VR Fund Backs Virtualitics
Virtualitics has raised $4.4 million
in a Series A funding round led by The Venture Reality Fund (The VR
The company possesses a pedigree of more than a decade of advanced research at Caltech (California Institute of Technology) and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and a founding team of pioneers and luminaries in data analysis, data visualization, machine learning and mixed reality applications including:
• Professor George Djorgovski, the founding director of Caltech’s Center for Data-Driven Discovery. Djorgovski also serves as the Department Chair for Astronomy at Caltech and 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 also the Director of the Meta-Institute for Computational Astrophysics, the first professional scientific organization based in Virtual Worlds.
• Michael Amori, a Harvard MBA alumnus and former managing director at Deutsche Bank, where he oversaw a large trading group and established its data science and risk management systems. Amori was also a researcher in nanotechnology at Caltech, where he contributed to multiple papers and obtained a patent for his work.
• Dr. Ciro Donalek, a computational scientist at Caltech with more than 15 years of experience in machine learning. He’s authored numerous publications on artificial intelligence and has pioneered several uses of VR for immersive data visualization and machine learning.
• Dr. Scott Davidoff, manager of the
Human Interfaces Group at NASA’s JPL, where he oversees design and
development of the user interfaces that command all JPL spacecraft in
addition to leading the team that created Virtual Mars.