Southern Innovation partners with leading universities in $1.3M ARC Linkage Project

Southern Innovation partners with leading universities in $1.3M ARC Linkage Project

Southern Innovation will collaborate with researchers from the University of Melbourne and Monash University, in an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project titled “Advanced Signal Processing for Radiation Spectroscopy”.

The ARC will provide $330,000 in funding as part of the $1.3 million, three-year research project. This funding will enable a team of dedicated researchers to advance the current state of the art in signal processing and invent new ways to improve radiation-based analytical techniques.

Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented digital signal processing technologies for the rapid and accurate characterisation of radiation for a range of analytical techniques. Southern Innovation recognises the need to continually innovate to improve its world-leading pulse processing technology to deliver SITORO Accelerated Analysis, with certainty, to its growing, global customer base.

Radiation-based analytical techniques are well established and their use is growing in a broad range of industrial applications such as minerals exploration, microanalysis, medical imaging and security screening. They are also a critical tool in advanced scientific research and development including at synchrotrons around the world.

Personnel from The University of Melbourne, Monash University and Southern Innovation will collaborate to realise the project’s objectives. The research team includes Professor Jonathan Manton, Professor Rob Evans, Professor Michael Manton, and Mr Paul Scoullar.

Southern Innovation has exclusive rights to commercialise technology arising from the project.

The award of ARC funding to the project was announced today by Federal Minister for Education, the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP, who said collaboration and co-investment in quality research was fundamental to a prosperous future.

“It is critical we have opportunities for our researchers to work together with industry and business, who hold the knowledge and are often the end-users or commercialisers of the innovations that flow from research.”

For further information, visit Southern Innovation’s Technology page or the ARC website.

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About Southern Innovation:
Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact

About the Australian Research Council
The Australian Research Council (ARC) is a statutory agency and advises the Government on research matters, manages the National Competitive Grants Program, a significant component of Australia’s investment in research and development, and has responsibility for Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). The ARC’s mission is to deliver policy and programs that advance Australian research and innovation globally and benefit the community. The Linkage Projects scheme provides funding to Eligible Organisations to support research and development (R&D) projects which are collaborative between higher education researchers and other parts of the national innovation system, which are undertaken to acquire new knowledge, and which involve risk or innovation.