Bradley P. Allen

Bradley P. Allen


Brad Allen is a technology executive, serial entrepreneur, and artificial intelligence expert with over thirty-five years of experience bringing innovative software solutions to market. Currently, Brad is Chief Architect at Elsevier, a global information analytics business specializing in science and health. Prior to Elsevier, Brad was founder and CTO at three enterprise software startups in the Los Angeles area, achieving successful exits in two of the three. He began his career during the nineteen-eighties as one of the very first knowledge engineers of the expert systems era.


  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learning
  • Linked Open Data
  • Descriptive Bibliography


  • BS, Applied Mathematics, 1982

    Carnegie Mellon University



Chief Architect


Oct 2013 – Present Los Angeles, California
Brad leads the Architecture and Labs groups within Elsevier’s technology organization, focusing on driving the establishment and evolution of the data platforms that are transforming Elsevier from the world’s leading scientific and medical publisher into the leading provider of information and analytics solutions for researchers and medical professionals everywhere.

VP, Elsevier Labs


Sep 2009 – Sep 2013 Los Angeles, California
As head of Elsevier Labs, Brad led Elsevier Technology Services’ research and development efforts, helping groups within Elsevier plan, design, and build advanced technologies into products in support of Elsevier’s strategic plans.

Founder and CTO

Siderean Software

Aug 2001 – Dec 2008 El Segundo, California
At Siderean, Brad led the company as CEO from founding until raising a first venture round in 2004. A semantic search company, Siderean was recognized in 2007 as a visionary in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Information Access and as one of KM World’s 100 Companies That Matter in Knowledge Management. Siderean’s assets were acquired by Open Text Corporation in May 2011.

Founder and CTO

TriVida Corporation

Feb 1997 – Apr 2001 Culver City, California
In 1997, Brad co-founded TriVida Corporation and served as CTO until TriVida’s acquisition by Be Free, Inc. in March 2000. TriVida developed technology for the real-time mining of streaming data, applied to targeted marketing for e-commerce Web sites. TriVida was sold to Be Free, Inc. (now Conversant) in March 2000.

Founder and CTO

Limbex Corporation

Feb 1995 – Dec 1996 Marina del Rey, California
Brad left Inference in 1995 to co-found Limbex Corporation where he created WebCompass, an Internet search tool that won Best Of Show at COMDEX Fall ‘95. Limbex was sold to Quarterdeck Corporation (now Symantec Corporation) in August 1996.

VP Advanced Development

Inference Corporation

Feb 1984 – Jan 1995 El Segundo, California
In 1984, Brad joined Inference Corporation where he was part of the technical team that developed ART, one of the first commercial expert system shells. Brad was ultimately responsible for the development in 1989 of CBR Express, one of the first customer service problem resolution products and one of the first commercial applications of case-based reasoning.

Senior Research Programmer

Carnegie-Mellon University Robotics Institute

Feb 1982 – Jan 1984 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
After receiving an BS in Applied Mathematics from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1982, Brad began his career as a member of the research staff at the university’s Robotics Institute, in the Intelligent Systems Laboratory. At the ISL, Brad was involved in work on knowledge-based approaches to job-shop scheduling and hybrid knowledge representations.

Recent Talks

Data Science at Elsevier: A Brief Overview

In a presentation at the Fall 2020 Industry Seminar series hosted by the Harvard Data Science Initiative, Brad and his colleague Daniel Kershaw discussed data science in practice at Elsevier, detailing the business motivations, the organization, and how data science over scientific content and data is enabling us to deliver new products to our customers.

Representing and Publishing Schottlaender's "Anything But Routine" as Linked Data

At the 2019 LD4 Conference on Linked Data in Libraries, Brad described his work on the use of library ontology standards, linked open data and minimal computing (in the digital humanities sense) to publish scholarly bibliographical data.

From Content Publishing to Data Solutions via Machine Learning

In this Los Angeles Machine Learning Meetup event in February 2019, Brad discussed the work ongoing at Elsevier towards using machine learning to understand scientific and medical articles.

Oral History of Brad Allen

An oral history interview of Brad conducted by Avron Barr at the Computer History Museum in May 2018, as part of a workshop at the CHM on the history of expert systems companies.

The Role of Metadata in the Second Machine Age

At the DC-2016 conference in Copenhagen, Brad gave a keynote sharing his thoughts on why metadata standards may need to evolve in a future where machines, and not just people, are readers.