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

We brought together the brightest minds in the industry to present at Image Sensors Europe 2018.

  • Dirk Viehmann

    Airbus Defence and Space Detector Engineering & System Engineering

    Dipl. Ing. Dirk Viehmann received his Diploma in photographic engineering in 1988 from the FH Cologne. Since then he worked for a dozen predecessor Companies of Airbus, always in the field of detector engineering, in Ottobrunn near Munich. He worked on detectors for Spectrometers for Air-planes and Space instruments, as well as with line detectors (CCD and CMOS) for high resolution cameras for remote sensing. Since 2000 he also worked with infrared detectors for space applications.

  • Wade Appelman

    VP of Sales and Marketing SensL Technologies

    Wade joined SensL as VP of Sales and Marketing in January 2011 and is responsible for all customer and marketing activity on a worldwide basis. Wade has led sales and marketing efforts for five venture-backed startups with total exit valuations of $800 million. He launched Sitera (acquired by Vitesse), Zagros (Acquired by Altera), and Lightstorm Networks (Acquired by Broadcom), closing their first customers and most recently was VP of Sales and Marketing for material handling robotic pioneer Harvest Automation.

    Wade has also served as VP of Marketing for two publically traded corporations including Cabletron Systems where he led product marketing for the $1B switch and routing division and Vitesse Semiconductor where he led product marketing and product management for the 500-employee Advanced Networking Products Division. He has a B.S. from Wagner College in New York, NY.

  • Raphael Berner

    Co-Founder and Head of Chip Design Insightness

    Raphael Berner received his Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from ETH Zurich in 2006. Afterwards he was a PhD and postdoc at the Institute of Neuroinformatics at ETH Zurich and University of Zurich, where he was working on event-based vision sensors. In 2013, he joined ALi as an analog design engineer working on RF and base-band communication circuits. Since 2016 he is with Insightness, where he leads the chip design team, working on improved event-based vision sensors.

  • Xuezhou Cao

    Process Development Analog and Sensor Group Manager X-FAB Semiconductor Foundaries

    Dr. Xuezhou Cao received B.Sc. in Microelectronics from Peking University, China in 1986 and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh, UK in 1994. She has worked in Newport Wafer-Fab Ltd, BCO technologies and Analogue Devices in areas such as CMOS process development, application support, etc. She has joined X-FAB Semiconductor Foundries since 2002 as project manager in process development. She took on role of Opto technology coordinator from 2010, then Process Development Sensor Group Manager in 2012. Her technical focus is in the area of CMOS image sensor process development.

  • Ricardo Carmona-Galán

    Scientist Institute of Microelectronics of Seville

    Ricardo Carmona-Galán is Senior Member of the IEEE. He graduated in Electronic Physics and got a Ph.D. in 2002 in Microelectronics from the University of Seville, Spain. He worked as a Research Assistant at the EECS Department of the University of California, Berkeley and he was Assistant Professor at the School of Engineering of the University of Seville. Since 2005, he is a Tenured Scientist at the Institute of Microelectronics of Seville (CSIC-University of Seville). His main research focus has been on VLSI implementation of concurrent sensor/processor arrays for real time image processing and vision. He has designed several vision chips implementing different focal plane operators for early vision processing. He also held a Postdoc at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, where he worked in interfaces for CMOS compatible nanostructures for multispectral light sensing. His current research interests lie in the design of low-power smart image sensors, single-photon detection and ToF estimation, and 3-D integrated circuits for autonomous vision systems.
    He has coauthored more than 140 journal and conference papers and a book on low-power vision sensors for vision-enabled sensor networks. He is co-inventor of several patents. He has collaborated with start-up companies in Seville (Anafocus) and Berkeley (Eutecus). Ricardo Carmona-Galán is member of the IEEE Circuits and Systems and Solid-State Circuits Societies, the IEEE Sensor Council and the ACM. He has been Associate Editor for IEEE TCAS-I and now is for Springer's Journal on Real-Time Image Processing. He got a Certificate of Teaching Excellence from the University of Seville. He is Secretary-Elect of the IEEE CASS Technical Committee on Sensory Systems since May 2017. He is the coordinator of a EU MSCA-funded innovative training network on advanced hardware/software components for integrated/embedded vision systems (ACHIEVE).

