his story

Ciro Donalek

Co-founder & CTO, Virtualitics.

Ciro Donalek is the Co-founder and CTO of Virtualitics, an AI-based data analytics platform in Desktop and Virtual Reality. The patented company technology is based on a decade of research at Caltech (California Institute of Technology) and NASA/JPL. Ciro is a former Computational Scientist at Caltech where he successfully applied Machine Learning techniques to many different scientific fields, co-authoring over a hundred scientific and technical publications (e.g., Nature, Neural Networks, IEEE Big Data, Bioinformatics).

He has also pioneered some of the uses of Mixed Reality for immersive data visualization, exploration and machine learning, leading the iViz project at Caltech; he has also a patent on “Systems and Methods for Data Visualization Using Three-Dimensional Display.” During his 15 years career as a data scientist Ciro has been awarded different research fellowships, served as reviewer for numerous major scientific journals, and has given many invited talks on Machine Learning, Virtual Reality and Data Visualization.

He also has a Minor Planet named after him as a reward for the work done in the automatic classification of celestial bodies, and has been part of the group that built the Big Picture, the single largest real astronomical image in the world, 152 feet wide and 20 feet tall, currently installed at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, the most-visited public observatory in the world (with 1.5 million visitors a year).

Ciro holds a PhD in Computational Science (University Federico II of Naples, Italy) and a MS in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (University of Salerno, Italy). He is married with two children.