18 February 2021
Los Angeles, CA


Beyond Limits joins CERAWeek Virtual 2021, The New Map: Energy Climate, and Charting the Future, on March 1-5.
For nearly forty years, CERAWeek has been providing an integrated framework for understanding what’s ahead for global energy markets, geopolitics, and technology. Participants include senior executives, government officials, thought leaders, academics, technology innovators and financial leaders.​ 
Beyond Limits CEO, AJ Abdallat joins the panel, The Future of AI in the Oil & Gas Industry with Morag Watson, VP & Chief Digital Innovation Officer at bp, and Bill Scudder, SVP AIoT General Manager at AspenTechnology. The panel will be moderated by Camilo Rodriguez, Analytics & Data Science Lead at HIS Markit.
Panelists will discuss the oil and gas industry’s next steps for using AI to transform big data into strategic outcomes and how operations, market analysis, and business support teams within upstream, midstream, and downstream sectors can benefit from such advanced digital transformation. AJ recently spoke at Web Summit and the SPE EnGenious conference as well.
Beyond Limits CTO of Industrial AI, Shahram Farhadi will also be joining Marc Spieler, NVIDIA Global Energy Director for the Lyceum talk, High-performance AI in Energy: Today’s Impact & Tomorrow’s Outlook.
Shahram and Marc will explore why the current pace of AI innovation is accelerating in the energy sector and how this has jump-started a need for high-performance AI. During the talk, viewers will learn why high-performance computing resources are critical for new AI paradigms – including AI using GPUs, discussing how it all works using real-world examples. The talk will close with a dialogue about potential impacts on the industry, including decarbonization and company commitments to becoming net-zero by 2050.
You can read more about how Beyond Limits is expanding industrial AI in energy with Nvidia here.
Beyond Limits CPO, Yonatan Hagos will also join fellow thought-leaders at the CERAWeek Agora for his talk, Revolutionizing Human Decision with AI and Digitization. Yonatan will discuss why Cognitive AI is necessary to optimize human decision-making and how the energy industry can benefit, using real-world examples in upstream and downstream.
Beyond Limits Senior Manager of AI Solutions, Michael Krause is another expert joining fellow industry leaders at the CERAWeek Agora for his talk, The Innovator’s Playbook: From R&D to O&G. Michael will share what it takes to bring AI from the lab to deployment at operational scales in the field, and why energy companies can expect to see AI projects accelerate in the coming years. Not long ago, Michael also spoke at the Go Digital Energy event and was featured in a recent installation of Data Den.
21 January 2021
Los Angeles, CA


The WE3 summit connects global thought-leaders who are embracing change and defining the dent we should put in our water-energy future by focusing on the intersection of sustainable transformation, investment, innovative technology, and regulation for our economic recovery.
AJ Abdallat, Beyond Limits CEO, joined Deepak Garg, CEO of Smart Energy Water, for the panel: Accelerating Digital Transformation with Artificial Intelligence.
Check out the panel below to learn more about the way AI is being used in the water and energy industries.

Want to learn more about the impact of AI in Energy? Take a look at our AI Energy Solutions here.

12 January 2021
Los Angeles, CA
During a time of great uncertainty for many industries and, indeed, the world itself – Web Summit gathered founders and CEOs of technology companies and fast-growing startups, along with policymakers and heads of state, to ask a simple question: Where to next?
Beyond Limits CEO AJ Abdallat discussed The Past, Present, and Future of Cognitive AI during his recent Web Summit talk. Check out this video to learn the history of AI and what advancements we can expect to see in the coming years.

Want to learn more about Beyond Limits’ Cognitive AI technology? Take a look!

15 December 2020
Los Angeles, CA
Author: Jesus Bouzada, Beyond Limits Product Manager – Refinery


This panel recap and review was contributed by Jesus Bouzada, Beyond Limits Product Manager, Refinery, from his own expertise, perspective, and point-of-view.


Last September, Hydrocarbon Processing hosted the IRPC Americas conference. On the second day of the conference, there was a panel discussion on digitalization. The purpose of this review is to assess the state of digitalization in the energy industry, covering the panelists’ observations and my own views, as Beyond Limits’ Refinery Product Manager, on some of the topics. Throughout the review, you will learn how Beyond Limits can help you in your digitalization journey.

