The WaveOne Team


Lubomir Bourdev

CEO, co-founder

Lubomir holds a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, 20 years of professional experience, 60+ issued patents and 7000+ citations. He was a founding member of Facebook AI Research, and founded and led the Facebook AML computer vision team. At Facebook he led the development of the image and video content recognition engine, which is run on every photo and every second of every video to infer objects, scenes, places of interest and activities. Prior to Facebook, Lubomir was a Senior Research Scientist at Adobe Research where he led development of numerous computer vision and graphics features in Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, InDesign and other Adobe products. Lubomir likes biking, hiking and traveling.


Oren Rippel

CTO, co-founder

Oren holds a Ph.D. from MIT, and was a research fellow at Harvard as part of the Harvard Intelligent Probabilistic Systems group. He specializes in machine learning, with expertise in deep learning and Bayesian optimization. Oren holds a B.Sc. in Combined Honours in Mathematics and Physics from UBC, where he was the valedictorian of his class. Oren is a recipient of the MIT Presidential Graduate Fellowship, was recognized as a Wesbrook Scholar, is a recipient of the Millennium Excellence Award, and was ranked 5th in Canada in the CAP Physics University Prize Competition. He can often be found training in Krav Maga, skiing, and learning new languages.


Steve Branson

Research Scientist

[Citations] Steve got his Ph.D. from UC San Diego, and was a postdoctoral researcher in the computational vision group at Caltech. He holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in computer science from Stanford. His background is in computer vision, machine learning, and crowdsourcing. He has worked on several projects that combine research in computer vision with large-scale practical applications such as Merlin Photo ID, RegisTree, and Visipedia.  He spends much of his free time rock climbing and also enjoys hiking and playing soccer.

Carissa Lew

Research Engineer

Carissa Lew picked up her PhD in Stanford University and spent some time on a Postdoctoral fellowship in UC San Francisco, specializing in medical imaging research and signal processing applications. She has accumulated experience across multiple disciplines in embedded application and research, working in a gamut of industries in mixed reality, medical device, ASIC chip, and aerospace. Carissa has grown to be a respected engineering leader. Carissa is motivated in applying intelligent algorithms to create visuals in ways that are innovative and compelling, and she will enthusiastically spend her time reading about an interesting compression paper, implementing a computer vision algorithm, or thinking of new imaging methods.She enjoys skiing and watching movies.  She may also be seen running around various parts in Silicon Valley.

Sanjay Nair

Video Engineer

Sanjay holds MS degree in computer science from University of Southern California. He joined WaveOne from Microsoft, where he was part of the remote desktop (RDP) core video codec team. At Microsoft, Sanjay's team led the effort to port RDP to use standardized codecs, which resulted in proliferation of RDP technology across  operating systems and devices. Prior to Microsoft, Sanjay was part of Intel’s graphics and camera group where he held several technical and management leadership roles. At Intel, he led the development of Firmware Development Kit, which enabled customers to accelerate their algorithms on graphics and camera hardware. In his spare time, he enjoys yoga, music and playing volleyball.