Both workshops will take place on Tuesday 13 March.
All attendees will are invited to attend a welcome networking reception, sponsored by X-FAB Semiconductor Foundries AG, taking place after the afternoon workshop.
High Dynamic Range system design: solutions and pitfalls
09.00 - 12.30
This workshop will approach the problem of High Dynamic Range imaging and introduce the usual pixel, sensor and software solutions to provide unsaturated and sensitive images or video streams for correct processing. The most important use of HDR is in automotive, autonomous vehicles and security. HDR is not a straightforward solution and the system shall be well designed to avoid some pitfalls that will also be introduced.
Your Course leader
Arnaud Darmont has worked for over 15 years with CMOS image sensors and camera systems for automotive, industrial, oil&gas, medical and scientific applications, many of them had HDR requirements. He participated to the research and design of the first automotive HDR CMOS image sensors and developed the related characterization and production tests. He published or participated to several articles or books related to HDR sensor and systems, dynamic range, HDR color or sensor characterization. He is a chair of the Electronic Imaging image sensors conference, founder of Aphesa and member of the EMVA1288 technical committee. He holds a Master in Electronic Engineering from the University of Liège, Belgium and an AIA Vision Professional certification.
Time-Of-Flight for 3D imaging
13.30 - 17.00
The application field for 3D imaging based on Time-of-Flight is broadening and business in the field is expanding. Recently the Time-of-Flight concept entered the consumer space and that has boosted the use of 3D imaging. Especially in mobile phones and in automotive applications, time-of-flight imagers form crucial components in features that increase security and safety of the user.
In the workshop about 3D imaging with Time-of-Flight, the focus will be put on the image sensors that are being used to retrieve the 3rd dimension in a scene. This will be done in a contactless manner by means of a 2D imaging array without any scanning and with all pixels being available at the same time. This allows to digitally acquire and represent the real world in space and in time.
Topics that will be addressed in the workshop are :
- Overall principle of Time-of-Flight
- Different concepts of Time-of-Flight (direct, indirect, continuous wave, pulsed)
- How to handle background light
- Implementation of the Time-of-Flight sensors in silicon
- Limitations of Time-of-Flight sensors
- Alternatives to the Time-of-Flight concept
Your course leader
Albert Theuwissen was born in Maaseik (Belgium) on December 20, 1954. He received the degree in electrical engineering from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) in 1977. His M.Sc. thesis work was based on the development of supporting hardware around a linear CCD image sensor.
From 1977 to 1983, his work at the ESAT laboratory of the Catholic University of Leuven focused on semiconductor technology for linear CCD image sensors. He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering in 1983. His dissertation was on the implementation of transparent conductive layers as gate material in the CCD technology.
In 1983, he joined the Micro Circuits Division of the Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven (the Netherlands) as a member of the scientific staff. Since that time he was involved in research of solid-state image sensing, which resulted in the project leadership of respectively SDTV- and HDTV imagers. In 1991 he became Department Head of the division Imaging Devices, including CCD as well as CMOS solid-state imaging activities.
He is author or coauthor of many technical papers in the solid-state imaging field and issued several patents.
In 1988, 1989, 1995 and 1996 he was a member of the International Electron Device Meeting paper selection committee. He was co-editor of the IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices special issues on Solid-State Image Sensors, May 1991, October 1997 and January 2003, and of IEEE Micro special issue on Digital Imaging, Nov./Dec. 1998.
He was general chairman of the IEEE International Workshop on Charge-Coupled Devices and Advanced Image Sensors in 1997 and in 2003, and will serve again as chairman of the International Image Sensor Workshop to be organized in 2009. He is member of the Steering Committee of the aforementioned workshop and founder of the Walter Kosonocky Award, which highlights the best paper in the field of solid-state image sensors.
During several years he was a member of the technical committee of the European Solid-State Device Research Conference and of the European Solid-State Circuits Conference. Since 1999 he is a member of the technical committee of the International Solid-State Circuits Conference. For the same conference he acted as secretary, vice-chair and chair in the European ISSCC Committee and he is a member of the overall ISSCC Executive Committee. He will act as the Vice-Chair and Chair of the International Technical Program Committee respectively for the ISSCC2009 and ISSCC2010.
In 1995, he authored the book "Solid-State Imaging with Charge-Coupled Devices". This work is still considered as one of the main textbooks in the field of solid-state imaging. In 1998 he was nominated as an IEEE distinguished lecturer.
In March 2001, he became part-time professor at the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. In Delft his main attention goes to the coaching of PhD students researching CMOS image sensors.
In April 2002, he joined DALSA Corp. to act first as the company's Chief Technology Officer and later as the Chief Scientist of DALSA Semiconductors. After he left DALSA in September 2007, he founded Harvest Imaging and now he is fully focusing on training, coaching and teaching in the field of solid-state imaging technology.
In 2008 Albert Theuwissen received the SMPTE's (Society for Motion Pictures and Television Engineers) Fuji Gold Medal for his contributions in research, development and education in the field of solid-state image capturing. The winner of this award was announced during the technical conference of SMPTE, October 28th, 2008, in Hollywood (CA).
He is member of editorial board of the magazine 'Photonics Spectra', an IEEE Fellow and member of SPIE.