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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.
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 because the polygraph measures emotional response, not concealed knowledge.
In 2002, John Kircher and his colleague, Doug Hacker, 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.
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. (David Raskin joined the science team in 2009.)
In 2006, after completing substantial testing of this concept, a University of Utah psychology graduate student working with this science team published their findings. 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. In June 2010, CAT signed a license with the University of Utah for the technology (the University owned the technology because its faculty were the original developers).
In 2012, additional field studies were conducted. The results were peer reviewed by other scientists and professors and published on April 30 of that year in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.
Alta Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund based in Monterrey, Mexico that provides seed, venture and growth capital, invested in the company in January 2013 with the objective to accelerate the commercialization of the technology. This investment spurred the hiring of software industry veteran Greg Parkinson (below, left) as the chief software architect in March 2013. His job was to take what the science team had developed and commercialize it. That same month, CAT was restructured as a C-Corp.
In September 2013 the technology was given the brand name EyeDetect.
Todd Mickelsen (right), who has a track record of bringing technology to the market, was appointed as the company’s president and CEO in October 2013. During the next two months, the company validated the use of EyeDetect outside of the United States and optimized its algorithms for Latin American culture and Spanish speakers.
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.
On April 8, 2014, in a press conference in Mexico City, Converus announced the worldwide release of EyeDetect. Approximately a dozen news outlets were in attendance. Numerous interviews took place afterward, resulting in more than 40 news stories.
On May 22, the first EyeDetect station was shipped.
In July, Russ Warner (left) joined as VP Marketing, Operations; and Neal Harris (right) as VP Worldwide Sales.
In September, Ben Stout joined as Chief Technology Officer.
In January 2015, Converus holds its inaugural Partner’s Conference at its headquarters in Lehi, Utah.
In February, Converus nominated for UVEF’s Hot 100 list
In March, Converus® and EyeDetect® become registered trademarks.
The Science Channel’s program “Through the Wormhole” with Morgan Freeman features EyeDetect in April.
After 12 months as Regional Manager for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, Converus appoints Fernando Ferreira as VP of Latin America & Caribbean Sales in September 2015.
In August, Converus begins selling EyeDetect® in the U.S.; the Salt Lake Police Dept. is the first customer.
In September, Converus Science Team Member Dr. David Raskin gives a presentation on EyeDetect® at American Polygraph Association annual seminar.
In December, Converus begins promoting EyeDetect to the U.S. Federal government at a seminar series in Washington, D.C.
By January 2016, Converus has over 175 customers in various countries
On January 14–15, 2016, Converus holds its second annual Partner Conference in Las Vegas (51 partners on board).
Also in January, Lafayette Instrument Company partners with Converus to sell EyeDetect.
In February, Converus appoints three Credibility Assessment Experts to its newly formed Converus Advisory Board (left to right: Don Krapohl, Charles Honts, Ph.D., and Mark Handler).
In March, EyeDetect was a finalist in the 14th Annual Utah Innovation Awards.
Midas, in Spain, became first well-known European brand to use EyeDetect. Launched national campaign promoting its use of the technology.
Also this same month, Converus releases an Arabic version of EyeDetect.
In June, Converus releases the tablet version of the EyeDetect station.
In August, Mark Handler steps down from his role as a Converus Advisory Board member and joins the company as Director of Professional Services.
By January 2017, Converus now has over 350 customers in 22 countries.
In February, world-renowned deception detection expert, bestselling author and TED talk superstar Pamela Meyer joins the Converus Advisory Board.
In March, polygraph and forensics expert Darryl Bullens joins the Converus Advisory Board.
The first modern polygraph is invented by John Augustus Larson, a medical student at the University of California at Berkeley and a police officer of the Berkeley Police Department in Berkeley, California.
The FBI begins using the polygraph.
Two scientists at the University of Utah, John C. Kircher and David C. Raskin — who would later become key members of the Converus science team — computerize the polygraph. Kircher and Raskin are two internationally-known and highly respected polygraph experts.
