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2019 Image Sensors Americas Speakers

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

  • Esther Baumann

    Senior Research Associate National Institute of Standards and Technology

    Esther Baumann is a research scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder, CO. Before joining NIST in 2008, she obtained a PhD in experimental physics at the University of Neuchatel in Switzerland working on intersubband transitions in GaN/AlN semiconductor quantum wells. At NIST, Esther Baumann designs and builds fiber frequency combs and explores novel frequency comb applications. In particular, she has been working on high-precision gas phase molecular dual-comb spectroscopy including green-house gas monitoring and was involved in comb-based time and frequency transfer. Esther Baumann’s work at NIST also includes precision coherent laser ranging based on frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW)  laser detection and ranging. She has been studying fundamental limits of coherent laser ranging when imaging diffusely scattering surfaces and the applicability of FMCW for ranging through turbulent media such as flames.

  • 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.

  • Bahman Hadji

    Director of Business Development, SensL Division ON Semiconductor

    Bahman Hadji has over ten years of experience working with sensing devices for medical, consumer, and automotive applications. In his current role with the SensL Division of ON Semiconductor’s Intelligent Sensing Group, he is focused on bringing to market high-performance sensors used in LiDAR systems and enabling the LiDAR technology ecosystem to leverage ON’s product portfolio. Prior to joining ON Semiconductor in 2017, he held product engineering and product marketing management roles at Aptina Imaging and OmniVision Technologies. Bahman obtained his Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Engineering and Master of Applied Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering degrees both from the University of Waterloo in Canada.

  • Vladlen Koltun

    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.

  • Zhiqiang Lin

    Director of Characterization OmniVisionTechnologies Inc

    Zhiqiang Lin is currently director of characterization at OmniVisionTechnologies Inc, the industry leader of digital imaging solution. In 2008, he received a Ph.D degree in electrical engineering from University of Nebraska - Lincoln, USA, developing a CMOS image sensor with image compression. Dr. Lin has been working as one of key drivers on the company’s CIS technology evolution from FSI to BSI, from large to small sub-micron pixel, from VGA to >48Meg resolution, from low light to HDR, covering mobile, surveillance , automotive and most of CMOS imaging applications. He holds multiple patents and is an author/co-author on multiple scientific papers in the CMOS image sensor field. Working alongside with valued customers and utilizing company’s advanced technology, Dr.Lin helped define and develop multiple successful products for the market.

  • 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.

  • Tomoo Mitsunaga

    General Manager Sony

    Tomoo Mitsunaga received his B.E. and M.E. degree in biophysical engineering from Osaka University, Japan, in 1989 and 1991, respectively. He has been working for Sony Corporation since 1991. He studied computer vision and computational photography as a visiting scholar with Prof. Shree Nayar in Columbia University from 1997 to 1999.

    Since 2016 he is appointed General Manager and leads a team of development on signal processing for image sensors.

  • Ron Mueller

    CEO of Vision Markets Associate Consultant of Smithers

    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.

  • Semyon Nisenzon

    Owner & Founder Cluster Imaging

    Semyon Nisenzon is a Leader, Advanced Technologist, Innovator and Entrepreneur with over 30 years’ experience bringing novel, high performance, ground breaking technologies to market. With a PhD in Applied Mathematics and Principal Architect and Management roles in innovative Graphics, Video and Imaging companies, Dr. Nisenzon has introduced some of the most advanced and highest-performance hardware and software products, in technologies as diverse as geometric modeling, ray-tracing, advanced video processing and computational photography, to a wide variety of market, from industrial to mobile. He is a specialist in development of innovative algorithms, algorithmic and processing optimization, modern system architectures and complex mathematical calculations. He has participated in numerous standards bodies and authored industry-standard APIs. A veteran of computer giants Arm, Sun, Apollo and ComputerVision and a leader and technologist in several notable start-ups including Computational Camera innovator Pelican Imaging, Graphics innovators Caustic, Believe, NeoMagic and Video players Micronas and Equator, Semyon has seen the industry from all sides. His next goal is to build the world's successful 3D Camera Company and move the Imaging World beyond two dimensions and to present valuable alternative to Lidars for accurate distance measurements for Automotive industery

  • Patrice Roulet Fontani

    Vice President, Technology and Co-Founder Immervision Inc.

    Based in Canada, Patrice heads Immervision’s engineering as well as, contributes to IP growth and the adoption of Immervision’s wide angle panomorph technology by global corporations. He has overseen the integration of wide-angle imaging technology in numerous consumer electronics, surveillance, automotive, aerospace, medical and broadcast products. Recently, he has led the miniaturization of the panomorph wide angle technology for smartphones, tablets, wearables and IoT devices.

    Back in 2000 in France, after completing his Master’s degree in image processing and computer graphics, Patrice joined the INRIA and contributed to their research in robotic surgery simulation field. In parallel, he co-founded Immervision, a company dedicated to wide angle optics and imaging technology. With his conviction that wide angle technology could be applied everywhere, he contributed to the development of wide angle panomorph optical and imaging technology.

    Beyond technology, Patrice believes that innovation is propelled by human beings, partnerships and alliances - he has collaborated with a large ecosystem of partners in the optics industry like Fujifilm, CBC Computar, Tamron and Kolen, and in the silicon industry like Marvel, Intel, Qualcomm, Sony, Samsung, HiSilicon, NXP and OmniVision. In addition, Patrice is an avid surfer, international traveler and always seeks to make new connections.

  • Renato Turchetta


    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.

  • 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.

  • Ken Wilson

    US Regional Representative intoPIX

    Ken Wilson is the US Regional Representative for intoPIX SA, Mont Saint-Guibert, Belgium.  Ken has over 30 years of sales and marketing experience embedded systems, electrical engineering and research.  intoPIX SA is an innovative, independent technology provider with world-class expertise and knowledge in video processing and image compression, cryptography, high performance computing and micro-electronics.  Since 2006, we create and license market-leading technologies across all audio-visual applications where image quality is a crucial asset.

  • 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.