Advisory Board

Organisers Smithers Apex were proud to work with the following renowned experts to shape and guide the Image Sensors 2017 conference.

  • Richard Salmon

    Lead Research Engineer BBC Research & Development

    Richard Salmon is a Lead Research Engineer at BBC R&D, with particular expertise in TV colorimetry and display technology, and as one of the UK's pioneers in HDTV research, has a deep technical understanding of the entire image chain from the studio set and its lighting, via the camera, compression systems, to the display and the viewer's impression of that image.

    He is chairman of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) project group on Displays, and is also active in the EBU's Beyond HD and LED Lighting technical groups, and the UK Digital TV Group. He is a member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, the Society for Information Display and The Institution of Engineering and Technology.

  • Renato Turchetta

    CEO CMOS Image Sensor design and consultancy

    Dr Renato Turchetta graduated in Applied Physics at Milan University (Italy) in 1988 and obtained his PhD from Strasbourg University (France) in 1991. He was Associated Professor in Electronics at the University there until he joined the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (UK) in 1999 as a Senior Designer.

    In RAL Renato started and developed the CMOS Image Sensor Design Group that he led until 2016. He focused the group activity on the design of image sensors for advanced applications, both scientific and industrial. As examples of his activity, he led the development of the first rad-hard 16Mpixel CMOS Image Sensor for direct detection of electrons, which is now at the heart of the camera products from FEI; a wafer-scale, high speed CIS for low-energy X-ray detection; and a 5million frames per second, snapshot, megapixel CIS for ultra-high speed visible light imaging. He authored or co-authored over 100 papers in journals and 10 patents.

    In 2015 he was one of the founding inventors of vivaMOS, a spin-off of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, whose first products are based on Renato’s team’s work on wafer-scale CMOS image sensor for X-ray detection.

    In 2016, Renato left STFC to start his independent CMOS Image Sensor design and consultancy activity.

  • Jan Bosiers

    R&D Director Teledyne DALSA

    Jan Bosiers graduated as Electronic Engineer from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, in 1980. He did research on CCD imagers at the University of Leuven and later at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, D.C. In 1986 he joined Philips in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Since 2002, when the Philips professional CCD business was acquired by DALSA, he has been R&D Director of DALSA Professional Imaging, managing the CCD and CMOS imager R&D programs.

  • Peter Centen

    Director R&D Cameras Grass Valley

    Peter Centen is Vice President R&D, Cameras for Grass Valley, A Belden Brand and he has over 30 years of experience in managing innovation in imaging technology. During his time with Grass Valley, Peter has been instrumental in transitioning the camera manufacturer from CCD-imagers to CMOS imagers across the entire product range, which enabled the present-day HD, 4K and HDR imaging. He was the inventor of HD-DPM technology for which Thomson/Technicolor was awarded an Emmy in 2003. In 2016 he received the David Sarnoff award for his work in imaging. He holds a BSc an MSc with honors and a Ph.D.  He is a member of the IEEE and SMPTE and has published over 65 journal and conference articles in related fields and has presented his work at dozens of international conferences.

  • Johannes Solhusvik

    General Manager Omnivision Technologies Norway AS

    Johannes Solhusvik received the EEE B.Eng. from Univ of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK, in 1989. He then joined the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI), Kjeller, Norway, working on IR and CCD image sensors for low-light-level applications. In 1992 he moved to Toulouse, France to pursue a Ph.D. in low-noise CCD and CMOS image sensor (CIS) design from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace (SUPAÉRO).

    After graduation in 1996, he joined ABB Corporate Research, Norway, where he worked on safety critical design for robotics and telecommunications as well as CIS. In 1999, Dr. Solhusvik left ABB to establish and manage Photobit's European design center in Oslo, Norway, chartered to design custom CIS for machine vision, fingerprint sensing, meter reading, and other applications.

    Whilst working for Photobit, Dr. Solhusvik served as assistant adjunct professor at NTNU, Trondheim, teaching CIS design. He managed Photobit (Norway) design center through the Micron acquisition in 2001 and expatriated in 2004 to Micron's CIS headquarter in Pasadena, CA, from where he directed Micron's USA based design teams as well as teams in Japan, UK and Norway.

    After two years, he repatriated to Micron-Norway and worked on CIS R&D. In 2009 he joined Aptina which spun off from Micron. Dr. Solhusvik was Lead Designer of multiple products, including Aptina's A-1000 HDR CIS nominated for three awards in 2009/2010. He was also Lead Designer of a mega-pixel global shutter imager presented at IISW'11. He was promoted to BU-CTO of Aptina's Automotive and Industrial Business Unit in 2011, but soon after (2012) joined OmniVision's Norway Design Center as General Manager.

    In 2011 Dr. Solhusvik became member of the Board of Directors of the International Image Sensor Society ( He has served as Technical Program Committee member of (i) the IEEE ISSCC from 2005 to 2011, (ii) the Int. Image Sensor Workshop (IISW) since 2006 to present, and (iii) the European Solid-State Circuits Conference (ESSCIRC) since 2011 to present.

