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The Image Sensors Europe conference attracts the highest calibre business-oriented speakers from the international digital imaging industry.

We were excited to have brightest minds in the industry to present at Image Sensors Europe 2020.

  • Dr. Barry Behnken

    Co-Founder & SVP of Engineering AEye Inc.

    Dr. Barry Behnken is a 25+ year defense/aerospace executive with deep expertise in LiDAR and electro-optics, and extensive experience developing, managing and deploying disruptive imaging technologies for various applications throughout the world.  Prior to AEye, he was Engineering Fellow for Emerging Laser Technologies at Raytheon Space and Airborne‌ Systems, where he led the development and fielding of new DARPA LiDAR technologies.  He served twenty years as a senior physicist and program manager in the U.S. Air Force, including as Director of a $1.6B+ space satellite division, before retiring from active duty at the rank of lieutenant colonel.  He holds B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in applied physics, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

  • Raul Bravo

    President, Co founder Outsight

    Raul is a serial entrepreneur. He has created four companies in different fields in the mobile robotics space for warehouse automation and autonomous driving 3D perception. He has hired 200+ people and raised over $125 million including an IPO.

    Raul has obtained 35 different awards for his engineering and entrepreneur career, among them as best Spanish Engineer and the MIT Technology Review – Top 10 Innovators Under 35 and filed 27 patents.

  • Dr. Bernd Buxbaum

    CEO/CTO, Founder pmdtechnologies, Germany

    Dr. Bernd Buxbaum studied Microelectronics and Business Administration at Darmstadt University of Technology as well as University of Siegen and received his Ph.D. in Optoelectronics 2002. He is founding CEO/CTO of pmdtechnologies ag and Chairman of the Executive Board (CEO). He is also an entrepreneur and investor in High-Tech companies as well as member of several supervisory boards and lecturer at Universities.

  • Prof. Edoardo Charbon

    Chair of VLSI EPFL

    Edoardo Charbon (SM’00 F’17) received the Diploma from ETH Zurich, the M.S. from the University of California at San Diego, and the Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1988, 1991, and 1995, respectively, all in electrical engineering and EECS. He has consulted with numerous organizations, including Bosch, X-Fab, Texas Instruments, Maxim, Sony, Agilent, and the Carlyle Group. He was with Cadence Design Systems from 1995 to 2000, where he was the Architect of the company's initiative on information hiding for intellectual property protection. In 2000, he joined Canesta Inc., as the Chief Architect, where he led the development of wireless 3-D CMOS image sensors. Since 2002 he has been a member of the faculty of EPFL, where is a full professor since 2015. From 2008 to 2016 he was with Delft University of Technology’s as Chair of VLSI design. He has been the driving force behind the creation of deep-submicron CMOS SPAD technology, which is mass-produced since 2015 and is present in telemeters, proximity sensors, and medical diagnostics tools. His interests span from 3-D vision, LiDAR, FLIM, FCS, NIROT to super-resolution microscopy, time-resolved Raman spectroscopy, and cryo-CMOS circuits and systems for quantum computing. He has authored or co-authored over 350 papers and two books, and he holds 21 patents. Dr. Charbon is a distinguished visiting scholar of the W. M. Keck Institute for Space at Caltech, a fellow of the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience Delft, a distinguished lecturer of the IEEE Photonics Society, and a fellow of the IEEE.

  • Dana Diezemann

    Strategical Product Manager ISRA Vision AG

    Over the last 30 years, Dana Diezemann has brought her experience to the three largest manufacturers of industrial cameras in hardware development, support and product management. In more than 350 training sessions, lectures and coachings, Dana has inspired many people, taught them a lot of expertise and inspired them in camera technology.

  • Prof Douglas J Paul

    EPSRC Established Quantum Technology Fellow James Watt School of Engineering, University of Glasgow, U.K.

