2019 Image Sensors Americas Speakers

This year's high level experts in the image sensors field speaking at IS Americas 2019

  • Wade Appelman

    VP of Sales and Marketing SensL Technologies

    Wade joined SensL as VP of Sales and Marketing in January 2011 and is responsible for all customer and marketing activity on a worldwide basis. Wade has led sales and marketing efforts for five venture-backed startups with total exit valuations of $800 million. He launched Sitera (acquired by Vitesse), Zagros (Acquired by Altera), and Lightstorm Networks (Acquired by Broadcom), closing their first customers and most recently was VP of Sales and Marketing for material handling robotic pioneer Harvest Automation.

    Wade has also served as VP of Marketing for two publically traded corporations including Cabletron Systems where he led product marketing for the $1B switch and routing division and Vitesse Semiconductor where he led product marketing and product management for the 500-employee Advanced Networking Products Division. He has a B.S. from Wagner College in New York, NY.

  • Emmanuel Bercier

    Strategy and Automotive Market Manager ULIS-SOFRADIR

    Emmanuel joined the infrared thermal sensor field as scientist in 1998, followed by different positions in project, product and marketing management across the Sofradir and ULIS companies. Emmanuel has been leading the automotive market for ULIS since 2017, giving the benefit of his experience with thermal sensors to the autonomous vehicle roadmap. Emmanuel has an engineering diploma in Optronics and a business master’s degree.

  • Andrew Berkovich

    Research Scientist Facebook Reality Laboratory

    Andrew Berkovich received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA in 2011 and 2015, respectively. He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering in 2017, from the same institution. During his Ph.D. studies, he worked on the development of biologically-inspired low-light image sensors. Since August 2017, he has been with Facebook Reality Laboratory in Redmond, WA, USA, where he is currently a Research Scientist. His research interests are in the fields of optical sensors, intelligent vision sensors, and sensor modelling.

  • Tracy Fung

    Sr. Staff Engineer, Product Development CMOS Lead Illumina

    Tracy Fung serves as the lead of CMOS Product Development at Illumina. Tracy’s team delivers optical sequencing-on-chip products with a focus on image sensors and imaging systems.  In 2018 Tracy’s team delivered Illumina’s first sequencing-on-chip sensor for the iSeq100 sequencer.  Tracy holds an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and B.S. Electrical Engineering from University of Washington.

  • Paul Gallagher

    Vice-President of Strategic Marketing Airy3D

    Paul K. Gallagher is currently the Vice-President of Strategic Marketing for Airy3D. He has over 30 years of industry experience, having held executive and product leadership roles at the top original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of imaging sensors including Samsung Electronics Company, OmniVision Technologies, Micron Technology (Aptina/ON Semi), Pelican Imaging, and ST Micro (VLSI Vision). Mr. Gallagher was most recently at LG Electronics in San Jose where he working to develop the company’s organic imager program. He continuously drives to open new markets and technology uses within imaging, and is an advisor to numerous imaging companies.

  • Matt George

    Applications Research Scientist MoxTek

    Matthew George specializes in nanostructured optical devices and is the Application Scientist for the Optics division of Moxtek, the industry leader in wafer-scale manufacturing of wire grid polarizers for projection display.  Matthew received his PhD in 2009 from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.  After postdoctoral appointments at the University of Illinois and Sandia National Laboratories, he joined Moxtek in 2012.  His academic research included the advancement of various forms of lithography and the development of novel photoresists for 3-D lithographic applications.  His efforts at Moxtek have been focused on developing nanostructures for optical-sensing, consumer display, and semiconductor metrology applications.  Other projects included developing improved optical metrology techniques, novel polarizer passivation coatings, and various infrared polarizers for laser machining, spectroscopy, and aerospace/defense applications.

  • Vitaliy Goncharuk

    CEO/Founder Augmented Pixels

    Vitaliy Goncharuk is a tech entrepreneur. In 2011 he established  Augmented Pixels, Inc., based in Palo Alto, California, which provides software for simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) for augmented reality and autonomous navigation. His education and experience is in applied math and business administration. Vitaliy is also an investor in several computer vision and machine learning startups and a founder of the largest computer vision conference in Eastern Europe.

  • Vladlen Kolton

    Director Intelligent Systems Lab Intel

    Vladlen Koltun is a Senior Principal Researcher and the director of the Intelligent Systems Lab at Intel. His lab conducts high-impact basic research on intelligent systems, with emphasis on computer vision, robotics, and machine learning. He has mentored more than 50 PhD students, postdocs, research scientists, and PhD student interns, many of whom are now successful research leaders.

