Meet The Team

David Boardman, CEO

David Boardman is the CEO and co-founder of URCV. As CEO, David drives the overall strategic vision and 3D product definition for URCV. He brings over 18 years of software innovation and global application and deployment experience in the technology sector as a seasoned entrepreneur and Fortune 100 executive. Prior to URCV, David led the strategic vision and product strategy for big data analytics and Wi-Fi content management services companies. In 2003, he launched the Mobile Media Consortium, which brought together the New Media Institute and leading industry partners including Intel, McDonalds, Hewlett-Packard, Nokia and Turner Broadcasting to develop ground breaking research for real-world mobile applications. Prior, David spent over 10 years at Hewlett-Packard where he established and managed Hewlett-Packard’s software development consulting practice, which specialized in the global deployment of enterprise software for the Telecom industry. David holds both a Master’s and Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science (MSCS, BSCS) from Purdue University where he led research that analyzed software behavior based on acoustic patterns. David Boardman also sits on the Board of Directors for Open Perception, an independent non-profit foundation, focused on advancing the development and adoption of BSD-licensed open source software for 2D and 3D processing of sensory data.

 

Dr. Jan-Michael Frahm, Scientific Advisor

Dr. Jan-Michael Frahm is the Scientific Advisor for URC Ventures and an Associate Professor at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As Scientific Advisor, Dr. Frahm is advising on the design and development of large-scale computer vision and 3d reconstruction algorithms. Dr. Frahm received his Ph.D in computer vision in 2005 from the Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel, Germany. His dissertation, “Camera Self-Calibration with Known Camera Orientation” received the prize for that year’s best Ph.D. dissertation in CAU’s College of Engineering. His Diploma in Computer Science is from the University of Lübeck. Prior to URCV and his professorship at UNC, Dr. Frahm worked at UNC on the real-time urban modeling project “UrbanScape” and received CVPR 2007’s the Best Demo Award. He has researched the first true Internet scale 3D reconstruction system, which reconstructs city-scale 3D models from 3 million photos from the Internet on a single PC in less than one day – outperforming known existing system by more than three orders of magnitude in speed while also being unique in delivering dense 3D mesh models. Dr. Frahm has written more than 70 peer-reviewed publications in computer vision conferences and journals including all top computer vision conferences and journals. Dr. Frahm is one of the two editors in chief of the Elsevier Journal of Image and Vision Computing.

 

URCV’s Senior Team

Brian Clipp, Ph.D., Program Manager and Senior Research Engineer

Brian holds a doctorate in computer science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  His thesis advisors were Marc Pollefeys and Jan-Michael Frahm.  While at UNC Brian worked on projects for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA) and Honda Research Institute.  As part of the DARPA UrbanScape team he developed algorithms that fuse vision-derived feature tracks and GPS/INS data to estimate the pose of a truck-mounted multi-camera system.  In his work for Honda Research Brian developed a real-time 6DOF visual simultaneous localization and mapping algorithm for use in Honda’s Asimo robot.  Brian’s thesis focused on real-time 6DOF pose estimation for multiple camera systems.
After graduation Brian spent two years with Applied Research Associates, Inc. as a Senior Scientist working on the DARPA ULTRA-Vis program.  ULTRA-Vis focused on developing a soldier-worn, optical see-through augmented reality system.  Brian created the system design for the real-time 6DOF pose estimation system and lead the development of computer vision algorithms to support pose estimation.  The ULTRA-Vis program demonstrated an order of magnitude improvement in pose estimation accuracy in a helmet-mounted augmented reality system.

Charles Erignac, Ph.D., Senior Research Engineer

Charles graduated from the Center for Human Simulation at the University of Pennsylvania with a Ph.D. in Computer Graphics. His thesis dealt with AI-based physics modeling in virtual worlds. He pursued his passion for aerospace at Boeing Research and Technology by working on advanced R&D projects across the company. Charles acted as a catalyst to invent, transition, and mature the technologies required to meet the challenges of current and future product developments. He architected and developed software solutions for large-scale 3D visualization, smart CAD, NC programming, serious video games, unmanned systems, multi-robot coordination, and 3D mobile mapping. Charles led several collaboration projects with Stanford, CMU, UIUC, and CSIRO. He was recognized as a Boeing Associate Technical Fellow for his technical excellence. He is (co-)inventor of more than 10 patents. Charles believes that technologies that enable blending real and virtual realities, such as 3D mapping and perception, are on the cusp of erasing the boundary between the physical world and digital constructs thus allowing computers to better interact with humans and their environment.

Srinivas Kapaganty, Senior Applications Architect

Srini brings almost 25 years of software experience in development of products and solutions— from inception to a fully operational and scalable state. Specialization includes architecture, design and development of products using Open source Web technologies and databases. Prior to joining URCV, Srini has worked on several software development projects for various Fortune 100 companies such as IBM and Hewlett Packard. He was a key player in building a software development consulting practice with global teams to deliver various solutions in Telecom and Airlines industries, also at HP. Srini is a seasoned PMP certified project manager who has managed offshore teams to successfully deliver and support projects. Srini holds a masters degree in computer science from University of Hyderabad, India.

 

Jared Heinly, Ph.D., Senior Research Engineer

Jared attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Ph.D. in Computer Vision. His thesis focused on large-scale 3D reconstruction from images, with advisors Jan-Michael Frahm and Enrique Dunn. While at UNC, Jared developed a reconstruction system that processed and reconstructed scenes from a 100 million image dataset within 6 days. This was accomplished using only a single computer— two orders of magnitude in improvement over previously published methods. Jared has also developed state-of-the-art techniques for disambiguating repetitive, duplicate, or otherwise confusing scene elements in a 3D reconstruction. He is also working on image description, retrieval, and registration, as well as real-time computer vision on mobile devices and GPUs.