Rank One Computing was founded in June 2015 by engineers motivated to improve the ability to search for information in images and videos. Our team’s roots lie in academia and open source software development with over 30 peer reviewed papers on the topic of automated face recognition. We have previously provided contract support in a lead capacity to multiple U.S. government agencies, licensed technology to industry partners in the biometrics space, and released open source software that has since gained a large user base.

Our technical approach to deploying usable computer vision algorithms is rather simple. First, we observe the trends in state of the art algorithms published in the academic space. Next, we implement promising techniques within the software development framework, OpenBR. We then measure our implementation in terms of accuracy, efficiency, scalability and parsimony. When effective solutions emerge, they are then validated and integrated into our product suites.

Rank One Computing, or simply “ROC”, believes in modular system design. Our software development kits are used by our applications, and our applications are used by our systems. We believe in dogfooding, which is the practice of being end users of our own software.

Our Leadership Team:

          Brendan Klare is a co-founder and the CEO. He is responsible for the strategic direction of the company. Brendan’s background includes a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Michigan State University, and three years of service as enlisted infantry in the 75th Ranger Regiment.

          Josh Klontz is a co-founder and the CTO. Josh is responsible for the quality of ROC software. Josh has a B.S. in Computer Science from Harvey Mudd College. Josh has architected several open source computer vision frameworks, including OpenBR and Likely.

         Scott Klum is a co-founder and the Director of Engineering. Scott is responsible for ensuring the delivery of well engineered solutions. Scott has an M.S. in Computer Science from Michigan State University, and he led the development of MSU’s FaceSketchID system.

         Ben Klein is Rank One's Senior Engineer. Ben is responsible for system development and integration. Ben has a B.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech, and is an experienced provider of software engineering and data development solutions for advanced research programs.

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