Image Sensors Americas 2018 Advisory Board

Smithers Apex would is proud to work with the following renowned experts to shape and guide the Image Sensors Americas 2018 conference.

  • Suraj Bhaskaran

    Sr. Manager, Engineering and R&D Thermo Fisher Scientific

    Suraj Bhaskaran leads the Engineering and R&D group at the Cameras & Imagers business unit of Thermo Fisher Scientific located in Liverpool, NY.  Suraj received his Bachelor of Science (1996) and Master of Science (2000) in Microelectronic Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY, USA).  For the past 17 years, Suraj has been working on advancing Thermo Fisher’s camera technology by taking advantage of the unique features of the Charge Injection Device (CID).  These camera systems are used for scientific and radiation hardened applications, helping keep the world healthier, cleaner and safer.

  • 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.

  • Eiichi Funatsu

    Senior Director OmniVision

    Eiichi Funatsu is Sr. Director of Technology Management Group in the CTO Office, OmniVision. His team is responsible for defining the image sensor technology roadmap, introducing new technologies to the company and making product concepts using new technologies. He has been in the image sensor field more than 25 years and has a wide range of experience from image sensor design, wafer process, algorithm to camera systems.


    He started his career with intelligent image sensor R&D in Mitsubishi Electric. In 2001, he joined Sony and led the product design and business development of CMOS Image Sensors in Moiblephone segment. He and his team obtained the customers one by one and grew the Mobilephone CMOS Image Sensor business to the No.1 in the market. In 2012, he joined OmniVision and led the Mobile Marketing group. He has been in the current position form 2017.

    He got the Ph.D degree from Tokyo University, Japan, in 2005 based on the work done in Mitsubishi Electric.

  • Paul Gallagher

    Senior Director of Technology LG Electronics

    Paul Gallagher has been involved in image sensors and solutions his whole career, more than 30 years, working on sensors as diverse as nuclear missile navigation to the Barbie Cam.  He has headed up the marketing and business development teams for OmniVision, Samsung SLSI CMOS Imaging Group, and Pelican Imaging. He has successfully created and led teams that are responsible for finding and winning new large volume markets for novel imaging technologies and applications,  nearly tripling revenue in saturated markets (low$300m-nearly $900M) while increasing profitability.

    While with Micron he created the Technical Marketing Team, defining and justifying many of the early Micron Image Sensors, including the first off the shelf automotive grade image sensors.  He launched Micron into the Automotive, 2D BarCode, Security, 3D and Gesture Markets

     He saw the potential for CMOS Imaging in the early 90’s and joined VLSI Vision (VVL), within a few months of their opening an office in the US.  In addition to his work on the marketing and business development side of imaging he has been a SW algorithmist for scene understanding, Test Engineer, Applications Engineer, Product and Program Manager.  He holds 5 patents, and has written over 25 papers for journals and magazines.


  • Sean Kelly

    VP of Imaging Motorola

    Sean Kelly had been Imaging VP at Motorola Mobility since 2012.  He has lead Camera Commercialization and Camera Advanced Development Teams and supported the delivery of over a dozen new cameras.  During this tenure, Motorola has dramatically improved camera image quality and has brought this IQ performance into all product tiers.  He has also brought traditionally higher end camera features into the mainstream mobile camera.  Mr. Kelly has also served as Senior Director of Imaging at Flextronics where he supported camera module development, performance and factory yield improvements.  Mr. Kelly led a wide range of imaging teams spanning technology development through commercialization at Eastman Kodak.  Mr. Kelly has also supported imaging standards development in ISO and CPIQ.  He has also authored papers on image quality and digital camera performance and filed a series of patents on image processing and digital camera design.    

  • Dan McGrath

    Sr. Director of Technology BAE Systems

    Dan McGrath has worked for 37 years specializing in the device physics of silicon-based pixels, CCD and CIS, and in the integration of image-sensor process enhancements in the manufacturing flow. He chose his first job because it offered that “studying defects in image sensors means doing physics” and has kept this passion front-and-center in his work. He has pursued this work at Texas Instruments, Polaroid, Atmel, Eastman Kodak, Aptina and BAE Systems and has worked with manufacturing facilities in France, Italy, Taiwan, and the USA.  His publications include the first megapixel CCD and the basis for dark current spectroscopy (DCS).