About Us

Initium.AI is leveraging recent advances in Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning to develop customized solutions that transform natural language into actionable insights.

We work with a wide variety of texts — reviews, conversations, notes, complaints, and more — and help our customers make the most out of the language in their daily work.

Rada Mihalcea

Co-Founder, CEO

Rada is a professor in the Computer Science and Engineering department at the University of Michigan, and director of the Artificial Intelligence lab. She has worked on research in Natural Language Processing since 1997, and according to Google Scholar she is one of the top 40 most influential authors in this field. In 2009, President Obama awarded her the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers award for her research in NLP.

Spencer Vagg

Co-Founder, CTO

Spencer is a graduate from the University of Michigan with a MS in Data Science. He specializes in Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing. His previous research on micro mobility with the City of Detroit has led to a direct impact on scooter deployments within the city.


Alyona Medelian, PhD

CEO @ Thematic

Alyona is the CEO of Thematic, a YCombinator and VC-backed company, that helps companies improve their customer loyalty through insights from customer feedback and has happy customers in six countries, including Vodafone, AirBnB, Dropbox, ManpowerGroup and Air New Zealand. She holds a PhD in Natural Language Processing. Her expertise is in taking core language processing research and turning it into solution to real companies problems.

Raluca Banea, MBA, MA

Partner | Manager of Strategic Accounts @ MedEquip Depot

Raluca, a graduate of the Wharton School of Business with an MBA in Marketing and an MA in International Management, possesses more than 15 years of experience in the distribution of medical products, and is a successful entrepreneur in the healthcare space. She has helped grow MedEquip Depot, a Dallas-based medical supplies distribution company, to more than 3,000 customers, 1300 brands, and $5M/year in revenue.

Carmen Banea, PhD


Carmen Banea has worked in the NLP & ML fields since 2003, including opinion and sentiment analysis, text similarity, and multilingual natural language processing. She has published 30 articles in peer reviewed journals and conferences. She was the lead developer and framework integration specialist in the Cornell team spanning across three universities during the DARPA Deep Exploration and Filtering of Text program.

Proud recipient of the National Science Foundation Seed Fund 2019 & 2020.

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About Us

Initium.AI leverages recent advances in Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning to transform natural language into actionable insights.

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