VIP - Virtualitics Immersive Platform is the first collaborative data exploration platform that merges Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Mixed Reality.
Based on over a decade of research at Caltech and NASA-JPL.
The VR Fund
Michael Amori has 14 years of experience in quantitative finance. For seven years of his career in finance, he was a Managing Director and head of a quantitative trading group focused on insurance markets at Deutsche Bank. His trading group structured and executed several multi-billion dollar transactions, some of the largest insurance and pensions risk transfer transactions ever done.
He also managed a team of 25 people, mostly mathematicians, data scientists and computer scientists, with staff in New York, London and India. Designed the group's data science and risk management systems. Helped develop various mathematical models for quantifying and trading insurance risks. Lead author in published paper on insurance markets. Speaker at various industry seminars and conferences. Previously was interest rates derivatives trader at various large banks.
Michael was also a researcher in nanotechnology at Caltech, where he contributed to two papers and obtained one patent. The patent is related to a quantitative method for determination of target molecules in the context of nanotechnology devices applied to medical research.
Michael is interested in science education, especially for early childhood, as a way to reduce inequality. He is a member of the Board of Caltech’s Computer Science Department (IST division) , a member of the Board of Caltech's Finance and Economics Department (HSS division), a member of the Board of the Pasadena Math Academy, judge at the LA County Junior High Physics Science Fair, member of the Board of an early childhood STEM school in Los Angeles. He has an MBA from Harvard, an MS in Applied Physics from Caltech, and a BS in Physics with honors from Columbia University.
Ciro Donalek is a former Computational Scientist at Caltech where he successfully applied Machine Learning techniques to many different scientific fields, co-authoring over a hundred scientific and technical publications (e.g., Nature, Neural Networks, IEEE Big Data, Bioinformatics).
Dr. Donalek has also pioneered some of the uses of Mixed Reality for immersive data visualization, exploration and machine learning, leading the iViz project at Caltech; he has also a patent on "Systems and Methods for Data Visualization Using Three-Dimensional Display".
During his 15 years career as a data scientist Dr. Donalek has been awarded different research fellowships, served as reviewer for numerous major scientific journals, and has given many invited talks on Machine Learning, Virtual Reality and Data Visualization.
He also has a Minor Planet named after him as a reward for the work done in the automatic classification of celestial bodies, and has been part of the group that built the Big Picture, the single largest real astronomical image in the world, 152 feet wide and 20 feet tall, currently installed at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, the most-visited public observatory in the world (with 1.5 million visitors a year).
Dr. Donalek holds a PhD in Computational Science (University Federico II of Naples, Italy) and a MS in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (University of Salerno, Italy). He is married with two children.
S. George Djorgovski is a Professor and the Executive Officer (Dept. Chair) for Astronomy at Caltech, as well as the founding Director of the Center for Data-Driven Discovery. He was one of the founders of the Virtual Observatory framework, which is now a global data grid of astronomy, as well as of the emerging field of Astroinformatics.
He was the Director of the Meta-Institute for Computational Astrophysics, the first professional scientific organization based in virtual worlds, and he pioneered some of the uses of virtual reality as a scientific and scholarly platform. He and his group also pioneered uses of machine learning and other advanced data analytics methods in astronomy and other fields.
Prof. Djorgovski is the author or a coauthor of several hundred scientific and technical publications, and a recipient of numerous professional honors and recognitions, including the Presidential Young Investigator, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, a Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science, a Harvard Junior Fellow, a NASA Group Achievement Award, several Distinguished Visiting Professorships, etc.
Scott Davidoff is a senior manager of Human-Centered Design at NASA’s JPL, where he leads design of the software to command all JPL spacecraft, and research into future command technologies including JPL's VR tools such as Virtual Mars. As a Principal Investigator, Dr. Davidoff researches new ways to explore the Universe using Virtual and Augmented Reality, and to visualize high dimensional scientific and engineering data. Dr. Davidoff is also the creator of numerous lightweight prototyping methods that now form part of Design and Human-Computer Interaction curricula.
Across his over 20 years of experience, Dr. Davidoff was awarded both the Voyager and Mariner Prizes from the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, as well as best papers from ACM’s Designing Interactive Systems (DIS), and the Design and Emotion Society (D&E).
He has helped steer the discipline, serving on program committees that include the ACM's Conferences on Computer-Human Interaction (CHI), and Tangible and Embedded Interfaces (TEI). Prior to JPL, Dr. Davidoff taught Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University, and earlier was Principal Designer at Scott Davidoff Design. Dr. Davidoff has a Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction, an MS in Computer Science (Research), and an M.HCI in Human-Computer Interaction (Practice), all from Carnegie Mellon
Henry Ritchotte was Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Management Board and Group Executive Committee at Deutsche Bank since 2012. As Chief Operating Officer, he was responsible over various periods for Group Strategy, Technology, Operations, Corporate Services, Corporate Security, Business Continuity, Information Security and the Bank’s global digital transformation agenda.
