Jeff Senn

Chief Technologist, Head of R&D

Jeff provides strategic leadership that supports the technical preeminence of MAYA Design and its Research practice. He previously led MAYA’s Engineering Group, specializing in designing and prototyping architectures, software, and hardware for computing and network systems.

Jeff is a key member of several project teams, and managed the development of Visage, a powerful data exploration, navigation, and visualization system that led to MAYA Viz, a spin-off company bought by General Dynamics in 2005. Visage is the basis for Viz’s Command Post of the Future and its CoMotion visualization tool.

Before coming to MAYA in 1989, Jeff worked for the Department of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). There, he designed and assembled a vision-tracking laboratory and developed data collection and analysis tools. He was also on the team that developed and maintained a unique software-distribution and system-management environment (one of the first successful Intranets) for a large computer network.

When he’s not ranting about how no engineer educated in this century understands how virtual memory actually works, he is playing (or building) a funny-looking near-eastern musical instrument, renovating his arts-and-crafts house, or inventing something useful and/or dangerous.

Education

BS Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

My Superpower

Leaping tall, inconsistent arguments in a single bound.

Quote That Inspires Me

“A witty saying proves nothing.”
-Voltaire

Books I Love

I love well-constructed fantasy or science-fiction that is prophetic or leads to insights of the human condition. Examples include Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings; Asimov’s Foundation Series, many things that Zelazny wrote. I have a vague sentimental spot for “outdated/classic” scifi/fantasy like E.R. Burroughs ad H.G. Wells.

Earliest Memory of Using Something High-Tech

A “100-in-1 Electronic Projects Kit,” circa 1974. Yes, at the time, that was high-tech.

First Thing I Built

A house that I helped my dad build (when I was 6).

Blog Posts

Trillions™ Thursday: Let's Talk About the Connected Future
Oct 06 2016 in Connected World

An introduction to our Trillions™ Thursday blog series, where we’ll explore future trends in the connected world, and try to explain what they might mean for your business.

The Web Will Die. What Then?
Jan 08 2015 in Connected World

A series of vaguely related events in December have caused me to think that this time, the Web will die. New trends are emerging that will impact data sharing of the future.

News

Insider vs. Outsider Data Security Threats
Aug 24 2016

MAYA Chief Technologist, Jeff Senn, weighs in on internal vs. external data security debate for DigitalGuardian.com

Patents

US08064616
Nov 22 2011
Inventors: McManus; Michael (Oakdale, PA), Craig; Larry Vincent (Plymouth, MI), Senn; Jeff (Pittsburgh, PA), Koempel; Jeremy (Pittsburgh, PA)
US07831282
Nov 09 2010
Inventors: Luebke; Charles (Sussex, WI), Senn; Jeffrey (Pittsburgh, PA)
US07504940
Mar 17 2009
Inventors: Luebke; Charles (Sussex, WI), Pereira; Luis (Milwaukee, WI), Murphy; William (Cranberry Township, PA), Schlotterer; John (Murrysville, PA), Piraneque; Javier (Cranberry Township, PA), McManus; Michael (Oakdale, PA), Senn; Jeffrey (Pittsburgh, PA)
US06505087
Jan 01 2003
Inventors: Joseph Ballay, Peter Lucas, Jeffrey Senn, Noah Guyot
US06144888
Nov 01 2000
Inventors: Joseph Ballay, Peter Lucas, Jeffrey Senn, Noah Guyot
US06151610
Nov 01 2000
Inventors: Jeffrey Senn, Peter Lucas, Rashi Khanna
US06075530
Jun 01 2000
Inventors: Jeffrey Senn, Peter Lucas, Steven Roth, Michael Blaine Burks, Philip Stroffolino
US06012072
Jan 01 2000
Inventors: Jeffrey Senn, Peter Lucas, Rashi Khanna
US06012074
Jan 01 2000
Inventors: Jeffrey Senn, Peter Lucas, Rashi Khanna
US05905992
May 01 1999
US05621874
Apr 01 1997
US05613134
Mar 01 1997
Inventors: Peter Lucas, Jeffrey Senn, Andrew Brown
US05600833
Feb 01 1997
Inventors: Andrew Brown, Jeffrey Senn, Peter Lucas
US05544051
Aug 01 1996
US05528739
Jun 01 1996
Inventors: Jeffrey Senn, Peter Lucas, Carolanne Fisher
US05499330
Mar 01 1996