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Lessons in training neural nets

Limited data is a common problem when training CNNs in industrial imaging applications. Petra Thanner and Daniel Soukup, from the Austrian Institute of Technology, discuss ways of working with CNNs when data is scarce

Perfect pixels

Matthew Dale explores the high-resolution imaging solutions emerging for inspecting OLEDs and other electronic displays

Electric dreams

As car makers install production lines for electric vehicles, Greg Blackman looks at how vision is currently used in their factories

Imaging bites back

Keely Portway investigates how vision technology is being used in the dental sector, from initial diagnosis, to quality control of prostheses

The sky’s the limit

Keely Portway looks at new terahertz and infrared technologies being developed to inspect aircraft

Lighting goes organic

CCS now offers a range of OLED industrial lighting panels, which are opening up new possibilities in machine vision, writes Paul Downey, marketing manager at CCS Europe

Updates on OPC Machine Vision

Suprateek Banerjee, VDMA Robotics and Automation, gives an update on OPC Machine Vision, which provides uniform integration of machine vision systems into higher IT production systems

Food for thought

The agri-food industry is on the verge of a revolution thanks to advances in precision farming. Machine vision plays a crucial role in these advances, as Keely Portway finds out

Life in the smart lane

Matthew Dale discovers how emerging imaging technologies could make our roads safer and help manage congestion

Reflections on glass making

Greg Blackman explores some novel ways of imaging glass, including a 3D technique to measure the flatness of glass panels

Spectral inspection

Greg Blackman on how advances in lighting, optics, and sensor technology are turning hyperspectral imaging into an industrial inspection tool

Delivering on e-commerce

Warehouses are becoming highly automated facilities that rely to a large extent on vision, as Andrew Williams discovers

Life through a lens

Matthew Dale discovers embedded processing and new CMOS technology are bringing advances to medical and life science imaging

Good vibrations

Greg Blackman reports on the latest lens technology presented during Vision Stuttgart, including optics designed to withstand shock

Eyes on the aisle

A combination of vision, sensor and deep learning technologies are creating extraordinary developments in retail, writes Matthew Dale

Vorsprung durch photonik

Machine vision technology is improving quality control in automotive manufacturing, writes Andrew Williams

Old hands, fresh ideas

Greg Blackman speaks to Torsten Wiesinger at Lucid Vision Labs, one of the newest industrial camera manufacturers on the block

Turning Grand Theft Auto into a deep learning dataset

A group at the University of Bologna is trying to make images from Grand Theft Auto more realistic so that they can act as training data for neural networks. Greg Blackman listens to Pierluigi Zama Ramirez’s presentation at the European Machine Vision Forum in Bologna in September

The engine in engineering

David Dechow, at Integro Technologies, discusses vision system integration, a discipline that remains as strong as ever as new imaging technologies become more readily available

East meets west

Following the 20th China International Optoelectronic Exposition (CIOE) in September, secretary general Eric Yang, and Derek Deng, international marketing executive, comment on connecting European and Chinese firms

Ties that bind

Matthew Wasley, knowledge transfer manager of photonics at Innovate UK’s Knowledge Transfer Network, says support is at hand for businesses wanting to collaborate

Best practice for buyouts

Greg Blackman reports from the European Machine Vision Association’s business conference, where a panel of industry experts were gathered to give advice on navigating the acquisition process

Vision of the future

Keely Portway on some of the key factors that could have an impact on the way the machine vision world does business

Date with data

Andrew Williams asks how manufacturers can make better use of their machine vision data

Seeing beneath the surface

Matthew Dale discovers that polarised imaging could soon see a surge in uptake in industrial inspection, thanks to a new sensor from Sony

Body image

Keely Portway looks at some of the miniature imaging technology used in endoscopes

Foundation built on FPGAs

Active Silicon turns 30 in September. Greg Blackman speaks to founder Colin Pearce (below) on building the company and the importance of FPGA technology

Damir Dolar

Damir Dolar, managing director of Croatian firm Smartek Vision, spoke at the European Machine Vision Association’s business conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia, in June. Here, he gives his view on the European industrial imaging market

Best of bin picking at Automatica

Robot bin picking has been worked on for a number of years, and while it has been shown to be possible it’s only now that the technology is coming to fruition. Greg Blackman looks at what was on display at Automatica

Well-oiled machine

Keely Portway looks at the changing relationship between human and robot in industrial environments, and the latest vision innovations involved in bringing them together

The science behind sport

In the run up to the Fifa World Cup, Greg Blackman examines how video analysis is used to improve the performance of top athletes

Data-driven business models inspired by 3D vision

Data is now a fiercely guarded asset for most companies and, as the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force, Framos’ Dr Christopher Scheubel discusses potential new business models based on 3D vision data, following a talk he gave at the Embedded Vision Summit in Santa Clara this week

Colloidal quantum dot sensor to disrupt SWIR imaging market

Spin-out firm SWIR Vision Systems is to commercialise colloidal quantum dot infrared sensors, which, the company says, could displace InGaAs technology. Dr Ethan Klem, Allan Hilton, and George Wildeman from the company discuss the performance, fabrication, and cost trade-offs of CQD sensors versus InGaAs

Imaging on the edge

Greg Blackman visited the Embedded World conference and exhibition in Nuremberg, Germany, at the end of February to find vision in abundance

Scanning the skies

Andrew Williams finds that 3D scanning systems that can pinpoint dents and imperfections on aircraft body panels are being welcomed by aviation businesses to replace manual inspection

Powering surveillance

Matthew Dale explores new algorithms, processing boards and interfaces for viewing images, all for improving airborne surveillance

News from VDMA Machine Vision

Anne Wendel, director of VDMA Machine Vision, reports from the joint VDMA and Vision CEO roundtable event at the beginning of February

Reusing code in embedded vision applications

Migrating software code from a PC to an embedded system to run vision applications presents various challenges. Following a presentation he gave at Embedded World in Nuremberg, Germany last week, Frank Karstens, field application engineer at Basler, gives his advice on the task

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