From 2010 Henry was Chief Operating Officer of the Corporate and Investment Bank and a member of its Executive Committee. He was previously Chief Operating Officer of Global Markets, based in London. Between 2004 and 2008 he was Head of Global Markets in Tokyo, where he became a member of the Global Markets Executive Committee, and from 2001 to 2004 Head of the Institutional Client Group Asia in Singapore.
Before joining Deutsche Bank in 1995 in Fixed Income Sales, Henry worked for Credit Suisse First Boston (New York, USA), spent a year as a Luce Scholar (Jakarta, Indonesia), served with the boutique investment bank Recof Corporation (Tokyo, Japan) and worked as a financial analyst at Merrill Lynch (New York, USA).
He is the founder of RitMir Ventures, dedicated to investing in financial services firms. Prior to launching RitMir Henry created the blueprint for a digital challenger bank within Deutsche Bank. The digital bank aimed to deliver extraordinary customer experiences through intelligent use of technology, data and mobile devices.
Henry holds a degree in History from Haverford College, Pennsylvania, magna cum laude. He has a masters degree in East Asian Studies and an MBA from the University of Chicago and speaks a number of European and Asian languages. Henry is married and has two children.
Eduardo Siman is one of the original Angel Investors in Virtualitics. He is a tech blogger and VR evangelist, who has been recognized as a top 100 influencer in the areas of augmented reality and big data.
Eduardo currently works as the Director of Information Technology at Intradeco Apparel, a leading apparel manufacturer. In this role, Eduardo is in charge of all strategic IT initiatives across the enterprise, including: data visualization, business intelligence, software development, cybersecurity, and cloud migration.
Prior to Intradeco, Eduardo held multiple positions in the technology and financial sectors. He worked as a private banker for Goldman Sachs in both New York and Miami and as a Senior Consultant for Deloitte Consulting, where his primary client was the US Department of Defense.
Eduardo holds a degree in Political Science, with a minor in Mathematics, from the University of Miami and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Additionally, he completed executive training courses at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and The Center for Creative Leadership.
In addition to trying every new VR and AR experience, he enjoys reading about analytic number theory and learning how to program in Python. He lives in Miami, Florida with his wife Rachel and his two sons Eli and Noah.
Marco is the co-founder and a general partner of The Venture Reality Fund (The VR Fund), where he oversees the company’s investments in early-stage virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) startups. He has extensive experience in executive roles with leading technology companies and in global investments. For more than ten years Marco has focused on strategic investments across media, entertainment, lifestyle, sports and technology with firms most recently with Evolution Media Capital (Evolution), where he led its investment in JauntVR, as well as Trinity Ventures, Selby, GameChange Ventures, U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray Ventures. In addition to his role at The VR Fund, Marco actively advises numerous media and technology companies in the VR and AR sectors.
Marco started his career as a programmer and then researcher at NASA/Ames Research Center. Prior to joining Evolution, he served as president and chief executive officer of the leading mobile game studio, PlayFirst, which he sold to Glu Mobile (NASDAQ: GLUU) in 2014. Marco’s previous exec roles included president and chief executive officer of Racktivity, and chief financial officer of General Magic, where he managed its Initial Public Offering raising over $100 million, and worked alongside some of the most talented engineers and visionaries in Silicon Valley’s history developing intelligent communications devices and technologies that were essential to today’s smartphones, online communication and commerce.
Marco holds a Master of Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University; a postgraduate Engineer degree in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University; a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from San Jose State University; and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the United States Naval Postgraduate School. His postgraduate studies and research at NASA focused on mathematical modeling and digital control of helicopters, drones, and robotics.
Current CEO and founder of Wealhand Enterprise Co., LTD with 28 years of experience in consumer electronics. Focus on Japan market with long-term partnership with Softbank Telecom Group, KDDI Telecom Group, Elecom, etc and other clients in the US and EU. Specialize in smart phone peripherals and IT products.
Over 15 years experience as an angel investor who has been partnering with leading VC firms in Japan, Korea and Taiwan. Investments include:
Current board member of TXA (Tronix Accelorator); responsibility to evaluate the entrepreneurs’ business presentations, along with other board members from KPMG, PwC, etc.
