Scientists Join Numerica in Numbers

Numerica Corporation hired two additional research scientists and one computational scientist at its Northern Colorado headquarters. A total of six scientists have been hired in as many weeks by the company.

Jason Johnson, Ph.D., joins Numerica as a research scientist to develop algorithms for tracking orbiting objects and debris for improved space situational awareness. Johnson earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics, and his advanced degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. Prior to attending graduate school, Johnson was on the technical staff at Alphatech, Inc. (now BAE Systems’ Advanced Information Technologies). Johnson has published extensively, and is a former Department of Energy postdoctoral research fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

Gabe Hart joins Numerica as a computational scientist. Hart will develop algorithmic solutions and software for distributed multiple target tracking for air and missile defense programs. Hart pursued a double major and received his undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. He received his Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Hart is published, and before joining Numerica he was a research and development engineer at Kitware Inc. in Carrboro, North Carolina.

Numerica research scientist Alex Mont is creating algorithms and software for combinatorial optimization problems arising from multiple object tracking programs across Numerica. Mont also pursued a double major and received his Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Maryland at College Park. He has completed all requirements for a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and will receive his degree in December. Mont gained extensive experience in mathematical and scientific software development working for the National Institutes of
Standards and Technology (NIST) and the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Northern Colorado Economic Development Corporation estimates that every job created by primary employer Numerica generates an additional 1.63 “spinoff” jobs in area communities. This multiplier effect, applied to Numerica’s six recent hires, would have a total impact of adding 16 new jobs to the regional economy. “As a business, Numerica continues to innovate and grow because exceptional people like Jason, Gabe and Alex strengthen our team and help us achieve product excellence,” said Numerica president Jeff Poore. “We’re proud that our team’s growth and success contributes to a healthier regional economy.”

Numerica Works with Air Force to Reduce Friendly Fire

Numerica has won a two-year, $750,000 contract from the Air Force Research Laboratory to develop a more reliable and robust information fusion technology for “non-cooperative,” or non-self-reporting, targets.

For many allied fighter pilots, deciding if the target symbol on a cockpit display is friend or foe is not always clear. Because weapons systems have advanced faster than recognition capabilities, a target can be hit with precision long before it can be identified, which sometimes leads to inadvertent firing on friendly forces, or what is officially termed fratricide.

The Air Force is dedicated to minimizing fratricide, as well as improving time to engagement and increasing situational awareness, for its pilots.

To help the Air Force meet these goals, Numerica is developing the multi-sensor, non-cooperative target recognition (NCTR) information fusion system. This technology will fuse data received from a variety of dissimilar sources to produce one Single Integrated Picture in real time. The NCTR solution allows each sensor to leverage information from other sensors to improve overall detection and identification performance. This unique crosscuing solution will improve the situational awareness and response time for pilots.

Numerica’s solution is envisioned to transition to the Air Force’s Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance
(ISR) platforms and Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) surveillance systems.

“Numericans thrive on developing meaningful solutions for challenging problems,” said Numerica president and COO Jeff Poore. “Working to prevent friendly fire is very rewarding, and it’s an honor to develop a solution with the Air Force that saves lives.”

Numerica vice president Benjamin J. Slocumb, Ph.D., will lead his company’s efforts to develop the NCTR system
for the Air Force Research Laboratory.

Numerica Tackles Growing Space Debris, Satellite Protection Problem

Numerica is working on five contracts for the Air Force, worth more than $3.3 million, to provide state-of-the-art algorithms for improved space situational awareness (SSA). SSA involves the detection, cataloging and ongoing tracking of all space objects orbiting the Earth, and the prediction of events, threats and activities in space. In the late 1950s, there were only a few satellites orbiting the Earth. In September 2011, the National Research Council reported there is so much government and commercial “space junk” in orbit that the debris could cause spacecraft collisions or destroy valuable communication satellites.

Today, the Air Force maintains a catalog of more than 20,000 detectable space objects orbiting the Earth. It is estimated that improved sensors, future collision events and continuous fragmentation will increase the size of the catalog to 200,000 detectable objects within five to ten years.

Numerica is developing new algorithms for the Air Force that provide advanced estimation and data fusion, multi-sensor space object tracking, efficient propagators and gravity models, uncertainty management and anomaly detection for SSA. These enhanced capabilities are designed to identify and track orbiting objects to protect space assets and maintain situational awareness for existing and future space deployments.

