Chief Executive Officer - Dr Simon Godber
Simon has worked in the X-ray industry for over 20 years and has specific experience in transitioning academic research to commercial solutions in the fields of aviation security, industrial inspection and explosive ordnance disposal. He was a founding member of Image Scan Holdings plc (and subsidiary businesses: Baggage Scan Ltd and 3DX-ray Ltd), acting as CTO for the business and leading development of X-ray and embedded technologies for all market sectors. Simon left Image Scan in December 2007 and has since worked closely with the research teams at Nottingham Trent University and Cranfield University to establish HALO X-ray Technologies as the commercial outlet for new X-ray diffraction technology and systems.
Simon runs HALO business operations. He works with HALO sector partners to develop strong links between management and development teams to ensure HALO OEM products integrate with relevant product ranges and optimally match end-user requirements. Simon leads the senior management team in business strategy for both short- and long-term business development.
Chief Technical Officer - Professor Paul Evans
Paul is Director of the Physical Sciences, Engineering & Computing Research Centre at NTU where he also leads the Imaging Science Group. His research, over the preceding decade, has driven significant technological advances in 3D materials discriminating X-ray imaging. He is the PI of past and ongoing research contracts funded under the CONTEST strategy sponsored by the Home Office (CAST), DfT, CPNI and Metropolitan Police Service in partnership with the US Dept of Homeland Security. Also, a novel scatter enhanced 3D X-ray imaging technique is being investigated in collaboration with Home Office and the US Dept of Homeland Security (DHS), (EPSRC-EP/F017596/1) and UK industry. A new imaging modality, KDEX or kinetic depth X-ray imaging (invented and developed at NTU) has been the focus of significant international recognition. He is the PI of a $1M programme of research funded by the US Dept of Homeland Security and prototype machines are undergoing trials in the US. Further work in this area includes (EPSRC-EP/C520351/1) in collaboration with the HOSDB, DHS and Industry, 3D X-ray Ltd. Novel X-ray image capture techniques invented at NTU have been adopted by a range of manufactures including, Rapiscan Systems, Reveal Imaging and Heimann. The NTU technique enables highly efficient and cost effective capture of 3D imagery. It is clearly identified in commercial systems by the use of divergent X-ray beam technology. Further work secured the proof of concept for new materials discriminating sensor, which reduces bandwidth by 50% for a given spatial resolving power. The sensor has formed the basis for a linear X-ray detector array ‘camera’ which features along with ‘NTU divergent beam technology’ in several products commercially available through 3DX-Ray Ltd and Rapiscan, (EPSRC-GR/N08858/01) in collaboration with the HOSDB.
Chief Scientific Officer - Professor Keith Rogers
Keith is Director of the Cranfield Forensic Institute at Cranfield Univerity. He is responsible for the X-ray scattering group at Cranfield University and runs the comprehensive materials characterisation laboratories within the Institute. Keith has been involved with materials characterisation using coherently scattered X-rays for more than 30 years. Most of the activity has been focused upon the interpretation of elastic scattering signals (diffraction) both in wide angle and small angle regimes, for a wide range of materials. This has resulted in >100 publications that include an extensive range of applications; his work has been instrumental in the development of new biomaterials and photovoltaic materials. His group is active in technique improvement and development, for example systems of ‘structural tomography’ using diffracted X-rays that are currently finding applications in biomaterials and artwork analyses. Cranfield established a Centre of Excellence for Diffraction (partly funded by EPSRC) which currently supports the diffraction work of several other University groups. He received an EPSRC/Royal Society of Chemistry grant to develop new approaches to high throughput combinatorial chemistry using laboratory and synchrotron diffraction methods. In 2007, KR was awarded an MRC grant that enabled exploitation of X-ray scattering to medical applications. Another of his current, relevant programmes is to develop tomographic molecular imaging based upon X-ray scattering for medical diagnostics. He has secured over £3M funding over the past 4 years.
Scientific Officer - Dr Anthony Dicken
Anthony coordinates research activities with the development teams at HALO.
Anthony is also a postdoctoral research fellow based within The Imaging Science Group at Nottingham Trent University. Anthony has had over 5 years of direct experience in conducting both X-ray absorption and diffraction imaging in real world applications. His present role includes the development of a new type of X-ray tomography combined with spatially resolved chemical specific mapping. This technology is key in areas such as airport security (explosive recognition), medical imaging and material science. Anthony is involved in day-to-day activities including the design and running of X-ray equipment, writing technical reports for grant deliverables and dissemination of research via journal papers and conferences.
Additional responsibilities include coordinating a number of research projects within The Imaging Science Group, as well as contributing to the Forensic Investigation of Explosives and Explosive Devices module at Cranfield University.