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UNC

CLARK Clinical Research Software

Sept 2017

In 2017, CoVar worked with the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Science Institute (NC TraCS) (integrated hub of the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) to build CLARK (CLinical Annotation Research Kit), a medical record classification/prediction software package. After training the classifier on a gold standard of patients and their clinical notes, CLARK can be used to infer information about novel sets of patients, including possible diagnoses, potential outcomes, or presence or absence of nuanced symptoms. CLARK is now being piloted in a number of studies at UNC Chapel Hill. Click here for more information about NC TraCS and its mission. CLARK is built on CoVar's Clarity™ Data Analysis Toolkit. For more information about Clarity™ click here.

US Army

Army Phase II SBIR Award

July 2017

Army Contracting Command has awarded CoVar a Phase 2 SBIR for wire detection in millimeter wave radar data using convolutional neural networks and Bayesian tracking. The algorithms resulting from this work are intended for upgrades to rotorcraft avionics suites for improved safety while operating in degraded visual environments (e.g., brownouts during landing). The effort will transition the algorithms to a real time platform and characterize the probability of detection and false alarm rate. Current sensor technologies can image wires using mmW radar, but reliable detection of wires in such imagery is limited by artifacts in the beam-forming. The total contract value is $1,028,327.

Drilling Conference

IADC/SPE Drilling Conference

March 2016

CoVar presented a paper at the IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth, TX, March 1-3. The paper is entitled, "Next Generation Kick Detection During Connections: Influx Detection at Pumps Stop (IDAPS) Software" and is based on CoVar's Adaptive Alarms software running in Shell's RTOCs. The paper was presented in the Smart Systems and Internet of Things session on Wednesday afternoon. More information about the conference can be found here. More information about Adaptive Alarms can be found here.

US Army

Army Phase I SBIR Award

December 2015

Army Contracting Command has awarded CoVar a Phase 1 SBIR for development of algorithm technologies to recognize wires in millimeter wave (mmW) radar data. Rotorcraft landing and takeoff is dangerous in environments where obstacles, particularly, wires or power lines, exist and pilot vision is degraded by obscurants such as dust, smoke, fog, rain and snow. Current sensor technologies can image wires using mmW radar, but reliable detection of wires in such imagery is limited by artifacts in the beam-forming. CoVar will develop novel techniques to improve detection and reduce clutter associated with wires in mmW radar imagery.

IADC

Shell Supplier Award

November 2015

Shell Global Solutions International presented CoVar with its "Wells Innovation Award" at the 2015 Shell Rigs, Services, and Installed Equipment Supplier Conference. The award was in recognition of CoVar's innovative solution for detecting influx and ballooning using pattern recognition technology and the product's quick implementation and adoption within Shell's RTOCs. More information about this product can be found here.

IADC

Frontiers in Computer Vision

October 2015

CoVar Applied Technologies presented “Frontiers in Computer Vision for Drilling” at the October IADC Advanced Rig Technology Conference in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. CoVar presented several computer vision solutions that address unmet sensing challenges in drilling. These include personnel location, cuttings analysis, micro-rig-state detection, and automated pipe handling. See the presentation here.

US Army

Army Phase II SBIR Award

September 2015

Army Contracting Command has awarded CoVar a Phase 2 SBIR for development of standoff technologies for the detection of explosively formed penetrators (EFPs). EFP weapons are often camouflaged roadside emplacements within the cluttered roadside environment. CoVar will design and develop techniques to detect emplaced roadside EFPs using vehicular mounted forward-looking active or passive sensor technologies including demonstrate emerging analytical techniques and concepts that extract features unique to EFP targets. The total contract value is $1,025,189.

NASA

NASA SBIR Award

June 2015

NASA has awarded Energy Research Company and CoVar Applied Technologies a Phase 1 SBIR contract for the development of a prototype compact high performance spectrometer using computational imaging. The proposed instrument utilizes algorithmic techniques to provide high resolution spectral measurements with reduced size, weight, and power requirements and improved sensitivity. ERCo (www.er-co.com) is a recognized leader in laser-based sensor technologies and CoVar is a leader in the field of machine learning algorithm development. CoVar will be a subcontractor to ERCo on the effort.

