Arvind Lakshmikumar, Chief Executive Officer

Arvind Lakshmikumar is the founder and CEO of Tonbo Imaging. He is an established domain expert in applied imaging technologies, computer vision, robotics and intelligent systems. He has been a principal investigator and program director for a number of international military and scientific programs (DARPA, NASA, US Army, AFRL, NSF, and DRDO) in the areas of vision and imaging and also serves on program committees of major computer vision and robotics conferences. Arvind has been a principal investigator and lead sub-contractor on multiple next-generation military programs. Arvind did his doctoral work in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University and has Masters Degrees in Computer Science, Electronics and Chemistry from BITS, Pilani. He has leadership experience both at entrepreneurial and global corporation levels  Prior to founding Tonbo Imaging, Arvind was the head of technology and operations at Sarnoff Corporation.


Amit Shah

Amit Shah is the managing partner of Artiman Ventures. As a Managing Member of Artiman Management since 2000, he is also currently on the boards of Invensense, Auryn Inc., Lightwire, Inc., Zyme Solutions, MYNDnet, AbsolutelyNew, Inc., Guavus, Inc., Mastek, Motif, Inc. and ConvergeLabs.

Prior to founding Artiman Management, Mr. Shah founded Anthelion I & II, seed stage venture funds, which he has managed since 1996. From 1998 to 2000, he worked as Vice President of New Markets and Technologies for the Business Development and Alliances Group of Cisco Systems, Inc., a consumer electronics company, and he founded and was Chief Executive Officer of PipeLinks, Inc., an optical network company, until its acquisition by Cisco Systems in 1998. Mr. Shah also founded ZeitNet, a networking systems company, which was acquired by Cabletron Systems in 1996.

Mr. Shah holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India and has done graduate work at the University of California, Irvine.

Takeo Kanade

Takeo Kanade is the U. A. and Helen Whitaker University Professor of Computer Science and Robotics and the director of Quality of Life Technology Engineering Research Center at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his Doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering from Kyoto University, Japan, in 1974. After holding a faculty position in the Department of Information Science, Kyoto University, he joined Carnegie Mellon University in 1980. He was the Director of the Robotics Institute from 1992 to 2001. He also founded the Digital Human Research Center in Tokyo and served as the founding director from 2001 to 2010. Dr. Kanade works in multiple areas of robotics: computer vision, multi-media, manipulators, autonomous mobile robots, medical robotics and sensors. He has written more than 400 technical papers and reports in these areas, and holds more than 20 patents. He has been the principal investigator of more than a dozen major vision and robotics projects at Carnegie Mellon.

Dr. Kanade has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the ACM, a Founding Fellow of American Association of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), and the former and founding editor of International Journal of Computer Vision. Awards he received includes the Franklin Institute Bower Prize, ACM/AAAI Newell Award, Okawa Award, C&C Award, Tateishi Grand Prize, Joseph Engelberger Award, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Pioneer Award, FIT Accomplishment Award, and IEEE PAMI-TC Azriel Rosenfeld Lifetime Accomplishment Award.


Tom Strat

Dr. Thomas M. Strat is a world-renowned leader in image understanding research and the founder of ObjectVideo and SET Corp.Dr. Strat served as the Assistant Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Information Systems Office, where he was responsible for DARPA’s Sensor Exploitation programs. During that time he oversaw the progress of technology-rich programs that spanned research, systems engineering, and integration elements. He has served as Program Manager of the DARPA Image Understanding Program, which has been characterized as the world’s premiere computer vision research community. During that tenure, he initiated the DARPA Airborne Video Surveillance Program, and also was the originator of the Bosnian Cantonment Area Monitoring System (BCAMS), which is currently in operational use in Europe. Previously, Dr. Strat spent 15 years as a research scientist and project leader at the SRI Artificial Intelligence Center, where he designed and implemented computer vision and evidential reasoning systems.
Tom received the B.S., M.S., and E.E. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from M.I.T., and the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Stanford University. He has published more than 100 scientific papers and has authored or edited numerous books on computer vision.

David Brady

Dr. David Brady is the Michael J. Fitzpatrick Endowed Professor of Photonics at Duke University, where he leads the Duke Imaging and Spectroscopy Program. Brady’s contributions to computational imaging system development include lensless white light imaging, optical projection tomography, compressive holography, reference structure tomography, coded aperture snapshot spectral imaging and coded aperture x-ray scatter imaging. He is currently the principal investigator for the DARPA AWARE Wide Field of View project, which aims to build compact streaming gigapixel scale imagers and the DARPA Knowledge Enhanced Exapixel Photography project, which focuses on code design for high pixel count spectral imagers. He is the author of Optical Imaging and Spectroscopy (Wiley-OSA, 2009) and is a Fellow of IEEE, SPIE and OSA.  David received his PhD. and Masters degrees from California Institute of Technology.