Image Sensors Americas Speakers 2016

  • Dr. Thomas L. Vogelsong

    Principal Imaging Innovations

    Tom has extensive experience in research and development, system analysis, marketing and business development with companies involved in visible and infrared image sensors, camera electronics, and image and signal processing. Tom has worked with commercial, consumer, defense, medical, and industrial applications, including night vision systems, bar code readers, television bandwidth compression, digital X-ray systems, machine vision systems, digital cinematography, airborne mapping, microscopy, and spectrometry. Tom has been the proposal author and principal investigator on a number of government contracts, including SBIRs, BAAs, and ATPs. Tom is the Principal for Imaging Innovations, and consults for a range of clients in assessing and developing electro-optic systems.

  • Jeff Bier

    President BDTI

    Jeff Bier is president of BDTI.  For over 20 years BDTI has helped hundreds of companies choose the right processors and develop optimized software for demanding applications in audio, video and computer vision.  If you are choosing between a CPU, GPU, DSP or FPGA for your next design, or need to fit demanding algorithms into a small cost/size/power envelope, BDTI can help.  Jeff also oversees the Embedded Vision Alliance, a partnership of 50 technology companies that works to enable the widespread use of practical computer vision.  Jeff is a frequent keynote and invited speaker at industry conferences, and writes the popular monthly column “Impulse Response”. 

  • Alexandra Booth

    Research Scientist ImpactVision

    "Alexandra "Ali" Booth has a Bachelor of Science in Motion Picture Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology and an Erasmus Mundus Masters degree in imaging and color science. Ali spent a year as an Image Engineer in a global VFX facility with a focus on image quality, and is currently an Image Scientist working on food quality analysis with a focus on meat for ImpactVision. Interests include food, fun, and adventure! With plenty of movie breaks."


  • James Butler

    Manager of OEM Camera Products Hamamatsu Photonics

    James Butler is the Manager of OEM Camera products at Hamamatsu Corporation, the US based subsidiary of Hamamatsu Photonics, K.K. , Japan.  His combined experience in imaging and microscopy spans 20 years with a background that includes a doctorate in biophysics from the University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry along with related research at the U of R and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  In addition, to Hamamatsu he was a Sr. Applications Manager at Nikon Instruments and has held positions at several imaging startups.

  • Scott Campbell

    V.P. of Research GoPro

    Since early 2011, Dr. Scott Campbell has been the Chief Camera Architect for the world’s best-selling cameras, the GoPro Hero series.  Currently, he is also GoPro’s VP Fellow for Research and Advanced Development.  Over the past two decades Dr. Campbell has been involved in the imaging industry with key R&D roles at Bell Laboratories, Photobit Corporation, Micron Imaging, Digital Imaging Systems and GoPro.  He has over 100 publications and over 75 issued US patents covering many topical fields such as holographic memory, optics, image sensors, image processing, artificial intelligence, computational imaging, digital camera design, fiber optics and optical communications.  His work has led to many recent industry awards, including a 2012 Mario award, a 2013 Black Diamond award, a 2013 Technical Emmy award, a 2016 Best of NAB award, et cetera.  

  • Kenneth Fourspring

    Senior Image Scientist Harris Corporation Geospatial Systems

    Kenneth attended Rochester Institute of Technology’s Microelectronic Engineering program from 2003-2008. His Internship experience includes Office of Naval Research Chemistry Division, Infineon Technologies (Richmond, VA) , Intel Fab 17 (Hudson, MA). He obtained his PhD in Imaging Science in 2013 from RIT. Kenneth was a NASA Goddard Graduate Student Research Student Program (GSRP) Fellowship recipient. Research interests include Digital Micromirror Devices and spectroscopy. He is now employed in Harris Corporations Geospatial Systems (formally ITT Exelis).

  • Paul Gallagher

    Senior Director of Technolog LG Electronics

    Paul Gallagher has been involved in image sensors and solutions his whole career, more than 30 years, working on sensors as diverse as nuclear missile navigation to the Barbie Cam.  He has headed up the marketing and business development teams for OmniVision, Samsung SLSI CMOS Imaging Group, and Pelican Imaging. He has successfully created and led teams that are responsible for finding and winning new large volume markets for novel imaging technologies and applications,  nearly tripling revenue in saturated markets (low$300m-nearly $900M) while increasing profitability.

