The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has awarded two contracts, worth a total of $6.2 million, to Stratovan Corp., a start-up that emerged in 2005 from the UC Davis Institute for Data Analysis and Visualization (IDAV). The contracts will help Stratovan develop enhanced automated explosive detection capabilities, while also standardizing the information exchange formats and communications protocols employed by airport security devices.

Stratovan was founded by UC Davis graduate David F. Wiley and Bernd Hamann, a professor in the UC Davis Department of Computer Science. Wiley is president and CTO, and Hamann serves as the company director. Stratovan’s CEO is Jim Olson, an active entrepreneur and angel investor who co-founded the UC Davis Engineering Translational Technology Center (ETTC), a “technology incubator” that helps accelerate the transition of innovative, high-impact research from the university to development and commercialization.

Dr. Bernd Hamann, professor in the Department of Computer Science at UC Davis and co-founder of Stratovan.

Dr. Bernd Hamann, professor in the Department of Computer Science at UC Davis and co-founder of Stratovan.

Stratovan specializes in next-gen interactive visual-analysis software for 3D imaging, diagnostics, surgical planning and airport security. The company’s products are designed to streamline treatment workflow by improving planning accuracy and execution, while also reducing analysis time. Since its founding in 2005, Stratovan’s user-friendly 3D surgical planning products have facilitated superior analysis in orthopedics, craniofacial surgery, neuroimaging, ophthalmology and other medical disciplines.

Stratovan intends to address the TSA contract by adapting its proprietary “Tumbler” image-segmentation technology to automatically delineate all objects within CT scans of checked baggage. To assure a robust system for the TSA, the software — which depicts targeted items in 3D, regardless of topology or orientation — makes no assumption regarding object shape, size, type, density or composition.

Hamann joined UC Davis in 1995 as a faculty member. He has long-standing collaborative research relationships with U.S. national laboratories and academic institutions worldwide. Together with his students, post-docs and colleagues, he has contributed to the development of data visualization and geometric modeling technologies for more than two decades.

Wiley earned his undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees in computer science at UC Davis, where he also served as a post-doctoral researcher for three years. His software experience stretches back more than two decades, and he has lead numerous commercial software product efforts. He has two U.S.-issued patents and has placed numerous peer-reviewed publications in books, journals and conference proceedings.