Scientists John Kircher and Doug Hacker, on a climbing trip to Mt. Rainier, come up with the idea of developing a deception detection technology based on measuring the eyes during reading and answering true-false statements.
Scientists John Kircher and Doug Hacker form a science team that includes Anne Cook and Dan Woltz. They begin working together to produce and validate an ocular-motor deception test (ODT).
First formal scientific study confirms that the ODT technology works.
The results of the first formal scientific study are published in the Osher Dissertation.
Second formal scientific study confirms the effectiveness of the ODT technology.
The results of the second formal scientific study are published in the Webb Dissertation.
David Raskin joins the science team.
Credibility Assessment Technologies LLC is formed to begin laying the groundwork for bringing this technology to the market.
Credibility Assessment Technologies signs a license with the University of Utah for the technology.
The science team conducts field tests and optimizes the ocular-motor deception test technology in the United States.
April 30, 2012
Other scientists review the ocular-motor deception test technology and their peer-reviewed article is published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.
Alta Ventures — an early-stage venture capital fund based in Monterrey, Mexico that provides seed, venture and growth capital — invests in the company with the objective of accelerating the commercialization of the technology.
Greg Parkinson joins as Chief Software Architect.
March 8, 2013
Credibility Assessment Technologies is restructured as a C-Corp.
The ocular-motor deception test technology is given the brand name EyeDetect.
Todd Mickelsen is appointed the company’s president and CEO.
Further research is conducted in Monterrey, Mexico and the technology’s algorithms are optimized for the Latin American market.
Dec. 12, 2013
Company name is changed to Converus, Inc.
April 8, 2014
EyeDetect’s worldwide launch is officially announced at a press conference in Mexico City.
May 22, 2014
The first EyeDetect station is shipped.
Russ Warner joins as VP Marketing and Operations; and Neal Harris as VP Worldwide Sales.
Ben Stout joins as Chief Technology Officer.
Converus holds its inaugural Partner’s Conference at its headquarters in Lehi, Utah.
Converus® and EyeDetect® become registered trademarks.
EyeDetect is featured on the Science Channel’s program “Through the Wormhole” with Morgan Freeman.
Converus begins selling EyeDetect in the U.S.; the Salt Lake Police Dept. is the first customer.
Converus appoints Fernando Ferreira as VP of Latin America & Caribbean Sales.
Converus Science Team Member Dr. David Raskin gives a presentation on EyeDetect at American Polygraph Association annual seminar.
Converus begins promoting EyeDetect to the U.S. Federal government at a seminar series in Washington, D.C.
Converus now has over 175 customers in various countries.
Converus® holds its second annual Partner Conference in Las Vegas (51 partners on board).
The world’s largest manufacturer of polygraph instruments, Lafayette Instrument Company, partners with Converus® to sell.
3 Credibility Assessment Experts appointed to Converus Advisory Board.
EyeDetect is a finalist in the 14th Annual Utah Innovation Awards.
Midas, in Spain, becomes first well-known European brand to use EyeDetect. Launches national campaign promoting its use of the technology.
Converus releases an Arabic version of EyeDetect.
Converus releases the tablet version of the EyeDetect station.
Mark Handler steps down from his role as a Converus Advisory Board member and joins the company as Director of Professional Services.
Converus now has over 350 customers in 22 countries.
World-renowned deception detection expert, bestselling author and TED talk superstar Pamela Meyer joins the Converus Advisory Board.
Polygraph and forensics expert Darryl Bullens joins the Converus Advisory Board.
Converus (“with truth”) is committed to providing trustworthy, technological solutions for deception detection. EyeDetect is an alternative technology for deception detection that is accurate, cost-effective, efficient, secure and nonintrusive. It allows businesses to manage risk and ensure workplace integrity, and assists law enforcement agencies and governments to detect deception.