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The Smithers Apex Image Sensors conference attracts the highest calibre business-oriented speakers from the international digital imaging industry.

We have brought together the brightest minds in the industry to present at Image Sensors Europe 2017.

  • 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.

  • Arnaud Baernhoft

    Senior VR Producer Visualise VR

    Producer for Virtual and Augmented Reality content experiences. Throughout my creative career I have delivered some of the best content experiences for brands and agencies across many aspects of production.

    A passionate creative delivering world first immersive experiences, I lead multiple VR client productions to the highest standards across the whole lifecycle, from ideation through to delivery, bringing to life 360 immersive and interactive content experiences for major brands and agencies worldwide.

  • Simeon Bamford

    Chief Technology Officer Inivation

    Dr. Simeon Bamford gained a degree in Artificial Intelligence, followed (after a decade in industry and entrepreneurship) by an MSc in neuroinformatics and a PhD in neuromorphic engineering (Edinburgh University). He did 2 postdocs related to neuromorphic engineering and neuroelectronic interfacing at Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, and Instituto Superiore di Sanita', Rome. He joined iniLabs on DARPA's SyNAPSE project, further developing Dynamic Vision Sensors (DVS) in collaboration with the Sensors group of the Institute of Neuroinformatics at Zurich. He has overseen the sale and support of DVS to over a hundred organisations. He is now the CTO of iniVation, which is a joint venture company of iniLabs, Loglay and the University of Zurich, which is commercialising DVS technology.  

  • Ralf Biertümpfel

    Product Manager Optical Filter Schott

    Ralf Biertümpfel is the product manager for optical filters at SCHOTT AG in Germany since 2015. Previously he has been working as a senior scientist and application manager for optical filter glasses and interference filters for 8 years. He had started with SCHOTT in 2001 as a project manager for precision molding of lenses. After studying mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Darmstadt and Aerospace Engineering in Cornell, he obtained a Ph.D. in Thermodynamics at TU  Darmstadt.

  • Bernhard Büttgen

    3D System Architect Heptagon

    Bernhard Büttgen received his PhD degree from the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland, in 2006. He was a co-founder of MESA Imaging in 2006 and has more than 15 years of experience in time-of-flight (ToF) 3D imaging. In 2009, Bernhard joined Albert Theuwissen's Image Sensor group at TU Delft, the Netherlands, as a Post-Doc researcher. In 2014, Bernhard was the technical leader for all aspects of the acquisition of MESA Imaging by Heptagon. Today he is 3D System Architect at Heptagon and is working on the company's 3D sensing and imaging strategy.

  • Dan Cathie

    CEO vivaMOS

    Dan Cathie is an experienced professional within the semiconductor industry, having worked in many different parts of the semiconductor supply chain. His career started at Philips Semiconductors (now NXP) in Southampton as an IC designer, then took him to work within one of the wafer fabs in East Fishkill, NY (USA), and eventually to the vertically integrated business line in Stockport near Manchester (UK), a leader in PowerMOS devices. More recently he acted as Managing Director for a Quartz glass fabrication business in Manchester, a key supplier to the semiconductor industry.

    Dan was appointed CEO for vivaMOS in July 2015. He lives in Manchester with his wife and their 5 children. He is passionate about how technology is continually changing the world we live in, and enjoys seeking to exploit the blurring of boundaries between fields in order to bring new innovative products to market.

  • Filip Geuens

    CEO XenomatiX

    Filip Geuens is CEO of XenomatiX and former CTO of Nikon Metrology. He is a mechatronics engineer from the university of Leuven and spent his entire career to optical metrology systems. He presents quite regularly and participates to IS Auto Europe and US since 2015.

  • Frederic Guichard

    Chief Scientist and Co-Founder DxO Labs

    Frédéric Guichard is co-founder and chief scientist at DxO labs (http://www.dxo.com). He has passion for image acquisition, processing and its applications. He has contributed in the applications of the camera digitalization, towards miniaturization and cost reduction while always looking for the best image quality (http://www.dxomark.com). Before co-founding DxO, Frédéric held several academic and industry R&D positions; among those, he participated in the creation of the French autonomous vehicle research lab at IFSTTAR in 1999. He graduated from the École Normale Supérieure (ENS-Ulm) in Mathematics, holds a PhD in Applied Math for Image Processing from the Université Paris-Dauphine, and is member of the Corps des Ponts & Chaussées. He has received several awards — in particular, he was honored by the “Grand Prix” of the French Academy of Sciences in 2006, for all his scientific contributions in math and image processing.