    Douglas Paul has a MA degree in Physics and Theoretical Physics and a PhD from the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge. He was an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow at the Cavendish along with being a Fellow and Wine Steward at St Edmunds College, Cambridge before moving to the University of Glasgow, UK in 2007. From 2010 to 2015 he was Director of the James Watt Nanofabrication Centre in the University of Glasgow and since 2015 he has held an EPSRC Quantum Technology Established Research Fellowship and a Dstl Visiting Fellowship. He presently runs a research group of over 20 people with an active grant portfolio of over £24M mainly concentrating on quantum technology with chip scale (cold) atom systems, MEMS gravimeters, Ge on Si single photon avalanche detectors, range-finding / lidar and single electron devices. He is a member of the UK Quantum Technology Hub in Sensors and Metrology / Timing, QuantiC (the UK Quantum Technology Hub for Quantum Enhanced Imaging) and the UK Quantum Technology Hub for Quantum Communications. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Institute of Physics and the Higher Education Academy and a Senior Member of the IEEE. Prof Paul was one of the editors of the Technology Roadmap of European Nanoelectronic which became the Future Emerging Technology section of the ITRS roadmap and in 2016 was the editor for the European Strategic Research Agenda on Sustainable ICT. He has previously sat on the UK Home Office Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Scientific Advisory Committee and presently sits on the MOD Defence Science Expert Committee and the UK Government Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies. In 2014 he was awarded the Institute of Physics President’s Medal for his work translating advanced technology into products.

  • Erik S. Chen

    CEO Artilux

    Erik S. Chen is the Co-founder & CEO of Artilux Inc, pioneer of wide spectrum 3D sensing based on GeSi photonic technology. He obtained MS/PhD in EE from Stanford University at 2007 and 2010 respectively, and was a research scientist at Intel Labs from 2010 to 2013 prior to co-founding Artilux. He authored and co-authored several publications in premier technical journals and conferences, and holds more than 30 granted patents.

  • Bernard Godet

    Senior Application Engineer PYXALIS

    Bernard Godet has 20 years of customer support in the imaging world, these include positions:

    - 2019 : Senior application engineer at Pyxalis

    - 2000 – 2019 : ATMEL/e2v/Teledyne e2v : Worldwide support in Imaging . Industrial cameras and sensors (CCD and CMOS). Technical Marketing.

    - 1990 - 2000 : CORYS S.A./CORYS Tess :  Train and Power Plant simulators development and worldwide support for maintenance.

  • Yutaka Hirose

    Manager Panasonic Corporation

    Yutaka Hirose graduated from University of Tokyo with M.E., in 1987. From 1987 to 1989, he was engaged in development of an optical recording system at NEC. In 1995, he received Ph.D. from Princeton University. From 1996 to 2001, he was at Texas Instruments Japan and worked for development of DRAM and CCD. From 2001, he has been with Panasonic Corporation and engaged in development of RF & THz devices and CMOS imagers.

  • Ljubomir Jovanov

    Researcher Ghent Uni/imec

    Ljubomir Jovanov received his dipl. ing. and mr. ing. degrees in electrical engineering from the
    University of Novi Sad, Serbia, in 2000 and 2005, respectively. In 2011, he earned a PhD in applied sciences

    From Ghent University, Belgium. His main research interests are in the field of quality enhancement of color and depth video, including denoising, super-resolution, deconvolution, sensor fusion between the two modalities and multiview video processing.

  • Michael Kiehn

    Director Sensor Development Ibeo Automotive Systems GmbH

    Working experience:
    1996 - 1998 Design Engineer Hardware and Firmware Ansari
    1998 - 2003 Design Engineer Hardware and Firmware Ibeo Lasertechnik
    2003 - 2009 Head of Sensor Development Ibeo Automobile Sensor
    2010 - present Head of Sensor Development, Co Founder and Share Holder Ibeo Automotive Systems
    Scientific education
    1992 - 1995 Dipl Ing . Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    University of Applied Science Hamburg
    1995 - 1996 BEng Hons in Electrical and Electronic Engineering University of Portsmouth (UK)


  • 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.

