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17 March 2015

Pre-Conference Workshops

  1. Workshop 1: Getting in Focus with Computational Imaging

    Kaushik Mitra | Assistant Professor of Indian Institute of Technology

    Computational photography is a new and exciting field which lies at the intersection of optics, image processing, computer vision and graphics. In computational photography, imaging optics and processing algorithms are co-designed so as to capture far more information than possible using a conventional camera. 
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  2. Workshop 2: If you can't make it global, then let the shutter roll!

    Albert Theuwissen | Founder of Harvest Imaging

    This comprehensive workshop will deal with requirements, advantages, disadvantages and characteristics of several shutter technologies that are being used with CMOS image sensors today. At present, many commercially produced devices on the market do have a rolling shutter, but more recently there is a demand from many applications to incorporate a global shutter, as was the case with CCD image sensors.
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  3. Pre-conference Registration

  4. Reception Closes

18 March 2015

Conference day 1

  1. Registration and Refreshments

  2. Opening Remarks from the CoChairs

    Ir Jan Bosiers, R&D Director, TeledyneDALSA, Netherlands Johannes Solhusvik, General Manager, OmniVision Technologies, Norway

Navigating New Product Development and Protecting your IP

  1. Technology push, or market pull - perspectives on maximising opportunities from technology development

    Giora Yahav | General Manager - Advanced Imaging Technology Organisation of Microsoft

    - So you have a great idea, what now?
    - Finding a niche, or letting the niche find you
    - Where next in 3D imaging, technology push or market pull in 2015 and beyond

  2. Patenting an idea

    Daniel Doswald | Examiner of EPO

    - Familiarize yourself with IP - How to search for patents

    Is my idea patentable?
    Familiarize yourself with IP - How to search for patents
    - Inside the mind of a patent examiner
    - Challenging a competitor's patent in an early stage

  3. Protecting your IP in today's fast moving image sensor marketplace

    Keith Beresford | European Patent Attorney of Beresford & Co

    - Quick guide to patents and why they are important for your business
    - Best practice for integrating IP protection into your R&D workflow and business strategy
    - Experiences from the front lines - what happens if you draft your specification poorly
    - Combatting patent trolls - what you can do to prevent and deter this activity

  4. Morning refreshments

The Future of Image Sensor Design and Manufacturing

  1. Beyond Bayer rolling shutter CMOS image sensors

    Eiichi Funatsu | Senior Director of OmniVision

    - CMOS image sensor market and development trend
    - Super high sensitivity by RGBC solution
    - RGB-IR for man-machine interface
    - Global shutter for machine vision

  2. Stacked image sensors - the new image sensor standard

    Paul Enquist | CTO / VP R&D of Ziptronix

    - State of play with chip stacking
    - Comparison of stacking using TSV's vs.hybrid bonding
    - Technical benefits of the stacking approach

  3. The role of ADCs in imaging applications - novel approaches

    Angel Rodriguez-Vazquez | Honorific Member of the Board and Director of Long Term R&D of AnaFocus (an e2v company)

    • CIS technology trends and the need for ADCs in emerging applications
    • ADC options and how to implement
    • Limitations and areas for further study
  4. Lunch will be served for all speakers and delegates

  5. Optical filter glass for image sensors

    Steffen Reichel | Development / Application, Advanced Optics of SCHOTT AG

    - Challenges for IR cut filters with BSI chips
    - Evaluation of IR filers glass materials and lens design
    - Recommendation for materials specifications and performance parameters for plano-plano IR filters

  6. Image sensor tester for high yield performances

    Satoshi Takahashi | Senior Engineer of Advantest

    - Growing manufacturing and demand requirements drive the need for test systems
    - The key factors to realize high yield device testing for CIS device manufacturing
    - Architecture and performances of test system capable of measuring 64 devices simultaneously at up to 2.5Gbps.