  • Manlyun Ha

    Principal Researcher Dongbu Hitek

    Bachelor of Electronics, Kyoungpook Nat. Univ. (1991~1997)
    Master of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, KAIST (1998~1999)
    Ph.D of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, KAIST, Korea (2000~2004)

    MagnaChip Semiconductor, Korea (2005~2008)

    • 0.13~ 0.11um tech. CIS Tech. Development

    Dongbu Hitek (2009~Present)

    • 0.13um~90nm CIS Tech. Development
    • Foundry biz. process setup
    • Pixel (FSI & BSI) engineering


    • 21 pcs international and domestic papers (CIS related; 6 pcs)
    • ​27 Patents (CIS related; 22pcs)
  • James Hutchison

    Principal Engineer Argon Design

    Principal Engineer at Argon Design. Responsible for multiple hardware, software and RTL projects. Master of Mathematics from Trinity College Cambridge.

  • 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 (www.imagesensors.org). 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.

  • Atsushi Kobayashi

    Senior Image Sensor Specialist Huawei

    Atsushi Kobayashi leads direction of image sensor for Huawei's mobile products. He worked in Sony for 26 years and developed image sensors and ISPs.

  • 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.

  • Norman Koren

    Founder and CTO Imatest

    Norman founded Imatest in 2004 after a career in magnetic recording technology that provided him with a strong background for developing image quality analysis software. He holds a B.A. in Physics from Brown University and an M.A. in Physics from Wayne State University. Norman has been a photography enthusiast since 1964 and maintains a photography web site, which features a portfolio of his work and a number of technical articles.

  • Jörg Kunze

    Teamleader NewTech Basler

    Dr. Jörg Kunze has received his Diploma in Physics from the University of Kiel and his PhD from the University of Hamburg. He joined Basler in 1998, where he is currently Teamleader of New Technology. Jörg serves as an expert for image sensors, camera hardware, noise, color fidelity, 3D- and computational imaging and he develops new algorithms for color image signal processing. Many of Baslers patents name him as inventor.

  • Chiao Liu

    Lead Sensor Architect Oculus VR Research

    Chiao Liu received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and is the Lead Sensor Architect at Oculus Research. Prior to Oculus/Facebook, he was the Principle Architect of the Microsoft Hololens product from 2012 to 2016. Before joining Microsoft, Dr. Liu served as the Technical Fellow at Fairchild Imaging Inc., which was acquired by BAE Systems in 2011. Earlier in his career, Dr. Liu did pioneering research on 3D TOF pixels at Canesta Inc. (now part of Microsoft), whose technology is incorporated in XBOX Kinect Sensor.   

  • Jason Lovell

    Founder and CEO Captivate VR

    Passionate about the wonders of VR & AR and the boundless potential the technologies have to benefit businesses on all levels, Jason set up Captivate with over ten years’ experience in consumer electronics in a variety of senior roles, culminating in managing VR for Samsung UK. With Captivate, he aims to provide a comprehensive, holistic and impartial service that really enables businesses of all sizes and sectors to truly comprehend and embrace the incredible opportunities offered by these cutting-edge immersive technologies.

  • Frederic Mayer

    Device Engineer e2V

    Frederic Mayer was born in 1982 in Frankenthal, Germany. Later he moved to France where he studied Semiconductor physics and get its MS degree in 2005 from ENSPG (Ecole National Supérieure de Physique de Grenoble). He then joined the CEA LETI in Grenoble to work on the impact ionization MOSFET where he graduated in PhD in 2008. He then joined E2V as Device Engineer to work on image sensor and more precisely on new architectures like electron multiplying CMOS sensor, charge transfer TDI in CMOS.

  • Silvano Mezzetti

    Senior Staff Engineer - Product Solutions FormFactor Inc

    Twenty+ years of experience in Industrial automation, sensors, MEMS design, Product Engineering and Testing. I’m now Sr. Staff Engineer at FormFactor Inc. responsible for application and field design in the wafer probing segment, including definition of probe cards architectures for Cmos Image Sensors, SPAD sensors, System On Chip, parametric and Memories up to 300mm full wafer probing.

