AI-Powered People

Cognixion is a team of visionary technologists, researchers and designers focused on creating products that accelerate and enrich human communication and connection


Our Mission Matters

Cognixion is a mission-driven company, aiming to unlock speech for hundreds of millions of people worldwide affected by communication disabilities. By providing affordable and accessible technologies that are powered by AI (artificial intelligence), the world will look and feel very different in the next decade. We will be interacting with far more AI-Powered People at school, at work and on the go. Imagine a world where there are hundreds of Stephen Hawking’s out there, contributing to society now that they have a voice.


Our Products

Cognixion develops software that people with communication challenges can use to express themselves 10x faster than any other solution on the market. Truly augmentative conversational interfaces. Our award-winning AAC app, Speakprose, is available now in iTunes.


Areas of Focus

We build upon and create sound science, cutting-edge technologies and natural interfaces for accessing the world in new ways.

Brain Control Interfaces

Our wireless BCI technology optimizes the signals from each user's unique brain and can be fitted to any head shape. By reading brain signals alone, our BCI solution detects attention toward an object that represents the intended speech.

Artificial Intelligence

Our advanced machine learning algorithms adapt to the nuances in how users interact with our technology. With each use, our technology gets smarter and more efficient at recognizing, and even predicting what the user intends to communicate.

Augmented Reality

We enable users to simultaneously interact with their physical environment and the overlaid digital world. As they select an object in AR to indicate their intended speech, we personalize communication options according to the user's current context and adapt the AR system based on changing environments.

Applied Neuroscience

We create solutions based on behavioral and brain science to support learning and operation. Our structured digital environments are motivating, easy to use, and quickly develop new capabilities.

Fostering human capabilities

We build on whatever abilities are available – hearing, touch, gesture, movement, or even simply attention to the environment – as we design interfaces to enable nonverbal individuals communicate their intentions.

Behavioral benefits & social impact

We improve quality of life and create economic impact. Easier access to communication for the nonverbal individual means reductions in frustration, isolation, and costly behavioral interventions. Their newfound independence and social inclusion leads to new opportunities to close the equity gap.


News & Insights

Join the conversation about augmenting human capacity using Cognixion technology. We blog our thoughts including scientific research, interesting insights, company and product news. You can learn from our scientists, designers, data & bio-signal experts, linguists, speech and behavioral analysts.


Our People


We are user centric, highly collaborative and driven to make a massive global impact in the lives of individuals and transform the world at large by making advanced technologies easily accessible, usable and affordable. We are located with in Toronto Ontario and Santa Barbara California, and collaborate with scientific and clinical partners around the world.

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Andreas Forsland

Founder & Company Leadership (CEO)


Leonard Zerman

Co-Founder & Technology Leadership (CTO)

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Vivian Valentin, PhD

Cognitive Science, User Research & Data Analytics


Wil Macaulay

System Architecture & Technology Management


Diana Pereira

Finance, Accounting, Legal & Human Resources

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Tom Ladd

Managing Director of Canada, Business Development & Sales


Meaghan Azlein

Marketing Operations,
Training, & Customer Care


Cris Micheli, PhD

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning for Biosignals


Coming soon

Mobile & AR UX Designer


Coming soon

Product Management


Sarah Pearce

BCI Software Engineering


Coming soon

Firmware & Embedded Systems




Julie Blair, CCC-SLP

Clinical Certified Speech Language Pathologist


Tiago Falk, PhD

Bio-Signal Processing & Artificial Intelligence at Musae Lab & Institut national de la recherche scientifique

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Ning Jiang, PhD

Applied Neuroscience, Biomechanical Engineering & Machine Learning at
University of Waterloo




David Rose

Wearables & Artificial Intelligence
VP, Vision Technology at
Warby Parker



Bernardo de Albergaria

SaaS business models
CEO at Beckon


Get in touch

We invite pioneering individuals to join us in creating the future.



1117 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101



212 King Street West, 6th Floor, Toronto, ON, M5H 1K5