    While with Micron he created the Technical Marketing Team, defining and justifying many of the early Micron Image Sensors, including the first off the shelf automotive grade image sensors.  He launched Micron into the Automotive, 2D BarCode, Security, 3D and Gesture Markets

     He saw the potential for CMOS Imaging in the early 90’s and joined VLSI Vision (VVL), within a few months of their opening an office in the US.  In addition to his work on the marketing and business development side of imaging he has been a SW algorithmist for scene understanding, Test Engineer, Applications Engineer, Product and Program Manager.  He holds 5 patents, and has written over 25 papers for journals and magazines.


  • Carlo Guareschi

    Vice-President of Business Development ISORG

    Carlo Guareschi has joined ISORG at the beginning of May as Vice President Business Development with the responsibility of all commercial activities. His diversified experience in the semiconductor industry ranges from Strategic Partnerships to Business Unit Management. He joined ISORG from STMicroelectronics for which he has worked more than 20 years in various countries. Born in Milano (Italy) he lives in Geneva (Switzerland).

  • Alex Hegyi

    Research Staff PARC, a Xerox Company

    Alex Hegyi is working on a new invention that aims to make hyperspectral imaging (HSI) an ubiquitous technology, whereby a full optical spectrum is sampled at each point in an image. Dr. Hegyi’s invention has the potential to radically simplify HSI technology, enabling HSI systems that add minimal cost and bulk to existing camera sensors without sacrificing software adaptability to specific applications, and with potential impact to fields as diverse as medicine, agriculture, security, defense, and even cosmetics. Dr. Hegyi’s expertise is broadly in the realm of optical detection systems; he also invented and leads development of PARC’s highly multiplexed wavelength shift detector for readout of fiber optic sensor arrays, and he contributes to PARC’s efforts in flow cytometry.

    Previously to his time at PARC, Dr. Hegyi independently invented and developed a novel medical imaging concept called nanodiamond imaging. Nanodiamond imaging is a kind of functional biomedical imaging (like PET or SPECT) that uses biologically-tagged nanodiamonds containing nitrogen-vacancy centers as a contrast agent. By taking advantage of optically-detected magnetic resonance of the nitrogen-vacancy centers, nanodiamond imaging has the potential to image with a combination of high spatial resolution and high sensitivity, features that are incompatible in existing imaging modalities except at the shallowest imaging depths. For his thesis, Alex built and demonstrated two imaging systems and performed the first imaging within scattering tissue using optically-detected magnetic resonance.

    Dr. Hegyi graduated in 2013 with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was advised by Prof. Eli Yablonovitch and fully supported by a P. Michael Farmwald Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Fellowship. He received his B.S. with Honors and Distinction in Physics from Stanford University in 2008. He holds 12 patents from work performed prior to PARC and has many more pending.

  • Rich Hicks

    Senior Camera and Imaging Technologies Intel

    Rich has been active in the fields of video, graphics and imaging for more than 24 years.  He started his career in the defense industry developing camera and display systems for military aircraft.  Rich also worked in automotive industry bringing wide dynamic range imagers and cameras to active safety systems including night vision systems at Daimler and Forward Collision Warning and Mitigation systems at Volvo.

    More recently, Rich has been working on bringing new camera and imaging technologies to Intel’s platforms.

  • Sean Kelly

    VP of Imaging Motorola

    Sean Kelly had been Imaging VP at Motorola Mobility since 2012.  He has lead Camera Commercialization and Camera Advanced Development Teams and supported the delivery of over a dozen new cameras.  During this tenure, Motorola has dramatically improved camera image quality and has brought this IQ performance into all product tiers.  He has also brought traditionally higher end camera features into the mainstream mobile camera.  Mr. Kelly has also served as Senior Director of Imaging at Flextronics where he supported camera module development, performance and factory yield improvements.  Mr. Kelly led a wide range of imaging teams spanning technology development through commercialization at Eastman Kodak.  Mr. Kelly has also supported imaging standards development in ISO and CPIQ.  He has also authored papers on image quality and digital camera performance and filed a series of patents on image processing and digital camera design.    

  • Axel Krepil

    Sensor + Division Framos

    Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Axel Krepil holds an Electronics Engineering degree of the University of Applied Sciences (Munich/Germany). For more than 30 years he is in the semiconductors industry, e.g. having worked for MOTOROLA Semiconductors or CYPRESS Semiconductor Inc. Since 2014 he is heading FRAMOS’ image sensor business unit representing various image sensor suppliers like SONY, On Semiconductor, E2V and also offering custom-specific sensors for medical use.    

