Edinburgh aircraft safety start-up wins place on Boeing programme



An Edinburgh tech start-up whose AI software could save lives by detecting and repairing faults in aircraft parts has been given a coveted place on the ATI Boeing Accelerator  programme.

Anomalous says its technology is quicker and more accurate than checking vital components, and will save airlines money. The firm says 30% of defects are missed by human inspectors. The accelerator place will give the firm access to expertise at Boeing and industry specialist GKN Aerospace, as well as £100,000 in equity investment from Boeing.

Euan Wielewski, co-founder and CEO of Anomalous, said: “Our software helps inspection and maintenance teams find problems in any number of aircraft parts, from fan blades to other key engine components. The use of AI can make inspection faster and more accurate – an advantage that can save money, and even lives.

“Being selected for the ATI Boeing Accelerator is a huge opportunity for Anomalous and great validation of all the hard work we have put in over the last year. Working with the world’s biggest aerospace company through the accelerator programme will give us a fantastic platform to further develop our product and scale our business.”

Anomalous was founded in March 2019 to join the ‘Aerospace 4.0’ sector developing digital technology for the aircraft industry. It counts Rolls-Royce among its partners.

Wielewski has a PhD from the University of Oxford and went on to work at the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) in Glasgow. He has been a post-doctoral researcher at Cornell University and Carnegie Mellon University in the US and later worked on aerospace research at the University of Glasgow. Before founding Anomalous, Wielewski was head of machine learning R&D at fintech startup Mudano in Edinburgh.

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Co-founder Matt Davies is an expert in software design who has built applications for DHL, Sony and Manchester United. he previously founded Agency Core, where he developed a cloud-based project management application and raised seed funding. Before founding Anomalous, Matt was Lead UX uesigner alongside Wielewski at Mudano.

Anomalous and eight other start-ups were selected for the accelerator from 268 applicants from around the world for the three-month programme, which starts in January and is based in London. It is delivered in partnership with the Aerospace Technology Institute and Boeing, alongside Ignite, a leading European accelerator and corporate sponsor GKN Aerospace. Each participant receives £100,000 investment from Boeing HorizonX Ventures and the opportunity of paid Proof of Concepts with Boeing and GKN Aerospace. The programme will culminate in a demo day, where the start-ups will pitch their business to customers, key industry stakeholders and investors.

Brian Schettler, senior managing director at Boeing HorizonX Ventures, said: “Boeing is thrilled to be involved in this programme, as we believe the 10 selected startups are bringing new ideas and technologies into our industry. We’re excited to see how the accelerator builds on their existing capabilities and enhances their ability to impact aerospace with their innovation.”

Gary Elliott, CEO at the Aerospace Technology Institute, added: “We created this programme because we are looking for great technology from startups who have a different approach to innovation and will introduce a new way of thinking into aerospace and aviation. We are excited about working with new entrepreneurs with a great level of energy and different ways of approaching innovation.”

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Paul Perera, VP Technology at GKN Aerospace, said: “We are really excited about what the start-up community – especially around sustainability and industry 4.0 – can bring into aerospace. I believe there’s a lot of innovation in this ecosystem and it will be incredibly rewarding to work with Boeing and ATI to help generate the future leaders of the aerospace industry.”



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