About Us

Company Background

Founded in 1998, On Time Systems is an advanced-technology company specializing in software for optimization of complex industrial problems. The search-based approaches and technology are applicable in many industries, but our initial area of focus is the optimization of labor and resource utilization in shipyards. OTS has created ARGOS, an application that optimizes schedules to minimize cost and maximize labor and resource usage in shipyard projects.


We integrate our technology transparently into customers' existing computer systems, resulting in negligible start-up and training costs, and preserving familiar production processes and workflow while achieving massive improvements in solution quality. Our solutions represent a completely new approach to scheduling devised as our collaboration with shipyards began to reveal fundamental flaws in existing technologies and solutions provided to shipyards. Designed from the ground up and leveraging our powerful and proprietary technologies, our solutions provide unparalleled improvement in shipyard performance.


David Etherington is a recognized expert and renowned scholar in the fields of artificial intelligence and reasoning. Etherington received his Ph.D. in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) from the University of British Columbia and was a member of the Artificial Intelligence Principles Research department of AT&T Bell Laboratories. Etherington co-founded the University of Oregon's Computational Intelligence Research Laboratory (CIRL) and served as Research Professor and Director of CIRL. Etherington has published extensively, including a book on nonmonotonic reasoning. He was also founding chair of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Working Group on Knowledge Representation, serves on the editorial board of Computational Intelligence and has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research.
Matthew Ginsberg is a respected and experienced leader in the fields of computational intelligence and optimization mathematics. He received his doctorate in mathematics from Oxford in 1980 at the age of 24 where he remained on as faculty doing research in mathematical physics and computer science. Ginsberg's continuing interest in artificial intelligence brought him to Stanford where he remained for nine years. At the University of Oregon, Ginsberg co-founded and was first director of the Computational Intelligence Research Laboratory (CIRL). He is the author of numerous publications in search, constraint satisfaction, and partition search, is the editor of Readings in Nonmonotonic Reasoning, and the author of Essentials of Artificial Intelligence.


Eugene, Oregon

On Time Systems is located at 355 Goodpasture Island Road, Suite 200, Eugene, Oregon 97401 along the North bank of the Willamette river. The riverfront bicycle path runs directly past the building; downtown Eugene and the University of Oregon are also nearby.


The City of Eugene

OTS is located in Eugene, Oregon, which provides rich cultural, recreational, and outdoor activities. Information on the city can be found at the following:
City of Eugene Home Page
Google map: Eugene and OTS
University of Oregon
Register-Guard Newspaper