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.

Meet The 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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Samia Choueiri


Samia Choueiri is a Mechatronics Engineer with extensive skills in hardware and software applications. She is leading the R & D applications department at Oculi and coordinating with the team on various computer and machine vision algorithms to solve real-life problems. Holding an MS degree in Computer/Communications Engineering, she earned her experience from her work in aircraft maintenance and in academia by teaching circuits analysis, microcontrollers, computer organization, and digital systems to engineering students.

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Joelle Khalil

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.

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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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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.

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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.


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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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.


Our Board

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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.

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Geoffrey Maroun Akiki

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. 

Our Advisors

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Nick Kepler

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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

Our Investors

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