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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

Super-positioned cameras

Greg Blackman looks at novel imaging devices based on quantum science, and finds that the technology is closer to commercialisation than first expected

Tracking traffic

Andrew Williams explores the latest imaging technologies for traffic monitoring, including how AI could be used to make sense of all that data

Strides made in polarisation sensors

Harald Neubauer, Jürgen Ernst and Dr Michael Schöberl at Fraunhofer IIS describe the team’s prototype polarisation camera, Polka2, which was presented at Image Sensors Europe in London in March

Maximising multispectral

After presenting at Image Sensors Europe in London, Dr Piet De Moor, senior business development manager, imagers at Imec, discusses a multispectral time delay and integration image sensor based on CCD-in-CMOS technology

Comparing CMOS performance

Albert Theuwissen, founder of Harvest Imaging, outlines a project to classify performance characteristics of CMOS image sensors

Global shutter for ADAS

Cliff Cheng, senior director of automotive marketing at OmniVision Technologies, details its latest global shutter sensor for industrial and automotive imaging

News from VDMA Machine Vision, UKIVA and EMVA

Chinese automation from Anne Wendel, director of VDMA Machine Vision; Paul Wilson talks about self-driving delivery robots at the UKIVA Machine Vision Conference; and Thomas Lübkemeier updates on the EMVA's events calendar

AI for industry

Michał Czardybon, general manager at Adaptive Vision, gives his view on how to make the most of deep learning in industrial vision

View from the East

Greg Blackman charts the meteoric rise of Chinese firm Hikvision, one of the top suppliers of video surveillance equipment that has now turned its sights on industrial vision

Inspired by nature

Matthew Dale investigates a new class of highly-efficient image sensor that’s just starting to find its way onto the commercial market, all based on the principles of biological sight

Imaging at super resolution

Greg Blackman explores the latest advances made in scientific CMOS sensors and asks whether CCDs still have a place in life science imaging

Shining a light on lenses

Stemmer Imaging’s series of technology days included talks from various lens manufacturers. Here, we round up some of what was discussed at the event

Virtual viewpoint

Rob Ashwell finds that logistics, healthcare and research are turning to consumer imaging systems for their needs

Teaching machines new tricks

Artificial intelligence seems to be sweeping the world and neural networks are now starting to find their way into the industrial imaging market. Greg Blackman investigates 

Wilhelm Stemmer

Wilhelm Stemmer, who has recently retired and sold his shares in Stemmer Imaging, the company he founded 30 years ago

Keeping Up With Consolidation

Pierre Cambou, imaging activity leader at Yole Développement, analyses the merger and acquisition landscape for machine vision

The changing face of vision

Embedded vision, deep learning, and Industry 4.0 could all have a big impact on the machine vision sector in the future. Three experts give their opinions

Eyes on the East

Andrew Williams explores the production and automation markets in China, India and other fast-growing nations

Cooperation matters

Following a successful European Machine Vision Forum, which brought together representatives from industry and research, Professor Bernd Jähne at the HCI, Heidelberg University and a board member of the European Machine Vision Association, argues collaboration between industry and academia is now more important than ever

Coming full circle

Greg Blackman looks back at what the UK vision industry was like 25 years ago, when the UK Industrial Vision Association was founded

Bridge to an embedded world

Jochem Herrmann, EMVA president and chief scientist at Adimec, on standardising for embedded vision, which could potentially infiltrate manufacturing in a big way

Q&A: Boaz Arad

Boaz Arad, a researcher at the Interdisciplinary Computational Vision Lab, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and winner of the EMVA Young Professional Award 2017

Disaster averted

Matthew Dale explores how thermal imaging can be used to avoid machine failure and emergency maintenance in industrial environments

Contrast is king

Greg Blackman finds that advances in LEDs and greater illumination control are furthering machine vision lighting

Algorithms made to measure

Greg Blackman speaks to Guy Lavi at Israeli firm Volume Elements, a company that specialises in developing vision algorithms

Europe works

Anne Wendel, director of the VDMA Machine Vision group, discusses the VDMA’s new campaign promoting the EU called Europe Works

Stores turn vision analytics into sales

Retailers are using complex vision analytics to track shoppers, from entering a store to the point of purchase. RetailNext’s Mark Jamtgaard spoke at the Embedded Vision Summit about an embedded system for just such a purpose. Greg Blackman reports

Vision on a different scale

Embedded processing is opening up a huge market for imaging, a market that machine vision suppliers are trying to tap into. Greg Blackman attended the Embedded Vision Summit in Santa Clara, where Allied Vision launched its new camera platform

High-tech harvesting

The harvesting process could be on the verge of a complete overhaul thanks to machine vision, finds Matthew Dale

Sights on 3D

Cognex has strengthened its position in 3D vision with a number of recent company acquisitions in the area, as Greg Blackman discovers

Do you speak neural network?

Neural networks will be the common language of the future for computer vision, according to Professor Jitendra Malik from UC Berkeley. Greg Blackman listened to his keynote at the Embedded Vision Summit in Santa Clara

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