Every aspect of our personal and business lives is impacted by mathematics. Its influence is far reaching – from occurring as patterns in nature to being a prime component in technology and commerce. It was described by an 18th century mathematician as “the science that draws necessary conclusions.” This still stands today as a good working definition of the outcomes of mathematical process when designing, troubleshooting, manufacturing, and producing a range of products and applications.
Breaking Down the Problem
Winning businesses rely on process and product efficiencies, business optimization, market forecasting, product innovation and other areas of strategic focus. As a matter of course, their leaders, directors and managers of technical projects must address a variety of pivotal problems or challenges, especially at the early stages of analysis and design. Frequently, when these situations present themselves, the team cannot be sure how to solve them or what level of difficulty is entailed.
The Common Thread
The underlying factor in all of these disciplines is the use of mathematics. As the complexity of the product or application increases, the more pivotal mathematical reasoning becomes in analyzing and understanding patterns that will lead to a solution.
Building a Path to the Answer
Math is not about knowing the answer; it shows what to do and how to think when you don’t know the answer. Yet, many organizations do not have in-house mathematics expertise, even though companies who use mathematical methods have a clear edge on the competition. STAR is ideally positioned to assist information-intensive organizations with contract mathematical expertise – designing the problem approach, ascertaining the necessary inputs, and identifying the solution that delivers the results you need. Let us do the math so you can run your business.
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STAR announces spinoff
of Phonologics, Inc.
Dr. Joel MacAuslan, STAR President and Chief Scientific Officer, today announced the spin off of the company’s English intelligibility assessment business, Phonologics, as a separate operating company. “Over a decade ago, STAR received Small Business Innovative Research grant funding from the National Institutes of Health to develop the core, foundational research to assess English intelligibility. Intelligibility is the ability of a person to speak and be understood by native speakers of Standard American English -- also called "broadcaster English" or the "General American" accent. It’s extremely gratifying to see such a bright future for this now grown-up technology.” Adds Phonologics’ CEO Art Berube, “English is the language of global commerce. We know we have the right technology to assess the intelligibility business problem head-on, quickly, scalably, and objectively.” Phonologics has operations underway in major US research universities, English training centers, call centers in Bangalore, India, and schools in Beijing, China and Fuji, Japan. For additional information, see www.phonologics.com
AcoustiMap Grant Announcement
January 2, 2012: STAR today announces the award of a $186,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop an innovative navigation assistance device for the blind. For more information click here: