Oculi® is a deep-tech, fabless semiconductor company that produces the OCULI SPU™ (Sensing & Processing Unit), a novel architecture and product in the world of AI and vision technology. The OCULI SPU is the only single chip Software-defined Vision Sensor™ that delivers Real-Time Vision Intelligence (VI) at the edge. The OCULI SPU is the product of over 18 years of R&D led by Dr. Charbel Rizk, Founder CEO CTO of Oculi which started at the Johns Hopkins University, and was specifically focused on developing efficient Vision Intelligence on a single-chip that delivers fast response and low bandwidth, power, size, and weight.
Charbel Rizk, PhD
Founder, CEO, CTO
Dr. Rizk is a thought leader, Systems Engineer, Principal Investigator / S&T manager with expertise in drones, machine learning, multi-modal semiconductor sensors, sensor fusion, and perception for autonomy. He also made key contributions at Rockwell Aerospace, McDonnell Douglas, Boeing, APL and Johns Hopkins University.
Engineering and BD Management
Imad Choueiri is a 25+ year serial entrepreneur with proven track record in producing/selling innovative products. Founder of "Malak-e GPS wearables", "Unified Emergency System", "Smart Beds for Hospitals" with Intel, "Zester" the IoT transformation controller. Co-founder "Yalla Pickup", winners of "Transportation App of the Year" and featured in Forbes ME. Strong business development skills with global markets and manufacturing experience. Designed products for Intel, Nokia, Huawei and IBM.
Lead Research Engineer
Joelle Khalil is an electrical engineer who is part of Oculi’s application team. Prior to Oculi, she acquired hands-on experience on hardware technologies and fast data transmission systems using FPGAs. Joelle holds a BE in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Holy Spirit University of Kaslik - USEK.
Philippe Pouliquen, PhD
Founding Member, Co-Inventor
Dr. Pouliquen is a researcher with a focus in the design of application specific analog and mixed-mode integrated circuits. He has authored and co-authored over 60 articles in journals and conferences in this area, of which 3 have best paper awards, and is also a co-inventor on 4 patents.
Sana Kouatly is a Senior Administrator with more than 15 years of work experience in the field, and a marketing and communications background. She has worked on several projects in different domains varying from manufacturing to education, and has supported C-level executives in fast-paced and high-pressure environments.
Lead Solutions Engineer
Chad Howard is leading Oculi's applications team in the development of novel solutions. He has a BS and MSE in Electrical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University and worked on the rapid development of wireless communications systems from R&D to operational deployment at APL.
Jay Moon is a hardware/computer engineer with over 30 years of experience in technical support and semiconductor sales. He was an FAE for Western Digital and Cirrus Logic in the 90’s and has helped many startups go-to-market in the last 20 years. For example, he was the country manager for Genesis Microchip (acquired by ST Micro in 2007) and for PrimeSense (acquired by Apple in 2013) and he has helped to develop business at Samsung and LG over the last 10 years.
Geoffrey Maroun Akiki
President, Hoya IT Segment Company
Geoffrey Maroun Akiki has spent almost 40 years in high technology, including executive positions with IBM, GLOBALFOUNDRIES and is currently President of HOYA LSI. He has extensive international experience in both the technical and business side of semiconductors and their associated ecosystems. He holds a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University and an MBA from the University of Vermont.
CEO of Barcoding Inc.
CEO of Barcoding, Inc. Jay graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Inventory Management and Management Information Systems, and began his career designing and developing tracking systems. He later founded Barcoding, Inc. in 1997 and has since led the company to become an Inc. 500 company and be recognized by Forbes as one of the top privately held technology companies. Steinmetz has been honored as a Top 40 business leader Under 40 and Entrepreneur of the Year for Technology, and has multiple patents under his name. He has been a guest speaker, guest columnist, and board member for various organizations, and under his leadership, Barcoding, Inc. now employs over 200 people in 17 states and three countries and generates revenue of over $200 million.
COO of Silicon Catalyst
Nick Kepler has over 30 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, with varied leadership and technology management roles including semiconductor process technology development and manufacturing, design enablement, technical program management, and customer-facing marketing and technical sales.
Experienced Global Automotive Semiconductor Executive
Drue Freeman is the former CEO of the Association for Corporate Growth, Silicon Valley, he is also a 30-year semiconductor veteran, with 15 years focused on automotive. He advises companies in the connected car and ADAS/Autonomous ecosystems and is on the Advisory Boards of several public and private.
Sam Smith, PhD
Strategic Technical Advisor
Sam Smith has over 25 years experience in a variety of disciplines including computational intelligence, machine learning, network automation, autonomic systems, cloud based computing, intelligent control, embedded systems design, autonomous vehicles and blockchain technology. He has over 120 publications in the fields of intelligent control, survivable network automation, autonomous systems, simulation, computational search, and expert systems, including seven book chapters, 20 journal papers, and 100 refereed conference papers.
Experienced Strategy and Marketing Executive
Steve Lamont focuses mostly on strategy and marketing for technology businesses. He was previously a managing partner in Accenture's strategy practice, head of marketing for McCaw Cellular Communications, and a senior engagement manager at McKinsey and Company. He currently is an angel investor at Sand Hill Angels and Silicon Catalyst Angels. He has a B.Sc. in computer science from the University of Toronto, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Electronics and Packaging Expert
Terence Collier has over 30 years of experience in the semiconductor and advanced packaging field. He has led in management roles including designing new fabrication processes and the design, development, qualification and ramping of new packaging solutions to market. Terence has also become a leader in the through glass via fabrication for 3D packaging solutions. He has written and presented numerous articles on semiconductor packaging. Operating CVInc since 2001, he has worked with large and small business ventures to bring solutions to market.
Hans Stork, PhD
Strategic Technical Advisor
Hans Stork has led international, diverse teams in semiconductor development for much of his career. He served as CTO of ON Semiconductor, as CTO of Applied Materials’ Silicon Systems Group, and as CTO of Texas Instruments. Prior to these roles, he led R&D teams at HP as Laboratory director and started his profession at IBM Research. Until recently, Dr. Stork served on the board of ASML, is a member of the Scientific Advisory board at IMEC and has also been a member of the SIA CTO Working Group and of the Board of Industry Leaders at SEMI.