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Ben Hitt, Ph.D. – Analytics Consultant, CoPI

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Ben is a nationally recognized expert in data mining and pattern recognition solutions. He is the inventor and patent holder of numerous algorithms and computer programs. His works include inventions for analyzing disparate data streams, near real-time analysis of audio and text information streams, applications for the detection of credit card fraud, and optimization solutions for direct marketing problems.

Ben has served as the Director of the Schenk Center for Informatic Sciences at Wheeling Jesuit University, the Chief Science Officer of Correlogic Systems, and a Senior Principal Software Engineer for Raytheon Systems, where he developed national security applications for his algorithmic work.

Ben began his career as a biochemist specializing in drug metabolism and biochemical genetics. He became a Consulting Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at Stanford University Medical School and Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology the University of Cincinnati Medical School, as well as a research chemist for the Veterans Administration Medical Center at Palo Alto.

He later held positions with Neuralware Inc., Advanced Software Applications, and American Heuristics, which he also co-founded. During this period, he developed and expanded his concepts of employing algorithms in data mining and other complex problem-solving applications. Progressing from his initial work with neural networks, Dr. Hitt incorporated genetic algorithms and related analytical techniques into his later inventions.

Dr. Hitt was a post-doctoral research associate at Stanford University Medical School. He received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from West Virginia University in 1970, and his B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from West Liberty State College (now West Liberty University), in West Virginia, in 1966. He has published over 30 scientific papers based on his research and development experience.

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