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VIASPACE Adds Business Development Executive in Japan for SHINE Software

04/02/2007

VIASPACE ADDS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE IN JAPAN FOR SHINE EXPERT SYSTEM

PASADENA, CA ?April 2, 2007? VIASPACE Inc. (OTCBB: VSPC), a company dedicated to commercializing proven technologies from NASA and the US Department of Defense, announced today that Mr. Pankaj Garg has joined the company as Director of Business Development and Technical Marketing in Japan for its SHINE expert software system.  The Spacecraft Health INference Engine (SHINE) is a proprietary software package developed at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory for space applications and was licensed from Caltech.  An inference engine is the core of an expert system. Using standard benchmarks, VIASPACE has measured SHINE performance at over 230 million rules per second, which puts it orders of magnitude faster than competing approaches.

Mr. Garg has 18 years experience in software development, architecture and technical marketing.  Mr. Garg has lived in Japan for the past 17 years and is fluent in Japanese, English and Hindi.   Mr. Garg served as Worldwide Senior Strategic Manager for Intel Japan from 1999.  Previously he was with Cirrus Logic, Yasukawa Electric Co. and Kobe Steel.  Mr. Garg is experienced in Software for Chipsets, Multimedia, PCs, embedded applications and cell phones.  He has strong relationships with Japanese PC, consumer electronics companies and video game producers.

Mr. Garg, a native of India, is a permanent resident in Japan.  He received a Bachelor of Computer Science and Engineering degree from G.B Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, India. He is a member of IEEE and filed 20 patent applications at Intel and other companies.

VIASPACE CEO Dr. Carl Kukkonen stated, ?Mr. Garg will be a key player in implementing the company strategy for global applications of SHINE.  Because SHINE is built on a different algorithm, it is much faster than competing expert systems.  It also has a very small footprint which allows it to be run on conventional microprocessors and microcontrollers.  No special-purpose hardware is required.  These attractive features open up entirely new market opportunities for expert systems in areas such as consumer electronics, automotive and other controls, factory automation and video gaming.  Mr. Garg will also pursue potential customers in India and Asia Pacific?

 

About VIASPACE:  Originally founded in 1998 with the objective of transforming proven space and defense technologies from NASA and the Department of Defense into hardware and software solutions that solve today's complex problems, VIASPACE benefits from important patent and software licenses from Caltech, which manages NASA?s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  For more information, please visit our website at www.VIASPACE.com, or contact for Investor Relations, Dr. Jan Vandersande, Director of Communications at 800-517-8050, or IR@VIASPACE.com.

 

Press contact: Carl Kukkonen 626-768-3360

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