  • Timo Kunkel

    Senior Color and Imaging Researcher Dolby Labs, Inc

    Timo Kunkel is a senior color and imaging researcher at Dolby Labs, Inc. in Sunnyvale, CA. His main areas of research are perception based color models, high dynamic range imaging, advanced display technologies and psychophysics. Before moving to the US, he worked for Dolby in Vancouver, Canada, investigating the dynamic range limits of the human visual system and on creating novel color appearance models. Over the last twelve years he also worked as architecture and landscape photographer for clients in Europe and the US as well as head of pre-press imaging and co-founder of a German children’s book publisher. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Bristol, UK and a MSc in Physical Geosciences from the University of Freiburg in Germany.

  • Remi Lacombe

    VP Sales and Marketing Invisage

    Remi Lacombe is Vice President of Sales & Marketing at InVisage Technologies, an advanced materials and camera platform company based in Menlo Park, CA.  He has over two decades of experience in multimedia and imaging hardware and software technologies. Previously, he focused on mobile imaging at DxO Labs as Vice President of Business Development, and led several ventures as CEO of Zandan and co-founder of PAS International. His previous companies also include C-Cube Microsystems, Chorus Systems, and Sun Microsystems. Remi received his M.S. degree in Engineering Management from Stanford University, as well as degrees in Applied Science and Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications.

  • Pallavi Madakasira

    Analyst Lux Research Intelligence

    Pallavi Madakasira is an Analyst on the Lux Research Intelligence team leading the Sensors domain, advising clients on market strategy & due diligence in emerging power electronics and LEDs. Prior to joining Lux Research, Pallavi worked as an Equity Research Analyst at Piper Jaffray & Co. where she covered equities in the Cleantech and the Alternative Energy Group, specifically solar, LEDs, smart grid and energy storage companies. She also has solar industry expertise as a Failure Analysis Engineer at DayStar Technologies Inc. and as a Research Engineer at Miasole; both companies focused on commercializing thin film CIGS PV technology.

    Pallavi received her M.S. in Physics from the University of Texas, Dallas, where she worked with the Nanotechnology Research Institute in developing Organic PV cells on flexible plastic substrates. She also has an M.Sc (Hons.) in Physics from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India. She has several scientific publications to her credit and has been an invited speaker at customer focused conferences in the solar PV, electronics and LED industries.

  • Peter Milford

    CTO EyeFluence

    Peter Milford, PhD. CTO Eyefluence Inc.  Eyefluence transforms intent into action through your eyes. Originally from Australia, Peter holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Queensland and has over 20 years industry experience. He worked for 5 years at Stanford on a satellite based Solar observing experiment - observing a ‘large spherical object’. Peter has been working with Eyefluence Inc. since it’s founding and is CTO/VP Engineering overseeing a strong multi-disciplinary team in developing wearable eye interaction technology. He now looks at ‘small spherical’ objects.

    When Peter is not leading technology development at Eyefluence, he enjoys traveling and skiing.

  • Eugene Panich

    CEO, Co-Founder Almalence

    Having started computer programming in his childhood, Eugene has always been passionate of implementing something that nobody else could do. In 2005 he co-founded Almalence, a company that delivered the first commercial super resolution product for DSLR cameras, then for mobile devices and now is working on ambitious project such as fitting 1” sensor DSLR-quality camera into a form factor of a mobile phone.

  • Jonathan Phillips

    Staff Image Scientist Google

    Jonathan B. Phillips joined Google as Staff Image Scientist in 2015 where his responsibilities include overseeing the approach to defining, measuring, and developing image quality within the Consumer Hardware Product Area.  Prior to joining Google, Jonathan worked for several years at NVIDIA in the camera labs on image signal processor capabilities of the Tegra mobile processors and at Kodak for over 20 years where he was Principal Scientist, reporting jointly to the Chief Image Scientist and Chief Scientist of the Digital Camera Division.  He is a longstanding member of the IEEE Camera Phone Image Quality (CPIQ) initiative as well as the ISO Technical Committee 42 on photography where he has led numerous project teams in the development of international standards for quantifying photographic quality.  The International Imaging Industry Association awarded him the 2011 Achievement Award for his support in the development of the CPIQ image quality test metrics, especially his groundbreaking work on the consumer-facing rating system.  With sponsorship from Kodak, Jonathan’s graduate work was in Color Science in the Center for Imaging Science where his research focused on perceptual aspects of image quality.  His undergraduate studies in chemistry and music were at Wheaton College (IL).

    Jonathan is also a professional-level classical musician, having played viola in symphonies, string quartets and solo concerts.  His collaborations have included performances with the Dean of Juilliard and faculty from the Manhattan and Eastman Schools of Music and the Wheaton Conservatory of Music.

