SOURCE: Eyealike

January 23, 2008 08:00 ET

ActiveSymbols Changes Name to Eyealike and Announces New CEO and CTO

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - January 23, 2008) - ActiveSymbols, an innovator of visual-based search, today announced the company has changed its name to Eyealike, Inc. ( to more accurately reflect its expertise at increasing the speed, scale, and relevancy of searching for people, images, and video collections online.

Additionally, the company announced the appointment of John Hafen to CEO and Imad Zoghlami as CTO, both new positions for the privately held start-up. Greg Heuss will remain in the president position and report to Mr. Hafen.

"We're gaining tremendous traction and interest in the market with our visual search platform, which is designed to automatically index, filter, and effectively connect consumers to relevant public or private image and video collections from multiple devices," said Heuss. "Adding two high caliber executives like John and Imad puts us in a prime position to advance our market and technology leadership in visual-based search."

Industry Veteran John Hafen named CEO

John Hafen is uniquely poised to take the helm with over 25 years of successful sales, marketing, operational management, and merger and acquisition experience spanning several prominent high tech business enterprises. He also manages investments in a number of sectors including banking, real estate development, rental enterprises, and medical equipment.

Most recently, Hafen served as president of Logicalis, where he boosted revenues to over $350M for the U.S. division. He sold his previous company, Puget Sound Systems Group, to Logicalis for more than $50M. Hafen received a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University, and a Masters of Business Administration from Golden Gate University. Of note, he also served in the Air Force, and was a nuclear certified Weapons Systems Officer aboard the USAF F-4E Phantom supersonic jet fighter aircraft, and was USAF "Top Gun."

Hafen explains, "I have seen Eyealike develop from the research stage, and it's certainly an exciting time to be a part of the momentum the company is gaining as we gear up for some big product announcements that will really change the face of searching digital media online."

Thought Leader Imad Zoghlami, Ph.D. Accepts CTO Position

Dr. Imad Zoghlami's diverse background in sophisticated search and surveillance technologies positions him well as CTO for Eyealike.

Zoghlami managed the security, operation and response management technologies program in the real-time vision and modeling department of Siemens Corporate Research arm before joining Eyealike. While Director of Technology and Innovation for Siemens Building Technology, he developed "Siemens Surveillance platform" SBT platform for its video analytics product line. Zoghlami also created several video content analysis technologies such as automatic incident detection for tunnel monitoring, detection, tracking and crowd management for the transportation industry with applications in areas such as subway and airport security.

Prior to Siemens, Zoghlami co-created Realviz S.A., a French company that developed software for the entertainment industry, whose products are still used for some of the most advanced visual effects sequences today, in films such as Harry Potter, Troy, Minority Report, Daredevil, and numerous others. Zoghlami earned a Master of Sciences in mathematics from Ecole Polytechniques, (Paris, France), followed by a Ph.D. in computer sciences from the University of Nice-Sophia-Antipolis/INRIA (France) in 2000. During his Ph.D. he spent time at both Oxford University (England) and MIT (Boston, USA).

"The advanced search capabilities of the proprietary platform and potential applications far exceed those of other visual search companies in this space -- it is a great opportunity to be part of the distinguished team at Eyealike and on the cutting edge of this technology," says Zoghlami.

About Eyealike

At the forefront of visual-based search, Eyealike offers the first enterprise-class search platform for facial recognition, image detection, and video copyright surveillance. Based on unique patent-pending technology, the Eyealike Visual Search Platform offers an entirely new approach that will dramatically advance the way people search, find, and access people, images, and other rich media content. Following four years of extensive research and development supplemented by sophisticated technologies from the University of Washington, Eyealike offers a modular approach that gives companies the flexibility to meet today and tomorrow's visual search needs. Visit for more information.

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