NVESD

Improved Data Fusion Contract Award

April 2015

Army Contracting Command has awarded CoVar a Broad Agency Announcement award for improved data fusion and processing. CoVar will investigate and develop new explosive hazard detection algorithms for a Dual Band Forward Looking Ground Penetrating Radar and other forward looking sensors. The contract value is $823,694. CoVar supports the US Army Communications, Electronics, Research, Development, and Engineering Center, Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate under its Broad Agency Announcement for Night Vision Technologies.

Offshore Magazine

Offshore Magazine article

November 2014

CoVar has published an article in Offshore magazine describing applications of computer vision for the oil and gas drilling industry. Computer vision systems can play an important role in improving safety and efficiency during drilling operations. Applications such as shaker solids analysis, personnel tracking and identification, and pipe handling are difficult for conventional instrumentation. Computer vision systems represent a breakthrough capability as the industry moves towards more automation, implements safer practices and drives towards faster and more efficient operations. See our article here.

CERDEC US Army RDECOM

Seismic Phase 2 Option Exercise

August 2014

Army Contracting Command has notified CoVar of its intent to exercise the option period for the Broad Agency Announcement award for the development of signal processing algorithms, visualization tools, and data collection recommendations supporting the detection of buried explosive hazards using non-contact vibration sensors. The total funded contract value is now $783,455.06. CoVar supports the US Army Communications, Electronics, Research, Development, and Engineering Center, Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate under its Broad Agency Announcement for Night Vision Technologies.

US Army

SBIR award

June 2014

Army Contracting Command has awarded CoVar a Phase 1 SBIR for development of standoff technologies for the detection of explosively formed penetrators (EFPs). EFP weapons are often camouflaged roadside emplacements within the cluttered roadside environment. CoVar will design and develop techniques to detect emplaced roadside EFPs using vehicular mounted forward-looking active or passive sensor technologies including demonstrate emerging analytical techniques and concepts that extract features unique to EFP targets.

FutureScan

FutureScan Presentation at NIST Showcase

March 2014

ELXSI/Cues presented its FutureScan Pipe Penetrating Radar technology for Infrastructure Inspection at the NIST Technology Showcase. CoVar supported ELXSI with the development of the FutureScan technology. FutureScan identifies voids (sinkholes) that may exist outside sewer and water pipes. It also provides information about the anatomy of the pipe, pipe wall thickness, and pipe condition. Read more about FutureScan here.

New Folder Consulting

New Folder Consulting, LLC Merger

December 2013

CoVar Applied Technologies, Inc. and New Folder Consulting, LLC are pleased to announce the completion of their merger, effective immediately. New Folder Consulting, LLC will continue to operate in Durham, NC as CoVar Research Division and will be led by Dr. Peter Torrione and Dr. Kenneth Morton, Jr. This merger cements a productive and innovative partnership between the companies spanning the last two years. CoVar has a commitment to its customers and its technology and will continue to invest in CoVar Research Division with the goal of expanding our world-class advanced algorithm capabilities.

Drilling Engineering Association

Computer Vision Presentation at DEA

November 2013

Transocean and CoVar Applied Technologies presented “Safety and Efficiency Through Advanced Video Processing” at the November Drilling Engineers Association Meeting in Houston, TX. Transocean and CoVar have leveraged prior work in defense and commercial video processing to develop a personnel tracking system for prevention of human-machine collisions. Multiple close-circuit TV cameras detect personnel on the rig floor. A central computer aggregates the detections and calculates locations for all personnel. These locations can be provided to anti-collision computer systems. See the presentation here.

CERDEC US Army RDECOM

Seismic Phase 1 Award

August 2013

Army Contracting Command has awarded CoVar a Broad Agency Announcement award for the development of signal processing algorithms, visualization tools, and data collection recommendations supporting the detection of buried explosive hazards using non-contact vibration sensors. The funded contract value is $387,538.25. CoVar supports the US Army Communications, Electronics, Research, Development, and Engineering Center, Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate under its Broad Agency Announcement for Night Vision Technologies.