Metria Innovation, Inc. was founded in 2008 by Armstrong, Kusik and Barrows to commercialize Moire Phase Tracking, the disruptive application of optical moire patterns to the challenge of single-camera 3D sensing. With funding from private investors, NIH and other sources, Metria’s founders have developed the MPT technology from proof of principle through prototype testing to commercial application. Today, MPT technology has been validated for motion capture at Movement Performance Institute, in Los Angeles, Ca., and the motion tracking system is running on six MRI scanners in the US and Germany.
Dr. Armstrong is president and co-founder of Metria Innovation, Inc., and is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Brian has B.Sc. degrees in Physics and Mechanical Engineering from MIT, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (Robotics) from Stanford. He has extensive experience in spatial sensing, estimation, robotics and real-time systems and has worked with a number of spatial sensing modalities, including microwave, array-Doppler radar, and, for the past 8 years, the development of moire phase tracking. He has published over 80 papers and presentations, and holds 12 patents and patents pending, including several for single-camera 3D motion capture. Dr. Armstrong was previously the CEO of MetriCam, Inc., and earlier the Chief Technology Officer of Go Sensors, Inc. He has directed the development of moire phase tracking, including a multi-year project that achieved a 720x speedup of MPT image processing and adaptation of the technology to operate in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners.
Todd Kusik is Vice President of Metria Innovation. Todd is a highly accomplished software architect/engineer with 17 years experience designing, developing and deploying complex software solutions for large data and transaction processing organizations. As team-leader he is experienced in coordinating complex software development for systems that must maintain 99.999% availability. Todd has B.Sc. degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering and an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Since 2008 Todd has developed moire phase tracking technology, including essential innovations to the software, hardware and fabrication of MPT systems. He has two patents pending.
Robert Barrows – Senior Engineer
Robert has experience with circuit assembly, troubleshooting and automated testing solutions. He has worked doing Linux kernel maintenance for embedded systems and continues in this role at Metria Innovation. Robert also designs many of the electronics in Metria products. Robert studied under Brian Armstrong at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has earned his B.Sc. in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Electrical Engineering and a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering. He has two patents pending.