What We Do

Semantic Research Inc., a privately-held software firm headquartered in San Diego, CA. Powered by a context engine, our technology helps your organization make sense of the most vital resource — data. We help users see and analyze data in context through a human usable data model. Whether it is eliminating fraud or protecting you from cyber security threats or preventing regulatory fines or personalizing information for your customer, we connect all of your data sources – showing you who, what, when, where, how and why are connected. The result: you uncover previously hidden connections and find subsequent insights to make truly informed, most optimal business decisions.

Where We Have Been

Our founders have been working on connecting data dots for a long time.

After the events of 9/11, we turned our attention to connecting the dots of data for organizations such as the U.S. Department of Defense and others in the Intelligence Community. Our unique adaptation of semantic network theory has enabled us to tackle the problems of data with a very different, and much more adaptable, vision than anyone else in the business.

Where We Are Headed

Now it’s time to share our unique technology with more than intelligence communities. No matter what industry you’re in, our technology can redefine the way you visualize, interact with, analyze, and understand data.

We are problem-solvers, analysts and engineers – who will work to bring together all of your data so you can make your processes more efficient, your risks more apparent and your business more cost-effective. All in the name of helping our customers go further, faster.



Founded as an Education-Oriented Knowledge Platform


Used as “Platform of Choice” by Intelligence Community after 9/11


Significant adoption in the Defense and Law Enforcement Communities


Powerful “Context” Platform for Government and Commercial Enterprises

The Semantic Research Team

Chip Harrison

CEO & Founder

Richard (Chip) Harrison Chief Executive Officer and Founder

Richard ‘Chip’ T. Harrison is one of the co-founders of Semantic Research, and brings with him more than three decades of executive management experience. In 1983, Chip founded Peripheral Systems, Inc. – a trailblazer in the system integration marketplace. Chip also started up Cyberworks and turned it from a pioneering Web development and design studio into a leading Internet business development firm. And just before heading up Semantic Research, he served as the COO of Working Woman Network, a global organization dedicated to helping working women build their businesses, careers and lives. Chip also participated in the initial design of the EDGAR systems for the Securities and Exchange Commission. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors for Inland Entertainment, and is a member of the Advisory Board at RadiantBlue Technologies, Inc. Today, Chip is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Semantic Research Inc., and makes his home in La Jolla, CA.

Matt Landa
Matt Landa

Executive Chairman

Matt Landa Executive Chairman

Matt Landa has over 25 years of C-level management experience, including being the CEO of two publicly-traded companies. Matt began his career in 1986 at Monitor Company, a strategy consulting firm focused on working with c-suite executives of Fortune 500 companies. In 1995, Matt joined CMCI Industries, an electronics manufacturing services provider, and a NASDAQ-listed company, as its CEO, where he led the company to a tripling of its revenue over his five years with the company. In 2000, Matt joined the Active Network, a SaaS provider of ERP services to activities-based organizations, and was part of the team that led the company to three straight Inc. 500 and Deloitte Fast 50 Awards, as well as being named Ernst & Young’s Technology Entrepreneur of the Year for San Diego County. Matt and the Active Network team took the company public on the NYSE in 2011, growing its annual revenue to over $400 million by 2013. Matt received an A.B. with concentrations in Engineering and Economics from Dartmouth College, and an M.B.A. from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

Joe Faletti
Joe Faletti

Chief Scientist & Founder

Joseph Faletti

Chief Scientist and Founder

Joe Faletti has over 20 years of experience crafting software solutions to interesting problems, especially in the field of semantics. Before most people had home computers, Joe was already designing and building knowledge representation tools and visual analysis environments. Just before starting Semantic Research in 2001, Joe spent three years in data collection, curation and analysis for Kaiser Permanente's Y2K project. He also developed web-based communications tools for Wordwalla and was the design lead and software engineer for Semantica's predecessor, SemNet software. With a passion for teaching, Joe designed and helped build six learning and assessment software systems at UC-Berkeley, UC-Davis and San Diego State University. In addition, Joe taught Computer Science at UC- Berkeley, UC – Davis and UC – San Diego for about 10 years. Today, as Chief Scientist of Semantic Research, he prides himself on bridging the worlds of software development, social network theory and semantics to solve scientific problems. He also provides us with both history and vision for the varying needs of users in different applications and markets, and manages intellectual property issues, especially patents and trademarks.

Bob Scanlon
Bob Scanlon

EVP, Administration

Robert Scanlon EVP Administration

Bob Scanlon started off his career in the intelligence community as a Naval Officer and Federal Civilian, and built more than 30 years of organizational management experience. He served in a series of operational and leadership assignments at home and abroad, working and leading in highly sensitive settings and circumstances. After his initial period of active duty, Bob entered the private sector where he helped guide the successful development and sale of two small businesses (one manufacturing, the other hospitality), after which he accepted an opportunity to return to active duty as a Naval Intelligence Officer. He currently oversees all aspects of Policy & Compliance Management, Human Resources, Contract & Program Management, Security & Facilities Management and Legal Affairs. Bob has also been a Member of the Board of Directors and Corporate Secretary since 2013.

Tim LaMarca
Tim LaMarca

VP Software Development

Tim LaMarca VP Engineering

Tim LaMarca, a career technologist, is most passionate about using Semantic Research’s tools to provide solutions to otherwise unapproachable problem sets. And he’s qualified to do just that with more than two decades of experience in the software field. After stints developing and supporting embedded systems, development libraries and ‘dot-coms,’ Tim joined Semantic Research in 2002 as a member of the original engineering team. After a hiatus that saw him working for Software AG, applying W3C Semantic Technologies to their WebMethods product suite, Tim returned to Semantic Research to head up Product Management and eventually all of Software Development. Tim has also held positions in customer support, software engineering, quality assurance, engineering management and technical operations – making him intimately familiar with all aspects of delivering production quality systems.

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At Semantic Research, we know two things for sure

People are the heart of a company. Data is the lifeblood.

The volume of data in your business is going to grow by 50 times year-over-year between now and 2020. And most organizations will be unable to use data for a competitive advantage. Don’t be one of those companies.

Contact a Semantica Specialist Today Find Out More

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San Diego, CA 92106

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