Exclusive Content From Technical Experts

The Smithers Apex Image Sensors conference attract the highest calibre business-oriented speakers from the international digital imaging industry.

We are excited to have brightest minds in the industry to present at Image Sensors Europe 2019.

  • 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.

  • Andreas Ehn

    Division of Combustion Physics, Department of Physics Lund University

    Andreas Ehn graduated in Engineering Physics from Lund University in 2003 focusing on nanoscience and optical diagnostics. He earned his PhD degree from Lund University in ultrafast laser diagnostics in 2012 with additional research on Solid Oxide Fuel Cells with Risø DTU National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy. Dr Ehn did his postdoc at Lund University on development and application of laser diagnostics in plasma-relevant research and begun his tenure track as assistant professor 2016. He now has a group in plasma-related research utilizing laser diagnostics and has more than 40 scientific peer reviewed journal publications. His main interest is to develop ultra-fast diagnostics for plasma-related research and applications to study physics and chemistry of transient and non-repetitive events, such as for example plasma-discharge formation.

  • Igor Carron

    CEO and Co-Founder LightOn

    Igor holds a Ph.D in Nuclear Engineering from Texas A&M University. Igor has held different positions in the business development and the management of technical teams of engineering projects. He is also the co-organizer of the Paris Machine Learning meetup, one of the largest Data Science meetup in the world. Igor also writes a technical blog with a focus on algorithms, data and sensors.

  • Antonin Descampe

    Ph.D., Compression Technologist intoPIX

    Dr Antonin Descampe received his M.Sc. and Ph.D., both in Electrical Engineering, from the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), Belgium, in 2003 and 2008 respectively. He also holds a M.Sc. in Telecommunications from the Ecole Centrale Paris (ECP), France. In 2006, he co-founded intoPIX, a leading provider of innovative image and video compression solutions. He is now involved in the development and standardization of new compression technologies at intoPIX. Active member of several standardisation bodies, he is one of the project leaders of the JPEG XS standardization effort. He also holds a position of senior researcher and invited lecturer at UCL in Belgium. His current research interests include image compression, compressed image retrieval, and optimized hardware implementations.

  • Shigeyuki Imura

    Research Engineer Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK)

    Shigeyuki Imura received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in applied physics from the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, in 2002 and 2005, respectively. He joined the Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), Tokyo, Japan, in 2005. Since 2011, he has been engaged in the research of high sensitivity image sensors in the Science & Technology Research Laboratories.

  • 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.

  • Ronald Mueller

    CEO of Vision Markets Associate Consultant of Smithers Apex

    After several executive positions in B2B Sales and Marketing, Dr.-Ing. Ronald Müller 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 Imaging industry. With a team of currently 6 co-workers Vision Markets has already supported over 50 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. Ronald is also a jury member of the innovation award of the bi-annual Vision trade show in Stuttgart.

  • 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.

  • Albert Theuwissen

    Founder Harvest Imaging

    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.

  • Tomas Kovacovsky

    CTO Photoneo

    Tomas is an expert in the field of Computer Vision and Computational Photography. During and following his University studies, he’s found his niche in 3D scanning which has been his passion since. Tomas has co-developed the unique PhoXi 3D Scanner and 3D Camera with a patented technology. In 2017, he was included among the 30 brightest young entrepreneurs, innovators and game changers in Industry segment by Forbes’ 30 UNDER 30 EUROPE.

  • Luca Verre

    Co-founder and CEO Prophesee

    Luca Verre holds a double first-class MSc in Physics, Electronic and Industrial Engineering from Politecnico di Milano and Ecole Centrale and an MBA from INSEAD.

    Luca has extensive international management experience and a background in the automotive and electronics industries. His experience includes project and product management, marketing and business development roles at Schneider Electric. Prior to Schneider Electric, Luca worked as an engineer with Toyota and Altis Semiconductor as well as a Research Assistant in Photonics at the Imperial College of London.