Oculus Finds New Head of Computer Vision in Amir Frenkel

by Jamie Feltham • May 5th, 2017

Oculus has had a few weeks of transition, losing some major staff and just yesterday saying goodbye to its Story Studio division, but the changes aren’t ending there.

Dov Katz, the company’s previous Head of Computer Vision, has parted ways with Oculus. The company confirmed as much to UploadVR following an original report from TechCrunch. Katz was arrested late last year for allegedly soliciting sex from an undercover cop posing as an under age girl. Katz pleaded not guilty in a hearing last January and, according to recent reports, is now awaiting trial in July. Katz still lists his position on his LinkedIn page.

His replacement is Amir Frenkel, who joined Oculus parent company Facebook as Director of Engineering in November 2016 before jumping on board the Oculus team as Head of Computer Vision. Frenkel’s past work includes Head of Wearables Engineering at Google, and Director of Software developer at Amazon’s Lab126.

Katz’s departure is the latest in a string of changes at Oculus since its new leader, Facebook Vice President of VR Hugo Barra, joined in April. Rift creator and Oculus founder Palmer Luckey left the company in late March and more have followed. Even before that Oculus found its teams split into mobile and PC-based divisions, with former CEO Brendan Iribe stepping down to run the latter team.

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