Gene Petilli

Gene Petilli

Co-Founder, CTO

Mr. Petilli has over 35 years of experience in Imaging Systems and Mixed-Signal ASIC design. He started the analog division of intrinsix Corp. (a CEVA company) where he built and managed a Mixed-Signal Center of Excellence and served as Director of MS/RF ASIC for 22 years. Under his leadership, he and his team successfully executed over 25 ASIC projects, including over 5 thermal imaging Focal Plane Arrays, 2 of which are currently deployed on satellite systems, and 5 other imaging technologies. Gene holds an MSEE in Electrical Engineering / Microelectronics and a BEE in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He holds 21 issued US patents and 6 pending patents in imaging and data converters, plus several international patents.

All of this experience means that Owl AI is led by a holistic system architect and circuit designer with demonstrated interdisciplinary skills including Low Noise Imaging, Mobile, RFIC, Delta Sigma Data Converters, and Hardware DSP. Experience in full product lifecycle including R&D, requirements specification, architecture, mixed-signal design, embedded software, agency approvals, yield, and application support.

Gene co-founded Owl AI because he felt that his DoD Thermal Focal Plane Array (FPA) customers were stuck in the past, and that, modern Delta-Sigma Data Converters could unlock the door to Thermal Imaging at the price of Visible Imaging for consumer markets. 3D Thermal Ranging™ is a game-changing technology that will greatly improve ADAS and AV safety, thereby saving thousands of lives per year. By adding 3D AI/ML CNN Ranging to our unique shutterless HD thermal FPA, Owl AI can offer the pedestrian and animal 3D location information required to enable Pedestrian Automatic Emergency Braking (PAEB), day or night, son or fog. In short, Owl AI will save lives.

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Get to know Gene

Gene spends his free time sharing his secrets of marriage leading - Engaged Encounter: Retreat Lead Couple (8yr).

Fun Fact: Gene is married and has four adult children (two sets of twins).

Gene has been a volunteer Eagle Scout and former Scout Master (Boy Scouts of America) and providing STEM guidance through support for First Robotics Competition.

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