The next-generation SSA system will require ground-breaking astrodynamics and tracking algorithms to safely manage the growing space catalog. “We are fortunate to have such a talented team to address this challenging problem,” said Numerica Founder and Chief Scientist Aubrey B. Poore, Ph.D. “Our scientists are honored to support the Air Force’s remarkable efforts to advance space situational awareness.”


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Three More PhDs Join Numerica at Colorado HQ

Numerica recently hired three additional Ph.D.-level research scientists at its Northern Colorado headquarters.

Jeffrey Aristoff, Ph.D., joins Numerica to develop algorithms to track orbiting objects and debris for improved space situational awareness. Aristoff earned his undergraduate degree in Mathematics with Computer Science, and his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. Aristoff has published extensively, and is a former National Science Foundation postdoctoral research fellow at Princeton University in New Jersey. Aristoff is a member of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), American Physical Society (APS), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Mathematical Society (AMS).

Karl Obermeyer, Ph.D., is the newest member of Numerica’s technical group that provides track-processing support for the Missile Defense Agency’s National Team B. Obermeyer received his undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Applied Mathematics, with a minor in Physics, from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Before joining Numerica, Obermeyer developed and implemented algorithms for unmanned aerial vehicle control at the United States Air Force Research Lab in Dayton, Ohio. Obermeyer is published, and is a member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), SIAM, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

David Zhang, Ph.D., joins Numerica to work on an airborne infrared sensor integration solution for the Missile Defense Agency. He received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering, with a minor in Mathematics, and his Ph.D. in Engineering Science – Mechanical Engineering, from the University of California at San Diego.

“Talented and entrepreneurial people are at the core of Numerica’s success,” said Numerica president Jeff Poore. “We are excited about the addition of Jeff, Karl and David to our team.” Numerica is looking for additional candidates with advanced degrees in applied math, electrical engineering, computer science, statistics or related fields.

Numerica Teams up with NASA

Check out the article from The Coloradoan here: Numerica Teams up with NASA

Numerica Develops Next Generation Collision Avoidance Technology for NASA

Numerica was recently awarded a two-year, $600,000 Small Business Innovation Research Phase II contract by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to develop collision prediction capabilities for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operating in the National Airspace System (NAS).

The NAS is a complex and shared network of people, procedures, equipment and infrastructure that ensures safe and timely air transportation in the United States and over large portions of the world’s oceans. NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration are working together on next-generation improvements to the NAS, and both organizations recognize an urgent need to safely integrate UAS into the nation’s complex aviation system.

Incorporating unmanned vehicles into national airspace is highly beneficial to important missions in the areas of scientific research, national security, emergency response and disaster relief. However, such vehicles are grossly underutilized in these areas because they lack reliable collision-avoidance technology to ensure safe operation in the NAS.

Numerica research scientist Jason Adaska, Ph.D., is leading his company’s efforts to create a sense-and-avoid capability to safely integrate UAS into the national airspace. Adaska’s research team has developed novel methods for producing robust and reliable trajectory predictions over long time horizons, and the Numerica scientists are working with Colorado Engineering Inc. to model its USTAR collision avoidance radar for feasibility testing.

“We are thrilled to support the good work NASA is doing to prevent collisions in our national airspace,” said Numerica President Jeff Poore. “It’s rewarding work that makes a difference.”

Numerica Corporation Celebrates 15 Years of Innovation

Today Numerica Corporation celebrates 15 years in business as a thriving and globally recognized research and
development leader.

Numerica was founded in 1996 by Colorado State University applied math professor Dr. Aubrey B. Poore to take his revolutionary target tracking technology from academia to the industrial marketplace. Since that time, Numerica has received local, regional, statewide and national awards honoring the company and its employees for exceptional innovation, leadership, reliability, customer service, entrepreneurship and growth.

As one of the first tech-transfer companies to spin out of the CSU Research Foundation, Numerica has enjoyed consistent growth every year since its incorporation, recording 154 percent revenue gains between 2006 and 2010.

Today, nearly 50 employees in Colorado and California provide state-of-the-art algorithm and software development in the areas of integrated air and missile defense, video tracking, cyber security, geospatial information systems, chemical and biological detection, and space situational awareness.

