Cohort has contributed to a paper entitled “An Architecture to Integrate BDI Agents with a Simulation Environment” that has been accepted for presentation at the 7TH INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON ENGINEERING MULTI-AGENT SYSTEMS (EMAS 2019) in Montreal at Concordia University the week of May 13th 2019. Authors of the paper are: Dr. Alan Davoust (Université du Québec en Outaouais), Patrick Gavigan (Carleton University), Dr. Cristina Ruiz-Martin (Carleton University), Guillermo Trabes (Universidad Nacional de San Luis, San Luis, Luis, Argentina), Dr. Babak Esfandiari (Carleton University), Dr. Gabriel Wainer (Carleton University), and Jeremy James (Cohort Systems Inc.).
The paper describes an early result from collaborative research funded by the Department of National Defence Canada. This research is the development of a simulation tool that supports investigation of human robot collaboration which is fundamental for the future deployment of collaborative robot teams that rely employ ‘human-on-the-loop’ supervision.
The EMAS (Engineering Multi-Agent Systems) 2019 workshop encourages collaboration of researchers and practitioners interested in the theoretical and practical aspects of agents and Multi Agent Systems engineering. It is a held as a part of AAMAS (International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems). The aim of this conference is to bring together researchers and practitioners to a single, high-profile, internationally forum for research in the theory and practice of Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent systems. AAMAS is the flagship conference of the non-profit International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (IFAAMAS).
April 4-5 Jeremy James will be an invited speaker at EMTech Caribbean Conference in Santo Domingo Dominican Republic (https://www.emtechcaribbean.com/).
EmTech is a global conference held annually in the United States, South America, the Caribbean, Europe, India and Asia. It is the world’s most important event on emerging technologies, and brings together innovators, technology leaders, entrepreneurs, investors and academics to analyze and discuss the technological innovations that are changing the way we live and work, and that will drive the economy of the future. EMTech conferences are organized by MIT Technology Review (https://www.technologyreview.com/about/)
Jeremy James from Cohort Systems has been invited to contribute to a new ISO SC7 Autonomous System Safety Project. The initial task is to define a general framework for autonomous system that is testable and verifiable.
At the May 2018 Plenary Meeting of ISO/IEC JTC1/SC 7 (Software and systems engineering) instructed its Secretariat “to do whatever is necessary to create a new project under SC7 for the development of standards defining a generic framework and terminology for Autonomous Systems”. Canada is a member of ISO/IEC JTC2/SC 7 by way of the SCC (Standards Council of Canada). Jeremy James was invited to be Canada’s representative on this project based upon his academic back ground and industrial experience.
A healthy and progressive new year to all. Please follow Cohort’s blog to track exciting events at Cohort in 2019
Jeremy James President/CTO will speak at ConvergXTM this February in Calgary. This conference is a first or its kind Global Defense and Energy meeting. It is a platform that offers diversification and growth opportunities between the: Energy, Aerospace, Defense & Security Sectors. ConvergXTM is conducted according to Chatham House rules which encourage openness of discussion and facilitate sharing of information that can deliver immediate solutions to challenging problems. Jeremy James will be speaking about Cohort’s autonomous mobile robot solutions that can be used in applications varying from: surveillance, physical security, and logistical support to precision agriculture.
ConvergXTM will take place February 5-7, 2019 at the Sheraton Eau Claire in Calgary Alberta.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the staff at Cohort Systems Inc. The company will be closed between Dec. 24th 2018 and Jan. 1st 2019. Technical Support is available as always. 2019 looks to be an exciting year at Cohort we hope you follow our blog for updates.
Cohort’s proposal for the IDEaS Challenge I competition has been selected by DND. Cohort’s project is called Human Robot Collaboration and is a response to the challenge entitled Collaboration of Robotics Systems. Cohort is teamed with Carleton University in this contract. The team will investigate how a manned control station can be used to control a team of autonomous robots.
Preliminary results of the conversion to Drive-By-Wire operation of a commercial off the shelf electric vehicle will be presented at the Algonquin College RE/ACTION Applied Research Showcase on December 4. The displayed results are a working prototype: of the mechatronic actuation of the vehicle, vehicle control via software and operation of all vehicle emitters. This work has been performed by two Algonquin College students and supervised by two Algonquin College professors and has been funded by NSERC/OCE VIP I and Cohort Systems Inc. Anticipated next steps are conversion to tele-operation and conversion to autonomous operation.
For additional information about RE/ACTION follow this link, https://www.algonquincollege.com/arie/appliedresearchshowcase/
Cohort will be attending The Best Defence Conference on Nov 5th and 6th. This conference is one of Canada’s must-attend defence and advanced manufacturing events—bringing together Canadian and international companies to learn of Canadian defence procurement and supply chain opportunities as well as providing an intimate forum for networking between primes and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and B2B/B2G meetings. If you are attending the conference let’s meet. You can connect with Cohort using the conference B2B Portal.