Current Strategic Consultant of Japan, Taiwan UAS Development Association
Ex General Manager of All Best Enterprise Co., LTD, which was the exclusive distributor in Taiwan of Durkee-French Air-Wick (brands including Binaca, Mr. Bubble, etc)
Ex International Purchase Division Senior Manager of NEC Japan ( 3 years)
MIS and Bachelor in Business, Takushoku University, Tokyo, Japan Graduated from Taipei Municipal Jianguo High School ( ranking #1 high school in Taiwan); CFO and Board Director of the Alumni Association; Board Director of the School Foundation
Former national and regional journalist, Paul Fox entered the world of local Government public relations during the 1980s later joining a major UK airline as head of public relations and public affairs.
He ran three successful public relations consultancies in Europe before moving to the United States of America in the 1990s to provide strategic communications counsel to many Fortune 500 companies.
He joined The Gillette Company in 2000 and was Director of Global External Relations for the company prior to its acquisition by Procter & Gamble in 2005.
As P&G's Director of Corporate Communications, he oversaw external communications for P&G’s Global Operations and led its Corporate Communications work. He was appointed Vice President of Strategic Initiatives in 2016.
An acknowledged expert in reputation management and crisis and issue management, he was awarded a Visiting Fellowship at the University of Oxford in England in 2016. He received an individual Sabre in 2013 for outstanding contributions to public relations and was named PR Week Top 50 Most Influential PR Professionals in 2015.
Paul has held many external positions including the Board of the Boston Better Business Bureau, the National Association of Manufacturers’ Public Affairs Steering Committee, Chairman Emeritus of the Washington-based Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy, Chairman of the National Association of Manufacturers Working Group on Counterfeiting and the Cincinnati Police Advisory Board.
With over 25 years of experience, Andy’s career has spanned a variety of assignments including Global R&D, Product Supply & Manufacturing, Marketing, and International Sales & Operations. Andy also designed and led the industry-leading Business Intelligence / Analytics journey across P&G. Under his leadership, P&G received the first-ever Excellence in Analytics Award by The International Institute of Analytics. His teams have also been recognized with CIO 100 Awards in 2010, 2011, and 2012. In 2013, Harvard Business School added a P&G-based case study to their analytics’ curriculum.
Andy credits such recognition to clear “Play to Win” strategy choices, relentless talent development, and breakthrough strategic partnerships. His team delivered the largest M&A portfolio in the history of P&G…over $12B in transformation of the largest CPG company in the world.
Andy is driven by the belief that people and relationships make the difference—that “The day we claim success is the day we fail.” An inspirational and in-touch leader in diversity, organization design, strategic partner management, and industry influence, he’s clear that value comes from execution where it matters most… with consumers!
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Cincinnati. Andy serves as a Member of the Board of Directors for Digimarc (NYSE: DMRC), Board & Strategic Advisor for Fractal Analytics, Virtualitics (a CalTech/JPL Analytics Startup), & Ivy Mobility, and as Trustee and Treasurer for the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Greater Cincinnati.
Mr. del Missier is a former Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Barclays Bank Plc and was a member of the bank’s Executive Committee. Mr. del Missier joined Barclays in June 1997 as Head of Derivatives and in subsequent years went on to assume responsibility for the Trading, Sales and Research functions. In addition, in 2003 he was also appointed Regional Head of Europe for Barclays Capital. He was appointed Co-President of Barclays Capital in 2005 and in 2008 moved to New York to become Barclays Capital President and Regional Head of the Americas. In 2010, Mr. del Missier became Co-Chief Executive of Corporate and Investment Banking, before becoming the bank’s COO in June 2012. He also served as Chairman of the bank’s Execution and Operating Committee and was a member of its Treasury Committee and various Governance and Control Committees.
Prior to Barclays, he was at Bankers Trust in London as a Senior Managing Director of Derivatives Products, responsible for the European business. Previously, he was based in Toronto, Canada, responsible for the Canadian Dollar interest rate derivatives business. Before Bankers Trust, he worked for Bank of Nova Scotia.
Mr. del Missier is a past Chairman of the Board of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), and served on the Boards of the Global Financial Markets Association (GFMA); the Markets Management Group (MMG) of the International Institute of Finance (IIF); the British American Business Council; and the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA). He currently serves on the Board of Room to Read, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Sutton Trust and the Maple Leaf Trust in London, and the Advisory Board of the Smith School of Business (SSB) at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. He is also the Chairman of the SSB Fundraising Campaign in addition to being a past member of the Queen’s University Board of Trustees.
Mr. del Missier founded Copper Street Capital in July 2015 and is responsible for overseeing all investment activities within the firm and setting the firm’s strategic direction. He graduated with a BSc (Chemical Engineering) and an MBA from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada.
