Arador Innovations is a research company developing new solutions to measuring and improving the well-being of animals and non-speaking human patients.

 

We focus on questions that have potential for a large-scale international impact in the long term, and that currently still are at an early innovative stage requiring a considerable amount of fundamental research.

 

We work in collaboration with research groups in universities and other partners, and publish our results from fundamental research in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Arador Innovations is registered in Finland, operating from the A Grid startup hub at the campus of Aalto University. The founder and CEO of the company is Dr Helena Telkänranta, who has also carried out research on thermal imaging at the universities of Helsinki, Finland and Bristol, UK.

 

Our first project involves developing new thermal imaging techniques and software, in collaboration with the University of Helsinki and with Helsinki Zoo in Finland.

Thermal imaging holds considerable promise for future development of methods to measure emotions and well-being. However, the field still is at a very early stage of development.

Thermal images are powerful tools for communication and have several established uses in firefighting, finding lost persons and more. However, for anyone interested in more complex uses such as medical and veterinary pre-diagnostic techniques, it is important to know that there is a myriad sources of measurement errors. Temperatures seen thermal images are affected by dozens of factors, such as radiated heat from external sources, and the angle between the surface to be measured and the lens of the thermal camera. It takes an experienced professional to properly plan and carry out thermal imaging reliably.

A further leap in complexity is involved when it comes to development of methods to measure emotional states and other components of mental well-being. Such methods do not exist yet, but there are promising early-stage research results showing it is entirely possible to develop such methods in the future. Before that, a substantial amount of fundamental research is needed, as well as methodological research to prevent measurement errors and artefacts. For example, physiological effects of emotional arousal are also easily confounded by recent excercise and by thermoregulatory responses to ambient temperature. Meanwhile, many important indicators are not visible in most visual versions of thermal images.

 

Therefore, any future development of methods to measure emotions and well-being will require advanced analytical methods and rigorous imaging protocols. These are at the heart of the new systems we are currently developing.

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