Our story begins with the nationally recognized research conducted by of our founder, Dr. Alper Yilmaz. Alper is a professor of Geo-Informatics with appointments in Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering; Computer Science; and an honorary appointment to the College of Medicine at The Ohio State University. Ever since Alper defended his PhD dissertation, titled “Object Tracking and Activity Recognition in Video Acquired Using Mobile Cameras”, in 2004, he has been considered an expert in determining position, movement and interaction of objects in 3-dimensional space. The Department of Defense, National Geospatial Agency, NASA, and industry partners have provided over $11 million in funding to Dr. Yilmaz over the last decade. Most of this research has involved accurately determining how objects move and interact with each other without the use of GPS or other RF location technologies.
Dr. Yilmaz's work for NASA was particularly exciting, as he and his colleagues were tasked with providing future astronauts with the means to accurately navigate the moon (or someday, Mars) where there is no GPS to guide them. Dr. Yilmaz invented a solution that uses artificially intelligent tracking tags and visual based navigation to successfully address NASA’s research challenge. Dr. Yilmaz was granted a patent for this NASA innovation. Determined that this space-based invention had commercial value here on Earth, Alper founded Ubihere. The company officially launched in 2018 when Ohio State exclusively licensed the patent to the company. Since its founding, Ubihere has attracted a team of highly experienced entrepreneurs, engineers, and experts committed to developing solutions around Alper’s research. The company is supported by dedicated partners such as Rev1 Ventures and the state of Ohio.
Since 2018, Ubihere has attracted several miillion dollars in venture capital funding and commercialization grants. The company has been awarded multiple Phase I and Phase II Air Force research and development contracts, and has successfully completed multiple customer-centric pilots for both Ubitrax and Ubivision. We are excited to be on the verge of commercially launching both product lines soon! Join us!
FOUNDER & CTO
Dr. Yilmaz is a Professor of GeoInformatics with appointments in Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering. He leads the nationally recognized Photogrammetric Computer Vision Lab at OSU (https://u.osu.edu/pcvlab/). He was awarded the Outstanding Service Award in 2022 by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, and OSU's Innovator of Year award in 2020. Dr. Yilmaz has published over 180 journal and conference papers, and is listed among the top 2% most cited researchers in the fields of “Artificial Intelligence & Image Processing” and “Geological & Geomatics Engineering” (https://elsevier.digitalcommonsdata.com/datasets/btchxktzyw/3)
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Eric is the Chief Executive Officer and head of Government Programs for Ubihere. Prior to joining Ubihere, he worked at Ohio State University where he oversaw commercialization of new innovations and supported the successful launch of over 22 successful technology start-ups. Eric has a B.S. in Computer Science (with honors) and Executive MBA (salutatorian) from The Ohio State University.
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
John is a founding member and sits on the Board of Ubihere. He also leads the design, development and manufacturing of the Ubihere product lines. Prior to joining Ubihere, John co-founded Pinnacle Data Systems, a full product lifecycle, diversified integrated computer and electronics systems company, Nasdaq-AMEX exchange (Nasdaq: PNS). The company developed and sold over 500 different electronic products directly to OEMs.
Rich is a Senior Engineer at Ubihere and leads a team of over 25 electrical, mechanical, software, and industrial engineers. Prior to joining Ubihere. Rich was a Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Growth Advisor at Ohio State’s Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence (CDME). He worked with electronics and integrated systems companies to overcome their product development challenges utilizing innovative technologies from the university. Rich successfully managed over a dozen high-profile projects while working for the university. Rich holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Franklin University.
SENIOR HARDWARE/EMBEDDED FIRMWARE ENGINEER
Daryl is a senior hardware/embedded firmware engineer for Ubihere, where he leads the design and development of Ubihere’s product lineup. Prior to joining Ubihere, Daryl was a senior engineer for Honda Research and Development working with automotive communication networks.
Daryl graduated with a master’s degree in computer science and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, both from Franklin University in Columbus. He has held various senior level engineering positions for various companies and specialized in both hardware and software development of systems using embedded microcontrollers, Field Programmable Logic Devices and RF/Microwave devices. Daryl is a co-inventor of two US patents, was involved in previous startups, and he was an adjunct technical instructor for Electronics and Computer engineering courses.
SENIOR SOFTWARE ENGINEER
Michael is a senior software engineer for Ubihere, where he leads the design and development of all Ubihere’s artificial intelligence and computer vision projects. He is currently product manager for the Ubivision suite of commercial products. Prior to joining Ubihere, Michael held several industry positions where he was responsible for largescale computer vision projects for the US Air Force and other customers. In 2019, he joined Dr. Alper Yilmaz’s Photogrammetric Computer Vision Lab at OSU, where his PhD research has focused on the implementation of deep learning onto mobile platforms in partnership with the Center for Surveillance Research and the Autonomy Technology Research Center. His research has covered visual tracking, DNN characterization, feature compression, and few-shot learning.
J.D. is a Program Manager at Ubihere and is currently leading the team’s development of an edge-AI solution for Ubihere's computer vision technology. For other projects, J.D. has developed a dispatcher-operator fleet tracking and management software solution. J.D.'s ongoing work for Ubihere is to lead the design and development of Ubihere’s task-agnostic tracking and visualization software platform, overseeing the company’s industrial designer and software development team to combine the company’s hardware-based tag tracking technologies and its computer vision technologies into one system. J.D. has a Masters Degree in Translational Data Analytics from The Ohio State University.
Kyle is the Ubitrax lead software engineer and is leading a team to develop embedded, communication, and application-level software in support of Ubihere's suite of modular tracking tags. Kyle is responsible for ensuring that the Ubitrax solution offers customers a low-cost, easy to implement, and low-overhead solution for tracking, sensing, and monitoring their assets and equipment. Prior to Ubihere, Kyle led automation and development efforts at various organizations. Kyle has a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science from The Ohio State University.
COMPUTER VISION AND MACHINE LEARNING ENGINEER
Noah is a Computer Vision and Machine Learning Engineer at Ubihere. He attended the University of Maryland, graduating with a B.S. in Computer Engineering in 2020, and moved to Columbus to work on various projects combining image processing with neural networks in order to create a verification process for integrated circuits. Now at Ubihere, he hopes to continue on his journey of exploring the space of AI and Machine Learning and using them to create unique and innovative AI powered solutions to modern problems.
COMPUTER VISION AND
MACHINE LEARNING INTERN
Eve is a computer vision and machine learning intern at Ubihere. She contributes to the development of custom AI-powered solutions and cutting edge software, leveraging her skills in computer programming and deep learning. Eve attends the Ohio State University, where she is studying Computer Science and Engineering, with a specialization in artificial intelligence. Eve is a member of Dr. Alper Yilmaz's Photogrammetric Computer Vision Laboratory at OSU, where her research centers on harnessing computer vision and machine learning algorithms for disaster risk reduction. Her technical skills have been enriched by her experience working as a Department of Defense contractor, in collaboration with the Air Force Research Laboratory.
COMPUTER VISION AND
MACHINE LEARNING FELLOW
Jake is a computer vision and machine learning fellow who is currently leading the UbiVisNav project at Ubihere. Jake is responsible for the primary development of the UbiVisNav project, which is working to develop methods to track objects using only images from a camera stream. Previously, Jake worked on the implementation of AI models within mobile devices and developed tools to improve specialized machine learning model training. Jake is currently finishing his Master’s Degree in Computer Science Engineering at The Ohio State University.
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