Focus on Security Imaging Applications and Technology Trends

  1. Security imaging today and tomorrow

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

    - Historical development of security cameras from grainy images to self-contained systems with 4K resolution and beyond
    - Defining the imaging challenges in security applications
    - Key aspects for further improvement in security cameras

  2. Afternoon Refreshments

  3. Advances in cooled/uncooled IR sensors for security application

    Claire Valentin | VP Marketing of SOFRADIR, and Chris Tisse | CTO of ULIS

    • Review of the historical development of IR sensors, and current main application areas
    • Key advantages of IR sensors for security applications, and the role of IR in enhancing camera functionality
    • Cooled IR sensors – capabilities, state of the art technology, and future challenges
    • Uncooled IR sensors – capabilities, state of the art technology, and future challenges
  4. Image sensors for low light levels with active imaging features

    Pierre Fereyre | Senior Image Sensor Designer of e2v Semiconductors, and Gareth Powell | CMOS marketing manager of e2v Semiconductors

    - Five transistor pixel CMOS sensor for range-gated active imaging to extend usability of intelligent cameras in the most difficult conditions
    - Advanced state of the art image sensors and embedded features, with emphasis on size, weight, power and cost benefits
    - New applications that are enabled

Imaging at the Frontier of Human Exploration

  1. Image sensor planetary space mission

    Harald Michaelis | Head of the Department, Planetary Sensor Systems of DLR Institute of Planetary Research

    - Image capture aims of the Rosetta mission
    - Camera and sensor specifications, performance parameters, design considerations
    - Results from the mission
    - Future planetary imaging plans and aspirations and next generation camera design

  2. Closing Remarks from the CoChairs

    Ir Jan Bosiers, R&D Director, TeledyneDALSA, Netherlands
    Johannes Solhusvik, General Manager, OmniVision Technologies, Norway

  3. Networking Drinks Reception

19 March 2015

Conference Day 2

  1. Registration and Refreshments

  2. Opening Remarks from the CoChairs

    Ir Jan Bosiers, R&D Director, TeledyneDALSA, Netherlands Johannes Solhusvik, General Manager, OmniVision Technologies, Norway

Beyond the Sensor - Opening New Doors with Processing Power

  1. Getting answers from pixels

    Raji Kannan | Founder & CTO of LensBricks INC

    Future of computational imaging
    Building a visual mining platform

  2. Image Fusion - how to make best use of broad spectrum data

    David Connah | Associate Researcher of University of Bradford

    - Challenges in fusing multiple data channels into one single image for display
    - Mapping the contrast (structure tensor) of a multi-channel image is mapped exactly to a 3-channel gradient field
    - The problem of mapping N-D inputs to 3-D (RGB) outputs
    - Applications in hyperspectral remote sensing, fusion of colour and near-infrared images and colour visualisation of MRI Diffusion-Tensor images

  3. Morning Refreshments

  4. Lensless ultra-miniature computational sensors and imagers: using computing to do the work of optics

    David Stork | Fellow of Rambus

    - Computational optical sensors and imagers that do not rely on traditional refractive or reflective focusing
    - Computing images from raw photodiode signals
    - Imager performance, features, and applications

Designing Imaging Systems for Niche Applications

  1. SPAD ToF Sensor for hybrid-AF system

    Laurent Plaza | FlightSense Product Marketing Manager of ST Microelectronics

    • Introduction to the world’s first Time-of-Flight compact module for Wireless devices
    • How short ranging capability makes a huge difference to the focus speed
    • System integration challenges
  2. Depth sensing solutions for consumer electronics

    Markus Rossi | Chief Innovation Officer of Heptagon

    - Drivers for optical depth sensing in consumer applications and review of current technologies
    - Hardware solutions for depth sensing concepts
    - Case examples

  3. Lunch will be served for all speakers and delegates

  4. Cameras in medical applications - novel applications and innovative camera designs

    Thomas Ruf | Manager Sales & Marketing of Microelectronic Packaging Dresden GmbH

    - Medical cameras come in all shapes and sizes - what challenge does this present?
    - Examples of innovative camera design for X-ray apparatus, computer tomographs and stereo endoscopes
    - Enabling technologies for design and assembly of complex and unique camera systems

  5. High end camera systems for multi imager applications

    Marcus Verhoeven | Managing Director of aSpect Systems

     Implementing hardware, software, mechanics, temperature control, optics and imaging technology for high performance imaging applications
    - Example 1: Per pixel energy dispersive X-Ray architecture with a resolution of 400x400 pixels (250µm), a frame rate of 10.000 FPS which supports an energy resolution of 1keV in a range from 3-220keV
    - Example 2: A new detector for proton therapy of cancer based on a stack of 12 crossed strip detectors and 24 layers of CMOS imagers

  6. An insider's outside view of image sensor development past, present and future

    Jed Hurwitz | Technologist, Advanced Measurement Systems of Analog Devices

    - The beginning of CMOS
    - The glory years!
    - Progress viewed from the outside
    - Perspectives on the future of digital imaging

  7. Closing remarks from the CoChair

  8. Refreshments and Close of Conference