About Us

TetraVue is the leading innovator of 4D LiDAR video cameras that digitally capture the richness and depth of our fast-paced world in high definition. TetraVue’s groundbreaking technology combines the resolution of high definition video with the range of LiDAR to accurately capture motion and depth for large fields-of-view and distances. The company has offices in Vista, California (northern San Diego county) and San Jose, California.

Our Team of Innovators

Paul Banks
Founder / CEO

Paul Banks is founder and CEO of TetraVue, working to commercialize advance 3D imaging technologies for industrial applications. High-resolution 3D video and imagery will play an important role to break down the barrier between the physical world and the digital world, revolutionizing metrology and imagery. Paul Banks received a Ph. D. in Applied Physics from the University of California, Davis, and has worked for twenty years in developing practical applications of laser and optical technology. This includes work at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in ultrafast lasers and their applications to industrial materials processing. Following LLNL, he was co-founder of a new Photonics Division at General Atomics and led the laser R&D group in efforts in ultrafast to directed energy and airborne laser systems.

Dr. Banks has received 2 R&D 100 awards for work in laser materials processing. He has over 20 publications and 10 patents in laser and electro-optic technology, including 3D capture. He served on the advisory board of the SPAR 3D Imaging Conference and serves on the executive subcommittee of the ASTM E57 3D Imaging Standards Committee.

Bodo Schmidt
Sr. Director of Engineering

Bodo earned his Diploma at the University of Jena, Germany with a focus in nonlinear optics and lasers. After a decade in laser R&D at General Atomics, he joined TetraVue in its infancy and helped guide and develop its hardware and software development, including mechanical, electrical, optical, and systems engineering. Over the course of his career, he has earned a “MacGyver” reputation for finding innovative solutions to difficult technical problems. Bodo enjoys his family, triathlons, astronomy, and keeping up with everything tech. He also makes sure TetraVue is an awesome place to work.

Gisele Maxwell
Sr. Scientist

Gisele Maxwell Gisele is the lead for the thermal project and the modulator for TetraVue's 3D camera.

Prior to joining TetraVue, she was the CEO and co-founder of Shasta Crystals Inc.. She worked at Crystal Technology, Inc. in Palo Alto, California as Engineering Manager for Crystal Growth. She also worked as manager of lithium tantalate products at Silicon Light Machines (a wholly owned subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductors) in Sunnyvale, California, where she headed development of two businesses for surface acoustic wave devices. She has extensive expertise in crystal growth (Czochralski and LHPG), optical materials (including lithium niobate and lithium tantalate), project management, and customer relations.

Stewart Tuvey

Stewart Tuvey leads the laser and illuminator development work at TetraVue. He has a M.S. and B.S. degrees in Physics from San Diego State University. His career has focused on developing new types of laser sources for a variety of applications. He also has extensive experience in phase control of optical sources and modulators. At TetraVue, he has also participated in developing extensive laser performance modeling capability and supply chain development.

Oliver Michaelis
Chief Operating Officer

Oliver Michaelis is COO of TetraVue, a seasoned technologist and serial entrepreneur with 25 years of experience in distributed embedded and mobile software architectures, security, digital content distribution, and automotive telematics and infotainment systems. Having lead product development teams in Qualcomm and tier-1 suppliers to VW / Porsche / Ford Europe, and with successful launches of two startups for mobile applications in video and in sports, Oliver has a proven track record in technical and business leadership roles taking ideas to products with great end-user experiences. Oliver holds an MS in Physics from Christian-Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany.

Competitive Analyst

Toby joined TetraVue for CES 2018 where he demonstrated that TetraVue has the only LiDAR solution that could actually 'see' him...seriously. He was literally taken around to other booths on the show floor and no other LiDAR was able to detect him...only TetraVue's 4D Solid State Flash High Definition LiDAR was capable of seeing Toby. He has since become the TetraVue mascot.

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"If you look at the world today... you've got the real world, where we live in, and the virtual world, where machines work in. TetraVue is about bringing those two together...”

— Bodo Schmidt, Sr. Director of Engineering at TetraVue


Southern California
2330 Cousteau Court
Vista, CA 92081

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