About AEye

What does a fighter jet have to do with autonomous vehicles?

AEye’s technology has evolved from AEye CEO Luis Dussan’s work in designing surveillance, reconnaissance, and defense systems for fighter jets.

In order to deliver military-grade performance in autonomous cars, Luis assembled a world-class team of technical experts and thought leaders from leading military institutions and technology companies.

A fighter jet must see a target before the target sees it.

Key Principles

With critical missions and pilots’ lives at stake, three principles shaped the perception systems on these military aircraft:

  • Never miss anything
  • Understand that objects are not created equally and require different attention
  • Do everything in real time

AEye CEO Luis Dussan realized that any robot, especially a self-driving vehicle, faces a similar challenge.

Simply put, a car must be able to see, classify, and respond to an object—whether it is a parked car or a child crossing the street—in real time and before it’s too late.

Taking a completely fresh approach to artificial perception, the AEye team determined that a vehicle’s ability to scan the surroundings and quickly identify critical objects demanded that it perceive like a person, but think like a robot.

Mimicking human perception required pushing intelligence and processing to the edge of the network, creating an integrated perception system that brought together software extensibility, artificial intelligence, and smart, agile sensors.

This led to the creation of AEye’s iDAR, the world’s first solid state, leading-edge artificial perception platform for autonomous vehicles.

Three Steps in Human Perception

Next time you are looking for someone in a crowd, think about the steps you take.

You will see that you go through three steps of perception: Search, Acquisition, and—once you find the person—Tracking.

Search For Your Friend In The Crowd


Search. Your eyes search the crowd looking for a familiar pattern that resembles your friend.

Acquire The Identity Of Your Friend In A Crowd


Acquire. You identify the familiar pattern and visually confirm that this is your friend.

Track Your Friend In A Crowd


Track. Once you have identified your friend, you track their movements in the crowd.

These basic steps of perception are replicated in iDAR. Unlike current approaches that attempt to accomplish these steps by centrally processing data from a variety of passive sensors, iDAR does this by making sensors smarter.

iDAR is modeled on the human visual cortex and uniquely mimics the unsurpassed information-synthesis capability of the human brain by pushing intelligence and processing to the edge of the sensor network.

Management Team

Luis Dussan

Luis Dussan

Founder & CEO
Blair LaCorte

Blair LaCorte

Dr. Barry Behnken

Dr. Barry Behnken

Founder & SVP of Engineering
Ransom Wuller

Ransom Wuller

Founder & CFO
Dr. Allan Steinhardt

Dr. Allan Steinhardt

Chief Scientist
John Stockton

John Stockton

SVP of Operations and Tech Strategy
Aravind Ratnam

Aravind Ratnam

VP of Product Management
Jim Robnett

Jim Robnett

VP of Automotive Business Development
Akram Benmbarek

Akram Benmbarek

VP of Business Development, Strategic Initiatives
Stephen Lambright

Stephen Lambright

VP of Marketing
Nate Ramanathan

Nate Ramanathan

VP of Operations
Abhijit Thatte

Abhijit Thatte

VP of AI and Software

Advisory Board

AEye Advisory Board posing in front of autonomous vehicle with iDAR smart sensor

AEye's Advisory Board: Tim Shiple, Luke Schneider, Adrian Kaehler, Admiral David Bill, Scott Pfotenhauer, David Gardner, Greg Hitchan, James Doty, and Elliot Garbus.

Major Investors

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