17 Oct

JETRO CAV Meeting in Toronto Oct 23

Cohort Systems Inc (CSI) has been invited by JETRO to meet with companies from Japan with interest in the Connected Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) market at the Ontario Investment and Trade Centre on Oct 23rd.

JETRO, or the Japan External Trade Organization, is a Japanese government-related organization that works to promote mutual trade and investment between Japan and the rest of the world.

14 Oct

CADSI SME Day

On Oct 16 Cohort will be attending the CADSI SME Day in Ottawa.  This is an annual event that has a long standing history of educating CADSI members and bridging the gap between OEMs, governments and Canadian SMEs. The day 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 event will be at the Shaw Centre Trillium Ballroom Level 4 – 55 Colonel By Drive in Ottawa.

04 Oct

Waterloo Defence Research Forum Oct. 10

Cohort Systems will be attending the Waterloo Defence Research Forum at the University of Waterloo Federation Hall this Oct 10.  This conference will bring together defence primes, Canadian SMEs, and university researchers for keynote speakers, networking opportunities, and panels on topics such as:

  • Critical issues in cybersecurity
  • Advanced and evolving materials
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Advances in autonomous technologies
26 Aug

Sept 16-19 NATO STANAG 4817 Custodial Support Team Meeting, Seebyte, Edinburgh Scotland

Cohort Systems will participate in the NATO STANAG 4817 Custodial Support Team (CST) meeting this Sept 16-19.  Participants from various NATO and PFP countries will meet to continue the development of the 4817 standard that is based upon STANAG 4586 and recommendations from NATO NIAG SG-157 and SG-202.  This will be the 6th meeting of the CST.  The host for this meeting will be Seebyte Ltd, Edinburgh Scotland.

03 Jun

Cohort Systems Inc. Partners with Carleton University to Investigate Trusted Real-Time Communication

Cohort has teamed with Carleton University to investigate advanced communications protocols for trusted real-time communication.  Applications such as: robotics, surveillance, and IOT rely upon real-time communication of video, audio, image, and text.  This information must be transmitted securely with minimal delay.  However, it is now possible through cyber intrusion to covertly tamper data before and after it has been received despite existing security protocols.  The research Cohort and Carleton University will conduct is the development of robust methods to detect and report tampering without adding significant overhead or delay.  The application of this research improves the security and trust of transmitted information for use in: defence, physical security, connected autonomous vehicles, surveillance and evidence.  This work is partially funded by a contract awarded to Cohort by the DND IDEaS competitive challenge program and is the second IDEaS award to Cohort Systems in the last 6 months.

13 May

June 3-6 NATO STANAG 4817 Custodial Support Team Meeting, Lockheed Martin Canada CDL Systems, Calgary

Cohort Systems will participate in the NATO STANAG 4817 Custodial Support Team (CST) meeting this June 3-6.  Participants from various NATO and PFP countries will meet to continue the development of the 4817 standard that is based upon STANAG 4586 and recommendations from NATO NIAG SG-157 and SG-202.  This will be the 5th meeting of the CST.  The host for this meeting will be Lockheed Martin Canada CDL Systems in Calgary Alberta.

08 Apr

7th International Workshop on Engineering Multi-Agent Systems

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).

18 Mar

Jeremy James will present at EMTech Caribbean April 4-5

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/)

04 Feb

MAR 4-7 NATO STANAG 4817 Custodial Support Team Meeting, NATO COE C-IED, Madrid Spain

Cohort Systems will participate in the NATO STANAG 4817 Custodial Support Team (CST) meeting this Mar 4-7.  Participants from various NATO and PFP countries will meet to continue the development of the 4817 standard that is based upon STANAG 4586 and recommendations from NATO NIAG SG-157 and SG-202.  This will be the 4th meeting of the CST.  The host for this meeting will be the NATO Center of Excellence (COE) for Counter Improvised Explosive Devices (C-IED) located in Madrid.

10 Jan

Cohort Systems represents Canada on new ISO Autonomous Systems Project

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.

17 Dec

ConvergX Conference in Calgary Feb 5th to 7th 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.

10 Dec

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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.

03 Dec

Cohort Systems Awarded Contract for IDEaS Challenge I

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.

26 Nov

Algonquin College RE/ACTION Applied Research Showcase

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/

01 Nov

The Best Defence Conference

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.

26 Sep

CADSI SME Day

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.