Kromek Group plc has secured a £1.3 million grant as part of a joint project to develop a new class of radiation sensor powered by artificial intelligence.

The grant, made under the UK Research and Innovation Horizon Europe guarantee scheme, will see the Sedgefield firm participate in the Intelligent Radiation Sensor Readout System (i-RASE) project.

The i-RASE project, to be led by DTU Space, is a collaboration between industrial and academic partners in Denmark, Germany, Norway and Italy to design, build and test a new class of radiation sensor based on cadmium zinc telluride and other advanced technologies. 

The aim is to develop a radiation detector that leverages the latest developments in AI to facilitate the retrieval of comprehensive information on incident radiation to improve measurement accuracy and speed, while increasing energy efficiency. 

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This offers transformational potential for various radiation applications, such as medical imaging, industrial inspection, scientific space instrumentation and environmental monitoring. The project will start on 1st March 2024 and will run for a period of 48 months.

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i-RASE is part of the European Union’s Horizon Europe programme, with which the UK is associated, and is designed to facilitate collaboration and strengthen the impact of research and innovation in developing, supporting and implementing EU policies while tackling global challenges. 

Arnab Basu, CEO of Kromek, said: “With the increasing prevalence of AI, Kromek has for several years been exploring the application of machine learning across its technologies, and has generated some significant IP in this area. 

“This collaboration brings an opportunity to enhance our expertise by working with field-leading partners throughout Europe, and ultimately lead to improved capabilities of our products across our market segments.”

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