Catherine Havasi

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Catherine Havasi
Catherine Havasi, Luminoso CEO.jpg
Born1981 (age 40–41)
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (S.B., 2003)
(M.Eng, 2004)
Brandeis University (Ph.D, 2009)
Known for
Scientific career
FieldsArtificial intelligence
ThesisDiscovering Semantic Relations Using Singular Value Decomposition[citation needed] (2009)
Doctoral advisorJames Pustejovsky[citation needed]
InfluencesMarvin Minsky

Catherine Havasi (born 1981) is an American scientist who specialises in artificial intelligence (AI) at MIT Media Lab.[1] She is co-founder and CEO of AI company Luminoso.[2] Havasi was a member of the MIT group engaged in the Open Mind Common Sense (also known as OMCS) AI project and that created the natural language AI program ConceptNet.[3][4]

Early life and education[edit]

Havasi grew up in Pittsburgh and became interested in artificial intelligence from reading Marvin Minsky's 1986 book The Society of Mind.[5] She attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she became involved in the MIT Media Lab and studied under Minsky.[5] She received a Ph.D in computer science from Brandeis University.[4]


In 1999, she became involved in the MIT project Open Mind Common Sense with Minsky and Push Singh,[3] and was part of a team that created ConceptNet, an open-source semantic network based on the information in the OMCS database.[5]

In 2010, Havasi was among the team that founded Luminoso, a text analytics software company building on the work of ConceptNet.[6]

Havasi was named among Boston Business Journal's "40 Under 40", of business and civic leaders making a major impact in their respective fields in 2014.[4] Fast Company included her in its "100 Most Creative People in Business 2015" listing.[2]

She is co-author of 7 peer-reviewed journal articles on AI and language, and many per-reviewed major conference presentations,[7]

Selected publications[edit]

Most cited publication[edit]

  • Cambria, Erik, Bjorn Schuller, Yunqing Xia, and Catherine Havasi. "New avenues in opinion mining and sentiment analysis." IEEE Journal of Intelligent Systems 28, no. 2 (2013): 15-21. (cited 701 times according to Google Scholar as of 24 September 2018)
  • Havasi, Catherine, Robert Speer, and Jason Alonso. "ConceptNet 3: a flexible, multilingual semantic network for common sense knowledge." In Recent advances in natural language processing, Borovets, Bulgaria, September 2007. pp. 27-29.Philadelphia, PA: John Benjamins, 2007. (cited 341 times according to Google Scholar as of 24 September 2018)
  • Speer, Robert, and Catherine Havasi. "Representing General Relational Knowledge in ConceptNet 5."In LREC, pp. 3679–3686. 2012. (cited 227 times according to Google Scholar as of 24 September 2018)

Other publications[edit]

  • Catherine Havasi, Robert Speer, James Pustejovsky, and Henry Lieberman.'Digital Intuition: Applying Common Sense Using Dimensionality Reduction. IEEE Journal of Intelligent Systems, 24(4) July 2009. (cited 97 times according to Google Scholar as of 24 September 2018)
  • Robert Speer, Catherine Havasi, and Henry Lieberman.AnalogySpace: Reducing the dimensionality of common sense knowledge. Proceedings of AAAI vol. 8, pp. 548–553.2008, July 2008. (cited 193 times according to Google Scholar as of 24 September 2018)


  1. ^ Campbell, MacGregor (23 July 2013). "AI scores same as a 4-year-old in verbal IQ test". New Scientist. Retrieved 24 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b Titlow, John Paul (June 2015). "The 100 Most Creative People in Business 2015: Catherine Havasi". Fast Company. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  3. ^ a b Havasi, Catherine (9 August 2014). "Who's Doing Common-Sense Reasoning And Why It Matters". TechCrunch. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  4. ^ a b c Harris, David (16 October 2014). "40 Under 40: Catherine Havasi of Luminoso". Boston Business Journal. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  5. ^ a b c Cline, Keith (25 June 2014). "Dr. Catherine Havasi – From the MIT Media Lab to Co-Founder & CEO". Venture Fizz. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  6. ^ Alba, Davey (12 February 2015). "The Startup That Helps You Analyze Twitter Chatter in Real Time". Wired. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Catherine Havasi". Google Scholar. Retrieved 24 June 2015.