John is currently Program Director, Virtual Agents at IBM and an Honorary Professor at University of Technology Sydney. He is a highly creative Greek-Australian computer scientist with an entrepreneurial drive. His career contributions range from research through to strategic business development, leading the commercialization of emerging technologies in Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America.
He created his first artificial intelligence chat robot when he was only 14 years old. Since then his fresh vision for interactive, humanized computing has resulted in world-leading innovation. He co-founded Cognea (formerly known as MyCyberTwin) in 2005. The company became recognised as a world leader in delivering virtual human solutions before being acquired by IBM in 2014. Holding a PhD in Artificial Intelligence, Dr Zakos has worked on cutting-edge technologies at the IBM Research Lab in Tokyo, Japan, while he is also a Research Fellow at Griffith University, Australia.