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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.

Our Team

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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.

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David Hansquine

Product Management

David Hansquine is a Technology VP with 20+ year track record at Qualcomm, leading global engineering teams to deliver chips, platforms and software for mobile and computing. He is an inventor/co-inventor on 20 issued patents.

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Philippe Pouliquen, PhD

Founding Member, Co-Inventor

Chief Scientist

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.

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Jay Moon

Country Manager

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.


Chad Howard

Founding Member,

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.

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Sana Kouatly

Executive Administrator

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.

Our Board

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Geoffrey Maroun Akiki

Board Advisor,

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.

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Jay Steinmetz

Board Advisor,

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.

Our Advisors

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Drue Freeman

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.

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Terence Collier

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.

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Steve Lamont

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.

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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.

Oculi® Around The World


Baltimore, MD 21228, USA

Rochester, NY 14604, USA

Raleigh, NC 27614, USA

Contact Information:

(410) 205-5513‬

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