STARMANS electronics Ltd. company is principal investigator and co-director of several scientific and research projects aimed at the development of unique systems and technologies.
The research projects cooperating with Czech and foreign research institutions and thus help the academic realm to apply the results of basic and experimental research in practice. So far we have worked together and co-operate with the following scientific institutions and universities:
- Czech Technical University
- Academy of Science
- Technical University of Liberec
- Brno University of Technology
- University of West Bohemia in Pisen
Almost all developed components, technologies and systems are used for the deployment in industrial applications. So far, we have lead and participated in solving the following research projects:
2006: 6RP EU 505657-1 MINUET Miniaturised Ultrasonic, Engineered-Structure = research and devopment of multilayered ultrasonic probes using new materials
2006 – 2011: 2A-1TP1/092 – Research of preparation nanoforms layered piezoelectric = research of new nanomaterials used for design of piezoelectric sensors usable at high temperatures
2007 – 2010: FT-TA4/126 – Research semiconducting nanotubes for the implementation of components studenoemisních = research of nanomaterials intended for the construction of new types of devices using cold emission effect
2007 – 2011: 2A-2TP1/147 – Research semiconducting nanotubes for the realization of photoelectric devices = research of nanotubes containing nanomaterials intended for the construction of photoelectric device
2009 – 2011: CZ.1.03/4.2.00/12.00145 – Foundation of Research, Development and Technology Centre of STARMANS electronics, Ltd. = project was focused to found a new research center for research and development of new multilayered ultrasonic probes used for special applications
2012 – 2015: TA02010733 – Intelligent industrial systems for automatic testing of railway wheels = research of new sophisticated system using magnetic particle method for automated scanning and testing of railway wheels
Research in medical segment:
2014 – 2017: AUTOMATIC EVALUATION OF VIDEOKYMOGRAPHIC RECORDINGS FOR EARLY DIAGNOSIS AND PREVENTION OF VOCAL FOLD TUMORS,
The goal of the project is to develop a sophisticated software for videokymography (VKG) which will enable automatic evaluation of medical videokymographic recordings of vibrating vocal folds and arrive at correct medical diagnosis. Further goal is to develop a certified method of VKG evaluation to be used in clinical practice. VKG camera is an existing device which was developed in 1994 in collaboration of Czech and Dutch colleagues. It has been used for diagnosis of vocal fold vibration problems caused by various voice disorders, the most serious being vocal fold cancer. Currently, evaluation of VKG recordings can be done only by a highly experienced clinician. The evaluation is complicated and time-consuming. Therefore the method has not been widely used. Addition of a software for automatic evaluation will allow wider, more efficient and less time-demanding application of the method in clinical practice and an early and rather inexpensive diagnosis of tumorous states. It will allow detecting vocal fold cancer at an early stage when the treatment can be done noninvasively or by a simple surgical intervention so that the quality of life is preserved. The project is based on collaboration of four partners: clinical centre specialized in diagnosis and treatment of voice disorders (Voice Centre Prague, Medical Healthcom, Ltd), team of the inventor of the method of videokymography (dr. Svec, Department of Biophysics, Palacky University Olomouc), research institute specialized in digital image analysis (Institute of Information Theory and Automation, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic) and a company experienced in diagnostic product development (STARMANS electronics).
2014 – 2017: EARLY ULTRASOUND DETECTION OF BREAST CANCER
The aim of the proposed project is the development of a new ultrasonic equipment (US), allowing early detection of breast cancer and reduce the need to use the ionizing radiation during examinations. The aim is to eliminate the disadvantages of current ultrasonic systems in the diagnosis of breast cancer, which hinders its use. The target parameters include prospecting and automated description using parameters (size, texture),description of the situation, which is able to testify about the disease, combining individual images (registration) leading to the creation of 3D display – thus ensuring reproducibility UZ shaping and security testing the entire organ. At the same time the newly developed ultrasonic probe allows better capture the characteristics of bearings including microcalcifications. Software solution offers engineering, which adopts multiple images of the same object and is able to generate one final image with higher quality than any image on the input. It is able to increase both the resolution (superresolution) and sharpness (deconvolution) and then analyze them. The part of the development will be the determination of characteristics of each type of lesion and differential diagnosis of tumor and non-tumor bearing patients on file with the specified type bearings and subsequent verification of system functionality by prospective clinical study.Further goal is to develop a certified method of ultrasound breast evaluation to be used in clinical practice.