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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 soon. If you wish to present at the next Image Sensors conference submit your paper abstract to Conference Producer, Rob Stead.


In the meantime take a look at the Image Sensors 2014 speakers. All covered a range of topics, including: consumer imaging, stacked chip architectures, automotive imaging, gesture recognition, artificial retina, plastic electronics, global shutter vs rolling shutter, high speed imaging, hyperspectral imaging and more. Take a look at the 2014 Image Sensors programme >>

Peter Seitz

Peter Seitz, Head / Adjunct Professor

Hamamatsu Photonics Innovation Centre Europe / EPFL

Managing Director, Hamamatsu Photonics Innovation Center Europe 2012 - today Creating and leading the first applied research lab of Hamamatsu Photonics outside Japan, with the aim of working closely with leading European partners from academia and industry in all domains of photonics. Managing Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab, ETH Zurich 2012 - today. Building up and heading the new Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab of ETH Zurich, with the aim of providing an inspiring environment for young scientists with entrepreneurial aspirations, for the effective development of promising technologies and the rapid transformation of scientific knowledge into economic value through startups. Adjunct Professor, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, EPFL 2009-today. Affiliated to the Institute of Microengineering at the Neuchâtel campus of EPFL. Teaching and advising of Ph.D. projects in solid-state image sensing, biophotonics, entrepreneurship and creativity in science & engineering

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Head, Hamamatsu Photonics Innovation Center Europe 2012 - today
Creating and leading the first applied research lab of Hamamatsu Photonics outside Japan, with the aim of working closely with leading European partners from academia and industry in all domains of photonics.

Managing Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab, ETH Zurich 2012 - today
Building up and heading the new Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab of ETH Zurich, with the aim of providing an inspiring environment for young scientists with entrepreneurial aspirations, for the effective development of promising technologies and the rapid transformation of scientific knowledge into economic value through startups

Adjunct Professor, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, EPFL 2009-today
Affiliated to the Institute of Microengineering at the Neuchâtel campus of EPFL. Teaching and advising of Ph.D. projects in solid-state image sensing, biophotonics, entrepreneurship and creativity in science & engineering

Vice President Nanomedicine, CSEM SA, Landquart 2007-2011
Building up and heading the research center for Nanomedicine in Landquart, resulting in the recruitment of an international workforce of 20 research scientists, the acquisition of five European projects, a dense network of industrial collaborations and the creation of seven startups in this domain.

Extraordinary Professor of Optoelectronics, University of Neuchâtel 2000-2008
Affiliated to the Institute for Microtechnology. Teaching and Ph.D. projects in solid-state image sensing, as well as in R&D project management and Entrepreneurship

Vice President Academic Relations and Member of the Management Team, CSEM SA 2005-2007
Establishing contacts between CSEM and national as well as international universities, in order to create strategic R&D collaborations between CSEM and the world's best universities in areas with high potential for significant industrial exploitation

Head, Science & Technology, swissnex, San Francisco, USA 2004-2005
Creation of CSEM's first technology outpost in San Francisco at Swissnex, Annex of the Consulate General of Switzerland. Mission: Technology watch, trend scouting, antenna to Silicon Valley, relay function, business facilitation, networking with outstanding American universities, research institutes and high-tech companies.

Vice President Photonics and Member of the Executive Board, CSEM SA 2000-2004
Division head, responsible for the research division "Photonics" in Zurich of CSEM SA, with 40-50 academic, technical and student employees, and an annual turnover of about CHF 8m.

Associate Professor, Institute for Microtechnology, University of Neuchâtel 1998-2000
Affiliated to the Institute for Microtechnology. Teaching, diploma and Ph.D. projects in solid-state image sensing and Applied Optics.

Section Head, Image Sensing Group, CSEM Zürich 1997-2000
Research and development in optical metrology using custom image sensors (Photo-ASICs, smart pixels, optical metrology) and low-cost optics (polymer monoblocks and liquid crystals). Collaboration with universities and contracts with international companies.

Section Head, Image Sensing Group, Paul Scherrer Institute, Zürich 1989-1997
Formation of the image sensing group at the PSI Zürich. Key activity areas: CMOS and CCD imaging, applied optics, optical metrology, electronic photography, applied solid state physics, digital and optical signal processing, liquid crystal technology, colorimetry, micro systems.

Member of the Technical Staff, Paul Scherrer Institute, Zürich 1987-1989
Extension of the optics group into the optics and image science group at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Zürich. Research work in applied optics.

Staff Scientist, David Sarnoff Research Center, Princeton, New Jersey, USA 1986-1987
Member of the technical staff, advanced vision group of RCA and General Electrics in Princeton, NJ. Applied research in image processing and non-destructive testing and image sensing for X-rays (General Electric Central R&D lab, Schenectady, NY).