The company will mark its 15th anniversary by hosting a birthday celebration for its world-class employees who are the driving force behind Numerica’s past, current and future success.

“Our team at Numerica consistently takes on the challenges which allow us to achieve at the national level,” said Numerica president Jeff Poore. “Our longevity is the result of the hard work, creativity and dedication of every Numerican.”

Numerica Wins $3 Million ABIR Contract

Numerica recently won a two-year, $3 million contract from the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to develop an Airborne Infrared
(ABIR) multi-sensor correlation and fusion solution as part of a broader systems integration effort that will enhance the nation’s defense against ballistic missile attack.

The $3 million contract is the largest Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project ever awarded to Numerica.

The MDA protects United States territories, as well as those of U.S. allies, against ballistic missile attack, whether accidental, unauthorized or deliberate. The MDA’s current Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) is comprised of a range of components, which are integrated by the Command, Control, Battle Management and Communications (C2BMC) system.

The C2BMC currently links and globally synchronizes individual missile defense systems to provide an optimized and layered missile defense against threats of all ranges and in all phases of flight. The Numerica-developed Multiple Hypothesis Correlator (MHC) and the BMDS Launch Event Associator (BLEA) tracking technologies already play important roles in the C2BMC system. Through the newly awarded MDA contract, Numerica will research key ABIR sensor integration technology that will enhance C2BMC’s ability to improve situational awareness and strengthen the nation’s defense.

“Numerica is proud of our ongoing contributions to the nation’s missile defense system,” said Numerica President Jeff Poore. “We’re honored that MDA selected our team of scientists to offer an innovative solution for the challenging problem of ABIR sensor integration for C2BMC.”

Principle investigators for the contract are Numerica CEO Aubrey B. Poore, Ph.D., and Numerica Program Director Shawn Herman, Ph.D.

Numerica Named One of Nation’s Best Small Businesses

Numerica has received the 2011 Tibbetts Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration
(SBA) at a ceremony this morning in the nation’s capitol, followed by a reception at the White House.

The Tibbetts Award honors companies from across the country that exemplify the very best in the SBA’s Small Business
Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Numerica is one of only 44
Tibbetts Award winners nationwide. Winning companies were selected based on exceptional innovation, national
research and development (R&D) advancement, job and revenue growth, and broader benefits to their economic

According to the National Small Business Association, the SBIR program was enacted by Congress in 1982 as a way to
meet the nation’s growing technology needs using the proven innovative power of small, technology-based companies.
Since that time, the SBIR program has been renewed by Congress five times, is hailed as the nation’s largest source of
early-stage R&D funding, is responsible for more than 50,000 patents and now generates new patents at the
astonishing pace of seven per day. In 1992, Congress established the STTR program, which is similar in structure to SBIR
but funds cooperative R&D projects involving small businesses and nonprofit or academic research institutions.

Numerica has been awarded four STTR and 63 SBIR Phase I and II government contracts since 2002, directly supporting
a rich collaboration between industry and academic partners and speeding the transition from research to application.
Fueled in part with support from the SBIR program, Numerica has achieved double-digit primary job growth at the
company’s three locations in Loveland, Colo., Dayton, Ohio, and Pasadena, Calif., and 154 percent revenue growth over
the last four years.

“This is a proud day not only for Numerica Corporation, but also for Northern Colorado,” said Sean Greene, Associate
Administrator for Investment and Senior Advisor for Innovation at the SBA. “Companies like Numerica represent the
best in American ingenuity.”

Congressman Cory Gardner (R-CO) offered Numerica his congratulations. “Innovative businesses, like Numerica, reflect
the entrepreneurial strength and spirit of Northern Colorado,” said Gardner. “It is my hope that Numerica continues
bringing together some of the best and brightest minds to solve our nation’s most difficult scientific problems.”

“The SBIR program provides Numerica and other small businesses the opportunity to make profound scientific
advances that serve as the foundation for solutions we transition to our customers,” said Numerica President Jeff
Poore. “Being selected as a 2011 Tibbetts Award winner is a proud moment for our entire team – employees and
collaborators alike. The SBIR program’s support of our research will serve as a cornerstone of Numerica’s success for
years to come.”