  • Jörg Kunze

    Team Leader R&D New Technology Basler

    Dr. Jörg Kunze has received his Diploma in Physics from the University of Kiel and his PhD from the University of Hamburg. He joined Basler in 1998, where he is currently Teamleader of New Technology. Jörg serves as an expert for image sensors, camera hardware, noise, color fidelity, 3D- and computational imaging and he develops new algorithms for color image signal processing. Many of Baslers patents name him as inventor.

  • Dr. Makoto Monoi


    Makoto Monoi received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, in 1983, and the Ph.D. degree in management science and technology from Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, in 2010.

    He joined Toshiba Corporation, Kawasaki, Japan, in 1983, where he had been involved in the research and development of CCD and CMOS image sensors. In 2016, he joined HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES JAPAN K.K., Tokyo, Japan, where he belongs to Tokyo Research Center and is leader of image sensor team.

  • 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.

  • Tetsuo Nomoto

    Head of Sony Semiconductor Solutions Europe, Senior Vice President Sony Europe B.V.

    Tetsuo Nomoto received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in applied physics from Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, in 1988 and 1990, respectively.

    In 1990, he joined Olympus Optical Corporation, Nagano, Japan, where he was involved in the development of charge modulation device image sensors. He joined Sony Corporation, Kaagawa, Japan, in 2001, where he has been engaged in the development of CMOS active pixel sensors. Since 2019, he has been Head of Sony Semiconductor Solutions Europe. 

    He received Walter Kosonocky Award in 2007 and 2011. He also received IEEE SSCS Japan Industry Contribution Award in 2019.

  • Sung-Yun Park

    Assistant Professor and Assistant Research Scientist Pusan National University & University of Michigan

    Sung-Yun Park received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Pusan National University, Busan, Korea in 2005, and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon, Korea in 2008, where he was involved in photonics device research. From 2008 to 2010, he worked for the Fairchild Semiconductor, Bucheon, Korea, as a Member of Technical Staff for high voltage mixed signal circuit design. He continued his study in integrated circuits in Cornell University, Ithaca, NY and received the M. Eng. in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2011, and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan in 2016. From 2016 to 2018, he was a research fellow, and from 2018 he was an assistant research scientist at the University of Michigan. In 2019, he joined the Department of Electronics Engineering at the Pusan National University where he is an assistant professor. His current research interests are in low power, low noise mixed-signal integrated circuits and power management circuits for biomedical and sensor systems.

  • Matteo Perenzoni

    Head of IRIS Research Unit Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK)

    Matteo Perenzoni is currently the Head of the Integrated Radiation and Image Sensors (IRIS) research unit at Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK), Trento, Italy. He graduated in Electronics Engineering from the University of Padova and in 2004 he joined FBK, as a researcher in the field of smart CMOS image sensors design. During 2014, he has been visiting research scientist in the Microelectronics department of TU Delft, Netherlands. Since 2017 he leads the IRIS group, with a team of almost 30 researchers, with the mission of developing novel sensing and imaging solutions. He has a long-term experience in radiation and image sensor using CMOS technologies, with focus on single-photon detection and 3d imaging.

  • Dr. Tapani Ryhänen

    CEO Emberion Oy

    Tapani Ryhänen is the CEO and Co-Founder of Emberion Oy, a SME company established in Espoo Finland and in Cambridge UK in June 2016. Emberion produces infrared imaging solutions for various industrial machine vision and night vision applications based on Emberion’s own unique nanomaterial technologies. Before establishing Emberion he has worked in several different business roles at Nokia over 21 years, leading Nokia’s research and development of sensor and material technologies and their applications. He has authored more than 70 publications, numerous patents, eight book chapters, and a book. He has given more than 60 plenary, keynote or invited presentations in scientific conferences. There are more than 6500 citations to his publications. His is one of the creators of Nokia's awarded Morph concept and an author and editor of a book “Nanotechnologies for Future Mobile Devices”. He is a member in the Scientific Advisory Committee of the EU Graphene Flagship Project.

  • Dr. Dakota S. Robledo

    Senior Image Sensor Scientist Gigajot Technology

    Dakota S. Robledo received his Ph.D from the Thayer School of Engineering in June 2019. While at Thayer, Dakota helped to develop and realize the Quanta Image Sensor technology through statistical modeling, device simulation and fabricated device testing. He is currently a Senior Image Senor Scientist at Gigajot Technology where he helps to further develop and commercialize the Quanta Image Sensor technology.

