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Find out what was discussed in 2016

Tuesday 15th March

Pre-Conference Workshops

  1. Advances in Wide Dynamic Range Imaging

    Bhaskar Choubey | Associate Professor of Engineering Science of University of Oxford

    Wide dynamic range imaging has been a cherished yet unachieved goal from image sensors. A large number of circuits and techniques have been proposed, utilised and often discarded. The search for a pixel which can produce high dynamic range image in a single frame, without reducing the fill factor, distorting colour, increasing fixed pattern noise or requiring extensive post-processing is still on. In this workshop, we will explore the approaches to high dynamic range imaging and recent advances. We will also investigate the second half of high dynamic range imaging problem, which is that of displaying these images on low-end screens like mobile phones. Compressing the captured wide dynamic range onto low dynamic range screen requires some form of tone mapping which requires computational effort. Recent advances in this area, particularly video, will also be covered.

  2. Lunch

  3. The Vision System Designer's Dilemma: Build vs. Buy

    Darren Bessette | Engineering Services Manager of FRAMOS

    Modern day applications such as The Internet of Things (IoT), Autonomous Vehicles, UAV’s and wearables  are bringing forth more and more products that use, have and/or integrate some form of vision. As a result, more vision systems are being designed and developed to tackle more complex tasks opening up more applications now that were ever possible in the past. This is bringing with it many questions as to which path should be taken when defining, designing, developing and manufacturing the vision portion of a product.

    This workshop is designed to help guide student through these questions and better understand what they can/are willing to take on themselves and what they should outsource to vision components professionals. This course will help assess a company’s core competencies and determine how they could be best leverage to build the vision system. Aspects that will be reviewed include answering build vs. buy questions on both commercial and technical components of a vision system providing a broad and complete picture of the scope of effort and total costs associated with each path.

    The participant should expect to feel confident with gaining an understanding how to assess their comfort level in building vs buying a vision system or individual components including modifications/customizations of existing components. The overall total cost of ownership over the life cycle of a vision system based product will also be earned. The target audience is targeted, but not limited to, engineers, developers, system designers, technical/product/project managers, buyers/purchasers, VPs and “C” level executives.

    • Camera Market and Evolution / Trends in Vision Industry
    • Does the change from CCD to CMOS images sensors really make developments easier?
    • Old CCD tricks that can’t be used anymore
    • Master Pieces of a CMOS sensor Camera (System)
    • Things to be considered when making decisions of Build vs. Buy: Technical Risk / IP / Time / Cost
    • Total Cost of Ownership
    • To what extent can Reference Designs help?
    • When does it make sense to license IP or technical know-how?
  4. Sponsored Welcome Drinks

    Sponsored by FRAMOS

    FRAMOS is a leading technology provider in the industrial, scientific and medical imaging sector and enables manufacturers, system integrators and researchers to benefit from imaging technologies. As Europe's primary distributor for image sensors FRAMOS maintain a long-lasting relationship to the market leaders in industrial imaging, Sony and OnSemi.


Day 1 - 16th March 2016

Wednesday 16 March

  1. Event Registration and Pre-Conference Networking

  2. Opening Remarks and Introduction from the Chairs

    Johannes Solhusvik, General Manager, Omnivision Technologies and Jan Bosiers, R&D Director, Teledyne DALSA

Market and Trends

  1. Photon Counting Without Avalanche Multiplication - Progress on the Quanta Image Sensor

    Eric Fossum | Professor of Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth

    • Introduction to the Quanta Image Sensor (QIS) concept – how it works and what it might be good for
    • Imaging performance analysis of the QIS including D-Log H characteristics and high dynamic range operation
    • Recent implementation progress including demonstration of first photon counting pixels without use of avalanche multiplication and low power readout
  2. Opportunities and Differentiation on Image Sensor Market

    Vladimir Koifman | Chief Technology Officer of Analog Value

    • Post-pixel-shrink era begun, what's next?
    • Power consumption and speed as the next frontiers
    • On the way to the perfect HDR
    • Chinese factor
    • AR/VR challenges for ToF sensors
  3. Present and Future Trends in Silicon Imagers for Non-Visible Imaging and Instrumentation

    Ajit Kumar Kalgi | Senior Designer of Caeleste

  4. Morning Network Break with Refreshments

New Sensors and Security

  1. Challenges for Scene Understanding in Automotive Environment

    Anna Gaszczak | Research Lead Engineer of Jaguar Land Rover

  2. The On-Chip-Optics for Future Optical Sensor

    JC Hsieh | Associate Vice President of R&D of VisEra

    1. On-chip-optics technology was driven by image sensor application
    2. On-chip-filter would be integrated by both organic and inorganic materials for all optical sensors
    3. On-chip-light-guide would extend the support from small pixel for image sensor to other optical sensors

  3. The Bits and Contrast of Security Imaging

    Anders Johannesson | Senior Expert - Imaging Research and Development of Axis Communications

    The talk is about image sensors used in security cameras. In security imaging identification of persons, objects and events are key. Processing is done to enhance image features related to this task and requirements are often challenging for the rather small sensors used. The topics covered relates to bit depth, imaging of low contrast features and challenges  when doing imaging in the near infrared.

