addition, Norvell serves as Managing Director of EMS Financial Inc., an investment holding company, a position he has held since 1981. He currently serves or has served on the Boards of several privately held companies, including Allconnect, Arsenal Digital Solutions, BuildLinks, MediaSpan Group, Inc., Pixel Magic Imaging and VisionAIR. Previously, he co-founded and worked with a number of growth companies, including DentalCare Partners, the Mobius Group and Affordable Care. He served as Director of Investments for the University of North Carolina from 1980 to 1986.

Norvell is a Chartered Financial Analyst and received an MBA and B.A. with honors from Duke University.

Janet Anderson, Chief Marketing Officer

Janet brings over 25 years of international sales and marketing experience to LSI and her focus is on all marketing and business development activities. She has a proven track record in developing and building businesses for global insurance marketing organizations and has worked in multiple markets, including Europe, Latin America and North America, where she built successful direct response insurance businesses. Janet spent most of her career with AEGON, one of the world's largest insurance companies and most recently, worked with ReMark, a subsidiary of SCOR, as CEO of their North and Latin American business.

Janet received her undergraduate degree from University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse and her XMBA from Loyola College with an emphasis on International business.

Chris Reeves, CTO

Chris is a software veteran with over 20 years of experience in product development. Prior to joining Lapetus, he held a variety of positions in software product development at SciQuest, Hyperwave, and Cisco. Most recently, he was the VP of Engineering for BuildLinks. Chris has a passion for startups and building products that people love to use.

Chris holds a B.A. in English and Music from Carson-Newman College (now University) and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Joanna Taylor, Director of Administration

Joanna's strategic position focuses on ensuring LSI is run smoothly and effectively. She oversees all aspects of the company's administrative and operations functions and provides ongoing support for LSI's scientists, management team and Board of Directors. Joanna is the primary liaison for both internal and external communications and is responsible for the overall efficiency of business operations. Prior to joining LSI, she worked as an Executive Administrator at Southeast Interactive Technology Funds for 14 years.

Joanna received her B.A and Paralegal degrees from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

David Lloyd, Board Member

David is a UK qualified Chartered Accountant and over 30 years of broad financial services experience. For the past 15 years, he has advised a single family office with worldwide operations, principally in connection with international taxation and private equity matters. His role encompasses overseeing fund investments, including establishing wholly-owned private equity participations. David has also served on the board of US and European private equity co-investments.

Prior to this, he practiced on his own account, specializing in taxation and corporate finance, and has also spent over 4 years working in commerce for US listed corporations with multinational businesses.

David Oaten, Board Member

David has over 30 years experience in the financial services industry serving in a number of high profile roles and companies. David is the former CEO of Pacific Global Advisors founded in 2005, where he grew the company and led it through two sales: first from JPMorgan to Pacific Life in 2011 and then from Pacific Life to Goldman Sachs Asset Management in 2015. Institutional Investor named David to "The 2013 Pension 40," the magazine's ranking of the most influential decision-makers on the future of U.S. pensions.

In 2007, David led JPMorgan's effort to obtain from the IRS a Private Letter Ruling seeking approval for banks to provide pension termination alternatives to insurance companies. Prior to founding JPMorgan's Pension Advisory Group, he ran the North American Corporate Structured Products and Derivatives Marketing group, and has over 17 years of experience with JPMorgan.

David has a Bachelor of Business from Northern Rivers College, NSW, Australia (now Southern Cross University) and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

David Armstrong, Board Member

David has extensive knowledge across both the insurance and financial services industries and currently serves as the president of Sass Associates, Inc., an insurance advisory firm and regional broker of insurance products to individual members of associations. He has previously served in a variety of leadership roles at American International Group (AIG), most recently as the chief executive officer of the group benefits division from 2007 until 2011.

David also serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the Professional Insurance Marketing Association (PIMA), the leading trade association for affinity insurance programs. In 2015 he co-chaired PIMA's Affinity 2020 Task Force, which had been charged with identifying key strategic themes that are expected to significantly affect the industry over the next five years.

David graduated from Pennsylvania's Shippensburg University.

Norman Moore, Advisor

Norman serves in an advisory capacity for LSI and as a faculty advisor for the University of Connecticut business school's financial accelerators. He is a Certified Public Accountant and began his career in banking. Prior to joining academia he held a variety of management positions including bank treasurer, CEO of a consulting subsidiary and a Vice President of Finance for a utility company. He has taught at Notre Dame University and Indiana University's Kelly School of Business. Since 1995, he has taught graduate courses in shareholder value analysis, treasury management, international corporate finance and derivatives at UConn.

Norman attended the University of Alaska where he received his BA and MBA, and earned a Ph.D. in Finance from Florida State University.

Irina Moore, Advisor

Irina Moore, CFA has 20+ years of experience in quantitative modeling and financial analysis. She began her career in 1995 in her native Tbilisi, Georgia, where she worked with the National Bank of Georgia and several commercial banks on the accounting and financial reporting reform. Irina holds a Master's Degree in Physics from Tbilisi State University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Connecticut. She is a CFA charter holder and a Chartered Certified Accountant.