    In 2009 he was Technical Program Chair of IISW in Bergen, Norway. He has organized and chair'ed the Imaging Forum at ISSCC in 2010 and 2011, and co-organized the 2012 Forum on Computational Imaging and the 2013 Forum on Scientific Imaging. Dr. Solhusvik has a 10% position as Associate Adjunct Professor at University of Oslo.

  • Anders Johannesson

    Senior Expert - Imaging Research and Development Axis Communications

    Anders Johannesson received a B.S. degree in physics at Lund University in 1987, and a Ph.D. in astronomy at Lund University in 1992. The Ph.D. work centered on imaging based on polarimetry and spectroscopy of small magnetic and dynamic structures in the solar atmosphere with data from the Swedish Solar observatory at La Palma, Spain.

    Anders continued to work with solar imaging as a Research Fellow at the California Institute of Technology in USA. After that he has been involved in development of imaging methodology and cameras for industrial and consumer applications at Svep AB in Sweden, at Dialog Semiconductor AB, and at Albireo AB. Since 2006 he is a senior expert engineer at Axis Communications AB in Sweden. His work within surveillance imaging focus on the image sensor and its interaction with the rest of the camera system.

  • Vladimir Koifman

    Chief Technology Officer Analog Value

    Since 2011, Vladimir Koifman is CTO of Analog Value Ltd. developing new approaches in image sensor design. Prior to that, in 2004, Vladimir co-founded Advasense image sensor company acquired by Pixim, and, later, by Sony. Prior to that, he co-founded AMCC Israel analog design center. In 90s, Vladimir worked for Motorola Semiconductor, developing mixed signal processors for the company's mobile phones. Vladimir has authored 10 papers and received over 50 patents. Among his other activities, Vladimir maintains Image Sensors World blog over the last 10 years.

  • Nobukazu Teranishi

    Professor Shizuoka University / University of Hyogo

    Nobukazu Teranishi was born in Kobe, Japan in 1953. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics from University of Tokyo, 1976 and 1978, respectively.

    He developed image sensors and cameras at NEC Corporation from 1978 to 2000 and at Panasonic Corporation from 2000 to 2013. He is now professor of University of Hyogo and Shizuoka University, where he develops photon counting image sensor, imagers for various wavelength; visible, infrared, X-ray, and new functions for image sensors.

    He invented pinned photodiode (PPD) for no image lag, low noise and low dark current at CCD image sensors in 1980. In the late 1990's, PPD was introduced into CMOS image sensors, which performance became competitive to CCD's. The high performance of PPD drove the pixel size shrinkage, and realized higher resolution. Now, almost all CCD image sensors and CMOS image sensors came to utilize the PPD.

    He has authored and co-authored 80 papers and holds 46 Japanese patents and 21 US patents. His leadership at academic societies and industry and his PPD invention have been honored by government organizations as well as societies around the globe. He won the Prize of the President of KEIDANREN of National Invention Awards in 1994, Commendation by Minister of State for Science and Technology in 1997, Niwa-Takayanagi Award from the Institute of Image Information and Television Engineers (ITE) in 2000 and 2013, Progress Medal and Hon. Fellowship from Royal Photographic Society in 2010, Progress Medal from Photographic Society of America in 2011, Yamazaki Teiichi Award, IEEE Electron Devices Society J. J. Ebers Award in 2013. His group won the Emmy Award in 1991 by the broadcast-use CCD camera development.

    He is a fellow member of ITE, where he served as a chair of the paper editor committee and a chair of the Information Sensing Committee. He is also a fellow member of IEEE, where he served as a general chair for 1999 and 2005 IEEE Workshop on Charge-Coupled Devices & Advanced Image Sensors. He also served co-general chair of International Image Sensors Workshop (IISW) 2011. He is now President of International Image Sensors Society and a program committee member of IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging.

  • Giora Yahav

    General Manager - Advanced Imaging Technology Organisation Microsoft

    Dr. Giora Yahav is the General Manager of AIT (Advanced Imaging Technology) group at Microsoft R&D Israel. He joined Microsoft in June 2009, as part of the acquisition of 3DV Systems. Dr. Yahav previously served as Senior VP R&D and CTO of 3DV Systems, and was also one of 3DV's founders and the Inventor of its basic technology.

    Dr. Yahav is a leading expert in imaging technologies and is regarded as thought leader in advance imaging technologies especially in novel CMOS based imagers. He is an active member of IEEE and SPIE, lecturing on various international conferences and academic conventions. He has published more than 20 papers and contributed to several fundamental researches in the field of imaging with an emphasis on active 3D imaging.

    He has over 16 years experience in Research and Development project management at Rafael, the Israeli Armament Development Authority, as the Head of active Electro-Optical Systems department. He also has extensive experience in Electro-Optical projects and holds more than 20 patents.

    Prior to embarking on a management career. Dr. Yahav spent eight years in academic research at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the Technion in Haifa and the Max-Plank Institute in Germany. Dr. Yahav holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, a M.Sc. in Inorganic Chemistry and a B.Sc. in Chemistry & Physics.