The Blindsight Team

Blindsight’s value lies in a combination of its intellectual assets (patents,software, brand, products and processes), its network of leading optometrists, ophthalmologists and low-vision rehabilitation personnel, as well as its strong dedicated team of coders, computer vision experts, experienced entrepreneurs and designers.

A meeting room full of Blindsight people coding away on their notebooks

Biographies

Mark Nitzberg, Ph.D.
President & Co-Founder

A scientist and entrepreneur, Mark is also a co-inventor on 21 U.S. patents related to image encoding and medical technologies, and has co-founded several technology companies.

He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Harvard University.

Peter W. Hallinan, Ph.D.
Chief Strategy Officer & Venture Partner

Peter has over twenty-five years of hands-on experience in management, strategy and technology. Over the past fifteen years he has co-founded, co-funded and/or co-developed new ventures in healthcare, web services, digital media, finance and oil. Previously, he managed engagement teams at Analysis Group / Integral, where he solved problems in innovation management, disruptive technologies and growth strategy for clients in the communications, computing and life science industries.

Peter is an expert in pattern recognition and artificial intelligence, and has co-authored a book on face recognition. He has taught life science entrepreneurship at the Stanford University School of Medicine and policy analysis at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Peter holds A.B., S.M. and Ph.D. degrees from the Division of Applied Sciences at Harvard University.

Alan L. Yuille, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer & Co-Founder

Alan wrote his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics under Stephen Hawking at Cambridge University in 1980. After post-doctoral work at the University of Texas at Austin, The Institute for Theoretical Physics at Santa Barbara, and the Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT, he joined the Division of Applied Sciences at Harvard University, where he became an Associate Professor. Alan also spent several years as a senior scientist at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco.

In addition to working with Blindsight, Alan serves as Professor of Statistics at UCLA with additional courtesy appointments as a full professor in the departments of Psychology, Computer Science and Psychiatry. Additionally, Alan is a co-director of the UCLA Center of Image and Vision Sciences, the UCLA Staglin Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, and the UCLA Center for Computational Biology.

Alan has over one hundred and thirty peer-reviewed publications on vision, neural networks, and physics and has co-authored two books.

Frank Wippich, MBA
Director of Products & Services / CEO of Blindsight Europe GmbH

Frank brings extensive practical experience leading complex hardware and software R&D projects in Europe, Asia and the US. Taking concepts from initiation to real products, he has supervised the development of products in connectivity and audio solutions.

Frank holds an MBA degree from Henley Business School (UK) in addition to a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and Technology Management from University of Huddersfield (UK) and Jena University of Applied Sciences (Germany).

Nancy Urban, Ph.D.
Director of Research

Nancy earned a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of California at Berkeley. She has extensive experience doing research in fields from demographics to frame semantics. After serving as a Senior Researcher at the Rockridge Institute with George Lakoff, she helped to found another think tank focusing on the application of cognitive linguistics to political issues.

She occasionally teaches interdisciplinary courses on linguistic and neuroscientific approaches to cognition and culture at the University of California at Berkeley.

Kevin Rauwolf
Senior Software Engineer

Kevin has been writing software since he was 4 years old. He has designed and built systems in such diverse fields as telecommunications, pharmaceutical R&D,education, mapping, and robotics.

Kevin has a broad set of interests both inside and outside the computer world; he is equally at home in a text editor or a command prompt, in a kitchen or a dojo. Reflective of these interests, he has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley, and has studied Professional Culinary Arts at the Apicius School of Hospitality in Florence, Italy.

Kaolin Fire
Senior Software Engineer

Kaolin Fire is a conglomeration of ideas, side projects, and experiments. Outside of his primary occupation, he also develops computer games, edits Greatest Uncommon Denominator Magazine, and very occasionally teaches computer science.

He graduated with his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley, with a specialization in Bioelectrical Engineering. He dreams of androids dreaming.

David Wallace
Designer & Engieer

David is passionate about working with talented people, understanding complex systems and converting them into easy to use and delightful applications. He is a detail-driven system designer / builder and holds a BA in Computer Science from UC Berkeley.

Faith Dunham-Sims, M.A., COMS
Orientation & Mobility Consultant

Faith is a Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist. She has over eleven years experience teaching blind and visually impaired students in the public school setting, as well as working with adult learners in the private sector. She has served as a Master Teacher for the San Francisco State University Orientation and Mobility Teacher Preparation Program and is the new Internship Supervisor for the program. Faith is ACVREP certified, (Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals) and is also a nationally appointed member of the Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist Subject Matter Expert Committee for ACVREP. She is a contributing author to a book on teaching students who have visual impairments, and she is currently serving her second term as the Chair of the Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Committee for the City of Pinole.

Faith earned her Masters in Special Education, Orientation & Mobility from San Francisco State University in 2000, and holds a B.A. in Biological Psychology as well as in Nutrition and Exercise Prescription.

Harris “Hutch” Fishman
Finance Advisor

Hutch Fishman is currently part-time CFO of BiddingForGood, Inc. and Veveo, Inc. He has worked with a number of high-profile emerging and publicly held companies within diverse industries including software, telecommunications, and new media.

Hutch has served as the founding CFO of the following companies: Sonus Networks (Nasdaq-SONS), the FamilyEducation Network (acquired by Pearson), Viaweb (acquired by Yahoo!), Winphoria Networks (acquired by Motorola), and VideoServer (Nasdaq-EZEN). Hutch, a certified public accountant, was previously a senior manager at Deloitte & Touche and co-founder of the Boston office’s High Technology and Emerging Business Group.