Cognitec employs a talented, dedicated team of experts in the areas of mathematics, software development, image processing, computer vision, and pattern recognition technologies.
Members of our R&D team received either a doctorate or master's degree, and build on many years of research experience to drive our world-leading algorithm development. The company's success also relies on highly skilled customer service, sales, and operations management staff.
Cognitec's founders and leaders have worked on face recognition technologies for almost two decades and brought many innovations to the market.
Chief Executive Officer
Alfredo Herrera has spearheaded the design and development of the FaceVACS system since 1995. As a software engineer at Siemens, he participated in the development of neurocomputer software, OCR algorithms and, eventually, face recognition applications. As head of the biometrics development team at plettac electronics security GmbH, he was responsible for the ongoing development of the FaceVACS technology. On this basis he founded Cognitec in May 2002.
Dr. Jürgen Pampus
Vice President Sales and Marketing
Jürgen Pampus held positions at Control Data Corp. before joining the scientific computing department at Siemens. After pioneering the development of neurocomputing products and successfully introducing them to the market, he started the Siemens biometrics department in 1995 and initiated the development and international sales of the FaceVACS technology. Dr. Pampus' expert knowledge and opinions regularly contribute to biometric working groups and publications; he has given presentations at various international biometrics conferences. Dr. Pampus also serves on the Biometrics Institute Board of Directors. He is a co-founder of Cognitec.
Vice President Americas, Cognitec Systems Corporation
Roger Kelesoglu joined Cognitec Systems Corporation in 2003 as Business Development Executive for North America, Canada and Mexico. He brings to Cognitec Systems his lifelong experience working for several high-tech Fortune 500 companies in various business management positions, including Unisys, Hewlett Packard, Polaroid and Viisage. Mr. Kelesoglu speaks several foreign languages and has held management positions in Europe, Latin America, the Far East and Middle East.
Vice President Asia Pacific
Terry Hartmann leads business development and client relations as Vice President Asia Pacific at Cognitec Systems Pty Ltd. Before joining Cognitec in January 2017, Hartmann worked for Unisys in various management positions, most recently as Vice President, US & Canada, Global Transportation. He became an internationally acknowledged thought leader on applying biometric and chip technologies to border control/identity management during his tenure with the Australian Passport Office. Hartmann was the author of the ISO/ICAO international standards for face recognition in ePassports, and has won numerous international awards. Organizations around the world have invited him as a key speaker.
Dr. Thorsten Thies
Director Algorithm Development
After receiving his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Karlsruhe (KIT), Dr. Thorsten Thies joined Cognitec in 2003. Since then he has made numerous contributions in advancing Cognitec's core technology, mainly in the areas of face detection and face recognition. He has been leading the algorithm development team at Cognitec since 2015.
Director Software Development
Michael Müller started his career in software development at the Dresden Frauenhofer Gesellschaft, Institute for Integrated Circuits. Starting at Siemens in 1995, he has acted as principal software architect and developer for the FaceVACS technology and innovative face recognition applications. He is a co-founder of Cognitec.
Director Technical Support
Frank Hessel began his career as an electrical engineer, and worked for many years with refrigeration and air conditioning systems. He then spent nine years as a senior field service engineer at Mattson International, where he was responsible for installation, maintenance and repair of semiconductor machinery. Frank joined Cognitec Systems in 2009 as a Technical Consultant, and has been leading the technical support department since 2014.
Dr. Jörg Helbig
Director Product Management
Dr. Jörg Helbig has been working for Cognitec Systems since 2007. In his current position as Director Product Management he plays a fundamental role in the design and development of Cognitec's products and services. Dr. Helbig began his specialization in the field of object recognition during his university studies in information technology. Before joining Cognitec, he conducted research in the areas of automated speech recognition and speech synthesis, and worked in the industry on development and marketing of speech technology products.
Dr. Jürgen Richter
Dr. Jürgen Richter started his professional career as a Scientific Assistant at the Technical University of Karl-Marx-Stadt (now Chemnitz), and then developed radiation planning software for radio-oncology at the Klinikum Chemnitz hospital. In 1996, he joined the FaceVACS development team at Siemens as a senior software engineer, and later co-founded Cognitec.