Intelinair Strengthens Team with Engineering Veterans
SAN JOSE, Calif. (November 14, 2016)—Intelinair today announced that Dr. Ara Nefian has joined the company as co-founder and chief technology officer and will direct all research and development activities for the company. Additionally, VMWare veteran David Wilson has come on board as VP of web and cloud engineering, responsible for leading efforts to integrate and deliver industrial-strength ultra-high-volume image processing and data analytics in intuitive user interfaces.
“Ara brings his vast experience and extraordinary accomplishments in computer vision and machine learning—working on high-profile space projects and in academia with Carnegie Mellon University, as well as with such industry leaders as Intel and Nokia—to accelerate Intelinair in executing its mission of helping the globally important agriculture sector leverage aerial imagery analytics to make better decisions, deliver higher yields and meet the challenges of an exploding global population,” said Al Eisaian, Intelinair co-founder and CEO. “David Wilson’s two decades of architecting and delivering high-volume computing environments and applications adds a tremendous foundation for Intelinair as we emerge from early-customer adoption to wider customer adoption.
“We are excited to welcome Ara and David to our leadership team at this critical juncture as we make our aerial imagery analytics solution, AgMRI™, more widely available for farmers seeking actionable insights to better manage the performance of their crops with timely in-season decisions to obtain better returns on their investments,” Eisaian said.
Dr. Nefian is an expert in the areas of computer vision, machine learning and robotics. Over the last 15 years, he was involved in several high impact projects in the fields of robotics, planetary navigation, and planetary mapping. He holds 10 U.S. and international patents and has co-authored more than 80 research papers. He earned a BSEE from Polytechnics University of Bucharest and a MSEE and PhD from Georgia Tech.
“Agriculture is set for a new data-enabled revolution in the coming years. The need to sustain a growing population, as well as the recent advances in artificial intelligence, sensor technologies and flight operations from drones to satellites, are precursors to these events. Intelinair has assembled an experienced and motivated team to lead this effort that will literally change agriculture of the next few decades, and I am happy to join the team,” Nefian said.
Wilson is a software architect with 25 years of experience and a strong track record of delivering solutions to the unique challenges facing startup technology companies. Most recently, he led a large and geographically diverse team at VMWare, designing and building high-scale data analytics platforms for VMWare Cloud Management. He earned a bachelor of science degree in Information and Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine.
“I am excited to be part of this energetic team. Intelinair is poised to bring big data analytics to the agriculture industry. We have the right team and experience to bring products and services to market that will help farmers around the world achieve the most from their fields,” Wilson said.
Intelinair’s AgMRI™ Intelligence System leverages aerial imagery, data from the field, and deep learning analytics to give farmers an accurate picture of crop performance in-season that they can use to make better decisions about managing their fields.
Intelinair, Inc., is an aerial imagery analytics company focused on agriculture that delivers actionable intelligence to help farmers make data-driven decisions to improve operational efficiency, yields, and ultimately their profitability. Intelinair combines the power of aerial imagery analytics through traditional computer vision and modern deep learning methodologies, agronomic science and user-friendly interface (mobile) technologies to deliver near real-time decision support to farmers. The company’s flagship solution AgMRI™ is a field health monitoring and early-warning system that enables farmers to manage their operations proactively and with confidence. The company, founded in 2015, has dual headquarters in San Fransicso, Calif., and Champaign, Ill.