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Language-Independent Handwriting Biometric
Over the last decade, Sciometrics has used its graphing techniques to perform a number of pattern recognition research and development projects for intelligence and law enforcement agencies.
SCIOMETRICS, formerly Gannon Technologies Group, has been developing object recognition technology, primarily under the sponsorship of the US government, for over a decade. The technology sprung out of optical character recognition technology, and its first new target was handwriting recognition for the intelligence community. Our discoveries led to algorithms for multiple languages in handwriting biometrics, which is now used by the FBI and DOD.
Over the last decade, Sciometrics has used its graphing techniques to perform a number of pattern recognition research and development projects for intelligence and law enforcement agencies. Utilization of the algorithms for more general distribution has taken place over the last 3 years, resulting in our two current products: AFIS Afterburner our advanced fingerprinting product and FlashID, which is our industry leading handwriting biometric product.
Presently, Sciometrics products have been tested and used by the FBI and the Department of Defense.
Mark Walch is the President of Sciometrics LLC, where he brings more than 25 years of technical and managerial experience. In this role, Mr. Walch oversees development of a variety of technologies related to the efficient and effective capture of data from images.
Mr. Walch is the principal architect of Pictographic pattern-matching methods, and has developed innovative Optical Character Recognition techniques that have been used to read hand print and cursive script for the U.S. Postal Service. Derivatives of these techniques have been used successfully to register independent vector data sets for upgrading map data on behalf of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Mr. Walch has also developed several automated techniques for accurate and cost-effective data capture from handwritten and printed forms, and pioneered the concept of “directed workflow”—a method for streamlining the way human operators review large quantities of data.
Mr. Walch holds advanced degrees from the University of Michigan and Yale University.
Rich Smith is Vice President of Products & Services for Sciometrics, LLC. In this role, Mr. Smith oversees the development of all software applications and delivery of services to Sciometrics's clients. Mr. Smith joined the company in January 2011 and brings with him over 25 years of experience developing language-based software applications. Most recently, Mr. Smith was Vice President of Engineering for Janya, Inc. Mr. Smith holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Canisius College.
Robyn oversees the company’s financial and general operations, including human resources and facilities. Ms. Felix is a key contributor to both short- and long-term organizational development of the company, and also serves as the company Facilities Security Officer. Ms. Felix has over 12 years of experience in Government Contracting in the Intelligence Community, including working in Iraq and Afghanistan supporting the Global War on Terrorism. Her previous experience includes Deputy Director of Logistics and Deployment Operations supporting various INSCOM Language and Counter Intelligence contacts, as well as managing a CI contract for the 310th Military Intelligence Battalion at the 902nd . Ms. Felix has also worked as a Senior Management Analyst supporting the Missile Defense Agency’s Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) relocation efforts, Logistics Officer for the MASINT Special Airborne Projects division at the Defense Intelligence Agency, and also managing the day to day operations at the Washington Planning Center; the US Navy's Cruise Missile Projects programs office testing facility for PMA-281 - Tomahawk mission planning.
Past experience also includes living and working in Brazil for the US State Department.
Ms. Felix attended the University of Memphis.
Daniel Gantz is a senior software engineer at Gannon Technologies Group LLC. Daniel has worked for Gannon Technologies since graduating The University of Virginia's school of engineering in 2008 with a bachelor of science in computer science.
Daniel has helped as well as lead development for a number of different biometric systems from their R&D inception to their evolution into industrial level applications. The nature of these biometric systems include latent fingerprint, tool-mark and handwriting identification.
Mr. Fitzsimmons is a Managing Director at Adelphi Capital, LLC. His diverse industry experience includes chemicals, oil and gas, business content, as well as security and technology companies Prior to Adelphi, Mr. Fitzsimmons was CEO of Iridian Technologies, a biometric (iris recognition) start-up backed by GE Capital and Perseus, LLC. At Iridian, Mr. Fitzsimmons brought iris recognition out of the R&D phase to become one of the top three biometrics and successfully sold the company to L1 Identity Solutions in 2006. Iridian’s primary clients were defense, homeland security, and intelligence customers in U.S. and foreign governments.
Earlier, Mr. Fitzsimmons spent thirteen years at Dun & Bradstreet (DNB), moving from a senior finance role in the data collection and infrastructure unit to division CFO, and then on to lead DNB’s efforts in new market development, introducing DNB’s first decision support and data integration products, and leading their initial Internet marketing and e-commerce efforts. Later, as the Senior VP of Global Marketing, Mr. Fitzsimmons guided DNB’s global product and segment strategies and partnerships with SAP, Oracle and Siebel.
Mr. Fitzsimmons has a B.S .in accounting from Ithaca College and an MBA in finance from Columbia University. Mr. Fitzsimmons was also one of the nine founding directors of ICANN, the nonprofit company tasked with the governance of the Internet infrastructure.
A Full Professor of Statistics, Dr. Gantz was the founding Chair of the AIT Department and now serves as the Director of the Document Forensics Laboratory. He has also as served as Interim Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the Volgenau School at GMU. Dr. Gantz is currently applying his cutting edge analysis of handwriting to multi-language document exploitation and biometric identification. He has been active in the research and application of geographic information systems, modeling systems, and decision support systems to transportation demand management and traffic mitigation. Other areas of research include analysis of latent fingerprints, the relationship between TB incidence and socioeconomic factors, surveillance systems to track infection, computer performance evaluation, flight design, and litigation related analyses.
Dr. Gantz earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in Mathematics at the University of Rochester, and his B.A. in Mathematics at Fordham University.
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