This year The Best Defence Conference takes place at the London Convention Centre in London Ontario.
Cohort will be attending the CADSI SME Day in Ottawa. This is an annual event sponsored by the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) and its members. The SME Day has a long standing history of educating CADSI members and bridging the gap between OEMs, governments and Canadian SMEs. This ‘s event year starts with an insightful morning program geared to informing attendees of current programs and best practices for their success, followed by a full afternoon of targeted 20-minute B2B and B2G meetings. The SME Day takes place at the Shaw Centre Trillium Ballroom Level 4 – 55 Colonel BY Drive in Ottawa.
Cohort will be joining leaders from the automotive industry and SMEs at the Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN) Partnering Forum. This event is sponsored by the Ontario Centres of Excellence. The Forum is an opportunity to form partnerships that have the potential to drive Ontario’s competitive advantage in the auto sector. The forum will be at the Sheraton Centre Toronto, Osgoode Ballroom, 123 Queen St. W. Toronto, ON.
Cohort Systems will participate in the NATO STANAG 4817 Custodial Support Team (Multi-Domain Control Station) Meeting hosted by the Netherlands Aerospace Centre in Amsterdam, this Oct 1-4. Participants from various NATO and PFP countries will be meeting to continue the development of the 4817 standard that is based upon STANAG 4586 and the recommendations from NATO NIAG SG-157 and SG-202.
Cohort Systems has received a pre-qualification notice from Public Services and Procurement Canada announcing that its Autonomous Patrol Vehicle (Autonomous Patrol Vehicle) technology has been Pre-Qualified under the Build in Canada Innovation Program. In the next step Cohort and the Office for Small Medium enterprises will identify a ‘Testing Department’ that will evaluate the APV.
The pre-qualified innovations can be found on the following URL – https://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/app-acq/picc-bcip/prequalifiee-prequalified-eng.html.
Cohort Systems will participate in the NATO STANAG 4817 Custodial Support Team (Multi-Domain Control Station) Meeting hosted by Northrup Grumman in El Segundo this June 18-21. Participants from various NATO and PFP countries will be meeting to continue the development of the 4817 standard that is based upon STANAG 4586 and the recommendations from NATO NIAG SG-157 and SG-202.
Cohort has been invited to attend the Ontario-China AI and Robotics Collaboration Workshop this May 2. The event will be held in the Ontario Investment and Trade Centre at 250 Yonge Street Toronto. Presentations will be made by leading researchers and industry collaborators from China and Ontario. The objectives of the workshop are to discuss and identify potential collaboration opportunities in: AI and Robotics research and commercialization, and research and innovation partnerships between Ontario and China. The sponsors for this Workshop are the Research Talent and International Collaborations Unit of the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science; and the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth.
The Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) is co-sponsoring the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Outlooks this April 10-12 and representatives from Cohort Systems will be attending. The CAF Outlooks are an opportunity to learn the goals and plans of Canada’s top Military leadership. Access is available to members of the armed forces, government employees; and members of CADSI. This year the event will take place at the Shaw Centre (formerly Ottawa Convention Centre) located at 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario.
April 4th Cohort will be attending the 3rd Annual Autonomous Vehicle Summit at the Brookstreet Hotel in Kanata. This event is presented by the Kanata North Business Association and Invest Ottawa, in partnership with the Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence (CAVCOE). The one-day conference will include a series of panels, industry experts and keynote speakers with participants from industry, academia and government.
Today (December 27 2017) Cohort Systems Inc. signed an agreement with ESMA Trading Incorporated (Amman, Jordan), Septimius International Inc. (Paris, France) to form The ESC Partnership. This press release follows an previous release on Aug. 15 2017. The ESC Partnership is a limited liability business that will deliver Advanced Physical Security Solutions for the protection of critical assets such as Borders or the perimeter of: Airports, Harbours, Military Bases, Power Generation, and Refineries. Septimius and ESMA will provide market knowledge and business opportunities in the MENA Region for the delivery, installation and training of physical security equipment and infrastructure. Cohort Systems Inc. will be responsible for the design and integration of physical security solutions. Anticipated solutions include the deployment of advanced mobile surveillance devices that include Cohort’s Autonomous Patrol Vehicle technologies, and Common Controller Workstations. Significant effort had already been invested (before the agreement) developing Perimeter Security market opportunities in the MENA Region. It is anticipated that the first contract will be secured within the next 12 months. The Perimeter Security market is expected to grow rapidly across the MENA region after the first installation.
Cohort Systems will be on reduced hours between Dec 27 and Jan 1. Tech Support will be available during this time period. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year