Founded in 1983, Charles River Analytics has developed a variety of custom intelligent systems across our Government and commercial customer base. Our unique approach to the development of advanced mission-relevant systems is rooted in our core philosophy of effectively and efficiently connecting the human decision-maker to available data and actors, human or machine, supporting their mission. This philosophy drives us towards a system design and engineering process that fully integrates special-purpose technologies into systems that fully realize the needs of the human decision-maker utilizing those technologies within their own mission-specific workflows.

To implement this philosophy, Charles River is organized in three technical divisions with clear coordination and collaboration objectives across our divisions’ combined technology development efforts. This multi-disciplinary collaboration allows us to achieve the vision of formally linking raw data to computational analysis to decision support, and finally to effective human/machine integration.

Sensing, Perception, and Applied Robotics

The Sensing, Perception, and Applied Robotics division develops and markets advanced software algorithms and integrated systems for image and video processing (feature extraction, pattern recognition, object detection and classification, tracking and motion analysis, etc.), human-based sensing (neuro and physiological sensing), navigation, signal processing, sensor fusion, and robot autonomy. At our UUV integration facility, we offer a comprehensive suite of marine testing and maintenance services along with custom hardware design and fabrication of solutions for harsh maritime environments. Our research spans the ground, sea, air, and space domains.  We’ve built up an extensive in-house library of human sensing (Sherlock™) and robot autonomy software components (VisionKit®) that support standard product lines (e.g., Awarion™, AutoTRap™) and also enable us to rapidly design, prototype, and evaluate customized solutions for our customers’ most perplexing problems. Whether it’s designing an innovative, low-cost solution or achieving revolutionary new system performance capabilities, our talented engineers, scientists, and project managers always find a way to make it happen.

Decision Management Systems

The Decision Management Systems division applies cutting-edge artificial intelligence research to help humans and automation make better decisions in complex environments. We conduct innovative research and development in areas such as: probabilistic reasoning, machine learning, multi-source data fusion, planning and optimization, natural language processing, and knowledge representation and reasoning. We apply these techniques in domains such as: cyber security, command and control, autonomous vehicles, intelligence analysis, health and medical, and space-based systems. Collectively, we tackle some of the most challenging problems in artificial intelligence and discover new ways to make everything just a little bit smarter.

Human-Centered Intelligent Systems

The Human-Centered Intelligent Systems division combines expertise in work analysis, user interface design, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, and software development to ensure the successful integration of human operators with complex technologies. Our efforts regularly extend the science and application of human-automation interaction and training, resulting in innovative support tools across a diverse range of operational domains. These include battlespace management and visualization, combat- and medical-skill acquisition, and unmanned vehicle supervision. Our tightly integrated teams of scientists, designers, and software engineers work closely with end users and domain experts. We apply proven, human-centered engineering methods to develop solutions that are intuitive, useful, and engender appropriate trust and reliance in automation and autonomous systems operation.  

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