Bryant Cruse has been a pioneer in the application of advanced automation software technology to difficult real-world problems for more than thirty years. He is founder and co-founder of two previous successful high-tech software automation companies, both of which were ultimately acquired by public corporations.
His determination to find “a better way” to conduct control and operations of the Hubble Space Telescope in the mid 1980’s resulted in his creation of the first expert systems ever applied to real-time telemetry data. In 1988 his NASA customer funded his attendance at a 6-month long formal residency at Lockheed’s Artificial Intelligence Center in Palo Alto, California. A year later he co-founded Talarian Corporation, a company focused on developing a real-time expert system product.
His predilection for finding practical solutions for real problems rather than stand on theory also resulted in his being among the first to realize the limitations of rule-based technology. In 1991, as Talarian transformed into a middle-ware company that would eventually be acquired by Tibico Inc. and go public in 2000, he founded Altair Aerospace Corporation to continue his pursuit of the automation of space operations.
While at Altair, he developed a software approach that would prove far superior to expert-systems for capturing human knowledge in software. This consisted of a formal specification that permitted space systems engineers to easily describe the operation of a spacecraft in terms of states and state transitions. This state model could then be directly compiled into a software object system to control and monitor the spacecraft– a revolutionary innovation.
Altair was sold to Aeroflex, Inc., a then public company, in 2000. He left this company in 2002 and, after a period as an independent space automation consultant, he began the self-funded research program that would result in creation of New Sapience’s Compact Knowledge Models technology.
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