AKAI KAERU – cutting-edge research evolved INTO practice

Akai Kaeru is a  company with deep roots in visual data analytics research. Its two co-founders combine decades of research expertise in interactive  high-dimensional data visualization, starting out long before the terms big data, data science, and explainable AI became the ubiquitous buzz words they are now. Akai Kaeru was founded in 2016 to evolve these acclaimed research products into practical software to help data scientists solve stubborn problems in real-world applications. This is and has been our guiding mantra.   

Founders – Klaus Mueller


Klaus is a co-founder, President and CEO of Akai Kaeru. He holds a PhD in computer science and is  currently on leave from his professorship in the Computer Science Department at Stony Brook University. He has authored more than 180 research papers in visual analytics and related topics which have been cited over 9,000 times. He won the US National Science Foundation Early Career award in 2001, the State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activity in 2011, and the Meritorious Service Certificate and the Golden Core Award of the IEEE Computer Society in 2016. In 2018 he was inducted into the US National Academy of Inventors. Klaus is a frequent speaker at scientific  conferences around the world. Contact Klaus at mueller@akaikaeru.com 

Founders – Eric Papenhausen



Eric is a co-founder and Chief Software Architect at Akai Kaeru. He holds a Masters Degree and PhD in Computer Science from Stony Brook University (SUNY). Eric has over 5 years of industry experience in Software Engineering at small and large companies alike. He has authored 15 papers in performance optimization and visual analytics with over 50 citations. Contact Eric at epapenha@akaikaeru.com