Capsenta, founded by Dr. Daniel P. Miranker and Juan F. Sequeda, spun out of the University of Texas at Austin in 2011. Ultrawrap is a product of over 4 years of research.
Professor Miranker arrived at the University of Texas in 1986 after completing his Ph.D. in Computer Science at Columbia University and his B.S. in Mathematics at MIT. Professor Miranker's current work concerns applying the Semantic Web to solving relational and biological data integration problems. Particular projects span SPARQL execution on relational databases and data mining methods that automate data integration. Application subject matter includes both biodiversity and molecular databases.
Professor Miranker is perhaps best known for his early work on the TREAT algorithm; a forward-chaining rule evaluation method originally intended to support the parallel evaluation of rule systems against the contents of a database in a map-reduce like environment. He is coauthor of the 1998 PODS Best Paper, "A Lower Bound Theorem for Indexing Schemes and its Application to Multidimensional Range Queries". In 1999 he founded a dotcom that survived the bust. The company developed and sold semantic software used in the implementation of B2B marketplaces.
Juan is a Ph.D student at the University of Texas at Austin and a NSF Graduate Research Fellow. Juan regularly gives talks at the most important academic and industrial semantic related conferences such as the International Semantic Web Conference and Semantic Technology Conference. He has been the organizer of the Consuming Linked Data tutorial at the 2009 International Semantic Web Conference, 2010 World Wide Web Conference and 2011 Semantic Technology Conference. He has co-chaired the 2010 and 2011 Triplification Challenge. He co-created the Consuming Linked Data Workshop and Linked Data-a-thon competition series. He was the Publicity Chair of the 2011 International Semantic Web Conference. Juan is also an invited expert at the W3C and member of the RDB2RDF Working Group. Juan has been an invited researcher at the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid and the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. Juan is also the Executive Director of Semantic Web Austin.
In 2006, he founded a company that developed a web-based project management system with offices in Zurich, Switzerland and Cali, Colombia. In the first week of operations, the company broke even and recovered the investment.