  • Minoru Mikami

    Senior Engineer - Probe Card Designer FormFactor Inc
    • Master of engineering, Tokyodenki University, Saitama Japan (1999)
    • Five+ years of CIS probe card design experience
  • Bruce Rae

    Photonics Pixel and Silicon Architecture Manager ST Microelectronics (R&D)

    Bruce R. Rae is the Photonics Pixel & Silicon Architecture team manager with STMicroelectronics, Imaging Division, Edinburgh, UK. In this role he works in close collaboration with the silicon, process, module and system R&D teams to define and develop the Imaging Division photonics pixel roadmap and specification. In addition he works with external collaborators on advanced R&D projects. He received the MEng and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from The University of Edinburgh, U.K., in 2005 and 2009 respectively. 

  • Angel Rodriquez-Vazquez

    e2V Senior Technologist and University of Seville Professor e2V Technologies and University of Seville

    Ángel Rodríguez-Vázquez is a Professor of the University of Seville and serves e2V technologies as R&D Senior Technologist. He founded AnaFocus company on the basis of his patents on vision chips. He has a long record of publications with some 6,960 citations; he has an h-index of 42 and an i10-index of 142.

  • Philippe Rommeveaux

    President and CEO Pyxalis

    Philippe Rommeveaux is President & CEO of Pyxalis, a company based in Grenoble area-France he founded with a few other colleagues in 2010. Previously he has been image sensor business unit manager at e2v (50M€ turnover, 70 people), responsible of strategic business development at Atmel and started his career as image sensor program manager. He holds a PhD in microelectronics and an engineering degree from Orsay Optical Institute.

  • Steve Saxe

    Product Line Manager Viavi Optical Security and Performance Products

    Steve Saxe is a Product Line Manager at Viavi’s Optical Security and Performance Products division in Santa Rosa, CA, USA.  He obtained his Ph.D. in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona in the field of thin film deposition processes.  Steve joined Viavi, then JDSU, in 2011 after a career at 3M Company leading the development of display technologies.  In his spare time, Steve enjoys cycling and photography.  

  • Mathias Schulz

    Design Engineering Manager Jabil Optics Germany

    Mathias Schulz graduated with a Master of Physics from the University of Dresden. He then started his career at Carl Zeiss focusing on projection systems and cameras. Since 2006, he has been working for Jabil Optics Germany GmbH (formerly Sypro Optics GmbH), a 100% daughter of Jabil, Jabil is a technology-driven Design and Manufacturing Service Provider with headquarters in St. Petersburg, USA. Mathias Schulz is part of the Business Development team. 

  • Hiroshi Shimamoto

    Senior Research Engineer NHK Science and Technology Research Laboratory

    Hiroshi Shimamoto received his M.E. and Ph.D degrees in information processing from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1991 and 2008, respectively. In 1991, he joined NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation). Since 1993, he has been working on research and development of 8K UHDTV (ultrahigh-definition TV) cameras and image sensors at the NHK Science & Technology Research Laboratories. Now he is the project leader. In 2005-2006, he was a visiting scholar at Stanford University.

  • Keiji Tatani

    General Manager SONY Semiconductor Solutions Corporation

    Keiji Tatani has been working for Research and Development of CMOS Image Sensor at Sony and Sony Semiconductor Solutions since 2003. Now he is leading R&D of CMOS Image Sensor at Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation as General Manager.

  • 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.

  • Xinyang Wang

    Founder and CEO GPixel

    Dr Wang received his Ph.D from Delft Technology of University, the Netherlands, in 2008 in subject of “noise in sub-micron CMOS image sensors”. After his PhD, he worked shortly in Cypress Semiconductors in Mechelen, Belgium, on various CIS projects. On Nov 2008, he joined CMOSIS as an image sensor specialist and later became a shareholder. In Aug 2012, he left CMOSIS and returned to China, first as a professor in Chinese Academic of Science, and in 2013 he founded Gpixel Inc and currently serves as CEO. Gpixel is a design house located in Changchun, China, specialized in providing high-end CMOS image sensor solutions for industrial, medical and scientific applications.