  • Arnaud Darmont

    Founder Aphesa

    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.

  • Piet de Moor

    Senior Business Development Manager Imagers IMEC

    Piet De Moor  received his PhD in Physics from University of Leuven in 1995. After joining imec in 1998 he consecutively lead different sections and  groups in the areas of  MEMS packaging,  3D Integration and Pixel Design and Test.  The last years he was Program Manager Imagers.    He has 20 years experience in develpoping advanced imaging systems.  Recently he is appointed Senior Business Development Manager Imagers.

  • Vitaliy Goncharuk

    CEO/Founder Augmented Pixels

    Vitaliy Goncharuk is a tech entrepreneur. In 2011 he established  Augmented Pixels, Inc., based in Palo Alto, California, which provides software for simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) for augmented reality and autonomous navigation. His education and experience is in applied math and business administration. Vitaliy is also an investor in several computer vision and machine learning startups and a founder of the largest computer vision conference in Eastern Europe.

  • 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.

  • Carl Jackson

    CTO and Founder SensL Division, OnSemi

    Carl Jackson is founder and CTO of SensL. Carl holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from Clemson University (USA) and a Ph.D. from the National University of Ireland, Cork in Microelectronics. His doctoral research work was carried out at the Tyndall National Institute and focused on the development of the core CMOS-compatible, low-light sensor which SensL has commercialized. Carl has over 50 publications and patents in the area of low-light sensors and he is a recognized leader in the area of solid-state silicon photomultipliers and photon-counting technology.

    After completion of his research at the Tyndall National Institute in 2002, Carl founded Photon Detection Systems which carried out further development of his solid-state sensor technology and productizing of the core detector. Additionally, Photon Detection Systems provided detector module design for commercial OEM and research customers. In 2004, Carl realized that a significant commercial opportunity existed for the core low-light sensor technology and SensL was founded to exploit the opportunity. All of the technology from Photon Detection Systems was transferred into SensL at this time.

    Carl is the technology visionary of SensL and has lead the development of the core technology from single diode sensors at the research level, to full commercial implementation with millions of light sensors per system combined with high performance packaging, electronics and software.

  • Claudio Jakobson

    Senior Analog Leader SCD

    Dr Jakobson was born in 1966 and is Senior Analog Leader at SCD. He received the Ph.D. and M.Sc. degree from Technion Israel Institute of Technology, where he is currently Senior Adjunct Lecturer teaching Mixed Signal Integrated Circuits. Formerly he has been Principal Engineer at Samsung leading the design of CMOS image sensors and Technology Leader at Intel Advanced Technologies Group focused on the development of novel wireless communication channels. Previously he was Project Manager at Bluebird Optical MEMS developing CMOS Image Sensors and MEMS devices for optical communications. Dr. Jakobson is Senior Member of IEEE, he is inventor of several patents and has published over 30 journal and conference papers on the areas of Image Sensors, Analog and Mixed Signal circuits, VLSI, MEMS, RF and biomedical devices. 

  • Robert Kappel

    Senior Design Engineer ams AG

    Robert Kappel received the master (in 2012) and doctoral (in 2015) degree from Graz University of Technology in Electrical Engineering where he was working as a researcher from 2010 to 2015. In 2015, he joined the Advanced Optical Sensors division at amg AG where he is one of the lead design engineers of the direct time of flight research program and product development team. 

  • Shoji Kawahito

    Professor, Research Institute of Electronics, Shizuoka University and CTO Brookman Technology

    Dr. Shoji Kawahito received the doctor of engineering degree from Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, in 1988. In 1988, he joined Tohoku University as a Research Associate. From 1989 to 1999, he was with Toyohashi University of Technology. From 1996 to 1997, he was a Visiting Professor at ETH, Zurich. Since 1999, he has been a professor with the Research Institute of Electronics, Shizuoka University. Since 2006, he has been a CTO of Brookman Technology Inc., a university spin-off company.

