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Feb. 02, 2005

Arizona Technology Enterprise, ASU’s Technology Transfer Group, Facilitates Sponsored Research Agreement Between the Partnership for Research in Spatial Modeling (PRISM) and In-Q-Tel

Arizona State University’s Partnership for Research in Spatial Modeling (PRISM), today announced that In-Q-Tel, a private venture group funded by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), has executed an agreement to support the development of PRISM’s handwriting recognition and document segmentation technology.

“This partnership has enhanced the development of our volumetric modeling technology for handwriting recognition and will potentially provide the Intelligence Community with access to software that recognizes and automatically separates mixed graphical, print and handwritten content for search, retrieval and cataloging”, said PRISM founder Anshuman Razdan, Ph.D. “We are enthusiastic about our work.”

PRISM’s technology applies proprietary modeling software and algorithms to extract information about the spatial and topological characteristics of features on a page. The software is capable of separating features such as handwriting, borders, and graphics that until now could not be processed by traditional optical character recognition (OCR) software.

The software incorporates batch processing and can store information about the features of multiple documents in a database for straightforward binning and identification of documents. PRISM’s patented approach has the potential to improve the speed and efficiency of analyzing documents for analysis.

“ASU’s 3-D handwriting technology offers unique capabilities for recognizing handwriting and segmenting documents,” said Gilman Louie, In-Q-Tel’s president and CEO. “In-Q-Tel is very pleased with its partnership with ASU’s PRISM. They have made significant progress toward a solution that will not only have broad utility for the Intelligence Community but potentially attractive commercial applications as well.”

About AzTE & ASU
Arizona Technology Enterprises at Arizona State University works with university inventors and industry to transform scientific progress into products and services. Arizona Technology Enterprises transfers technologies invented at ASU to the private sector by mining university research, prosecuting patents, negotiating licenses, and marketing inventions.

PRISM is the focal point at Arizona State University for interdisciplinary research in modeling and visualization to permit intelligent analysis and create spatial and dynamic knowledge.