About Us

There's a spark of madness in our team. We don't intend to lose it!

To build and create new experiences
based on computer vision and artificial intelligence

Mad Street Den® is a Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence Company building the AI architecture of the future. Founded by a Neuroscientist - Designer duo, the company's mission is to build models of generalizable intelligence on scale, that can be deployed through meaningful applications across industries to billions of people across the globe.

Founding Team

Ashwini Asokan

Ashwini Asokan is the CEO & founder of Mad Street Den®. Ashwini and her team teach machines to see and experience the world like we humans do. Ashwini returned to India from Silicon Valley after more than a decade, to bootstrap her startup which she founded with her husband, Anand Chandrasekaran, a neuroscientist. As a product designer and cultural researcher, she explores how Artificial Intelligence can be brought out of the Science and Tech labs of the world, applied meaningfully and put in the hands of people across the globe.

A Carnegie Mellon alumni, Ashwini's work typically sits at the intersection of technology, people and complex organizational systems. Until recently, she led the Mobile Innovation Portfolio as part of Intel Labs in California, driving research and development of cutting edge mobile products.

Dr. Anand Chandrasekaran
CTO & Neuroscientist

Anand is the CTO and founder of Mad Street Den®. A Neuroscientist & Neuromorphic engineer by training, Anand comes from a History in academia. As a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University he was a member of the team that built Neurogrid, a neuromorphic chip that simulates a million neurons in real-time. He also designed and simulated an axon router chip, enabling structural plasticity in addition to synaptic plasticity. His professional focus since has been technical computing in the realms of pattern recognition and machine learning.

Prior to co-founding Mad Street Den®, Anand developed neural algorithms for real-world sensory classification problems in work with IBM, DARPA, and others. Anand holds a PhD degree in neuroscience from Baylor College of Medicine.

Dr. Costa Colbert
Senior VP and Chief Scientist,
AI Labs

Costa is Senior VP and Chief Scientist at Mad Street Den® Labs. He is well-known internationally as an experimental and computational neuroscientist in the area of single neuron electrophysiology. He has been the principal investigator on grants from the National Institutes of Health and others to study how neurons encode and transmit information. After taking the leap from academia to industry, he built perhaps the first large-scale GPU-based neuron simulator, long before GPU's were widely used in machine learning. Subsequently, he developed advanced imaging and classification systems for the Naval Research Labs, NASA, and DHS before coming full circle to improve neuronal simulation with GPU's for NIH.

He holds MD and PhD degrees in neuroscience from the University of Virginia along with biomedical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science degrees from Johns Hopkins University. He leads MSD's charter alongside Anand, building future neural network architectures that can enable more generalizable models of intelligence.

Our Team

Deal maker. Narrates slapstick gym tales.
Professor X. Fluent in baby speak.
Zen master of AI. Hasn't gone beardless in 20 years.
Action figure aficionado. Curious about the humans of Madras.
Wisecracker. Quotes Tamil movie references to make a point.
Tennis ace. Unapologetically in love with potato chips.
Poet. Hopes to strum a guitar with panache.
Hawk eye. Not a Single detail missed
Tags. Vision Algorithms and Facebook.
Royalty. The Ryan Gosling of MSD
Fashionista. Addicted to wacky Internet memes.
Bro. Opens mouth, inserts foot
Stocker-upper. Has a fancy alter ego.
Bon vivant. Kisses dogs on a whim.
Does not age, enviably so. Giggles.
Summons the 70s Bollywood hero in you
Nice guy. Shady stares.

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