Former Oculus VR Executive Steve LaValle Joins VideoMining Strategic Advisor Board

VideoMining Corporation, the leading provider of in-store behavior analytics, is pleased to announce the addition of former Oculus VR head scientist Steve LaValle to its strategic advisory board.

LaValle is a highly successful engineering professor and entrepreneur. He has over 20 years of research and development experience in a broad set of areas, including robotics, computer vision, filtering, sensor fusion, artificial intelligence, control systems, virtual reality and perceptual psychology.  In addition to his academic accomplishments, he was the head scientist at Oculus VR up until the $2 billion Facebook acquisition in 2014.  He started working with Oculus VR a few days after their 2012 Kickstarter campaign; he developed head tracking methods based on IMUs and computer vision, and led a team of perceptual psychologists to solve human factors issues in virtual reality.

He has published two books, over 150 scientific articles, and introduced Rapidly exploring Random Trees, which form the leading approach to robot planning.  He has taught at Stanford University and Iowa State, and since 2001 has been a professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He is currently an investor and advisor to startups in addition to continuing his university role.  He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois.

“We are delighted to have Steve as an advisor,” said Rajeev Sharma, VideoMining’s Founder and CEO. “His input will be particularly valuable as we evolve our predictive analytics platform, transforming big data on shopper behavior into easy-to-use decision support systems.”

For more information on Steve LaValle or VideoMining’s other Strategic Advisory Board members, visit VideoMining’s Team Page. For additional information about VideoMining, visit or contact Jeff Hershey at 800-898-9950 /