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Retirement of Lindsay Grant as Chairman of the London Image Sensors conference

It is with fond memories and a little sadness that we announce the retirement of Lindsay Grant as Chairman of the London Image Sensors conference this year.



Lindsay has been there since the first conference in 2008 and seen it grow from around 70 engineers to over 220 technical experts, business managers and esteemed academics. We would like to say a big thank you to Lindsay for his contribution, and recognition of this he was presented with a gift by Eric Aussedat, Executive Vice President of Imaging, BiCMOS and Photonics Group, ST Microelectronics on behalf of the Image Sensors organisers and attendees.

Lindsay said, "It has been my pleasure to have been chairman of Image Sensors in London the last few years. I remember being contacted by Bedabrata Pain and asked if I would help him co-chairing this new conference in London. Bedabrata was at JPL at that time, a well-known figure in the industry, and a real expert so it was an honour to be invited. The intension from the outset was not to compete with other well established technical conferences like ISSCC and IISW but instead to offer talks on sensor technology mixed with applications and business presentations.

Over the years the content was refined, some mistakes corrected, and under the management of Rob Stead and his first class events team, the attendance grew and the Image Sensors London conference began to attract international figures from the industry. I am thinking of people like Albert Theuwissen, Nobukazu Teranishi and keynote speakers like Eric Fossum, Howard Rhodes, Junichi Nakamura and many others.

It is important that the attendees at any conference get something more from actually being there than they could get from just browsing the slide set download. This was something we stressed every year and with, Jan Bosiers as an excellent co-chair, we have tried to keep the atmosphere at IS, London as professional, but at the same time inquisitive and open to free exchange, with encouragement for discussion through Q&A, comments from the floor... yes, I'm talking about you, Albert!

This chemistry seems to have worked and IS London has been growing stronger the last few years. Let's keep that going. I have enjoyed being part of this event from the outset. It is nice to see it now well established in London, not least because it is an easy short flight down from Edinburgh. Thanks to the organisers for putting up with me as chairman, best wishes to Jan and the new co-chair, good luck to 'Image Sensors' for the future and see you in London next March!"

The good news is we have a very worth replacement for Lindsay who will cochair the 2015 event and beyond with Jan Bosiers. Johannes Solhusvik, General Manager of OmniVision's Norway Design Center is a highly regarded expert in the image sensors field with extensive experience at Photobit, Micron and Aptina prior to his role at OmniVision. He is looking forward with trepidation to taking on the role of Image Sensors conference Chairman.

Johannes Solhusvik"My experience at this year's event was extremely positive because of excellent organization (venue, program, food, etc) and a great attendee list which enabled interaction with many important customers. In my mind the reason for the success of Image Sensors is that it is run by professionals and who really understand how to market the event, organize it flawlessly, and make use of industry experts to build an interesting program. With almost off-the-chart satisfaction ratings this year, I am obviously very nervous about how to follow up in Lindsay's shoes next year... I can only promise to do my best!"

Johannes's credentials speak for themselves, and we are delighted to have him on board, I'm sure you'll join us in welcoming him in London in March 2015.

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 chaired 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.