Member of the Technical Staff, Laboratories RCA Ltd., Zürich 1984-1986
Applied research work in the optics group of Laboratories RCA Ltd., under the direction of Dr. K. Knop. Classical and modern optics in projects involving interferometry, dielectric filters, atom beam optics, X-ray image sensing and smart CCD camera technology.

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Juha Alakarhu

Juha Alakarhu, Head of Imaging Technology

Nokia

Juha Alakarhu is the Head of Imaging Technology at Nokia. In his previous positions, he was responsible for Image Sensors (2004-2007) and Camera Technology (2007-2011). In his career in Nokia, Juha has been pushing the limits of the camera technology in smartphones, and been developing, e.g., sensor evaluation metrics, oversampling, and optical image stabilizer technology. Juha received Dr. Tech on memory system design in Tampere University of Technology in 2004.

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Juha Alakarhu is the Head of Imaging Technology at Nokia. In his previous positions, he was responsible for Image Sensors (2004-2007) and Camera Technology (2007-2011).

In his career in Nokia, Juha has been pushing the limits of the camera technology in smartphones, and been developing, e.g., sensor evaluation metrics, oversampling, and optical image stabilizer technology.

Juha received Dr. Tech on memory system design in Tampere University of Technology in 2004.

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Howard  Rhodes

Howard Rhodes, Chief Technical Officer

OmniVision

Dr. Rhodes has 200 granted patents and over 15 publications. In June of 2005 Dr. Rhodes was awarded the Walter Kosonocky Award for his published work in CMOS Imaging. In August 2005, he was promoted to VP of Process Engineering at Omnivision Technologies.

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Howard E. Rhodes was appointed as the Chief Technical Officer in February 2012 after serving as OmniVision's Vice President of Process Engineering since August 2005. Dr. Rhodes first joined the company as the Sr. Director of Process Engineering in 2004 and received the Walter Kosonocky Award for his published work on CMOS imaging in 2005. Prior to joining OmniVision, Dr. Rhodes worked at Kodak Research Labs where he was in charge of process development and process integration for high speed visible and IR sensitive CCD products. After Kodak, Dr. Rhodes joined Micron Technology where he was named a Principle Fellow in 1998 and later was appointed as Micron's Director of Imager Engineering. He also holds 216 patents and 20 publications. Dr. Rhodes earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Solid State Physics from the University of Illinois.

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Thomas Niemczyk

Thomas Niemczyk, System Architect

BMW

Dr. Thomas Niemczyk, gained his diploma (2006) and doctoral degree (2011) under the supervision of Prof. Rudolf Gross at the Walther-Meissner-Institute for Low Temperature Research investigating fundamental light-matter interaction using superconducting quantum circuits. Since 2011 he has been working in the Electrics/Electronics and Driving Experience Environment for the BMW Group. In the ADAS Sensors and Algorithms sub-division, he focuses on System Architecture for future and series camera platforms and Image Quality for viewing applications.

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Dr Thomas Niemczyk, studied Physics at the Technical University of Munich with emphasis on quantum mechanics and low-temperature physics. He gained his diploma (2006) and doctoral degree (2011) under the supervision of Prof. Rudolf Gross at the Walther-Meissner-Institute for Low Temperature Research investigating fundamental light-matter interaction using superconducting quantum circuits.

Since 2011 he has worked in the Electrics/Electronics and Driving Experience Environment for the BMW Group. In the ADAS Sensors and Algorithms sub-division, he focuses on System Architecture for future and series camera platforms and Image Quality for viewing applications.

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Takeharu Goji Etoh

Takeharu Goji Etoh, Professor

Ritshumeikan University

He received PhD from Osaka University in 1973. He is currently working for Ritsumeikan University. He has updated the frame rate of high-speed video cameras at 4,500 fps in 1991, 1Mfps in 2002 (Shimadzu HPV), and 16Mfps in 2011. He is a recipient of many scientific awards including Harold E. Edgerton Award of SPIE in 2006.

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He received PhD from Osaka University in 1973. He is currently working for Ritsumeikan University.

His research fields are flow visualization and development of high-speed video cameras. He developed a digital high-speed video camera for the first time in the world in 1991, which was marketed as KODAK EKTAPRO 4540 and Photron FASTCAM.

He has updated the frame rate of high-speed video cameras at 4,500 fps in 1991, 1Mfps in 2002 (Shimadzu HPV), and 16Mfps in 2011. He is a recipient of many scientific awards including Harold E. Edgerton Award of SPIE in 2006.

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