Expertise


Pifocal team consists of experienced machine learning practitioners, data scientist and developers. Our expertise encompasses wide range of fields including:

  • high-level simulation development in aerospace industry,
  • machine vision in manufacturing,
  • computer vision based systems for driver assistance in automotive industry,
  • three level biometric security systems useful for high level access control, to
  • controlling wild cash outflow due to warranty claims.

We have developed algorithms, efficient computational methods and tools to accelerate software development. Further, we have expertise and in-depth knowledge of developing mathematical models and extracting information empirically. We are combining this conventional wisdom with latest advances in deep learning to build effective cognitive systems.

The Backbone

The CEO of Pifocal is Mak Agashe.  Mak’s journey has taken him from an engineer to a corporate leader to an entrepreneur.  makarand AgasheMak has a broad and deep understanding of various technologies, products and trends in the computer industry.  He has worked at Microsoft for 19 years in various capacities starting from Software Engineer to General Manager/Partner.   Mak was a key contributor in building many Microsoft products such as Windows Operating Systems, Visual Studio, Bing search engine, and others.  Mak has led complex projects spanning many technologies, with teams of 1300+ people working in multiple continents.  Mak has strong business management experience handling budgets well over $100M at Microsoft.

After leaving Microsoft Mak ran a successful technology consulting business Pramak in Redmond Washington for 5 years.  Mak did advisory consulting and solution development for many companies such as Microsoft, Honeywell, Wipro, HCL, Intel and other smaller companies.  Mak interacted extensively with senior executives in devising and implementing technical strategy to address their business problems.  He and his team built solutions in cloud technology, embedded system, authentication, Windows kernel components and other areas.

Mak loves consulting because he likes to provide highly targeted and optimized solutions to individual customer problems.  He has an intense focus on quality and customer satisfaction in all his work.  Mak has a B. Tech. in Electrical Engineering from IIT Bombay, Masters in Computer Engineering from Dartmouth College, and a Certificate in Machine Learning.  He is on the industrial advisory board for University of Washington’s Center for Sensorimotor and Neural Engineering.

Vinay Vaidya is Managing Director and CTO at Pifocal. Vinay has worked in senior positions at Boeing, Siemens, Fujitsu, and Vinay VaidyaKPIT Cummins ranging from technical fellow, general manager, VP of research, and CTO.

Vinay started his career at Boeing in Seattle as an engineer. He worked on the 747autopilot as well as the 767 engine control. His work involved analyzing flight test data, simulating engine control, designing new flight control systems, flight testing the new systems, conducting failure modes and effects analysis, as well as carrying out accident investigations. Within 15 years out of college, Vinay became the youngest person to receive the highest technical honor as a senior principal scientist.

Vinay’s interests in computer vision and pattern recognition attracted him to work in manufacturing R&D of Boeing Electronics. At Boeing Electronics, he designed, developed, and implemented Boeing’s first paperless manufacturing system called Advanced Assembly, Inspection, and Manufacturing System. For this accomplishment, he was honored as an Associate Technical Fellow.

At Fujitsu, Vinay was responsible for project acquisition, design, development, and delivery of a satellite-imaging project. This project was from the prestigious National Space Development Agency (NASDA) of Japan. The project involved analyzing image data coming from ADEOS II satellite. The customer rated the delivered software as number one in quality as well as functionality.

In Siemens Vinay was responsible for starting a new R&D unit and heading it. Keeping analytics at its core, Vinay developed new solutions, technology, and products. Vinay and his team developed new image enhancement techniques for Siemens’s medical imaging division, a cyber security protection system over the SAP product for defense in Finland, and biometric system for high-end security places. The security products developed by his team have been in the market for over 15 years. Along with his team at Siemens, Vinay developed a unique biometric product with face recognition, speaker identification, and finger print recognition. The product, Intelligent Digital Passport, was acclaimed as a unique product at the 2002 CeBit in Hanover.

At KPIT Cummins, Vinay started a R&D center called the Center for Research in Engineering Sciences and Technology (CREST). He built and led the R&D group to conduct research in image processing to develop many solutions for automotive industry including the driver safety systems. Further, in 2009 Vinay and his team worked in parallel computing and came with a unique product, YUCCA, for converting a sequential code to a parallel code. Under his leadership, employees started doing research, publishing papers, and filing for patents.

The team published over a 100 research papers, and filed for 60 patents. Vinay is a teacher at heart. Four of his students have completed a Ph.D. Additional five are working in deep learning, speech to text processing, image processing, as well as biomedical analytics.

Vinay received his Ph.D. in Image Processing and Pattern Recognition from the University of Washington, Seattle. Prof. R.M. Haralick, one of the founding fathers of image processing, was Vinay’s Ph.D. Advisor.

Ashwini Joshi is our Data Scientist. Ashwini has a strong background in mathematical optimization, algorithms and parallel computing. She was a key contributor in building several products related to statistical analysis, simulation and predictive statistics. She is adept at many parts of the software development process such as product ideation, prototyping, program management and quality strategy. Ashwini is very knowledgeable in Deep Learning technologies and tools. Ashwini has a passion for teaching having taught mathematics to engineering students for over 7 years. Ashwini has a Masters in Mathematics from IIT Bombay.

Mak Agashe

The CEO of Pifocal is Mak Agashe.  Mak’s journey has taken him from an engineer to a corporate leader to an entrepreneur. Mak has a broad and deep understanding of various technologies, products and trends in the computer industry.  He has worked at Microsoft for 19...

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Vinay Vaidya

Vinay Vaidya is Managing Director and CTO at Pifocal. Vinay has worked in senior positions at Boeing, Siemens, Fujitsu, and KPIT Cummins ranging from technical fellow, general manager, VP of research, and CTO. Vinay started his career at Boeing in Seattle as an...

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Ashwini Joshi

Ashwini Joshi is our Data Scientist. Ashwini has a strong background in mathematical optimization, algorithms and parallel computing. She was a key contributor in building several products related to statistical analysis, simulation and predictive statistics. She is...

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The Backbone

Makarand Agashe

The CEO of Pifocal is Mak Agashe. Mak’s journey has taken him from an engineer to a corporate leader to an entrepreneur. Mak has a broad and deep understanding of various technologies, products and trends…

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Ashwini Joshi

Ashwini Joshi is our Data Scientist. Ashwini has a strong background in mathematical optimization, algorithms and parallel computing. She was a key contributor in building several products related to…

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Vinay Vaidya

Vinay Vaidya is Managing Director and CTO at Pifocal. Vinay has worked in senior positions at Boeing, Siemens, Fujitsu, and KPIT Cummins ranging from technical fellow, general manager, VP of research, and CTO.

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Shrikant Joshi

A researcher in Natural Language Technologies, Shrikant Joshi has worked on information & relation extraction, speech-to-text processing and machine translation post-editing. He also has to his…

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