Quidient announces the opening of its new technology center in Columbia, Maryland. Daniel Morrison, who oversaw the site selection process for Quidient, says, “Columbia is an ideal place to live and work. It was named ‘the ultimate hometown in America’ recently in Money Magazine's Best Places to Live article.”
Team members working at the Tech Center will have reasonable commutes from parts of Washington D.C., MD; Annapolis, MD; Baltimore, MD and the rolling countryside surrounding Columbia. Michael Sullivan, Managing Director of JLL, points out, “Columbia has the talent pool needed to facilitate Quidient's growth path. The schools are great, housing options are abundant, amenities are close by and there is plenty of open space to support thriving, diverse communities.”
Quidient's has an open house planned for March 29th, the build-out is expected to commence in November and occupancy is slated for March 1st of next year. A flexibly modular layout and use of space is a key design driver for Quidient. “We’re aiming to take advantage of the open office movement while still striking a healthy balance in having realistic privacy in our working environment,” says Daniel Morrison. This center will be the hub for Quidient operations including the main light laboratory for development and testing of our Scene Reconstruction Engines (SREs).
The session took place at the 2017 summer conference which hit a record high in number of registrants. The Voice of the Entrepreneurship session was hosted by Mike Binko, CEO of Startup Maryland, and featured four other startup companies from across the state.
Scott Ackerson’s talk provided an exciting glimpse of what Quidient’s novel 3D acquisition technology holds for the future of augmented reality. “Quidient is developing a critical component of 3D imaging devices called scene reconstruction engines or ‘SREs’. Quidient SREs are the digital brains of 3D imagers, which enable AR platforms, digital cameras and other visually cognitive devices to see the world three-dimensionally,” said Scott.
A highlight of Scott's presentation was a video that highlighted game-changing applications in commerce and infrastructure management that will be empowered with Quidient SREs. Charlotte Davis commented, “It’s exciting to see this glimpse into the future being actively developed by a rural Maryland company like Quidient.”
Daniel shares, "I've spent much of my career searching for a technology company like Quidient. It's incredible to get to develop a portion of the story and be part of such an excellent team."
Quidient brought home first place from Startup Maryland's Great Eight startup competition. Startup Maryland highlights entrepreneur champions and host a Great Eight and Rural Innovations Challenge. Follow the link to read up on Quidient's first place win.
Quidient and Professor Larry Davis of the University of Maryland (UMD) won funding for a research project entitled "Cognitive Inspection of Hail Damaged Automobiles". Most of the $135,000 budgeted for the project is provided by the Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS).
MIPS is a program of the UMD's Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute, or MTECH, whose ten programs share a collective mission to educate the next generation of entrepreneurs, create new technology ventures, and connect Maryland companies with university resources to help them grow.
Larry Davis is a Professor in the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies and the Department of Computer Science at the University of Maryland. His research focuses on object/action recognition and scene analysis, event and modeling recognition, image and video databases, tracking, human movement modeling, 3-D human motion capture, and camera networks. He was the Chair of the University of Maryland’s Department of Computer Science from 1999 to 2012, and is a fellow for both the International Association for Pattern Recognition (2002) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (1998).
Quidient's CEO Scott Ackerson noted, "Dr. Davis is a distinguished researcher at the nexus of 3D imaging and machine learning. We look forward to collaborating with him to advance the state-of-the-art in Cognitive Inspection."
SPAR 3D has been showcasing best-in-class professional 3D products and technologies. Their expo and conference is an international event for the application of 3D technology in industry.
Quidient CEO, Scott Ackerson gave a talk and presented on Highly Complete Volumetric Imaging at SPAR 3D's conference this last April. His talk outlined Quidient's new approach to 3D scanning entitled Intrinsic Imaging™ and discussed the ramifications and advantages of having complete scans.
Scott comments, "Ultimately, people need 3D scanners that capture every visible voxel in a scene. The lightfield, geometry and reflectivity of the materials that occupy a scene must all be represented." We are certainly looking forward to seeing what comes from Quidient's Intrinsic Imaging™ in the future.