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OUR TEAM

AXIOMS

Put the human element first.


Build interfaces with integrity and impact.


Look for inspiration from every angle.


Work with or around a system to succeed.


Partner with industry, academia, and government to commercialize big ideas.


Run intently.

Tactual Labs Co. is a team of industry and academic veterans in the business, science, and engineering of human-computer interaction systems and mixed-signal silicon. From its founding in 2012 as a spin-out of the University of Toronto's Dynamic Graphics Project Lab, Tactual has grown into a team of 30 engineers and pioneers operating out of 5 North American offices in Toronto, ON, Austin, TX, New York, NY, Leesburg, VA, and Portland, ME. The Tactual team is united by a common vision to build human-computer interfaces that bridge the gap between digital and physical interaction. In pursuit of this vision, Tactual has partnered with Lattice Semiconductor, the University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, MITACS, NSERC, and the Ontario Centres of Excellence.

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SENIOR TEAM

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Prof. Hermann Eul

Board of Directors

Prof. Dr. Hermann Eul serves on Tactual's board of directors and shapes Tactual's technology and business roadmaps. During his tenure at Intel Corporation, Prof. Eul was the corporate vice president and general manager of the Mobile and Communications Group. In his role, Eul lead a worldwide organization focused on the development of hardware, software and connectivity ingredients for phones, tablets, Ultrabook™ and other mobile devices, and complete system solutions.

Eul joined Intel in February 2011 when the acquisition of Infineon’s wireless solutions business was completed, forming Intel Mobile Communications, a subsidiary of the company. He was president and general manager of Intel Mobile Communications, responsible for developing wireless communication products for mobile phones, tablet computers and other connected devices. From 2005 to 2011 Eul was executive vice president and a member of the management board of Infineon Technologies, where he was responsible for research and development as well as sales and marketing, and prior to that served as president of Infineon’s communications business. From 1991 to 2005, before being promoted into Infieon’s executive board, Eul held numerous management positions at Infineon and prior to that, at Siemens.Eul studied electrical engineering at Fachhochschule Koblenz and University of Bochum, and earned a doctorate in engineering from the Bochum University. He is an avocational professor at the University of Hanover and previously served as a full chair.

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David Rutledge

Board of Directors

David Rutledge serves on Tactual's board of directors and shapes Tactual's technology and business roadmaps. David L. Rutledge joined then start-up Lattice Semiconductor in 1983 as its 31st employee after working for Harris Semiconductor in the late 70’s. He has over twenty years of programmable logic development experience. Mr. Rutledge pioneered the concept of In-System Programmability (ISP) and developed the world’s first ISP PLD using Electrically Erasable CMOS (E2 CMOS) technology. He holds a BSEE and MSEE from Purdue University.

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Steven Sanders

President

Board of Directors

Steven Sanders is the President of Tactual and a member of Tactual's board of directors. Alongside this role, he works as a Senior Research Analyst & Principal at Sanders Capital, a value-oriented institutional asset manager. He helped found Sanders Capital in 2009. As an IT industry analyst, his coverage universe spans consumer software, internet, IT hardware, input sensors and applied materials. Mr. Sanders also actively conducts fundamental, academic computer science research in HCI with thought leaders at Tactual Labs, the University of Toronto and Microsoft. Previously, Mr. Sanders worked as a principal banker and strategist for Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management and Bank of America. Steven received his B.S. in Finance and Marketing at Wharton.

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Dr. Clifton Forlines

VP Systems

Board of Directors

Dr. Clifton Forlines is VP Systems at Tactual and a member of Tactual's board of directors. Prior to Tactual, he led software development teams as a Senior Software Engineer at Draper Laboratory working in the Human-Centered Engineering group. His work included conducting contextual inquiries with end-users, designing and implementing user interfaces and building rapid prototypes of desktop and mobile systems. Previously, Clifton held a position at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories as a Research Scientist and at Carnegie Mellon’s Stage3 research group as a Research Programmer for the Alice project. Dr. Forlines received his PhD in computer science from the University of Toronto, and two Masters of Science degrees from Carnegie Melon University.

