Luc Vincent


4237 Manuela Avenue lvincent@gmail.com
Palo Alto, CA 94306 www.vincent-net.com/luc
Mobile: 650-248-2410 Resume in PDF



SUMMARY

Senior tech executive with a decade experience leading large, globally distributed engineering teams, and turning innovation into material business impact. Strong technical background in computer vision, mapping, geospatial imagery, machine learning, large scale systems, image processing & analysis, document imaging, and more. Equally effective in startup or large company environments. Experienced leading cross-functional efforts involving software engineering, hardware development, product management, partnerships, operations, finance, and more.



PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Google, Inc.

2004-present
My career at Google has focused on products and platforms based on the collection and organization of geographic imagery at global scale. The most well-known is Google Street View, but it is only one of the many projects and products I have been responsible for starting and scaling over the past 10+ years.

Senior Director, Engineering (2012-present)

Lead globally distributed Geo Imagery organization including several hundred engineers, product managers, operations managers, technical program managers, and other functions, plus a much larger number of temps and vendors. Org is headquartered in Mountain View, CA, but includes (or has included) teams in Boulder, Seattle, Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo, Beijing, Paris, Zürich and Munich. Mission is to (1) efficiently capture petabytes of imagery around in the world, from cars, boats, planes, satellites, web crawls, power users, etc; (2) organize pixels: georeference, align, stitch, blend, orthorectify, 3D-reconstruct, recognize objects, index geographically & by content, and more; (3) use imagery and derived semantics to power a range of Google platforms, data quality efforts, end-user products (eg, Google Maps & Google Earth) and emerging initiatives.

Director, Engineering (2008-2012)

Lead Mountain View, CA, and Zürich-based engineering team responsible for scaling Google Street View. Drive efforts to apply the Street View ``formula'' to adjacent efforts (eg, aerial/satellite imagery), thereby reducing engineering complexity and fragmentation. Continue to lead Google's efforts to derive exponentially more value from these global imagery assets.

Uber Tech Lead / Engineering Manager (2004-2008)

Responsible for several engineering aspects of Google Book Search. Head of Google OCR-related initiatives. Founder and leader of multiple novel engineering efforts, including Street View.

LizardTech, Inc.

2000-2004
LizardTech, Inc. (LTI) was a software company focusing on the compression and efficient distribution of complex imaging content. In 2000, the company acquired the DjVu document compression and delivery technology from AT&T Labs, which is why I decided to join LTI. Despite our efforts, DjVu never gained broad acceptance, but a decade later it remains state-of-the-art for scanned document compression and representation.

Vice President, Document Imaging (2003-2004)

Responsible for all aspects of the LTI document imaging product line, including, marketing, strategy, product management, partnerships, etc.

Chief Scientist, Document Imaging (2001-2003)

Share time evenly between technical activities, product development and business development, for the DjVu product line.

Director of Applied Research, Document Imaging (2000-2001)

Led DjVu Applied Research team while remaining active individual contributor.

Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), Advanced Systems Development Laboratory

1999-2000
The Adanced Systems Development Lab (ASD)'s mission was twofold: help Xerox realize the value of PARC research through effective technology transfer; bring business group needs and perspective back to PARC.

Manager, Imaging Components & Services

Led a team of 8 researchers and developers. Supported ASD's mission in the area of imaging through development of rock-solid sofware components. Collaborated with other PARC teams and coordinated efforts with geographically distributed Xerox business groups.

ScanSoft, Inc.

1991-1999
ScanSoft, a document management software company, was born out of the merger of Xerox Imaging Systems (XIS, a subsidiary) and a Xerox group called Software Solutions Division (SSD). In 1999, Scansoft went public through a ``reverse merger'' with Visioneer and in 2005 it merged with Nuance and took its name.

Director, Advanced Development, ScanSoft (Palo Alto, CA, 1997-1999)

Director, Software Development, Xerox Software Solutions Division (Palo Alto, CA, 1996-1997)

Manager, Image Processing and Analysis, Xerox Imaging Systems (Peabody, MA, 1995-1996)

Member of Technical Staff, Xerox Imaging Systems (Peabody, MA, 1991-1995)

Harvard University, Robotics Laboratory

1990-1991
Postdoctoral Fellow

École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris, France

1988-1990
Associate Research Fellow

Independent Consultant

1988-2004
In the 1990s and early 2000s, I had a lot of very interesting consulting assignments on the side, in fields including medical imaging, remote sensing, industrial inspection, optometry, and oil exploration. Some key customers and projects include:



EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Morphological Image Processing, École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris, France, 1990

Masters (``Diplôme d'Études Avancées'') in Computer Science, Paris XI University, France, 1987

B.S. (``Diplôme d'Ingénieur''), Majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science, Ecole Polytechnique, France, 1986



RESEARCH & PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES



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