Kevin Amaratunga, Ph.D., Vice-President of Engineering
After receiving his Ph.D. from MIT in Computational Engineering, Kevin served as Associate Professor in Civil Engineering at that university. Later, at Netscape, he was the technical lead for image-processing software, responsible for the development of the Netscape browser’s first framework for animated web pages. Kevin has authored over 50 peer-reviewed articles on an impressive range of topics, including high-performance algorithms, software for signal processing, machine vision, image compression, and numerical modeling applications. He was also the recipient of an NSF faculty early career development award for research on wavelet-based numerical applications involving 3D geometry.
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Rajeev Surati, Ph.D., Chairman, Founder
A founder and inventor, Rajeev has built several successful companies and been granted five patents to date including the core patent for Scalable Display Technologies. Among Rajeev’s many inventions are Enterprise Instant Messaging (for Flash Communications) and the distributed “Application push over HTTP” system (for Nexaweb). At Photo.net Corporation, which Rajeev cofounded, he was responsible for running the first photo-sharing site on the Web. He also cofounded Flash Communications, subsequently sold to Microsoft. Rajeev serves on the Boards of Tao Group and Photo.net. and the advisory board of Prematics and Nexaweb Corporations. Rajeev’s Ph.D. from MIT focused on projector/camera feedback systems.
Samson is a serial entrepreneur and an advisor and mentor to startups in the Boston area. He was the co-founder of Scalable Display Technologies, and is currently on the Board of Directors. He founded Cyclops.io which makes collaboration and video conferencing tools using computer vision and AI. He is a connected in the Boston computer vision community, and organizes the computer vision meetups. He run a computer vision business plan competition. Samson holds a Ph.D. from MIT from the Artificial Intelligence Lab.
Tom Knight was a senior research scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, part of the MIT School of Engineering and now works at the intersection between computation and biology in the area of synthetic biology at Ginkgo Bioworks, a company he co-founded in 2008.
Jeffrey Weiss is an active seed level venture investor with the Clean Energy Venture Group, and is currently a board member at Scalable Display Technologies (Cambridge, MA), a board observer at Voltserver Inc. (East Greenwich, RI), and Solantro Semiconductor (Ottawa, Ontario CA). He assists new companies in building their management teams, identifying additional private and venture capital resources, and refining their business strategy. His current focus is on Clean Energy startups. Jeff has been a founder of and held various technical and management roles in a number of hardware and communications companies.
Jeff was VP Engineering of Digital LightCircuits which researched photonic switching devices at Brown University, co-founder and CTO of Omnia Communications (acquired by Ciena), and later served as VP of Systems Architecture for Ciena. He also co-founded Magnalink Communications (acquired by Telco Systems and served as VP of technology for Telco Systems). He has been involved in engineering or management roles at a variety of other companies including Motorola (Codex Corporation), Sphere Technology, Cryptall Communications, and IBM’s TJ Watson Research Laboratory.
Jeff has been issued a number of patents pertaining to data encryption, data compression, switching systems, photonic devices, and parallel computer processing.
Jeff received a B.S.E.E. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.S.E.E from Columbia University. He was elected and served for four years on Lincoln RI’s public School Committee (two years as its chairman). Jeff currently serves as a member of the Curriculum Advisory Committee for Brown University’s Electrical Engineering program, as an MIT Educational Counselor, and formerly as a member of the finance committee for Northern Rhode Island Community Services.
Dan is a founding member of Marble Harbor Investment Counsel and concentrates on analysis of equity investments.
Dan was an equity analyst at Hagler, Mastrovita and Hewitt, a boutique, institutional money manager in Boston. Most recently, Dan was a Director at Babson Capital Management where he was responsible for analyzing large capitalization stocks in several industry groups including Industrials, Conglomerates, Transports and Healthcare. Dan, who has been often cited in such national publications as The New York Times, has also authored a number of issues of the highly regarded Babson Staff Letter.
A graduate of the University of Chicago with an A.B. in English with Special Honors, Dan holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Institute and the Boston Security Analysts Society. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Scalable Display Technologies.
Fund Manager-Venture Funds at Reliance Venture Asset Management Ltd
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Dr. Raskar received his Ph.D from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2000 Dr. Raskar joined Mitsubishi Electric Research Lab as a Research Scientist. He holds 30 US patents and has received three Mitsubishi Electric Invention Awards. In 2004, he received the TR100 Award from Technology Review, which recognizes top young innovators under the age of 35. In 2008 he joined the Media Lab as head of the Lab’s Camera Culture research group. In 2009, he was awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship. His papers have appeared in SIGGRAPH, Eurographics, IEEE Visualization, CVPR and many other graphics and vision conferences. He has taught courses and has served as a member of international program committees at major conferences. He is a member of the ACM and IEEE.
Jeffrey Jacobson, Ph.D., is a researcher, engineer, and leader in virtual reality, with a particular focus on learning and perception in three dimensional space. His expertise is grounded in information science, the study of information flow in the mind, the computer, and the environment. He has led dozens of successful projects, published nearly 100 papers, and led countless talks, seminars, classes, and meetings. Over the last 20 years, Dr. Jacobson has mastered each wave of immersive visualization technology (especially virtual reality) and consulted in a variety of industries. Today, he co-leads the BostonVR meetup group, the sixth largest virtual reality enthusiast club in the world. His current focus is in collaborating with the top minds in the AEC sector to use immersive visualization to improve the design communication that is so vital to BIM and LEAN approaches in construction. For more information see Jeffrey Jacobson's Linkedin page.