Lee Nichols, Hydrocarbon Processing Editor-in-Chief, facilitated the panel. Panelists included Ron Beck, Aspen Technology Market Strategy Director, Joe McMullen, AVEVA Value Chain Optimization Marketing, and Marty Gonzalez, bp Discipline Leader – Intelligent Operations. I have the pleasure of working with Marty on regular basis as part of the implementation of Beyond Limits technology in bp. I regard Marty as a true innovation leader in the energy industry. So, I am really pleased to write about this topic.


Why Digitalization

First and foremost, let us agree on what digitalization means in this context. Digitalization is a loaded word that has been used with different meanings. Gartner describes it well for the purpose of this panel: “Digitalization is the use of digital technologies to change a business model and provide new revenue and value-producing opportunities.”

During the panel, the impact that the current environment is having on the industry, with COVID-19 and its consequences on the economy, was discussed at different times. Joe also warned of other challenges the industry will undoubtedly face going forward including another pandemic, regulations, disruptive innovation, and renewable energies.

Joe quoted Leon Megginson, a 20th-century economist. Mr. Megginson wrote that “It’s not the strongest of the species that survives but the most adaptable.” Panelists agreed that the ability to be agile will set apart the companies that survive.

In Joe’s opinion, improving collaboration leads to agility. He said that what’s important to a successful digital transformation is understanding where your silos are and where you can improve collaboration. I agree that collaboration is critical, and I would add transparency as another important factor. However, I believe that agile is a mindset (based on agile principles). It is a different way to do business, so organizations that want to become agile need to go through a culture shift.

Whether we want it or not, things are changing. The key to agility is to embrace change. This takes us back to the definition of digitalization: “… the use of digital technologies to change… “ Digitalization is not about technology, but about how technology enables change in the business. Digitalization is a transformational tool for agile organizations, especially during a rapidly changing, ambiguous, turbulent environment like the one we live in today.

Tech is part of our everyday lives, and the new generations coming into the workforce have been raised surrounded by technologies. Embracing technology becomes not only a matter of running a more profitable business, but it becomes a matter of tapping into the talent pool of the new generations and, in essence, staying in business.


Challenges to Digitalization

In other disciplines such as software development, which I know very well, or even car manufacturing, embracing change is in their DNA.

As an example, Toyota paved the way for the car manufacturing industry with its Toyota Way mindset. Other car manufacturers followed suit and the Lean movement was born. Lean heavily influenced the Agile methodologies of today that are widely spread when it comes to software development.

Many other industries, including Oil and Gas, have tried to embrace the Lean way of thinking. However, the way of thinking “if ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is ingrained in more risk-averse industries like Oil and Gas. Nevertheless, things are changing. The recent crises, first the 2015 downturn, and now COVID-19, have served as a wake-up call. Crises can also be seen as opportunities.


01 December 2020
Webinar Air Date: 11 November 2020 
Los Angeles, CA


Revolutionizing Human Decisions with AI & Digitization
AI solutions are providing the refining industry unparalleled opportunities to be at the forefront of digital transformation by optimizing human decision-making to achieve ideal operational performance. Recent challenges have accelerated a shift to AI-led efficiency plans in downstream. But how exactly is that efficiency achieved, and how can you trust in this new path to automation?
This innovation webinar spotlights why refinery teams need to implement AI systems that focus on optimizing human decisions with an explanation of how this approach leads to truly efficient operations.
Check out this video to learn:



Want to learn about Beyond Limits AI and how it’s digitizing refinery operations? Click here.


24 September 2020
Los Angeles, CA
Beyond Limits CEO, AJ Abdallat participated at ENGenious Online, along with some of our AI experts, to share insights into how digitalization and AI strategies can benefit the energy industry. A key takeaway from ENGenious is that the energy industry’s relationship with AI & digital transformation is proving to be crucial for organizations to continue delivering value and more effectively managing their response to the unique demands of today.
Watch this video to understand how AI is being used by the energy industry to elevate efficiency through more proactive monitoring of equipment, resulting in increased risk identification and mitigation.

Interested to learn more about the role advanced AI is playing in the Energy Industry? Head to our Energy Solutions page to get started.

