Cécile Schmollgruber is the founder and CEO of Stereolabs, the creators of a 3D depth sensing camera with motion tracking called ZED camera. The two primary applications of the camera are autonomous navigation and augmented reality. The technology used is based on human stereo vision and allows the camera to add depth perception, positional tracking, and 3D mapping to any application.
It can capture a 3D map of your environment in real time and allows you to add virtual elements on top of reality and a user won’t be able to see the difference between what is real and what is not. Just by adding the small camera to any virtual reality headset transforms it into augmented reality experience. The camera will most likely be added to robots, drones, and cars to help them see the world around them as a human does.
Cécile founded Stereolabs in 2010 and since then has developed the project on an international scale. It now has offices in Paris, San Francisco and Hong Kong. Before the ZED camera was created the company had a wealth of experience in the movie business working with industry titans such as the Cameron-Pace Group, the creators of Avatar.
Cécile also has an extensive educational background that has taken her all around the world. It includes an MSc in engineering science from Institut d’Optique Graduate School, an MSc in optics, matter and plastic from Ecole Polytechnique, and respective MBAs from ESSEC Business School and Dartmouth College.