EMVA business conference to visit Dublin, Ireland

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The European Machine Vision Association (EMVA) will hold its annual business conference in Dublin, Ireland this year. Taking place from 15-16 May, the conference brings together business leaders and technical experts from the machine vision industry to present and discuss the current trends and challenges within the vision industry.

A pre-conference get-together will take place on the evening of the 14 May before the conference proper is opened by Gabriele Jansen, EMVA president, and Patrick Schwarzkopf, EMVA general secretary, on 15 May.

Presentations throughout the event will be split into various categories, including Machine Vision in Ireland, Business Trends, Technology Trends, and Machine Vision Markets. Professor Paul Whelan, Dublin City University, Vision Systems Group, will give a presentation on the level of activity of machine vision research in Ireland, while James Mahon, former CTO of Agilent, Ireland, will give a talk entitled 'The MVT – Agilent story'.

The Business Trends strand will be covered by Greg Bell of Lumenera, Canada, who will talk about the key challenges for growing industrial imaging companies, and Professor Wim Veen of the University of Delft, The Netherlands, who will present a talk entitled 'Homo Zappiens: the need for redesigning HR policies and company structures'.

Vlad Tucakov of Point Grey Research, Canada, will present a discussion on digital interfaces, while Francisco Rovira Más of the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain will talk about machine vision in precision farming, both in the Technology Trends section.

The machine vision markets of a number of different countries will be discussed, including Brazil (presentation by Moisés Pentremoli, Ponfac Machine Vision Solutions, Brazil), Russia (by Maxim Soroka, ViTec, Russia), India (by Anish Soneja, Menzel Vision and Robotics, India), and China (by Wei Yang, Welltech Automation, China).

Presentations taking place on 16 May will begin with the General Assembly of the EMVA, which includes a talk on machine vision standardisation by Cor Maas of LMI Technologies and member of the EMVA executive committee, as well as an update on the current economic situation for machine vision in Europe, presented by Andreas Breyer, EMVA director of market research.

A number of social events are also organised throughout the two days, including an evening dinner at Slane Castle and a guided walking tour of Dublin city centre.