PRT (Pattern Recognition Technologies), Inc. is an industry leader in providing
load/price/wind/solar generation forecasting services for the energy industry. With over
150 clients, our highly accurate forecasting systems are among the most widely used
in the industry. Our products are based on state-of-the-art intelligent system technologies
such as artificial neural networks, fuzzy logic and evolutionary computing/genetic
algorithms. Since 1994, our experienced staff of engineers with advanced degrees
have continually been perfecting the forecasting accuracy level of our products
and services. PRT’s excellent technical skills along with superior customer support
and maintenance service has earned it its reputation as the leading provider of
Al Khotanzad, Ph.D., P.E., Founder, President & CEO
Al Khotanzad holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. He
has over 30 years of experience in the field of intelligent systems and their applications
to energy related forecasting problems. Dr. Khotanzad, who is also a Professor of
Electrical Engineering at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, has been
in the forefront of developing and applying cutting edge technology to energy forecasting
problems. He was one the pioneers in the use of neural networks for load forecasting
and lead the team who developed the first commercial neural network load forecaster
under sponsorship of the Electric Power Research Institute. Dr. Khotanzad has over
seventy technical publications and has served on the editorial boards of the IEEE
Transactions on Neural Networks, IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine
Intelligence and Journal of Pattern Recognition. He has received several prestigious
awards for his innovative works including the following: IEEE Dallas Section Engineer
of the Year Award, Sigma Xi Best Research Award, and The IEEE Third Millennium Medal.
Sogand Shoja, Senior Vice President
Sogand Shoja holds BS and MS degrees in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University.
Prior to joining PRT in 2001, she was an Engineering Manager at Honeywell Optoelectronics.
Her extensive experience in process development, optimization and years of teaching
statistical thinking to analyze and improve products has been key to implementing
effective solutions for PRT’s clients. Ms. Shoja has played and continues to play
a fundamental role in PRT’s overall marketing and strategic development efforts.
Saeed Afkhami, Ph.D., Director of Engineering
Saeed Afkhami holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and has been with PRT since
1996. He has over 15 years of experience in research and development of cutting
edge forecasting algorithms for the energy industry. As Director of Engineering
at PRT, he oversees R&D efforts and technical support activities. He has been a
major contributor to the design and development of all of the PRT’s products and
web based services.
Laudan Khotanzad, VP, Technical Sales
Laudan Khotanzad holds a Finance and Economics B.A. degree from Southern Methodist
University, and has worked as an energy trader for Shell Energy North America in
San Diego for four years prior to joining PRT. Her experience as an ex-trader brings
a valuable perspective to PRT’s staff as she relates to current and prospective
clientele with her knowledge of the energy markets. Ms. Khotanzad is in charge of
directing PRT’s sales and product development efforts.