  • Christoph Posch

    Co-Founder and CTO Chronocam

    Christoph Posch is co-founder and CTO of Chronocam. Previously, he has been working on semiconductor particle detection and image sensing at CERN, Boston University and AIT Austrian Institute of Technology where was involved in the creation of the Smart Sensors business unit. Before founding Chronocam, he was Research Professor at Universite Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris where he co-directed the Neuromorphic Vision and Natural Computation group at The Vision Institute. Christoph Posch has extensive experience in the design of CMOS circuits for imaging, artificial vision and analog data processing. He has been recipient of several scientific awards, has authored more than 90 peer-reviewed scientific publications and holds 10+ patents in the area of artificial vision and image sensing.

  • Patrice Roulet

    Director of Engineering and Co-Founder of Technology Immervision

    Based in Canada, Patrice heads ImmerVision’s engineering as well as, contributes to IP growth and the adoption of ImmerVision’s 360° panomorph technology by global corporations. He has overseen the integration of 360° imaging technology in numerous consumer electronics, surveillance, automotive, aerospace, medical and broadcast products.  Recently, he has led the miniaturisation of the panomorph 360° technology for smartphones, tablets, wearables and IoT devices.

    Back in 2000 in France, after completing his Master’s degree in image processing and computer graphics, Patrice joined the INRIA and contributed to their research in robotic surgery simulation field. In parallel, he co-founded ImmerVision, a company dedicated to 360° optics and imaging technology. With his conviction that 360° technology could be applied everywhere, he contributed to the development of 360° panomorph optical and imaging technology.

    Beyond technology, Patrice believes that innovation is propelled by human beings, partnerships and alliances - he has collaborated with a large ecosystem of partners in the optics industry like Fujifilm, CBC Computar, Tamron and Kolen, and in the silicon industry like Marvel, Intel, Qualcomm, Sony, Samsung, HiSilicon, NXP and OmniVision.

    In addition, Patrice is an avid surfer, international traveller and always seeks to make new connections.

  • Yair Siegel

    Director of Product Marketing, Imaging & Vision CEVA DSP

    Yair has been in the technology buisness with a focus on Digital Signal Procerros and SoCs for over 18 years.  He serves as Director of Marketing, covering Imaging & Vision at CEVA since 2012.

    Prior to this, Mr. Siegel was Director of worldwide field applications.

    Mr. Siegel has worked with CEVA / Licensing Division of DSP Group since 1997 serving in various R&D engineering and managing position within the Software Development Tools department.

    He holds a BSc degree in Computer Science and Economics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem as well as a MBA and a MA in Economics from Tel-Aviv University.

  • Dr. Igor Vanyushin

    V.P. of R & D Pinnacle Imaging Systems, Inc.

    Dr. Igor Vanyushin is a graduate of State Science Research Institute in Moscow, 1996 – 2000 where he received his Ph.D. and Advanced Graduate Degree in microelectronics, specifically Problems in Physics at F. V. Lukin, Zelenograd; with a focus on Non-linear Dynamic Methods in operational amplifier verification.

    Dr. Vanyushin’s received his M.S. degree (1994 – 1996) from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, from the department of Microelectronics, Physical and Quantum Electronics with a focus on a new method of ADC verification and his B.S. degree Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology the Department, Physical and Quantum Electronics

    Dr. Vanyushin has written >20 research papers and conference reports in the field of semiconductors, optoelectronic devices and measurement techniques. ·Dr. Vanyushin’s expertise includes numerical methods of mathematical physics to a simulation of semiconductor optoelectronic devices for CMOS sensors characteristics



  • Martin Waeny


    Martin Wäny graduated in microelectronics IMT Neuchâtel, in 1997. In 1998 he worked on CMOS image sensor at IMEC. In 1999 he joined the CSEM, as PHD student in the field of digital CMOS image sensors and High Dynamic Range pixels. In 2000 he won the Vision prize for the invention of the LINLOG technology and in 2001 the photonics circle of excellence award of SPIE . In 2001 he co-founded the Photonfocus AG. In 2004 he founded AWAIBA Lda, ( were he is CEO. AWAIBA is a design-haus and supplier for area and linescan image sensors specialized on high speed and high dynamic range sensors and miniature wafer level camera modules for medical endoscopy and portable miniature vision. Since AWAIBA joined CMOSIS group in 2014 ( and since Dec. 2015 part of AMS ( Martin Wäny is leading the business unit for endoscopic and linear image sensors.
    Martin Wäny was member of the founding board of EMVA the European machine vision association and the 1288 vision standard working group. He is member of IEEE and SPIE societies.