Alterra.ai is a Deep Learning / NLU startup that teaches computers to understand human language.
We’ve built a Deep NLU engine that converts natural language questions and commands to formal queries a computer can understand. No traditional coding is required – just feed a training corpus into the artificial neural network. We make it available via an API.
Applications include conversational virtual agents for call centers, Alexa skills, voice control for mobile apps and IoT devices, enterprise and site search, instant reports (English-to-SQL), etc.

Sergei Burkov, PhD
Sergei, the company's founder and CEO, previously co-founded and led three Silicon Valley startups, sold two of them — the last one, Dulance, to Google, where he became the first head of its Moscow R&D Center. He holds PhD in Theoretical Physics and worked at Cornell University.
Max Ushakov
Max Ushakov, another ex-Googler, used to work in its Search Quality department, most recently on NLP and intelligent virtual assistants. He also joined Google via Dulance acquisition. Before that he worked at Algodign, an early Machine Learning for drug discovery startup. He graduated with MS in Mathematics from Moscow State University.
Dennis Golomazov, PhD
Denis is a computer scientist from Moscow State University, where he received his PhD in CS, working on learning ontologies and using them to manage scientific metadata.
Vladimir Antonov
Vladimir used to be senior developer and team lead at Yandex, a.k.a. "the Google of Russia", where he worked on web search infrastructure and quality. He graduated with MS in Mathematics from Moscow State University.
Slava Elizarov
Slava is a Deep Learning researcher and lecturer from Moscow Higher School of Economics, where he teaches Deep Learning. He graduated with Master's degree in Computer Science from HSE.
Lena Merkulova
Before Alterra, Lena worked at ABBYY, one the world's leaders in OCR and machine translation. Lena graduated with MS in CS and Applied Math from Moscow State University and then Yandex School of Data Analysis, a grad school of Information Retrieval
Vasil Yaroshevich
Vasil has been multitasking as a software developer at Yandex, CS Lecturer at Moscow State University, teacher at a STEM magnet school for gifted children, and start-up entrepreneur. Vasil graduated with MS in CS and Applied Math from Moscow State University.
Alexander Ashikhmin
Alex used to work at the Laboratory of Human Physiology of Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, developing mathematical models for transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and deep brain stimulation (DBS), using MRI, dtMRI, EEG and heart rate variability (HRV) data. He graduated with MS in Applied Math and Physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.
Alexander Khan
Before joining Alterra, Alex had graduated with MS in Mathematics from Moscow State University and then worked at Alfa-M software developing company, while successfully competing on Kaggle.
Ivan Lysov
Ivan makes sure all systems are in order and working smoothly. He graduated with MS in Applied Math and Physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.

Our advisors include:

  • Bill Hunt, former CPO of SugarCRM and Group VP at Oracle
  • Pradeep Javangula, Chief AI Officer at Symphony AI Incubator, and until recently VP and head of personalization at Adobe
  • Esther Dyson, angel investor, advisor and board member at multiple companies