Advisory Board

Organisers Smithers Apex were proud to work with the following renowned experts to shape and guide the Image Sensors Europe 2019 conference.

  • 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.

  • Johannes Solhusvik

    General Manager Omnivision Technologies Norway AS

    Johannes Solhusvik received the EEE B.Eng. from Univ of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK, in 1989. He then joined the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI), Kjeller, Norway, working on IR and CCD image sensors for low-light-level applications. In 1992 he moved to Toulouse, France to pursue a Ph.D. in low-noise CCD and CMOS image sensor (CIS) design from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace (SUPAÉRO).

    After graduation in 1996, he joined ABB Corporate Research, Norway, where he worked on safety critical design for robotics and telecommunications as well as CIS. In 1999, Dr. Solhusvik left ABB to establish and manage Photobit's European design center in Oslo, Norway, chartered to design custom CIS for machine vision, fingerprint sensing, meter reading, and other applications.

    Whilst working for Photobit, Dr. Solhusvik served as assistant adjunct professor at NTNU, Trondheim, teaching CIS design. He managed Photobit (Norway) design center through the Micron acquisition in 2001 and expatriated in 2004 to Micron's CIS headquarter in Pasadena, CA, from where he directed Micron's USA based design teams as well as teams in Japan, UK and Norway.

    After two years, he repatriated to Micron-Norway and worked on CIS R&D. In 2009 he joined Aptina which spun off from Micron. Dr. Solhusvik was Lead Designer of multiple products, including Aptina's A-1000 HDR CIS nominated for three awards in 2009/2010. He was also Lead Designer of a mega-pixel global shutter imager presented at IISW'11. He was promoted to BU-CTO of Aptina's Automotive and Industrial Business Unit in 2011, but soon after (2012) joined OmniVision's Norway Design Center as General Manager.

    In 2011 Dr. Solhusvik became member of the Board of Directors of the International Image Sensor Society ( He has served as Technical Program Committee member of (i) the IEEE ISSCC from 2005 to 2011, (ii) the Int. Image Sensor Workshop (IISW) since 2006 to present, and (iii) the European Solid-State Circuits Conference (ESSCIRC) since 2011 to present.

    In 2009 he was Technical Program Chair of IISW in Bergen, Norway. He has organized and chair'ed the Imaging Forum at ISSCC in 2010 and 2011, and co-organized the 2012 Forum on Computational Imaging and the 2013 Forum on Scientific Imaging. Dr. Solhusvik has a 10% position as Associate Adjunct Professor at University of Oslo.

  • 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 Carl Zeiss Microscopy Technology Center Munich

    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.

  • 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.

  • Richard Salmon

    Lead Research Engineer BBC Research & Development

    Richard Salmon is a Lead Research Engineer at BBC R&D based in London, with particular expertise in TV colorimetry and display technology.  Having been involved with HDTV research since 1992, and more recently UHD, he has developed 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 at IBC in 2008 and 2013, and the inclusion of 100fps 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 active on “Beyond HD”, display and LED lighting quality topics in the EBU, the UK Digital TV Group (DTG) and SMPTE.  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

    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.