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R&D at ADVACAM: People-powered success

At ADVACAM, people make the difference. Our team of scientists and specialists, led by company co-founder and Chief Scientist Jan Jakůbek, bring deep expertise to the research of various imaging methods. They design and develop our state-of-the-art photon-counting imaging detectors, which grew from the Medipix technology. This was developed in the 1990s for high-energy physics research at CERN.

Building on this background, today ADVACAM’s detectors belong to the most advanced imaging technology in the world. They are used in a broad range of industries for diverse applications, including NASA to measure radiation fields on the International Space Station, for mineral analysis in mining, non-destructive testing in aviation, medical imaging, and even for fine art analysis.

Imaging the unseen

“Imaging the unseen” is our motto. If our partner encounters a detection challenge or an imaging difficulty, our experts roll up their sleeves and find new, original solutions. Because of the depth and scope of our team’s knowledge and experience, at ADVACAM—unlike at conventional companies—we carry out our own scientific research in-house, which enables subsequent development of both client-focused solutions and, ultimately, new, cost-effective products. Jan Jakůbek explains our philosophy: “If the solution exists, our team will find it. If we can’t find the solution, nobody can.”

Examples of “imaging the unseen” include:

• detection and imaging of corrosion under insulation
• smart search for radioactive materials via drone
• detection and imaging of moisture in water-sealed machinery
• monitoring of radiation in space with recognition of particle types and their directions

Meet the team

Jan Jakůbek, ADVACAM CSO
Jan is responsible for R&D and innovations working as team leader and project leader. He invents new imaging methods, designs and performs proof-of-concept experiments, and designs algorithms for data analysis. Jan has more than 25 years of experience working in the field of radiation imaging and pixel detectors. He is also the inventor/co-inventor of 10 patents. Before establishing ADVACAM, he worked at the Institute of Experimental and Applied Physics of the Czech Technical University in Prague as Head of the Department of Physical Applications and Technology and also taught at the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering. Jan has published over 570 scientific articles and numerous contributions to scientific conferences. His work is often cited by other authors, with more than 26,000 citations in total. In the 1990s, he was one of the founding members of the Medipix Collaboration at CERN and worked on the development of the imaging chips that are the core of ADVACAM’s technology.

Detection of radioactivity
Daniela Doubravová is a physicist currently focusing on the directional and spectroscopic detection of gamma rays and X-rays. She works as project leader, performs scientific experiments and develops data processing algorithms.

Space & nuclear physics
Carlos Granja is a nuclear engineer and university professor specialising in experimental nuclear physics, space radiation research, and applications of ADVACAM radiation detector technology on satellites orbiting in space. He leads several projects for ADVACAM with the European Space Agency.

Medicine & preclinical testing
Eliška Trojanová is a biomedical engineer focusing on applications in biology, medicine and preclinical testing. She explores new methods of multimodal medical imaging, including tissue sensitive radiography, tomography, and monitoring of radiation treatment. She currently coordinates two grant projects.

Industrial applications
Štěpán Polanský is an imaging specialist focusing on industrial applications and high-speed, material-sensitive radiography (e.g., mineral sorting for mining, airport security, food inspection). He coordinates the development of methods for quality assessment and quality control for ADVACAM products. He works as project leader.

Software architecture
Daniel Tureček is a software architect (software and firmware engineer) responsible for developing the software for all ADVACAM products. He is also involved in applied physics research, investigating new methods and algorithms for photon-counting technology. Daniel is an actively publishing scientist and cooperates in R&D projects with CERN, NASA and the ESA.

Nuclear physics applied in medicine
Cristina Oancea is a medical physicist focusing mainly on applications in particle radiotherapy. She conducts research and experiments using particle accelerators for both medical and space-related projects.

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