  • David Schie

    CEO AIStorm

    David Schie is the CEO of AIStorm, an AI-in-Sensor startup with operations in Silicon Valley, Graz, Budapest and Houston.  Funded by Tower Semiconductor, Egis Technology, Linear Dimensions Semiconductor and Meyer Corporation, AIStorm has developed AI-in-CIS technology which can provide significant power, noise, speed and processing advantages.  David Schie was educated at the University of Toronto in analog IC design and has held several high-level management positions up to Sr. VP with responsibilities including product definition, engineering, and P/L for leading companies including Maxim, Micrel, and Semtech.

  • 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.

  • Ramses Valvekens

    Managing Director easics

    Ramses Valvekens is managing director at Easics, a SoC, FPGA and ASIC design company, active in imaging, industry 4.0, healthcare, space and other markets. To this day, he vividly remembers his first encounter with neural networks, in 1996, when he used them to implement an optical character recognition system. In 1993 he co-invented, at Imec, the first soft microprocessor on FPGA, for which he received the Barco/VIK-prize. He holds two master degrees in electronics engineering from KU Leuven. 

  • Benedetto Vigna

    President, Analog, MEMS and Sensors Group STMicroelectronics

    Benedetto Vigna is STMicroelectronics’ President, Analog, MEMS and Sensors Group, and has held this position since January 2016. He is a member of ST’s Executive Committee since May 31st, 2018.

    Benedetto Vigna joined ST in 1995 and launched the Company’s efforts in MEMS. Under his guidance, ST’s MEMS sensors established the Company’s leadership with large OEMs in motion-activated user interfaces. Vigna has piloted ST’s successful moves into microphones, e-compasses, and touch-screen controllers, as well as environmental sensors, micro-actuators, industrial and automotive sensors, and low-power radios for IoT. Vigna’s mandate was further expanded with analog ICs and RF products (2011) and smart-power devices for OEMs and mass market (2016). ST’s Imaging division moved under his management in the fourth quarter of 2017.

    Vigna has more than 200 patents on micromachining, authored numerous publications, and sits on the boards of several EU-funded programs. Vigna’s contributions to the industry have been recognized with the MEMS Industry Group’s Executive of the Year Award (2013), the European SEMI Award (2013), the IEEE Frederik Philips Award (2015), and Manager of the Year 2017 by German magazine Markt & Technik.

    Benedetto Vigna was born in Potenza, Italy, in 1969, and graduated cum laude with a degree in Subnuclear Physics from the University of Pisa, Italy.

  • Yoel Yaffe

    R&D Director Samsung Semiconductor Israel R&D Center Ltd.

    Yoel Yaffe has been leading Samsung’s Sensor Team in Israel since 2017. He has been contributing to setting development direction and realizing of Samsung Semiconductor Sensor Team’s products such as CMOS image sensors, 3D sensors and Dynamic Vision Sensors.

    He has been acting as the main focal point for startups, mature companies and academia in Israel to explore potential collaborations with Samsung Sensor Team.

    Prior to this, Yoel was leading the architecture, HW and SW development of a Vision Processing Unit (VPU) including CNN processing engine and the development of face-detection algorithm and HW IP for Samsung's Exynos AP.

    Yoel has been working in the consumer semiconductors industry during the past 23 years. He started his career developing Content Addressable Memory(CAM), RISC CPU cores and highly optimized ICs at a startup ASIC company for Microsoft, Cisco, Zoran.

    In the past 18 year, Yoel has held various technical leadership and managerial positions leading product definitions and the technical execution by multidisciplinary teams of algorithm, hardware, software and analog design engineers delivering dozens of ICs to mass-production.

    Yoel joined Samsung in 2007 by M&A of TransChip, a mobile CIS startup company.

    He was granted 7 patents and more pending.

    He has B.S. in Electrical Engineering and M.S. in System Engineering from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology