Founder, Chairman, and CEO
Gary Butler is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Camgian and has spent two decades working in the field of intelligent systems. Since its founding, he has led Camgian’s evolution into an award-winning technology company whose clients have included some of the world's leading government and commercial organizations. These include DARPA, Bloomberg, the US Army, Parker Hannifin, Jefferies, NUCOR Steel, the US Air Force, DE Shaw, International Paper, Taylor Machine Works, Citadel, and Steel Dynamics.
Camgian has received numerous awards and recognition for its innovation. These include the prestigious Cool Vendor designation by Gartner, which highlights the tech industry’s most potentially disruptive young companies. Additionally, global intelligence firm ABI Research featured the company in their Hot Tech Innovators Report, which recognizes some of the world’s most innovative companies operating in today’s markets. Camgian has also been named by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the US and Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the most entrepreneurial companies in America.
Prior to founding Camgian, Dr. Butler was a division engineer in the Washington, DC office of Internet pioneer BBN Technologies (now Raytheon BBN Technologies). As an engineer at BBN, he worked on the development of artificial intelligence-based target classification algorithms and systems that supported advanced military sensing platforms. His work in this area included the invention of a novel neural network classification method that leveraged genetic programming to intelligently adapt and retrain neural networks. Genetically Adaptive Neural Network Classification Systems is one of five patents that he has been awarded.
Additionally at BBN, he was an engineer on the Army’s Future Combat Systems Program and led several DARPA-funded efforts focused on the area of advanced intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance technologies. He was appointed by BBN’s president and chief scientists to membership in the Science Development Program, a technical rank reserved for the company’s most exceptional scientists and engineers, and was elected as a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Dr. Butler earned his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in engineering where he was a member of Churchill College and studied the modeling of complex dynamic systems and the application of wavelets to signal analysis. At Cambridge, he collaborated with Professor David Newland, Head of the Department for Cambridge Engineering and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, on the advancement of wavelet theory for improving the spectra analysis of complex transient signals generated from nonlinear dynamic systems. His research also addressed the application of wavelet algorithms to the problem of time-varying cross-spectra with multi-channel data to characterize transient amplitude and phase changes within nonlinear dynamic systems. Research from his Ph.D. work contributed to publications by Newland in proceedings of the Royal Society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Dr. Butler earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University, a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Tulane University, and an executive certificate in strategy and innovation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management. At Tulane, he was a four-time varsity letterman in football for the Green Wave and was awarded the NCAA and Entergy Corporation Winning for Life Scholar-Athlete Award.
Dr. Butler has been a speaker and panelist at numerous conferences and testified on US competitiveness in the field of artificial intelligence before the US Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. Dr. Butler also testified as part of the Disruptor Series Hearing to the US House Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Renasant Corporation (NASDAQ: RNST), the advisory council for Brightstar Capital Partners, the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering Board of Visitors (previously as chair), the Young Presidents’ Organization, the Tulane Physics, and Engineering Physics Advisory Board, and the Oxford and Cambridge Club of London.