Cognitive Technologies

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Cognitive Technologies
IndustryAutonomous cars Artificial intelligence
Founded1993; 28 years ago (1993)
Key people
Olga Uskova
Number of employees

Cognitive Technologies is a Russian software corporation that develops corporate business- applications, AI-based advanced driver assistance systems. Founded in 1993 in Moscow (Russia), the company has offices in Eastern Europe, with R&D Centers in Russia.


Cognitive Technologies was founded in 1993 by Olga Uskova and Vladimir Arlazarov. The first employees previously worked in the team that developed the first world computer chess champion "Kaissa". The first programs developed by Cognitive Technologies were optical image and character recognition software – Tiger and CuneiForm.The company signed OEM-agreements with leading global IT companies for supplying OCR software, including HP, Canon, Epson, Samsung, Oracle, Corel, Olivetti, OKI and many others.

In 2014 Cognitive Technologies announced their plans to develop technologies for self-driving cars.

In February 2015 Cognitive Technologies and Kamaz, Russian Dakar Rally-winning truck manufacturer, started working on the self-driving Kamaz truck project. The first field tests took place in June 2015.[1][2][3][4]

In June 2015 Andrey Chernogorov was appointed CEO of the company.


Cognitive Technologies develops business application software and self-driving vehicle artificial intelligence. The main products are:

  • C-pilot, AI-based ADAS
  • E1 Evfrat – electronic workflow system
  • CognitiveLot – e-purchasing systems

Cooperation with global companies[edit]

Under the guidance of Olga Uskova, Cognitive Technologies has been cooperating with the leading global IT companies since early 1990s. Under the contract signed between Cognitive Technologies and Hewlett-Packard, all scanners sold in Russia had text recognition software developed by Cognitive Technologies. It was the first contract with HP for an Eastern European company.[5][6][7][8]

Afterwards, Cognitive Technologies signed OEM contracts and business agreements with several leading global IT-companies, including IBM, Canon, Corel, Samsung, Xerox, Brother, Epson, and Olivetti.[9][10]

In 1998 Cognitive Technologies became the first company in Eastern Europe to get the Oracle Complementary Software Provider status.[11][12]

In 2001 Cognitive Technologies sold its Russian language speech corpus to Intel.[13][14]

In 2010 Cognitive Technologies sold its text parsing module to Yandex. The company also signed an agreement with NVIDIA join efforts in the development of intelligent document recognition technologies.[15][16]

Self-driving car project[edit]

In 2014 Cognitive Technologies released its computer vision technology and announced its cooperation with car manufacturers to build self-driving vehicles. On 3 February 2015 Cognitive Technologies jointly with Kamaz (Russian Dakar-winning leading car manufacturer) announced the start of the self-driving truck project, with the goal to start manufacturing self-driving Kamaz trucks in 2020.

In June 2015 the prototype successfully passed the first field tests.

The system developed by Cognitive Technologies does not require building smart cities and smart roads equipped with multiple sensors – it works the opposite way, trying to understand the situation on the road like humans do. The system uses a video camera like a driver who uses his eyes, analyzing the information and focusing on the relevant data. For this purpose the system uses a special type of computer vision – foveal computer vision. Only 5–7% of the data gathered by the video cameras and sensors is processed by the system as relevant. The prototype is being tested in Russia on rough roads, on roads without marking, with the goal to prepare the system for work in difficult situations and on bad roads all around the world.[17]

C-Pilot ADAS project[edit]

In August 2016 Cognitive Technologies started its own ADAS development project C-Pilot for ground transport control automation.[18][19][20][21]

The project has three stages:

  • By 2017, the company will develop a number of features for warning the driver in cases of road situations requiring increased attention: lane departure warning system, traffic sign recognition system, forward collision warning system, blind spot detection system, pedestrian protection system
  • By 2018 a system of active driver assistance will be developed, capable of interfering with the vehicle's systems (automatic steering, automatic braking, maintaining a safe distance with the vehicle ahead within the lane). Nevertheless, such system would require direct control of the road situation by the driver.
  • In 2019–2022 the developers plan to finalize the technological components to enable autonomous movement in certain modes (traffic jams or motorways). The final stage of the project will be to ensure the possibility of fully autonomous driving.

Within the consortium Cognitive Technologies is the initiator of forming of an international working group to develop a single software standard for the self-driving vehicle control.

Self-driving tractors and harvesters project[edit]

In January 2016 Cognitive Technologies and Innopolis city (Tatarstan region) announced the start of the “Smart Farming” joint initiative within the Agropolis project. Cognitive Technologies team will develop AI technologies for self-driving harvesters and tractors together with the leading Russian farming equipment manufacturer – Rostselmash and the agricultural enterprise Soyuz Agro.

