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Image Sensors Speakers

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

The 2015 programme is being created right now, but there are limited speaking positions remaining. If you wish to present at the next Image Sensors conference submit your paper abstract to Conference Director, Rob Stead.

Please see below for confirmed 2015 speakers...

Jed Hurwitz

Jed Hurwitz, Technologist, Advanced Measurement Systems

Analog Devices

JED Hurwitz graduated from Nottingham University, UK in 1987 with a BEng (hons). He joined GEC Plessey, then Matra MHS (France), where he worked on the world's first commercial video-telephone. In 1995, he joined VVL in Edinburgh as Principal Technologist and was one of the technical driving force behind the company that successfully became one of the pioneers of CMOS imaging. He became recognised as one of the worlds experts in all aspects of the architecture, design, development, and manufacturability of CMOS image sensor

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Jed Hurwitz (M'91) graduated from Nottingham University, UK in 1987 with a BEng (hons). He joined GEC Plessey, then Matra MHS (France), where he worked on the world's first commercial video-telephone. In 1995, he joined VVL (later floated as Vision Group Ltd before being acquired by ST Microelectronics) in Edinburgh as Principal Technologist and was one of the technical driving force behind the company that successfully became one of the pioneers of CMOS imaging.

He became recognised as one of the worlds experts in all aspects of the architecture, design, development, and manufacturability of CMOS image sensor systems (photons to bytes) and their optimization for the mobile market. In 2005 he switched disciplines and co-founded Gigle Semiconductors, a Fabless start-up company in home networking which delivered Gigabit extended Hompeplug based powerline and was later acquired by Broadcom Corp at the end of 2010.

In 2011 he co-founded Metroic Ltd, a company developing a new approach to electricity energy measurement, where he is currently the CTO. Between 2002 and 2011 he has been an active participant of the international technical commitees of the ISSCC and ESSCIRC, and has more than 18 granted and 60 pending patents.

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Giora Yahav

Giora Yahav, General Manager - Advanced Imaging Technology Organisation

Microsoft

Dr Giora Yahav is the General Manager of AIT (Advanced Imaging Technology) group at Microsoft R&D Israel. He joined Microsoft in June 2009, as part of the acquisition of 3DV Systems. Dr. Yahav previously served as Senior VP R&D and CTO of 3DV Systems, and was also one of 3DV's founders and the Inventor of its basic technology. Dr Yahav is a leading expert in imaging technologies and is regarded as thought leader in advance imaging technologies especially in novel CMOS based imagers. He is an active member of IEEE and SPIE, lecturing on various international conferences and academic conventions. He has published more than 20 papers and contributed to several fundamental researches in the field of imaging with an emphasis on active 3D imaging.

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Dr Giora Yahav is the General Manager of AIT (Advanced Imaging Technology) group at Microsoft R&D Israel. He joined Microsoft in June 2009, as part of the acquisition of 3DV Systems. Dr. Yahav previously served as Senior VP R&D and CTO of 3DV Systems, and was also one of 3DV's founders and the Inventor of its basic technology.

Dr Yahav is a leading expert in imaging technologies and is regarded as thought leader in advance imaging technologies especially in novel CMOS based imagers. He is an active member of IEEE and SPIE, lecturing on various international conferences and academic conventions. He has published more than 20 papers and contributed to several fundamental researches in the field of imaging with an emphasis on active 3D imaging.

He has over 16 years experience in Research and Development project management at Rafael, the Israeli Armament Development Authority, as the Head of active Electro-Optical Systems department. He also has extensive experience in Electro-Optical projects and holds more than 20 patents.

Prior to embarking on a management career. Dr. Yahav spent eight years in academic research at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the Technion in Haifa and the Max-Plank Institute in Germany. Dr. Yahav holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, a M.Sc. in Inorganic Chemistry and a B.Sc. in Chemistry & Physics.

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Anders Johannesson

Anders Johannesson, Senior Expert Engineer

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. 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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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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Angel Rodriguez-Vazquez

Angel Rodriguez-Vazquez, R&D Director

AnaFocus

Angel Rodriguez-Vazquez received a PhD degree in Physics Electronics in 1983. He is a Full Professor of Electronics at the University of Seville and the Institute of Microelectronics of Seville/CNM-CSIC. He is also the President and responsible for long term R&D at Innovaciones Microelectronicas SL (www.anafocus.com).

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Harald Michaelis

Harald Michaelis, Head of Department

DLR Institute of Planetary Research
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