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Advisory Board

Organisers Smithers are proud to work with the following renowned experts to shape and guide the Image Sensors Europe 2020 conference.

  • Sophie Caranhac

    Chief Operations Officer PYXALIS

    Sophie Caranhac is the COO and co founder of Pyxalis. Before contributing to Pyxalis creation she was the head of CMOS image sensor product development (multi disciplines and multi sites) as part of e2 group in the Imaging business unit. She has more than 25 years experience in imaging domain in several positions from design , product engineer …and then head of different imaging teams. She was in charge of the Atmel’s CMOS imaging activities aiming at the mobile phone market in 2000, she actively contributed to the growth and success of this activity which then diversified in the professional market (space, medical, industrial…).

  • Robert K. Henderson

    Professor of Electronic Imaging University of Edinburgh

    Professor Robert K Henderson is a Professor in Engineering at University of Edinburgh (UoE). After 14 years in the microelectronics industry at CSEM, VLSI Vision and STMicroelectronics, he joined the UoE in 2005, co-developed the first SPAD detectors in nanometer CMOS technology and led SPAD sensor design in the project MEGAFRAME and the FP7 project SPADNET. This research activity led to the first volume SPAD time-of-flight products in 2013 in the form of STMicroelectronics Flightsense series. He has maintained a long term research collaboration with STMicroelectronics on SPADs. In 2014, he was awarded an ERC Advanced Fellowship (TOTALPHOTON) to develop SPAD cameras for super-resolution microscopy and is developing time-resolved stacked SPAD sensors in the EPSRC QuantIC Hub and within the ENIAC-POLIS project.

  • Anders Johannesson

    Senior Expert - Imaging Research and Development Axis Communications

    Anders Johannesson received a B.S. degree in physics at Lund University in 1987, and a Ph.D. in astronomy at Lund University in 1992. The Ph.D. work centered on imaging based on polarimetry and spectroscopy of small magnetic and dynamic structures in the solar atmosphere with data from the Swedish Solar observatory at La Palma, Spain.

    Anders continued to work with solar imaging as a Research Fellow at the California Institute of Technology in USA. After that he has been involved in development of imaging methodology and cameras for industrial and consumer applications at Svep AB in Sweden, at Dialog Semiconductor AB, and at Albireo AB. Since 2006 he is a senior expert engineer at Axis Communications AB in Sweden. His work within surveillance imaging focus on the image sensor and its interaction with the rest of the camera system.

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  • Vladimir Koifman

    Chief Technology Officer Analog Value

    Since 2011, Vladimir Koifman is CTO of Analog Value Ltd. developing new approaches in image sensor design. Prior to that, in 2004, Vladimir co-founded Advasense image sensor company acquired by Pixim, and, later, by Sony. Prior to that, he co-founded AMCC Israel analog design center. In 90s, Vladimir worked for Motorola Semiconductor, developing mixed signal processors for the company's mobile phones. Vladimir has authored 10 papers and received over 50 patents. Among his other activities, Vladimir maintains Image Sensors World blog over the last 10 years.

  • Markus Cappellaro

    Product Manager and Principal ZEISS Research Microscopy Solutions

    Mr Cappellaro started working with electronic cameras as an intern with an image analysis company in Munich in 1986. Digital cameras have been his life ever since.

    He finished his studies in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the Technical University of Munich in 1991 with a Diploma Thesis for a “Computer Interface for Digital Camera with Programmable Resolution”. In 1991 he started his working career as a Development Engineer and Project Leader at Kontron Electronics with digital cameras for professional studio photography. Since 1998 he has worked as Product Manager for Digital Camera Technology at Carl Zeiss Microscopy in Munich, Germany.

    As a Principal” in the expert career path, he supports his colleagues in achieving the best customer experience with digital cameras in research and routine applications in light microscopy.

  • Dr. Saleh Masoodian

    CEO Gigajot Technology

    Dr. Saleh Masoodian is the Co-founder and CEO of Gigajot Technology Inc., a company that commercializes the revolutionary Quanta Image Sensor technology. He received his Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College. During his Ph.D. at Dartmouth College, he was one of the research group key members working to realize the quanta image sensor technology. Dr. Masoodian is the inventor of the stacked backside-illuminated quanta image sensor. He has more than nine years of experience in designing CMOS Image sensors. Dr. Masoodian has published more than 15 technical papers and filed 6 patent applications.

  • 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.

