Semantic Research

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Semantic AI, Inc.
Industry Software company
Founded 2001
Headquarters San Diego, CA
Products SEMANTICA Pro
Number of employees
small business

Semantic AI, Inc. is a privately held software company headquartered in San Diego, California with flagship offices in Washington, D.C. and Tampa, Florida. Semantic AI (not to be confused with Symantec), is a California C-corporation that offers patented, graph-based knowledge discovery, analysis and visualization software technology.[1][2] Its most popular product is a link analysis software application called SEMANTICA Pro.


The SEMANTICA platform was originally conceived as a method to help biology students learn and retain knowledge about complex organic structures. Joe Faletti, Kathleen Fisher, and several colleagues in the University of California system created SemNet, a computer program used to draw a network of "concepts" connected to each other by "relations".[3] In the late 1960s, Ross Quillian and Allan Collins used the concept of semantic networks as a way of talking about the organization of human semantic memory, or memory for inter-related word concepts.[4][5] Using SemNet, students could employ simple components to build complex networks.

After the 9/11 al-Qaeda terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, the U.S. Intelligence Community realized analysts desperately needed a way to "connect the dots"; they needed a platform to fuse data stored in separate silos and interrogate it in real time to answer intelligence questions. Recognizing the potential for SemNet to do that, Joe Faletti teamed up with Charles Gillespie, Chip Harrison and Chris Staszak to found Semantic Research, Inc. (SRI) in October 2001. The team of engineers and intelligence analysts at SRI expanded the SemNet program into SEMANTICA Pro, a network analysis program.

Semantic Research achieved early adoption by U.S. Government customers including the intelligence community. SEMANTICA Pro was featured in CIOReview magazine among the "20 most promising defense technology solution providers" of 2015.[6] SEMANTICA Pro has evolved into a desktop software application used to tackle difficult analytical challenges across a wide spectrum of industries and missions, including casinos and gaming, law enforcement, intelligence, financial services, advisory and consulting services, anti-money laundering compliance, and counter-terrorism operations.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ US patent 8,700,555, Murphy, et al., "Systems and methods for pairing of a semantic network and a knowledge sharing repository", issued April 15, 2014 
  2. ^ US patent 9,298,702, Faletti, et al., "Systems and methods for pairing of a semantic network and a natural language processing information extraction system", issued March 29, 2016 
  3. ^ "Online SemNet Tutorial". Retrieved 17 May 2017. 
  4. ^ Fisher, Kathleen M (1992). Kommers, P.A.M.; Jonassen, D.H.; Mayes, J.T.; Ferreira, A., eds. "SemNet: A Tool for Personal Knowledge Construction". Cognitive Tools for Learning. NATO ASI Series (Series F: Computer and Systems Sciences). Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. 81. 
  5. ^ Gorodetsky, Malta; Fisher, Kathleen M.; Wyman, Barbara (1994). "Generating connections and learning with SemNet, a tool for constructing knowledge networks". Journal of Science Education and Technology. 3 (3): 137–144. Retrieved 17 May 2017. 
  6. ^ "20 Most Promising Defense Technology Solution Providers - 2015". CIOReview. Retrieved 17 May 2017.