Mapping the World with LiDAR
Many people in the 3D technology world have heard of LiDAR, but most have yet to fully grasp its immense potential. LiDAR’s use in self-driving vehicles is what it’s known for, and for good reason: when self-driving cars reach mass market most experts believe LiDAR is what will get them there. Beyond the autonomous vehicle sphere, however, LiDAR gives machines of all types the power of sight. From comprehensive security systems to automated industrial robots to drones– LiDAR is poised to make a huge impact on a wide variety of industries.
One of the most overlooked– but arguably farthest-reaching– applications for LiDAR is mapping, which is at the core of how LiDAR technology works: sensors shoot out laser pulses to create a detailed 3D point-cloud, essentially a map of the world around them. LiDAR’s mapping abilities have been harnessed by people and organizations of all types– academics have used it to map the ruins of ancient civilizations, city governments have used it for complex urban planning, and fire departments have used it to track and manage forest fires. Ultimately, LiDAR provides an awareness of the world that goes far beyond the capability of the human eye.
Louay is the CEO and co-founder of Quanergy Systems, which makes high performing, reliable, low-cost LiDAR sensors. Louay has been developing and refining this technology for over 25 years, and is by far the most knowledgeable expert in the field. As a speaker, Louay would bring a fresh perspective to the technology and its many diverse applications across a variety of industries. He would also bring a fascinating perspective to panels exploring a number of industries– including security, transportation, and mapping– where he could speak to the way that LiDAR will impact them all.
Louay holds BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Optoelectronics, all from Columbia University, and holds 36 patents, with 35 other patents pending.