The experts from Cognitive Technologies claim that the system will track stones, poles, and other obstacles that might be dangerous for the vehicles. This data will enable the engineers to develop an interactive field map, with GPS coordinates for stones and other obstacles. Eventually, this will result in an alteration of the harvester's movement pattern preventing it from running into stones or other objects that may inflict damage. Harvesters will work autonomously on the field, on the territory that is narrowed by radio beacons.[22][23]

Present international activities[edit]

In 2016 Cognitive Technologies has joined the international community OpenPower Foundation, a consortium of open source solutions to developers based on POWER technology from IBM, which includes the world's leading IT map of Google, NVidia, Mellanox, etc.[24][25][26]

Within the consortium Cognitive Technologies is the initiator of forming of an international working group to develop a single software standard for the self-driving vehicle control.[27]


  • In 2016, the leading Russian business newspaper Kommersant, announced that Cognitive Technologies is the TOP-2 Russian software company.[28]
  • TOP-6 Russian software company in 2015 according to Russoft[29]
  • TOP-500 biggest Russian companies according to RBC[30]
  • TOP-2 company of the Russian EDMS market in 2014 according to IDC[31]
  • TOP-20 Russian biggest IT-companies in 2013 according to Cnews Analytics[32]


  1. ^ KAMAZ and Cognitive Technologies began the development of drone-truck, Forbes
  2. ^ КАМАЗ и Cognitive Technologies разрабатывают беспилотный автомобиль, RIA Novosti, 3 February 2015
  3. ^ Cognitive Technologies приступила к разработке беспилотного КАМАЗа, INTERFAX, 3 February 2015
  4. ^ Российская компания начала разработку беспилотного "КамАЗа", INTERFAX, 3 February 2015
  5. ^ Контракт Hewlett-Packard и Cognitive Technologies "Законные" сканеры HP научатся читать по-русски, Kommersant, 1 September 1994
  6. ^ Cканеры HP под флагом CuneiForm, CRN
  7. ^ Сделано в России Archived 27 June 2013 at the Wayback Machine, KO.RU, 23 April 2001
  8. ^ Hewlett-Packard presents new products in Moscow, Algo.Net, 15 February 2000
  9. ^ Один "фантастический" день из жизни Cognitive, Computer World, 12 December 1996
  10. ^ Второй шаг Cognitive Technologies к крупным проектам, PCweek, 9 January 1996
  11. ^ LVS, Oracle, Cognitive и HP приступили к архивированию, Computer World, 21 March 1995
  12. ^ Контракт Oracle и Cognitive Technologies, PCweek, 24 October 1995
  13. ^ Лепта в развитие речевых технологий в России, PCweek 5 February 2002
  14. ^ «Русская речь» от Intel, Computer World, 11 December 2001
  15. ^ Cognitive Technologies и NVIDIA : стратегическое сотрудничество, CRN, 25 February 2010
  16. ^ Cognitive Technologies и Nvidia сотрудничают в области технологий обработки документов и изображений, Cnews, 25 February 2010
  17. ^ Pilotless transportation literally takes off in Russia, RBTH, 23 May 2016
  18. ^ Российская компания планирует занять 3–5% рынка систем автономного вождения к 2022 году, TASS, 23 August 2016
  19. ^ В России разработали искусственный интеллект для авто,, 23 August 2016
  20. ^ Can Russians save Tesla?, RBTH, 26 August 2016
  21. ^ The Russian company introduced the self-driving car system C-Pilot for any car, ActualApple, 23 August 2016
  22. ^ В Татарстане испытывают беспилотный трактор, BBC, 10 June 2016
  23. ^ Landmaschine der Zukunft: Unbemannter Traktor im Feldeinsatz, Agrarheute, 20 June 2016
  24. ^ Cognitive Technologies присоединяется к сообществу OpenPower Foundation, PCMag Russian Edition
  25. ^ European Market Adopting OpenPOWER Technology at Accelerated Pace, Yahoo
  26. ^ European Market Adopting OpenPOWER Technology at Accelerated Pace, Marketwired
  27. ^ Российская компания разработает мировой стандарт автобеспилотника, Isvestia, 14 November 2016
  28. ^ Таблица 2.Разработка программного обеспечения, Kommersant, 4 April 2016
  29. ^ «РУССОФТ» составила рейтинг крупнейших софтверных компаний России, PCweek, 23 September 2015
  30. ^ Рейтинг крупнейших компаний по выручке, RBC
  31. ^ IDC оценила рынок СЭД, CRN, 1 December 2014
  32. ^ Рейтинг крупнейших российских IT-компаний, CRN

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