  4. Lunch is served for all speakers and delegates

Cameras, Quality and Niche Applications

  1. Bayer Pattern and Image Quality

    Jörg Kunze | Teamleader NewTech of Basler

    • Properties of the Bayer Pattern, human vision, and noise will be explained.
    • A single-step operator will be demonstrated, which integrates demosaicing, color-anti-aliasing, sharpening, and denoising in a resource-efficient way.
  2. QuantumFilm: A New Way To Capture Light

    Emanuele Mandelli | Vice President of Engineering of InVisage

    • We will briefly introduce how quantum dots work and their ability to capture light and convert it to an electric signal for image sensors applications.
    • We will then describe how we designed and productized quantum film based image sensors.
    • We will finally describe how the unique characteristics of a quantum film imager can be leveraged to address common problems of the imaging industry.
  3. High Resolution and Large Format CIS for High-End Applications

    Guy Meynants | Senior Director R&D of CMOSIS, Member of AMS Group of CMOSIS

  4. Afternoon Network Break with Refreshments

  5. High Speed Image Sensors

    Wilfried Uhring | Professor of ICube Laboratory - University of Strasbourg

  6. Overview of the State of the Art Event Driven Sensors

    Tobi Delbruck | Professor of Institute of Neuroinformatics

    • Covers the development, function and application of "event-based" Dynamic Vision Sensors (DVS)
    • Shows how the DVS mimics the eye to asynchronously output events signalling log intensity changes
    • Shows how the DVS can beat the latency-power tradeoff faced by conventional frame-based imagers in robotics and HCI applications
  7. Closing Remarks

Evening Drinks Reception

  1. Evening Social Networking Event

Day 2 - 17th March 2016

Opening Remarks and Introduction from the Chairs

  1. Opening Remarks and Introduction from the Chairs

    Johannes Solhusvik, General Manager, Omnivision Technologies and Jan Bosiers, R&D Director, Teledyne DALSA

Imaging Applications for the Medical Industry

  1. Minimal form factor camera modules for medical endoscopic and speciality imaging applications

    Martin Waeny | CEO of AWAIBA

  2. Challenges for Future Medical Endoscopic Imaging

    Nana Akahane | Senior Supervisor - Medical Imaging Technology Department of Olympus Corporation

    Medical endoscopes are widely used for the various organs such as a digestive, a respiratory, a urinary and a gynecological organs and even a brain. The objective is also extended from just an observance to a diagnosis and a treatment. The major contributors pushing this trend are the smaller diameter of the endoscopes, the higher resolution tiny camera installed and the image enhancement technique to clarify the lesion of the disease.

    In the presentation, the medical endoscopic technologies including the historical background to the current image enhancement technique are introduced. Then, the effort for the smaller diameter of the endoscopes and the higher resolution tiny camera are presented. The requirements to the image sensors in terms of the high occupancy of the pixel area secured, the high resolution and the high S/N ratio are discussed.

  3. The Development of High Resolution Scintillators for X-ray Flat Panel Sensors

    Simon Whitbread | Technology Specialist of Hamamatsu Photonics

  4. Organic and Hybrid Photodetectors for Medical X-Ray Imaging

    Sandro Tedde | Senior Key Expert Research Scientist of Siemens Healthcare

  5. Morning Network Break with Refreshments

Design Imaging Systems for Novel and Niche Applications

  1. Broadcaster's Future Requirements for Ultra-High Definition TV

    Richard Salmon | Lead Research Engineer of BBC Research & Development

    Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) is the name generally applied to the next generation of television system – “beyond HD”, sometimes appearing in combination with the moniker “4k” or “4K”.  Whilst the consumer electronics industry are keen to promote the capabilities of their latest TV sets, with year-on-year improvements, the Broadcasters are on the other hand largely constrained by investment cycles of at least 10 years, and indeed there are plenty of channels which have yet to even make the transition to HDTV.

    This presentation will give the background to the development of UHDTV, starting by explaining why 3D-TV did not become “the next big thing” which the hype suggested it should. It will go on to explain the consensus view in the broadcast industry that UHDTV is not just about “more pixels” (4k or 3840x2160 pixels resolution) but will be about “better pixels” (higher dynamic range – HDR - and wider colour gamut - WCG) and “faster pixels” (higher frame rates - HFR).  Whilst not relevant in terms of image sensors, the final part of the UHDTV jigsaw is of course improved audio as well.

    The state of international standards, the broadcast equipment industry and the consumer industry in all of these aspects will be covered.  It’s hard to predict timescales in Europe, but a clear pointer is to be found in the far east, where broadcasters are already conducting trials, and planning services, not just in 4k UHDTV (UHD-1) but even in 8k UHDTV (UHD-2 or SHV).  The standards are still evolving, and the presentation will give the latest information from the various standards bodies in this area, worldwide, as well as more specific insights into the BBC’s technical research and participation in these developments.

  2. Broadcasting and Pixilation

    Peter Centen | Director R&D Cameras of Grass Valley

  3. Short Summary and Discussion from Chairs

    Johannes Solhusvik, General Manager, Omnivision Technologies and Jan Bosiers, R&D Director, Teledyne DALSA

  4. Lunch is served for all speakers and delegates

Looking to the Future and Bio-Based Image Sensor Design and Manufacturing

  1. Bio-inspired Method Addresses Speed, DR and Power Efficiency Limitations of Image Sensors

    Christoph Posch | Co-Founder and Scientific Advisor of Chronocam

  2. New Business Models and Offers in Imaging Doesn't Prevent High Level of Innovation

    Philippe Rommeveaux | President and CEO of Pyxalis

  3. Create, share and experience in 360°: The next generation of visual connectivity

  4. Closing Remarks

  5. Close of Conference