Oculi® is a deep-tech, fabless semiconductor company that produces the OCULI SPU™ (Sensing & Processing unit), a disruptive architecture and product in the world of AI and real time video processing. 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. The additional requirement was to make it detector agnostic.
Meet The Team
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.
Lead Technical Pre-Sales
Joe Maljian is an electrical engineer who is leading Oculi’s commercial activities. Equipped with engineering skillset that he earned through his experiences and education; Joe has quickly become the lead in Oculi’s sales division. He holds a BE in Electrical Engineering from Ecole Supérieure d’Ingénieurs de Beyrouth.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Marcel Hage, Chairman
Marcel Hage is the Chairman & CEO of XOL Automation, one of Oculi's early corporate investors. He has extensive experience as a C level executive for multinational companies and specializes in areas such as sales growth, financing, technology roadmaps, and product development.
Moise Khayrallah, PhD
Dr. Moise Khayrallah earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from UNC Chapel Hill before he went on to become a successful, serial entrepreneur who has founded several companies.
Mark Edwards is a co-founder and an entrepreneur/veteran of the technology industry with 25 years of international CEO and board experience. Mark has led and grown software and hardware businesses at various stages from startup to $250M revenue public companies including at; HP, Microsoft (Windows UK & Ireland), Mformation Inc, Psion Computers PLC & Symbian PLC.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.