About Converus

About Converus

World Class Team of Scientists and Business Professionals

The idea to create a lie detection technology by tracking eye behavior originated in 2003. But the precursor of Converus EyeDetect actually began decades earlier.

John Kircher
David Raskin

Professors John C. Kircher (left) and David C. Raskin (right) are internationally-known and highly respected scientists in the polygraph community. They frequently consult and lecture on this subject, as well as provide guidance to the polygraph community, government agencies, legislatures, and the courts.

They first published research on polygraph technology in the 1970s and then spent 10 years developing the software and hardware for the world’s first computerized polygraph system, which they marketed in 1991. They recognized the need to find new lie detection methods that could complement the polygraph.

In 2002, John Kircher and his colleague, Doug Hacker (right), an educational psychologist with expertise in the psychology of reading, were driving to Seattle to climb Mt. Rainier. En route, they wondered if changes in eye movements and pupil size while reading and answering questions about a crime would reveal deception. They asked themselves, “Would changes in cognitive load affect the eye in such a way that we can capture those changes and be as accurate as the polygraph in predicting whether or not someone is being deceptive?”

Thus the idea for an ocular-motor deception (ODT) test was born — later to be branded as EyeDetect.

Doug Hacker
Anne Cook
Dan Woltz

In 2003, Professors Kircher and Hacker formed a science team that included cognitive scientists Anne Cook (left) and Dan Woltz (right). They began working together to produce and validate an ODT solution.

In 2006, the Osher Dissertation documented the first lab study that demonstrated the effectiveness of the ODT. A second formal scientific study in 2008 confirmed the effectiveness of the ODT technology, and its results were published in the Webb Dissertation in August of that year.

In October 2009, Credibility Assessment Technologies LLC (CAT) was formed to begin laying the groundwork for bringing this technology to the market.

On December 12, 2013, the company was officially renamed Converus, Inc. The name Converus is derived from two Latin words: con (meaning “with”) and verus (meaning “truth”).

After 10 years of the Converus science team fine-tuning EyeDetect, this innovative technology has emerged as a viable, complementary method to the polygraph for business and government applications. Converus’ vision is to provide trustworthy, innovative solutions for the deception detection industry.

Timeline

1921.01.01
First Modern Polygraph Invented

by John Augustus Larson, a medical student at the University of California at Berkeley.

1939.01.01
The FBI Begins Using the Polygraph
1991.01.01
John C. Kircher and David C. Raskin Computerize the Polygraph
2002.01.01
Scientists John Kircher and Doug Hacker Come Up with the Idea

of developing a deception detection technology based on measuring the eyes during reading and answering true-false statements.

2003.01.01
Scientists John Kircher and Doug Hacker Form a Science Team

that includes Anne Cook and Dan Woltz  to produce and validate an ocular-motor deception test (ODT).

2006.08.01
First Formal Scientific Study Confirms ODT Technology

Results are published in the Osher Dissertation.

2008.09.01
Second Formal Scientific Study Confirms the Effectiveness of ODT Technology

Results are published in the Webb Dissertation.

2009.01.01
David Raskin Joins the Science Team
2009.10.01
Credibility Assessment Technologies LLC is Formed

to begin laying the groundwork for bringing this ODT technology to the market.

2012.01.01
Science Team Conducts Field Tests in the United States
2012.04.30
ODT Technology is Peer-Reviewed

Published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.

2013.01.01
Alta Ventures Invests in Credibility Assessment Technologies

with the objective of accelerating the commercialization of the technology.

2013.03.01
Greg Parkinson joins as Chief Software Architect
2013.09.01
The ODT Technology is Given the Brand Name EyeDetect
2013.10.01
Todd Mickelsen is Appointed the President and CEO
2013.11.01
Further Research is Conducted in Monterrey, Mexico

and the technology’s algorithms are optimized for the Latin American market.

2013.12.12
Company Name is Changed to Converus, Inc.

The name Converus is derived from two Latin words: con (meaning “with”) and verus (meaning “truth”).

2014.04.08
EyeDetect is Released

in a press conference in Mexico City.

2014.05.22
The 1st EyeDetect Station is Shipped
2014.07.01
Russ Warner Joins as VP Marketing & Operations; and Neal Harris as VP Worldwide Sales
2014.09.01
Ben Stout Joins as Chief Technology Officer
2015.02.01
Converus Nominated for UVEF’s Hot 100 List
2015.04.01
Morgan Freeman Features EyeDetect

on the Science Channel’s program “Through the Wormhole”.

2015.08.01
EyeDetect Begins Selling in the USA

Salt Lake Police Dept. is the first customer.

2015.09.01
David Raskin Speaks at American Polygraph Association Annual Seminar
2015.09.15
Converus Appoints Fernando Ferreira as VP of Latin America & Caribbean Sales
2015.12.01
Converus Begins Promoting EyeDetect to the U.S. Federal Government

at a seminar series in Washington, D.C.

2016.01.01
EyeDetect Reached 175 Customers in Various Countries
2016.03.01
Midas, in Spain, Becomes 1st European Brand to Use EyeDetect
2016.06.01
EyeDetect Tablet Version Released
2016.08.01
Mark Handler Steps Down From His Role as a Converus Advisory Board Member

and joins the company as Director of Professional Services.

2017.01.01
Converus Reached Over 350 Customers in 22 Countries
2017.02.01
Pamela Meyer Joins the Converus Advisory Board

World-renowned deception detection expert, bestselling author and TED talk superstar.

2017.03.01
Darryl Bullens Joins the Converus Advisory Board.

Polygraph and forensics expert.