John knew he hated school as early as the second week of kindergarten, so naturally he worked to get his Ph.D. in computer science (at the University of Tennessee).

Mac or PC? Neither. "I usually build my own computer."

John C. Martin, Ph.D.

Chief Technology Officer

John is a respected thought leader in machine learning, particularly in large-scale text processing for latent semantic analysis (LSA). With a PhD in Computer Science and almost 30 years of experience building high availability software systems, John is ideally suited to lead Lirio’s data science and machine learning initiatives for automatic discovery and delivery of meaningful insights and actions at scale.

John is a principal author of the LSA_Toolkit software library for semantic textual analysis. LSA is a technique for conducting natural language processing (NLP) that relies on distributional semantics to identify relationships between sets of documents and the words they contain. Also known as latent semantic indexing, or LSI, LSA has been used to discover prior art in patent searches, automatically classify documents, help direct students toward specific desired outcomes, and grade freeform essays. Active in some of these and other projects, John is applying LSA and other NLP techniques to Lirio client data to motivate behavior change.

John has nearly three decades of practical software design and development experience in various environments, covering numerous software development and testing/certification projects. His work has spanned a variety of fields, including business systems, weapons systems, air traffic control, and medical devices. He has additionally been responsible for the development and support of large-scale online transaction processing systems, cross-platform system interfaces, embedded software systems, software system architectures, and application development standards and policy.

Work & Education:

Chief Technology Officer, Lirio, 2017-Present

SVP, CTO, Chief Data Scientist, Vortext Analytics, Inc., 2016-2017

Founder, CFO, and Senior Consultant, Small Bear Technologies, Inc., 2004-Present

Software Engineering Consultant, 2002-2003

VP Operations and Chief Engineer, Wisdom Software, Ltd, 1998-2002

Member of Professional Staff, Software Engineering Technology, Inc, 1996-1998

Software Engineering Consultant, Thorn Hill Software Development Association, 1995-1996

Lead Programmer Analyst, Ingram Entertainment, 1992-1994

Assistant Data Processing Manager, Milligan College Computer Services, 1989-1992

Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Tennessee, 2016

M.S., Computer Science, University of Tennessee, 1997

B.S., Computer Science and Mathematics, Milligan College, 1990

Computer Science, University of New Orleans, 1986

Personal Bio:

John was born in a computer room in the late 60s and, as a child of the Air Force, has lived in so many places he doesn’t know his original home. He has been hanging out in the hinterlands of East Tennessee for almost 30 years with the exception of a short stint in Boulder, CO.

John knew he hated school as early as the second week of kindergarten, so naturally he worked to get his Ph.D. in computer science (at the University of Tennessee). When he is not thinking deep thoughts about computational problems and text analytics, he is busy working on his farm trying to keep up with his wife and three kids and fixing the heavy equipment he collects as a hobby.

Fun Facts:

My first business was selling worms. My mom didn’t think anyone would buy them, but the first customer wanted ten dozen.

Mac or PC? Neither. I usually build my own computer and install Linux.

Favorite Artists: I have eclectic music tastes and am an avid reader of classic literature, so there are too many to name. But if furniture can count as art, my favorite artist is Gustav Stickley.

I was an Eagle Scout. Most of my scouting career consisted of starting campfires.