Why We are Passionate About
Virtual Traffic Lights
We are doing this to give people more time to enjoy a fuller and richer life without the current frustrations that come with traffic congestion. Time is the most valuable currency we have as human beings. The travel times and the corresponding frustration are exacerbated during rush hour commutes and in some big cities time wasted on the roads could easily exceed 15 hours per week. Reducing this wasted time and the frustration that comes with it is the precise reason WHY we are doing this.
We have a leadership team with renowned research and business expertise. We value enthusiasm for our mission and vision.
Ozan Tonguz ("Ozan")
Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer
He is an inventor on 15 patents (12 US patents and 3 international patents) in the areas of traffic efficiency, traffic safety, connected vehicles, and autonomous driving. He is a tenured Full Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) http://www.ece.cmu.edu/~tonguz/.
Vijayakumar Bhagavatula ("Kumar")
Khaled Al-Ghoneim ("Khaled")
Dr. Khaled Bin Abdulaziz Al-Ghoneim received his Ph.D. from Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Carnegie Mellon University. He is the founder and CEO of Hawaz, a company that focuses on PPP and analytics. Prior to Hawaz, Dr. Khaled was the Chairman and CEO of TakamoL Holding Co., an organization that was established by the Ministry of Labor (KSA) in 2013, to support the MoL+ entities (HRDF, TVTC, GOSI) in realizing their objectives in partnership with the private sector. He also held a wide range of leadership positions in the areas of Information Technology, including the Group CEO of Saudi Telecom Company (STC). He was also the CEO of Elm Information Security from 2002 till 2012, where he was able to cultivate the organization into exceptional growth rates, launching it from a small cost center to a large profit making entity.
Inci Ozgunes ("Inci")
She received her Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and her Ph.D. from Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University in 1995. Dr. Ozgunes has worked in the areas of Wireless Telecommunications and Data Storage Systems. Her research expertise include signal processing as well as stochastic signal processing and machine learning. Dr. Ozgunes has academic as well as industrial experience. As the mother of three, Dr. Ozgunes has extensive experience in city driving and she is dreaming of a day when she can save significant time with the help of the intelligent traffic lights VTL is working to create.
assets that distinguish it from other early-stage startups. These can
be summarized as follows:
- Including the leadership team, VTL currently has 20 team members.
- Very Strong IP portfolio.
- Efforts for pilot projects in several countries.
- An ongoing funded VTL Pilot project.
- Institutional investment as Series-A funding
- Company builds on research conducted at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).
- CMU is a minority stakeholder in Virtual Traffic Lights, LLC.