Founder, Chairman, and CEO

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Gary Butler is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Camgian. He has spent two decades working in the field of algorithm development and signal processing. During his career, he has led numerous DARPA and other government-funded programs to build next-generation intelligence, surveillance and recognizance (ISR) capabilities for the US military. Dr. Butler’s expertise is in the area of signal processing with a concentration in feature extraction algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI) based classification systems. His work in the field includes the invention of a novel neural network classification method that leverages genetic programming to intelligently adapt and retrain neural networks when operating in dynamic environmental conditions. His invention, Genetically Adaptive Neural Network Classification Systems and Methods (, is one of five patents that he has been awarded in areas related to AI, signal processing, low-power radar, and edge computing.

Since founding Camgian as a contract R&D firm, he has led its evolution into an award-winning technology company that services some of the world’s leading government and commercial organizations. During this period, Camgian has been named by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the US; Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the most entrepreneurial companies in America; The Silicon Review as one of the top 50 fastest growing technology companies; CIO Review as one of the top 50 most promising companies in IoT; and Compass Intelligence as one of the world’s top companies in IoT innovation and execution. Moreover, ABI Research featured Camgian in their 2015 Hot Tech Innovators report, which identified the company as one of the world’s top young tech companies. Most recently, Camgian was recognized as a 2017 “Cool Vendor in IoT Edge Computing” by the leading global technology research company Gartner. The prestigious “Cool Vendor” designation recognizes some of the world’s top high-tech companies that have the potential to disrupt today’s digital landscape. Additionally, Camgian was named Industrial IoT Company of the Year in the 6th Annual Compass Intelligence Awards, which annually identifies the world’s best in mobile, software, IoT, AI, augmented reality, and connected products.

Prior to founding Camgian, Dr. Butler was a division engineer in the Washington, DC office of Internet pioneer BBN Technologies (now Raytheon BBN Technologies) with a technical focus in the areas of artificial intelligence, machine learning, genetic algorithms, and wavelets and their application to real-time signal processing systems. At BBN, he worked on the development of feature extraction algorithms and neural network classifiers that supported advanced military sensing platforms.  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 also 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 non-linear dynamic systems and the application of wavelets to signal analysis. At Cambridge, he collaborated with Professor David Newland, Head of 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 PhD work was included by Newland in proceedings of the Royal Society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. At Cambridge, he was a member of the university's debating society, the Union Society, and the Cambridge University Golf Club, competing twice in the Varsity Match against Oxford. 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 Winning for Life Scholar-Athlete Award.   

Dr. Butler has been a speaker and panelist at numerous global technology 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.