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Quantum Signal

Quantum Signal
Founded: 2000
Founders: Prof. William J. Williams, Mitchell M. Rohde (BSE EE '94; MSE EE:S '96; MS PhD Biomed Eng '97 '00)
Product/Service: Advanced image and signal processing
Location: Saline, MI

Our mission is to provide timely and effective mathematics-based engineering solutions of the highest quality to our clients.

We provide product design, consulting, and advanced research and development services, assisting our clients in incorporating state-of-the-art technology to yield new functionalities. Our specialty lies in developing and applying cutting edge techniques for intelligent sensing, data analysis, and visualization. Our success is gauged by the success of our customers, and we will do everything in our power to ensure all projects and technologies meet the highest standard of quality and excellence. [Quantum Signal Website, About QS]

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Michigan.govApr 2, 2014

Quantum Signal receives first manufacturer plates under new automated vehicle testing law

Quantum Signal in Saline is the first company to receive manufacturer plates from the Michigan Secretary of State under a new law that broadens eligibility for those allowed to test automated vehicles on Michigan roads. March 27 was the first day the plates were allowed to be issued under Public Act 231 of 2013.

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concentrate media logoApr 27, 2011

Game Theory: A Q&A with Matt Toschlog

Toschlog is a bit of an auteur in the computer gaming industry. He's the guy who helped create the wildly successful '90s video game Descent. An early first-person shooter, its graphics and 3D game play were widely praised as revolutionary, inspiring two sequels, a Best Game Of The Year Award, several expansion packs, a trio of novels and even, at one point, plans to develop a television series.

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Quantum Signal plans to add 47 jobs after acquisition of Saline's former Union School building

Quantum Signal, whose imaging design and robotic technology have proven attractive to the U.S. military and video game companies, plans to add 47 jobs over five years in an expansion project tied to its move from Pittsfield Township to Saline.

The firm’s robots will replace students and administrators in the halls of Saline’s historic Union School, which Quantum Signal is acquiring for $425,000 in a deal the Saline Board of Education agreed to accept July 1.

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crain's detroit business logoMay 2, 2010

Quantum Signal grows from autos to robotics

The past decade saw Ann Arbor-based Quantum Signal L.L.C. grow from a former graduate student helping a professor to commercialize some patented algorithms developed during his University of Michigan tenure, to a robotics and simulation company with 30 employees.

The company, launched in January 2000, makes robotics navigation software and simulator systems for the U.S. Army, defense prime contractors, commercial gaming companies and some automotive customers.

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crain's detroit business logoSep 15, 2009

Ann Arbor-based Quantum Signal launches first consumer video game

The first commercial release developed by Ann Arbor-based video game studio Reactor Zero hits stores today, marking the consumer launch for the four-year-old division of Ann Arbor-based robotics and simulation company Quantum Signal L.L.C.

The game is the PC version of “Red Faction: Guerrilla,” a combat game set in the year 2125. It tells the story of a conflict over increasingly scarce resources between human residents of Earth and Mars.

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In the late 1980s, signal processing specialist and UM Engineering Professor William J. Williams received an unusual request from the Office of Naval Research.

Would he be willing to work with biologists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute to create a system for identifying the voice patterns of individual sperm whales? Intrigued, Dr. Williams accepted the challenge and created a successful software program. It was some time later that he learned of the real application for the technology: monitoring Soviet submarines.

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crain's detroit business logoAug 18, 2008

Military robots bringing civilian jobs to region

In areas of combat, military officials said they have an easy mnemonic for the set of duties they generally assign to robots: “dull, dirty or dangerous.”

In Southeast Michigan, robots may soon serve a fourth function: development.

Robotic ground-vehicle projects will be responsible for at least 109 new local jobs in Southeast Michigan by next year and perhaps more than double that by the middle of the next decade, according to defense contractors and military officers at two robotics conferences held in Troy and Ann Arbor last week.

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Product innovator: Quantum Signal LLC

No, the robot didn't have a party. Neither did the employees.

At Quantum Signal LLC, confetti is serious business. In a small way, it's helping the Ann Arbor-based advanced engineering firm conduct its research for a project designed to develop robotic vision technology that could eventually be deployed in battleground scenarios.

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