John R. R. Leavitt

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1315 Cordova Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
5548 Hampton Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
  Chairman/CTO/Founder, Present.
Co-founded company, working with CEO on fundraising and other corporate matters, setting technical direction for the company, and evaluating outside technologies.

Lycos, Inc.
  Senior Technology Strategist, May 1998 to February 2000.
Reponsibilities include:
  • Working with the CTO to set technology strategy;
  • Technology evaluation and direction to the commerce, community, and advertising teams; and
  • Technical due diligence for acquisitions.
Director, Advanced Technologies, October 1996 to May 1998.
Reponsibilities included:
  • Researching, designing, and prototyping advanced products;
  • Providing technical assistance and guidance to all Lycos and third party engineering groups, including design reviews, some code reviews, and trouble shooting and solution generation;
  • Reviewing technologies and partnerships being presented to us. This includes technologies for in-house use, licensing, co-branding, and acquisition;
  • Keeping abreast of emerging internet standards, technologies, products and competition; and
  • Being a technical spokesperson for engineering while interacting with other departments within Lycos;
Director, Product Development, July 1995 to October 1996.

Lead numerous development efforts, including the development of the lycos Centispeed spider, the technical side of the A2Z directory, the original advertising scheduling, insertion, and tracking system, the Lycos backlink system, and the customization software for supporting multiple views of the same on-line service.

Carnegie Mellon University
  Research Programmer, Center for Machine Translation, January 1990 to July 1995.

The WebAnts project
Principal investigator on this project, funded by Texas Instruments, to develop prototype distributed information discovery and retrieval agents for the World Wide Web.
The Catalyst Project
Member of the development team for a large-scale one-to-many translation system. Developed and maintained most of the text generation software, as well as tools for corpus analysis and knowledge base construction. Also, headed up the Spanish generation team.
The Dionysis Project
Member of the development team for this distributed machine translation system designed around a blackboard model. Developed the blackboard control architecture and provided integration support.
  • BS in Information Systems (Minor in Industrial Management), December 1989, Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Graduate work in linguistics and computer science, 1990-1993, Carnegie Mellon University.
Named to the "40 Under 40" for 2000 by the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project and Pittsburgh Magazine.
Inventor (with others at Carnegie Mellon University, Carnegie Group, Inc., and Caterpillar, Inc.) on Patent #5677835 "Integrated Authoring and Translation System."
Refereed Papers
  • "Creating Content". Participated in panel on developing content and managing site growth at the Fourth International World Wide Web Conference, Boston, MA, December 1995.
  • Web-wide Indexing/Semantic Header Workshop, Darmstadt, Germany, May 1995.
  • PICS Developers' Workshop, MIT, Cambridge, MA, June 1996.
Technical Reports
  • ``DIOGENES-90'' with E. Nyberg, S. Nirenburg, and C. Defrise. CMU-CMT-91-123. Center for Machine Translation, Carnegie Mellon University.
  • ``TUT: A Tree Unification Toolkit'' with A. Franz. CMU-CMT-92-131. Center for Machine Translation, Carnegie Mellon University.

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