Pathfinder Systems, Inc. is a veteran-owned business that has been in continuous operation since 1985. We provide a variety of technical services to the Department of Defense, other US Government agencies and commercial entities. Pathfinder’s expertise covers the entire range of services necessary for the successful execution of complex programs and software intensive efforts. The firm’s ability to successfully execute high-risk technical efforts makes us eminently qualified to execute more usual program requirements in a superior manner. Our software development capability is assessed at CMMI Level 5.
The company is located in Colorado and possesses a secret facility clearance. Pathfinder is knowledgeable in the management and execution of contracts with the US Government and possesses a Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) approved accounting system.
We are organized to provide a full array of services for our clients that range from research and development to software design and implementation and systems engineering. In order to meet evolving customer needs, we recently expanded our products to provide quality administrative support/staffing, documentation and management services.
Pathfinder’s US Government customers include: Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD), US Coast Guard, US Army STRICOM, BMDO, and US Army Space and Strategic Defense Command.
Pathfinder’s customers and subcontractors include: Flight Safety International, National Park Service, GRC International, Hughes Training, CSC, SAIC, SETA Inc., Lockheed Martin, Northrop-Grumman, Computing Devices International, Logicon, Teledyne Continental, Litton Guidance and Control, Cubic Defense, and many others.
Pathfinder Systems can help you meet your contracting goals by providing excellent services, on time and within budget, while providing you with the best value for your contract or subcontract dollars.
Pathfinder’s expertise covers the entire range of development of software-intensive systems and services necessary to meet the unique needs of your current or planned efforts. Whether you need administrative personnel on site or you require an intensive engineering or R&D effort, Pathfinder can accommodate your requirements.
Pathfinder can provide all of the services needed to execute complex programs and software intensive efforts. In today’s fast-paced environment, state of the art solutions can change on what almost seems to be a daily basis. To cope with this volatile environment, Pathfinder maintains its core expertise through the execution of a rigorous and continuous internal research and development effort. Pathfinder’s internal R&D program has produced a number of innovative and unique technologies that have been used to benefit Pathfinder’s US Government and Industry partners.
Pathfinder also maintains an ongoing commercialization effort to transition their R&D results to commercial markets. The purpose of this commercialization effort is to reduce the future cost of Pathfinder’s unique capabilities to their customers, by leveraging the more widespread use of their technologies within the commercial sector.
In addition to the broad range of technical services provided by the company, Pathfinder Systems also provides a number of administrative and management services to ensure overall successful program execution. The following tables provide an overview of the services that Pathfinder can provide to ensure the successful execution of your program.
Our technical and software services are discussed in detail below. You can also skip to information about our research and development and commercialization efforts or learn more about our administrative and management services.
Internal Research & Development (IR&D)
To ensure that our engineers are up to date with the state of the art, our R&D supports an established Internal Research and Development (IR&D) program. This IR&D program is focused on maintaining the proficiency of our personnel. Our IR&D investment is focused on basic research in technologies that give us a competitive advantage in the general area of automated decision making, artificial intelligence and the practical application of emerging technologies. This rigorous IR&D program produces unique capabilities that are directly transitioned to the commercial sector. Our commercialization efforts further develop the results of our IR&D program into products, services and software applications that can be introduced into a variety of commercial markets. The following paragraphs identify technologies that we are currently commercializing.
Neural Net Models
Our neural net approach permits direct training of expert systems by subject matter experts, without the need for software or artificial intelligence expertise. Pathfinder’s IR&D program over the past several years has resulted in the development of extremely fast multi-layer neural networks based on our LINIAC algorithm, and an associated fast and effective training and validation approach. These techniques are applicable for large-scale real time applications such as battle management, intelligence fusion and financial analysis. On standard computers, including PCs, LINIAC is capable of solving complex, multi-layer problems in the span of several hundred microseconds. LINIAC is implemented as Dynamic Link Library (DLL) objects or as VBX objects compatible with the new “visual” languages. It has also been implemented as an Ada procedure for VMS and UNIX environments. The simplicity of the LINIAC model makes it an ideal candidate for use in embedded systems, which require the implementation of behaviors not easily expressed in algorithms.
TEACHER is a Direct Knowledge Acquisition system. It solves the most pressing problem of “expert systems”, which is how to quickly acquire knowledge from experts, easily and directly. This is accomplished in TEACHER by allowing experts to quickly represent their knowledge in the form of example behaviors. TEACHER includes a statistical validation capability of the “knowledge” absorbed. This approach has been used with great success in several of our recent programs.
Virtual Reality in the Real World
One of the most interesting and vital research efforts is in the area of what we term “Synthetic Reality”. Synthetic Reality is the ability to realistically inject computer-generated entities into real-world user views in real time. We have already developed working synthetic reality prototypes and have patents pending on the technology. We believe that this technology will be used in the future for the following applications:
Personal entertainment devices that inject images of computer-generated characters into the user’s immediate environment.
Virtual paint ball applications and three-dimensional games that require users to interact with virtual game pieces or characters.
Virtual intelligent targets for enhanced small arms and tank gunnery training.
Virtual reviews for large construction projects on site, before construction begins, to facilitate city planners and architects.
Virtual theme parks able to quickly change ride themes.
Flight Management Technologies
We have explored advanced high-altitude, long-endurance aircraft flight management technology for reconnaissance missions under IR&D. We are continuing the development of advanced flight management concepts for long-endurance UAVs.
Administrative and Management Services
Software Management Support
Quality assurance, configuration management and control, validation, testing, verification.
Project structuring, scheduling and reviews. Briefing and presentation support, technical and financial tracking. Statement Of Work development and oversight.
Technical, schedule and cost assessments. We provide recommendations and revised Program Plans that ensure successful program completion. All findings are clearly documented.
Program Management Training
We provide on site mentoring or formal classroom instruction. Pathfinder provides tools to aid in cost and schedule tracking as well as risk assessment/reduction efforts. We support Partnering, Integrated Product Teams and Total Quality Management efforts.
If you have a requirement for any of our developmental capabilities or services, please let us know. We will be happy to put together a quote, white paper or proposal to address your unique needs. Simply contact PSI by phone or email. We guarantee a timely response to your inquiry.