    He has been engaged in research on pixel devices, circuits, architecture and signal processing for CMOS imaging devices. He has contributed to several important fundamental technologies for CMOS imaging devices: series of column-parallel cyclic analog-to-digital converters for high-speed wide dynamic range imaging, low-noise global shutter pixels, image sensors for super high vision systems, and lock-in pixels for highly time-resolved imaging. Dr. Kawahito has recently received several awards for his contribution to CMOS imaging devices including IEEE Fellow Award in 2009, Walter Kosonocky Award from International Image Sensor Society in 2013, and Image Sensors Europe Awards in 2017. 

  • Luke Liu

    President & CEO LIPS Corporation

    Luke Liu is President & CEO of LIPS Corporation, based in Silicon Valley of Taipei (R.O.C.). He holds a M.S. in Computer Science and Information Engineering from Fu Jen Research Institute. In 2013, Luke founded LIPS by a team consisting of CSAIL MIT research scholars with mission to “Create a Real 3D World”. LIPS positioned as 3D Machine Vision Platform provider offering 3D depth cameras, standard recognition middleware, standard solutions, customized camera design, middleware, and total solution projects for developers and marketers worldwide.

  • Cheng Ma

    VP R&D Gpixel

    Cheng Ma was born in Hubei, China in 1987. He received the B. Sc in Electronics and Information technology from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 2008 and M.S degree in Electrical Engineering from Delft University of Science and Technology in 2010. In 2009, He joined IMEC Leuven as an internship working on Pixel level ADCs from CMOS image sensors. After graduation, he joined CMOSIS as an image sensor designer. Since 2012 He left CMOSIS and joined Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics and later Gpixel working on high performance CMOS image sensors.Cheng Ma was born in Hubei, China in 1987. He received the B. Sc in Electronics and Information technology from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 2008 and M.S degree in Electrical Engineering from Delft University of Science and Technology in 2010. In 2009, He joined IMEC Leuven as an internship working on Pixel level ADCs from CMOS image sensors. After graduation, he joined CMOSIS as an image sensor designer. Since 2012 He left CMOSIS and joined Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics and later Gpixel working on high performance CMOS image sensors.

  • Ronald Mueller

    CEO of Vision Markets Associate Consultant of Smithers Apex

    Dr.-Ing. Ronald Müller studied Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the Munich University of Technology and received the doctoral degree for his pioneer research on GPU optimized face analysis algorithms in 2008. Thereafter, he was building up and heading a Business Unit for engineering consulting services in the Automotive sector at the European market leader ALTRAN. From 2010 to 2014 Ronald was responsible for all marketing activities of the FRAMOS group. He additionally built up the company's first sales branch in North America. Late 2014 he has founded Vision Markets which quickly became the leading Marketing and Management Consulting Company dedicated to the global Imaging and Photonics industry. With a team of currently 6 co-workers Vision Markets is supporting SMEs as well as multi-billion dollar companies with a variety of services from Corporate Identity Management over Product Management Consulting to Content Marketing. Ronald’s latest endeavor, the platform www.Imaging.market, supports the global imaging community with an online product finder of professional imaging components and software.

  • Harald Neubauer

    Head of Department Integrated Sensorsystems Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits

    Harald Neubauer received the Dipl.Ing. in electrical engineering from the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg in 1997. Since then he works at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits in Erlangen. After working as a mixed-signal asic designer he founded the group “CMOS Image Sensors” in 2011. In 2016 he founded and heads since then the department for Integrated Sensorsystems. His interests are circuits for image sensors and specific analog to digital conversion for image sensors as well as polarization imaging.

  • Matteo Perenzoni

    Head of IRIS Research Unit Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK)

    Matteo Perenzoni graduated in Electronics Engineering from the University of Padova, Italy, in 2002. In 2004, he joined FBK, Trento, Italy, as a researcher working in the Integrated Radiation and Image Sensors (IRIS) research unit. Meanwhile, he also taught courses on electronics and sensors at the University of Trento for master and doctorate school, from 2006 to 2010. During 2014, he has been visiting research scientist in the microelectronics department of TU Delft, Netherlands. He serves as member of the technical program committee of the European Solid-State Circuit Conference (ESSCIRC) and International Solid-State Circuit Conference (ISSCC). Currently, he is leading the IRIS research unit in FBK, working in the field of radiation and image sensor using custom and CMOS technologies, with focus on single-photon detection.