Alex Lidow is CEO and co-founder of Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (EPC). Since 1977 Dr. Lidow has been dedicated to making power conversion more efficient upon the belief that this will reduce the harm to our environment and increase the global standard of living. Dr. Lidow served as CEO of International Rectifier for 12 years prior to founding EPC in 2007. Under his leadership, International Rectifier was named one of the best managed companies in America by Forbes magazine in 2005. Dr. Lidow recently received the 2015 SEMI Award for North America for the commercialization of more efficient power devices.
Dr. Lidow was one of the lead representatives of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) for the trade negotiations that resulted in the U.S.-Japan Trade Accord of 1986 and testified to Congress many times on behalf of the industry. Dr. Lidow holds many patents in power semiconductor technology, including basic patents in power MOSFETs as well as in GaN transistors and integrated circuits. His MOSFET patents received royalties exceeding $900M over their lifetime and International Rectifier, where he spent 30 years of his career, was the largest producer of these products until their merger with Infineon Technologies in January 2015. He has authored numerous peer reviewed publications on related subjects, and recently co-authored the first textbook on GaN transistors, “GaN Transistors for Efficient Power Conversion”, now in its second edition published by John Wiley and Sons.
Dr. Lidow earned his Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics from Caltech in 1975, and his PhD in Applied Physics from Stanford in 1977 as a Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Fellow. Since 1998 Dr. Lidow has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the California Institute of Technology, and has been the Chairman of the Compensation and Nominating Committees, and Vice Chair of the Investment Committee.
Andy Wilson is the Executive Director at the Alliance for Southern California Innovation. He is a serial entrepreneur having led, founded or invested in almost two dozen Southern California high tech start-ups. He currently serves on the board of directors or advisors for several leading local start-ups and funds. Prior to his start-up days, held senior technology and product leadership roles at Yahoo!, RR Donnelley & Sons and Bowne & Co.
Andy is also a co-founder and board member of Innovate Pasadena, which is dedicated to advancing the east side of Los Angeles as a vibrant innovation community. Andy has extensive volunteer experience with the City of Pasadena including service on the a number of high profile commissions and currently represents District 7 on the Pasadena City Council. He also serves on the both the Pasadena Municipal Services Committee (the Pasdena Power & Water Company) and the Economic Development and Technology Committee of the City Council.
Andy holds a degree in engineering with honors from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a graduate of Leadership Pasadena and has completed advanced certificate programs at Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Northwestern Kellogg School of Business.
With 30 years of financial services experience, spanning investment banking, capital markets, wealth management, and asset management, Michele Faissola provides expert, independent advice to a range of clients.
Previously, he served as Head of Asset & Wealth Management at Deutsche Bank, one of the four divisions of the bank, managing total client assets of almost USD 1.3 trillion. He was also a member of the Deutsche Bank Group Executive Committee. In this role he supervised a team of over 6,000 people in 33 countries. He also chaired DWS Asset Management (Frankfurt) and Deutsche Bank Switzerland.
Prior to this role, Faissola was responsible for Deutsche Bank's Global Rates and Commodity unit and a member of the Corporate & Investment Banking (CIB) Division Executive Committee. He also chaired the Risk Committee of the division.
In 2016 Michele Faissola co-founded F.A.B. Partners, an investment platform gathering a small number of sophisticated investors with a long-term investment profile. He is currently the CEO of one of the largest Family Offices in the world and continues to advise several large investors around the globe.
Faissola has played an active part in shaping the financial industry and has had roles as Vice Chairman of ISDA, (International Swaps and Derivatives Association), Chairman of the GFMA (Global Financial Markets Association) and was a Member of the Board of AFME (Association for Financial Markets in Europe).
He is married with 3 children and lives in London. When not working, his interests include contemporary art, skiing and car racing.
Shay Badie is a partner at Centricus, a global investment platform backed by a select group of sophisticated, global and long-term investors. Centricus currently has four investment verticals: technology, financial services, infrastructure and FEMS (fashion, entertainment, media and sport).
Shay has over 17 years financial services experience. His most recent role was at Goldman Sachs where he was responsible for structuring and executing strategic financing solutions, principal investments, hedging and asset liability management as well as complex derivatives in the Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa regions.
Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Shay was Head of Local Rates and FX Derivative Structuring for Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa regions at Deutsche Bank. Prior to this, Shay held roles in structured and project finance, FX structuring, Interest Rate structuring at Deutsche Bank.
Shay holds PhD and Masters in Engineering (First Class Honours) both in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine.
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