17 July 2019
Author: VentureBeat Transform 2019
Originally recorded by VentureBeat and posted to YouTube.

Beyond Limits CEO AJ Abdallat took the stage at Transform 2019 with VentureBeat Founder Matt Marshall to discuss how our approach to cognitive AI is accelerating business using technologies originally developed for NASA space missions.

AJ highlighted how our cognitive AI technology works to solve large-scale problems in the world’s most demanding industries. Explainability, a key challenge in today’s AI industry, was featured when Beyond Limits Technical Head of Industrial IoT Kristin Lennox demonstrated our latest solution the Beyond Limits Cognitive Refinery Operations Advisor.

Interested in seeing AJ, Kristin, and our innovative technology in action? Watch the video below or on YouTube!




24 June 2019

Beyond Limits CEO, AJ Abdallat will join a group of esteemed AI thought leaders in less than 3 weeks when he sits down with Venture Beat founder, Matt Marshall to discuss how Beyond Limits is accelerating business with AI.
In his keynote, AJ reflects on his journey, from being a kid enthralled by the moon landing, to working with Caltech the Jet Propulsion Laboratory applying NASA space technology for industries on earth, to growing Beyond Limits as CEO starting in 2014. AJ reflects on the date of June 20, 1969, the day the first man landed on the moon. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and AJ remarks how monumental and significant this anniversary is to Beyond Limits.

AJ was only 8 years old, living in Amman, Jordan when Apollo 11 landed on the Moon with Commander Neil Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin. AJ sat in his home watching these remarkable astronauts take the first steps on the moon, 238,900 miles from earth and was immediately inspired. When AJ thinks back to this moment, he comments, “Little did I know that one day I would be working with Caltech and NASA, the same agency that put these men on the moon.”

Inspired to become an engineer, AJ graduated from UC Berkeley and eventually begin working with Dr. David Baltimore, Caltech President to bring space technology to earth. The first space technology that AJ brought to earth was the tunable diode laser, designed to detect water on Mars. He found a market for it the LNG industry.  Today, at Beyond Limits, AJ is bringing advanced technology used in the Voyager II and Mars Rover missions to solve problems on earth. AJ, along with Beyond Limits CTO Mark James are leading their teams to develop cognitive AI that can be used to accelerate business in Energy, Manufacturing, and Healthcare industries.

During AJ’s keynote and fireside chat with VentureBeat, he will discuss how Beyond Limits AI solutions that were developed for space are now being applied on earth. He will explain how AI technology works for industry and what problems can be solved with AI. And he will touch on key issues for AI, like earning trust on the path to autonomy, and the importance of explainability so AI systems can explain their reasoning to the people in the decision-making loop. Don’t miss AJ onstage at VentureBeat Transform on July 10-11 in San Francisco, CA.


Can’t attend? Don’t worry! The keynotes will be live-streamed on VentureBeat.com and Facebook. Follow us on Twitter @beyondlimitsai for live updates from the event! 

Beyond Limits, a leading developer of advanced artificial intelligence (AI) solutions, today announced its CEO AJ Abdallat will be a key presenter at VentureBeat’s Transform 2019, July 10 and 11 in San Francisco.

Abdallat will join a group of esteemed AI thought leaders on July 10th when he takes the VentureBeat stage to discuss how Beyond Limits is accelerating business with AI. He will describe how Beyond Limits AI technologies that were originally developed for NASA space missions are now being applied to solve complex problems on earth. He will explain how AI technology works for industry and how large-scale problems can be solved with cognitive AI.


Abdallat will also touch on key issues for artificial intelligence, such as earning trust on the path to autonomy, and the importance of explainability so AI systems can explain their reasoning to people in the decision-making loop.

Also presenting at the VentureBeat Transform will be Beyond Limits Chief Product Officer Yonatan Hagos. Hagos will address thought leaders at VentureBeat’s VIP Forum, a special executive track during Transform 2019, on the topic: What is cognitive AI? How enterprises can utilize this advanced form of AI and leverage human expertise to tackle real problems in their business.