  • Philippe Rommeveaux

    President and CEO Pyxalis

    Philippe Rommeveaux is President & CEO of Pyxalis, a company based in Grenoble area-France he founded with a few other colleagues in 2010. Previously he has been image sensor business unit manager at e2v (50M€ turnover, 70 people), responsible of strategic business development at Atmel and started his career as image sensor program manager. He holds a PhD in microelectronics and an engineering degree from Orsay Optical Institute.

  • Oren Rosenzweig

    Chief Business Officer & Co-Founder Innoviz Technologies

    Prior to co-founding Innoviz, Oren was a consultant in the NYC office of the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) advising some of the world’s leading technology companies on topics such as Growth, Market Entry and Pricing. Previous roles include leading the mobile products programs at Anobit (acquired by Apple) - a startup disrupting the Digital Storage space. Oren spent 7 years in the elite technological unit of the Intelligence Corps of the Israel Defense Forces, where he developed cutting edge communications systems and led several large scale projects. Oren holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering (Cum Laude) from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, and an MBA in Finance (High Honors) from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

  • 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.


  • Mathias Schulz

    Design Engineering Manager Jabil Optics Germany

    Mathias Schulz graduated with a Master of Physics from the University of Dresden. He then started his career at Carl Zeiss focusing on projection systems and cameras. Since 2006, he has been working for Jabil Optics Germany GmbH (formerly Sypro Optics GmbH), a 100% daughter of Jabil, Jabil is a technology-driven Design and Manufacturing Service Provider with headquarters in St. Petersburg, USA. Mathias Schulz is part of the Business Development team. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Daniel Van Blerkom

    Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder Forza Silicon

    Dr. Daniel Van Blerkom has led the Forza Silicon engineering team in designing leading edge image sensors for medical, automotive and industrial applications, as well as high-end sensor products in the areas of digital cinema and defense. Prior to founding Forza Silicon, Daniel was with Photobit Corporation from 1998 to 2001. He holds 14 image sensor patents and was co-recipient of the Jack Raper Award for Outstanding Technology Directions Paper at ISSCC 2008. Daniel received his BSEE from UC Berkeley and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from UC San Diego.

  • Albert van Breemen

    Senior Scientist Holst Centre

    Dr. Albert van Breemen (male) received his Ph. D. degree in Organic and Polymer Chemistry from the University Hasselt, Belgium, in 1999. In that same year he joined TNO as Project Leader, being responsible for the technical and scientific content of several large projects on plastic electronics, inorganic photovoltaics and self-assembly. Since 2007 he works as a senior scientist at Holst Centre, focusing on development of technology for flexible electronics applications like Organic Photodetectors, X-ray imagers, polymer actuators, TFTs and memories. 

  • Toshio Yasue

    Research Engineer NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)

    Toshio Yasue received the B.E and M.E degrees in Applied Physics from the University of Tokyo, Tokyo Japan, in 2006 and 2008, respectively. After joining NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) in 2008, he has been with NHK Science & Technology Research Laboratories since 2012, where he has been involved in the research and development of imaging devices and cameras for 8K Ultra-High Definition Television.

  • Roi Ziss

    Realsense EMEA Marketing Director Intel

    3D camera veteran with almost 10 years of experience ranging many different technologies.

    Roi is one of Intel’s Realsense founders and is intimately involved with its stereo technology building the first prototypes.

    After a the initial period at Realsense (and before returning to Intel), Roi had moved to worked for another 3d camera company – Mantis Vision where he lead few key project most renowned is the depth sensor for Google’s Tango project.

    After a period of two years at Mantis, Roi had returned to Realsense to work at the CTO team exploring and building new prototypes and technologies related to depth and motion.

    Recently Roi had taken the position of EMEA marketing and competiveness director.