  • Kazuko Nishimura

    Chief Researcher of CMOS Image Sensor Development Panasonic

    Kazuko Nishimura received her B.E. degree in mechanical engineering from Osaka University, Japan, in 1995. She has since been engaged in the research and development of high-speed ADCs, optical transceivers and image sensors. Currently she is a chief researcher in the Technology Innovation Division (Corporate R&D Division), Panasonic Corporation. Her technical focus  is in the advanced CMOS image sensor circuit and system development.

  • Sara Pellegrini

    Advanced Photonics Pixel Architect STMicroelectronics

    Sara Pellegrini is a pixel architect leading the advanced photonics sensors technology development activities in STMicroelectronics’ centre of competence for imaging in Edinburgh. In this role she works in close collaboration with the silicon, process, module and system R&D teams to define and develop the Imaging Division photonics pixel roadmap and specification. In addition to this she works with external collaborators on several R&D projects within STMicroelectronics’ Imaging PhD Programme.
    Sara graduated in Electronics Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano in 1999 and received her PhD in Physics from Heriot-Watt University in 2006. She has authored and presented several papers on SPAD and SPAD-based systems and applications

  • Ljiljana Platisa

    Business Development Manager Ghent University / imec

    Ljiljana Platisa received her master degree in electrical engineering from the University of Novi Sad, Serbia, in 2001, and PhD degree in computer science engineering from Ghent University, Belgium, in 2014. In 2004 she was appointed CEO at Zesium mobile Ltd, Serbia. Since 2007 she worked as researcher and later project manager at imec research group for Image Processing and Interpretation (IPI) at Ghent University. Her research interests are on theoretical and psychophysical aspects of image and video quality assessment and modeling, resulting in over 80 publications.

  • Richard Salmon

    Lead Research Engineer BBC Research & Development

    Richard Salmon is based in London, and his work focuses on image quality, TV colorimetry and display technology, requiring a deep technical understanding of the entire image chain from lighting quality, through the camera, compression and production systems, to the viewer’s impression of the displayed image.  He inspired and led work within the BBC on higher frame rates (HFR), culminating in very successful demonstrations in 2008 and 2014, and the inclusion of 100 and 120fps in international UHD TV standards.  More recently he has contributed to the development of the Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) system of high dynamic range (HDR) TV.

    He is an Honorary Fellow of the International Moving Image Society (BKSTS), and a member of the SMPTE and the IET.

  • Nobukazu Teranishi

    Professor Shizuoka University / University of Hyogo

    Nobukazu Teranishi was born in Kobe, Japan in 1953. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics from University of Tokyo, 1976 and 1978, respectively.

    He developed image sensors and cameras at NEC Corporation from 1978 to 2000 and at Panasonic Corporation from 2000 to 2013. He is now professor of University of Hyogo and Shizuoka University, where he develops photon counting image sensor, imagers for various wavelength; visible, infrared, X-ray, and new functions for image sensors.

    He invented pinned photodiode (PPD) for no image lag, low noise and low dark current at CCD image sensors in 1980. In the late 1990's, PPD was introduced into CMOS image sensors, which performance became competitive to CCD's. The high performance of PPD drove the pixel size shrinkage, and realized higher resolution. Now, almost all CCD image sensors and CMOS image sensors came to utilize the PPD.

    He has authored and co-authored 80 papers and holds 46 Japanese patents and 21 US patents. His leadership at academic societies and industry and his PPD invention have been honored by government organizations as well as societies around the globe. He won the Prize of the President of KEIDANREN of National Invention Awards in 1994, Commendation by Minister of State for Science and Technology in 1997, Niwa-Takayanagi Award from the Institute of Image Information and Television Engineers (ITE) in 2000 and 2013, Progress Medal and Hon. Fellowship from Royal Photographic Society in 2010, Progress Medal from Photographic Society of America in 2011, Yamazaki Teiichi Award, IEEE Electron Devices Society J. J. Ebers Award in 2013. His group won the Emmy Award in 1991 by the broadcast-use CCD camera development.

    He is a fellow member of ITE, where he served as a chair of the paper editor committee and a chair of the Information Sensing Committee. He is also a fellow member of IEEE, where he served as a general chair for 1999 and 2005 IEEE Workshop on Charge-Coupled Devices & Advanced Image Sensors. He also served co-general chair of International Image Sensors Workshop (IISW) 2011. He is now President of International Image Sensors Society and a program committee member of IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging.

  • 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.