Lumiant Corporation has been awarded a $186,484 CAD contract, via the Department of National Defence’s Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program, to discover and develop new lightweight ballistic protection materials.

Historically, new materials discovery has largely been tedious, expensive and slow. Lumiant’s Xaedra AI Material Prediction Platform changes that by using a physics “first principles” approach that predicts material properties based on atomic information, not by “big data”. Additionally, Xaedra can predict not only 52,000 inorganic materials already discovered, but also predict millions – even billions – of hypothetical compounds that may be the best solution for a particular problem.

Applying the power of Xaedra’s machine learning neural-network, Lumiant will be able to discover new ballistic materials, never previously conceived, based on their desired ballistic properties.

“We are very excited to use Lumiant’s Xaedra AI Material Prediction Platform to develop state of the art ballistic protection materials,” said Kevin Harper, Director of Business Development. “I appreciate the support from the Government of Canada to help Lumiant demonstrate the capabilities of Xaedra with the IDEaS contract award.”

About IDEaS

The Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program fosters open innovation to provide creative thinkers with the structure and support to encourage solutions which will assist in solving some of Canada’s toughest defence and security challenges.

The IDEaS program is broken into several components, designed to advance defence technologies in Canada. Innovations are eligible for funding up to $200,000 during Component 1a and up to $1,000,000 during Component 1b. Innovations that are promising for Canada can receive non-IDEaS Program funding up to $20M to continue development up to Solution Readiness Level 9.

About Lumiant

Lumiant Corporation, based in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, is a market-driven materials science company focused on discovering, developing, and producing breakthrough materials for next generation industrial products.