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The idea to create an integrity testing technology by tracking eye behaviour originated in 2003. But the precursor of our partners Converus EyeDetect platform actually began decades earlier.

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Professors John C. Kircher and David C. Raskin are internationally-known and highly respected scientists in the polygraph community. They frequently consult and lecture on this subject, as well as provide guidance to the polygraph community, government agencies, legislatures, and the courts.

They first published research on polygraph technology in the 1970s and then spent 10 years developing the software and hardware for the world’s first computerized polygraph system, which they marketed in 1991. They recognized the need to find new lie detection methods that could complement the polygraph because the polygraph measures emotional response, not concealed knowledge.

Climbing the mountain

In 2002, John Kircher and his colleague, Doug Hacker, an educational psychologist with expertise in the psychology of reading, were driving to Seattle to climb Mt. Rainier. En route, they wondered if changes in eye movements and pupil size while reading and answering questions about a crime would reveal deception. They asked themselves, “Would changes in cognitive load affect the eye in such a way that we can capture those changes and be as accurate as the polygraph in predicting whether or not someone is being deceptive?”

Thus the idea for an ocular-motor deception (ODT) test was born — later to be branded as EyeDetect.

In 2003, Professors Kircher and Hacker formed a science team that included cognitive scientists Anne Cook and Dan Woltz. They began working together to produce and validate an ODT solution for deception detection. David Raskin joined the science team in 2009.

In 2006, after completing substantial testing of this concept, a University of Utah psychology graduate student working with this science team published their findings. The Osher Dissertation documented the first lab study that demonstrated the effectiveness of the ODT.

A second formal scientific study in 2008 confirmed the effectiveness of the ODT technology, and its results were published in the Webb Dissertation in August of that year.

Striving for Perfection

In June 2009, entrepreneur Donald R. Sanborn met John Kircher and the science team and was introduced to the ODT technology. In October of that year, Credibility Assessment Technologies LLC (CAT) was formed to bring the technology to the market, and newly appointed CEO Don Sanborn invested in the technology. In June 2010, CAT signed a license with the University of Utah for the technology (the University owned the technology because its faculty were the original developers).

In 2012, additional field studies were conducted. The results were peer reviewed by other scientists and professors and published on April 30 of that year in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.

Don Sanborn, who had played a key role in managing and running Credibility Assessment Technologies, stepped down on Dec. 31, 2012 to become a board member.

On December 12, 2013, the company was officially renamed Converus, Inc. The name Converus is derived from two Latin words: con (meaning “with”) and verus (meaning “truth”).

After 10 years of the Converus science team fine-tuning EyeDetect, this innovative technology has emerged as a viable, complementary method to the polygraph for business and government applications. Converus’ vision is to provide trustworthy, innovative solutions for the deception detection industry.  Integrity Assured became the UK Premier Partner in 2015.

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