  • Raviv Melamed

    CEO & Co-Founder Vayyar Imaging

    Raviv Melamed is the CEO and Co-Founder of Vayyar Imaging, where his goal is to help people live healthier and safer lives with Vayyar’s revolutionary sensor technology. Prior to co-founding Vayyar, Raviv was the Vice President of the Intel Architecture Group and General Manager of Intel’s Worldwide Mobile Wireless Group.

    Raviv joined Intel in 2004 as part of the company’s acquisition of Envara, a fabless semiconductor company based in Israel, where he served as the Vice President of Research and Development. Prior to that, he held several roles in the Israel Defence Force in large-scale radar and communications projects. Raviv holds a BSc. and MSc. in electrical engineering from Ben-Gurion University in Israel.

  • Ron Mueller

    CEO of Vision Markets Associate Consultant of Smithers Apex

    After several executive positions in B2B Sales and Marketing, Dr.-Ing. Ronald Mueller founded Vision Markets in 2014 with the mission to support companies to grow in the Imaging field. Quickly, Vision Markets became the leading Marketing and Management Consulting Company dedicated to the global Machine Vision industry. With a team of currently 8 co-workers Vision Markets has already supported over 55 SMEs as well as multi-billion dollar companies from Tokyo to Vancouver. The quality of the offerings derives from the technical know-how of imaging technologies, the market expertise built since 2002, and the executive management experience of its consultants. On this basis, Vision Markets enables its clients to grow with strategic consulting services in Marketing, Sales, Product Management, and Corporate Acquisitions. Operational outsourcing services like recruiting, public relations management, writing of marketing content, and digital marketing are complementing the portfolio. Furthermore, Ronald is member of several Machine Vision innovation award juries.

  • Neil Na

    Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer Artilux

    Neil Na is the co-founder and Chief Science Officer of Artilux Inc. He received his PhD from the Electrical Engineering Department of Stanford University, USA, in 2008. From 2008 to 2012, he worked as a Research Scientist at Intel Corporation, USA. Subsequently, from 2012 to 2015, he worked as an Assistant Professor at National Tsinghua University, Taiwan. Since 2015, he works as the Chief Science Officer at Artilux Inc., Taiwan and the USA. Dr. Na has published 50+ journal/conference papers and hold 50+ patents worldwide. His research interests include mesoscopic quantum optics, integrated silicon photonics, and 3D image sensing/processing.

  • Gloria Putnam

    Marketing Director Americas GPixel

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  • Renato Turchetta

    CEO IMASENIC Advanced Imaging S.L.

    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 IMASENIC, a fabless semiconductor company, designing custom CMOS image sensors and delivering to the market.

  • Dr. Daniel Van Blerkom

    CTO & Co-Founder Forza Silicon

    Daniel has led the Forza Silicon engineering team in designing leading edge image sensors for medical, automotive and industrial applications, as well as high-end sensor products in the areas of digital cinema and defense. Prior to founding Forza Silicon, Daniel was with Photobit Corporation from 1998 to 2001. He holds 14 image sensor patents and was co-recipient of the Jack Raper Award for Outstanding Technology Directions Paper at ISSCC 2008. Daniel received his BSEE from UC Berkeley and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from UC San Diego

  • Dmitry Vorobiev

    Research Scientist Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics

    Dmitry Vorobiev is a Research Scientist at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) in Boulder, Colorado. Before joining LASP, Dmitry earned a MS in Imaging Science and PhD in Astrophysical Sciences and Technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. Dmitry works on the development of instrumentation for astronomical and terrestrial remote sensing applications, focusing on spatially-multiplexed spectroscopy and imaging polarimetry.

  • Dr. Ren Wu

    Founder & CEO NovuMind

    Dr. Ren Wu is the Founder and CEO of NovuMind Inc, where he is leading the effort to push
    the frontier of artificial intelligence (AI) via high-performance and heterogeneous computing.
    His dream is to improve people’s life using NovuMind’s AI technologies.

    He was the distinguished scientist at Baidu Research where he and his team have designed and
    built a supercomputer dedicate for deep learning and have achieved world’s best results on
    many image recognition tasks.

    Prior to joining Baidu, Ren served as chief software architect of Heterogeneous System
    Architecture (HSA) at AMD. Earlier, he was the principal investigator of CUDA Research
    Center at HP Labs, where he is widely known for his pioneering work in using GPUs to
    accelerate big data analytics and large-scale machine learning algorithms.