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Dr. Darren Leigh

VP Hardware

Dr. Darren Leigh is VP Hardware at Tactual. He is a broadly-based technologist and veteran innovator with over twenty-five years of experience in the field of human-computer interaction. Dr. Leigh was a senior research scientist at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories where he spent a decade developing unique technologies in a myriad of fields. He is co-inventor of DiamondTouch, the multi-user touch surface which received the Association for Computing Machinery UIST’s 2012 “Lasting Impact” award for pioneering and popularizing many of the foundational technologies that fuel today’s multitouch sensors and interfaces. His doctoral dissertation at Harvard University was the world’s first on the subject of the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Dr. Leigh has authored over two dozen peer reviewed papers and holds a dozen U.S. patents. Before conducting his PhD work at Harvard University, Dr. Leigh received Masters’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Dr. Ricardo Jota

Co-VP Software

Dr. Ricardo Jota is Co-VP Software at Tactual. He completed his PhD at the Instituto Superior Tecnico from the University of Lisbon in 2012. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto. He has conducted research focused on interactive surfaces at Microsoft Research, the University of Toronto, and the University of Calgary. Ricardo has presented papers at leading venues of the ACM. For his contributions to Tactual’s core technologies while a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Toronto, Dr. Jota was selected from among hundreds of post-docs for the Mitacs Postdoctoral Award for Outstanding Innovation.

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Clark Wilkinson

VP Products

Clark Wilkinson oversees the product development and production efforts at Tactual. Clark brings a wealth of knowledge from twenty-five years in the commercial electronics market. Clark’s specific talent in system architecture definition is extensive and critically applied in the development of touch solutions for Tactual. His experience is wide ranging across Industrial, Medical, Telecom, Datacom, Enterprise Computing, and Consumer markets including system architecture definition, embedded systems design, custom protocol & electrical layer development, RTL Verilog/VHDL development, Host/Embedded software and firmware programming, and hardware design. Clark’s architectural developments span silicon to system level solutions including patented power management silicon architecture, processor architecture, mixed signal acquisition & control systems, embedded System on a Chip solutions, and complex multi-board systems solutions.

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Dan Morelli

VP FPGA Systems

Dan Morelli is VP FPGA Systems at Tactual. He has over 25 years experience in silicon development in the wireless, wired, and image processing industries. Designs taken to market include FPGA to full custom silicon in products from low power mobile devices, core and enterprise routers, and space qualified silicon deployed for the International Space Station’s TDRS transponder. Dan joins Tactual Labs from TrackingPoint were he manged and contributed in the hardware and image processing development of the first ever Precision Guided Firearm. Before that, Dan worked at Motorola Mobility were he was the director of the silicon platform team that developed the first LTE SOC used in the Motorola Bionic smart phones. Dan’s experience also includes the development of the first WiFi wireless devices while at Telxon and the first OC192 core IP/ATM/MPLS routers while at Fore Systems and Marconi.

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Alan Bluestine

COO & CFO

Mr. Bluestine is the COO and CFO of Tactual. Since October 2007, Mr. Bluestine served as the COO of RockView Management, LLC (“RockView”), an SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Prior to joining RockView, Mr. Bluestine was COO and CFO at Zpoint Advisors LP, a multi-strategy hedge fund with $350 million in assets under management. From 2000 to 2002, Mr. Bluestine was the Executive Vice President of Business Strategy & CFO for Wireless Assets, Inc., an outsourced service provider for the wireless industry. Prior to that, Mr. Bluestine spent eight years at Sands, Brothers & Co., Ltd. as a managing director in investment banking. Mr. Bluestine began his career in 1988 at Arthur Andersen & Co., as a financial advisor for troubled companies or their creditors.

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Adam B. Landa

VP & Chief Legal Officer

Adam B. Landa is Tactual’s Vice-President and Chief Legal Officer. Before going to law school, Adam worked for almost a decade as a software engineer. After law school, Adam worked in the private practice of law for 25 years, during the last 17 of which, Adam was a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, a global AmLaw 100 firm. In private practice, Adam worked in the intellectual property field, prosecuting patents, documenting licensing arrangements and in various types of dispute resolution. As a litigator, Adam has first-chair experience at state and Federal hearings, bench trials and has tried jury cases to verdict. Adam received his B.S. in Information Systems Management with a minor in Physics from Buffalo, and his Juris Doctor and Master’s degree in Intellectual Property Law from the Franklin Pierce Center (now, University of New Hampshire School of Law). Adam is admitted to practice in Connecticut, Florida and New York, as well as in the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Michigan, the Eastern District of New York, the Middle District of Florida, the Northern District of Florida, the Southern District of Florida, the Southern District of New York and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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Jay Bluestine

VP Business Development

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Jay Bluestine leads business development efforts for Tactual. Alongside his role at Tactual, Mr. Bluestine is a Senior Vice President at UBS Wealth Management where he serves as an RIA and fiduciary to high-net-worth private clients. Mr. Bluestine has over a decade of experience operating as a trusted advisor, portfolio manager and fiduciary at UBS Wealth Management and Merrill Lynch. Alongside these endeavors, he is an active investor and advisor to technology startups including Mosaic Legends and PumpOne. Mr. Bluestine holds a B.S. in Economics from Lehigh University.