Company

In 2000, a team of computer scientists founded Image Metrics to create breakthrough technologies based on computer vision, facial analysis and facial recognition.  Six patents and 60 man-years of research later, Image Metrics today delivers powerful and easy-to-use software to digital media, consumer electronics, interactive entertainment and other software  companies whose goal is to give their users the most compelling interactive experiences possible.

Image Metrics proprietary algorithms make the recognition and realtime animation of nuanced expressions and emotion possible with nothing more than a camera on a laptop, tablet or smartphone.  The opportunities for self-representation and personalized content control are endless. Image Metrics technology can be integrated into computers, tablets, smartphones, interactive television and other digital devices, and strategically leveraged in game or apps. The company is headquartered in El Segundo, Calif. and has a research center in Manchester, UK.

Management Team

Ron Ryder

Ron Ryder

CEO

Ron Ryder joined Image Metrics in 2008 after 15 years of operational and financial management experience in the high tech and entertainment fields. Ron brings extensive transaction experience having worked on several IPO’s while at Ernst and Young. As CFO he has divested the multinational Virgin Studios Group to Assent Media and subsequently raised significant funds for Post Logic Studios prior to its sale to Prime Focus. In 2004, Ron founded Matrix Consulting with a focus on executive advising and transaction support for notable clients Disney, Celetronix and The Decurion Corporation.

Kevin Walker

Kevin Walker

CTO

Kevin Walker is a computer scientist with an extensive background in computer vision and its application to both the animation and medical markets. Internationally recognized for his work, Mr. Walker has developed many technologies and applications used for the automatic creation and animation of digital characters.

Nick Ramsay

Nick Ramsay

VP Product

Nick is responsible for organizing product strategy as well as overseeing product management and design functions at Image Metrics. Nick has more than 10 years of experience in both the animation and software industries. Prior to Image Metrics, he held product roles in software and systems at Autodesk Media & Entertainment. His experience also includes 3D animation for video games.

Mike Rogers

Mike Rogers

Director of Research

Mike is an experienced computer vision and machine learning specialist with a decade spent in the field of high-accuracy facial analysis. He leads Image Metrics’ research team who create industry-leading real-time facial tracking, animation and virtual try-on technology and is one of the leading experts in deploying cutting-edge computer vision technology into mass-market products. Prior to Image Metrics, Mike gained his PhD from University of Manchester, one of the UK’s premier research universities, and worked for almost a decade applying computer vision techniques in the biotechnology/medical research field. He has authored over 15 academic journals and top-level peer-reviewed conference papers, and seven patents & applications. He manages Image Metrics IP strategy and patent portfolio, and presents his work at leading academic and industry conferences.

The Board

Dave Rolston

Chairman

Dave Rolston brings more than 35 years of technology experience to Image Metrics. His experience spans a broad spectrum of industries, applications, and technologies including extensive involvement in simulation and training, graphics applications, imagery, gaming, artificial intelligence, entertainment, and early versions of the Internet. Before his position as CEO of Forterra—he held a variety of high-level positions in well-known technology companies, including VP of Engineering for ATI, CEO of Multigen-Paradigm, and GM of Silicon Graphic’s Advanced Graphics Division.

Peter Norris

Director

Mr. Norris is Chairman of Virgin Group Holdings. Prior to his joining Virgin, he served as CEO of Quayle Munro Holdings PLC from 2007 to 2009 and of New Boathouse Capital, a firm he founded in 2000 and sold to Quayle Munro in 2007. He has also held senior positions at Barings and Goldman Sachs. Mr. Norris holds a first class honours degree in Modern History and Modern Languages from Oxford University.

Ranjeet Bhatia

Director

Prior to co-founding Saffron Hill Ventures, Ranjeet worked as Advisor to the Chairman of Loot Ltd. where he advised on e-commerce strategy and investment and in a venture capital capacity for Lord Rothschild, evaluating technology venture opportunities. He currently serves on the boards of Saffron Hill portfolio companies, Agilyx, Coyuchi, Optasia Medical, and Marrone Bio Innovations.