Mahesh Saptharishi has more than 17 years of experience developing intelligent video analytics technology as well as software and camera hardware specifically for the security industry. As CTO of Avigilon, he is responsible for driving innovation in the company's product, intellectual property portfolios, identifying strategic technology capabilities, and exploring new business opportunities. Previously, Mahesh served as Avigilon's senior vice president of analytics and data science. He was also president, CTO and co-founder of VideoIQ, Inc. He co-founded and led the core analytics team at Broad Reach Technologies, Inc., where he was vice president of research and development. A pioneer in the surveillance industry, he received his doctorate in machine learning from Carnegie Mellon University, where he was involved in research on autonomously navigating vehicles at the Robotics Institute and the Institute for Complex Engineering Systems. He has also authored multiple peer-reviewed scientific publications, articles, and patents.