Olivier Francon is Senior Director of Evolutionary AI at Cognizant, where he leads the Evolutionary Surrogate-assisted Prescriptions (ESP) offering of the Learning Evolutionary Algorithm Framework (LEAF).
Prior to Cognizant, Olivier was Principal Software Engineer at Sentient Technologies, where he was in charge of the applied neuroevolution and experimentation services of the distributed artificial intelligence (DAI) platform. As such, he was responsible for the auto-segmentation capabilities of the Ascend website optimization offering. He previously worked on evolutionary algorithms for Sentient Investment Management and prototyped a visual product discovery solution that became Sentient Aware.
Before joining Sentient, Olivier was an Engineering Manager at Calypso Technology, where he led developments on Calypso’s solutions for capital markets. Prior to that, he worked as a software engineer contractor for BNP Parisbas, Credit Lyonnais and JP Morgan.
Olivier holds a Master of Science from EPITA, Paris, in cognitive science and artificial intelligence.