For more information and to register for Transform 2019 see: https://www.vbtransform.com



About Beyond Limits

Beyond Limits is a full-stack Artificial Intelligence engineering company creating advanced software solutions that go beyond conventional AI. Founded in 2014, Beyond Limits is transforming proven technologies from Caltech and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory into advanced AI solutions, hardened to industrial strength, and put to work for forward-looking companies on earth. Beyond Limits leverages this unparalleled innovation portfolio, along with proprietary cognitive technologies, to help companies solve tough, complex, mission-critical problems and transform their business. We apply a unique hybrid approach to AI, combining numeric AI techniques like machine learning with higher-order symbolic AI and expert human knowledge to deliver intuitive cognitive reasoning and information. The result is faster, better decisions that reduce risk and increase revenue. For more information, please visit www.beyond.ai.

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Beyond Limits is attending the Data-Driven Drilling & Production Conference on June 11-12 in Houston and Dr. Shahram Farhadi, Beyond Limits Technical Head of Energy is set to take the stage.


Dr. Farhadi joins industry trailblazers, innovators, and leaders in upstream to discuss the latest disruptive technologies within data collection, predictive maintenance, E&P automation, and drilling optimization. Shahram will join experts from Shell, ConocoPhillips, Equinor, and Chesapeake Energy to tackle the industry’s core challenges to minimize downtime, enhance safety, and deliver digital transformation.


In advance of his session at DDDP, Shahram discusses how technologies such as cognitive AI can be used for production efficiency initiatives.


“Cognitive AI is used to monitor well health by combining data-driven and expert-guided algorithms” Shahram explains, “Beyond Limits’ Well MD provides diagnostic, prognostic and recommendation assistance to the SME to ensure production under optimal conditions while mitigating risks such as sand production. All Beyond Limits AI solutions provide advice in the form of fully explained reasoning (X-AI) to give human experts the benefit of the reason why for recommendations.”


During the panel, Shahram will discuss how our unique approach is used in monitoring production facilities where a network of systems interact at different levels. Our solutions can help operators navigate this complex environment and pinpoint the root causes of anomalous behaviors.


Cognitive AI is key to increasing production efficiencies. “Beyond Limits’ cognitive reasoning engines utilize physics-based and machine learning transformations along with SME knowledge to significantly increase the levels of system autonomy which enables safe and optimal operations”


Join Shahram at DDDP in Houston and visit our AI experts at booth 26 to find out more about our advanced cognitive AI solutions.


Read more about Well MD, our cognitive well health advisor that Shahram is referencing during his panel session >


We are attending Hart Energy’s DUG Haynesville conference in Shreveport, Louisiana on February 19-20, 2019.

What is DUG?

DUG: Developing Unconventionals.

Hart Energy’s DUG is a series of conferences focused on the industry’s business challenges and opportunities in identifying and developing unconventional resources. DUG Haynesville delivers a highly effective mix of data, insight, and forecasts about financing, exploration, drilling, production, and delivery, presented by esteemed industry leaders in a respectful, engaging environment.

Why we’re attending DUG Haynesville:


Want to meet up with us at an event? Contact us and a Beyond Limits representative will reach out to get connected!

12 December 2018
Glendale, CA


Leaders and pioneers in the Oil & Gas Industry convened at the World Energy Capital Assembly in London to discuss emerging trends, review investment opportunities, and chart exploration and production (E&P) activity across the year. The packed two-day assembly was the largest gathering of energy executives, investors, and financiers in Europe with expert panels representing major and mid-cap oil companies examining key issues driving the industry.

Beyond Limits CEO, AJ Abdallat delivered a keynote on Energy Digitalization and discussed the need for digitalization in a world where the global energy demand is expected to increase 25% by 2014. Mr. Abdallat shared insights about the opportunity for innovative digital technologies like artificial intelligence to help the Oil & Gas Industry face challenges in exploration, production, policy, investment, technology, and education.

Shahram Farhadi, Head of Oil & Gas Technologies at Beyond Limits, followed Mr. Abdallat’s keynote by joining a panel of senior energy executives and leaders to discuss the growth of the LNG gas market and the supply and demand trend that is shaping its future. Dr. Farhadi explained why natural gas has experienced a remarkable rise over the past few years and why many predict a continued rapid growth trajectory in the future.

The action-packed two days was capped with Europe’s leading energy awards dinner to celebrate the industry’s achievements. The awards program represents a global benchmark of excellence for key players in the oil & gas industry.