Dyson and Ocado to give keynotes at UKIVA Machine Vision Conference

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Dyson’s Dr Mike Aldred and Ocado Technology’s Dr Graham Deacon have been announced as the keynote speakers for the UKIVA Machine Vision Conference and Exhibition, taking place at Arena MK on 27 April 2017. The keynote addresses will explore how vision technology can feature in everyday tasks such as household cleaning and shopping. 

Aldred’s presentation will cover the design process of the Dyson 360 Eye robot vacuum cleaner, a device that uses a 360° field of view camera along with feature tracking and location algorithms to navigate its way through environments as it cleans. Aldred, who heads the team behind the device, will open the morning session of the conference at 10am.

Deacon’s speech will look at the challenges in developing a 3D vision-guided robot capable of picking and placing fruit and vegetables for shopping orders at Ocado Technology, on one of the world’s largest online only grocer’s. Deacon’s talk will describe some of the work that the team has done using 3D point cloud cameras in order to pick and pack groceries with robots. The talk will start off the afternoon session at 1.30pm.

The conference itself will feature more than 50 technical vision seminars across six separate presentation theatres offering a rich programme of the latest developments, technologies and applications as well as machine vision basics. Visitors can therefore tailor their day according to their particular interests and level of knowledge. 

The six theatres will cover 3D vision, camera technology, optics and illumination, systems and applications, software, embedded vision, and the understanding of vision technology. The conference is accompanied by a dedicated exhibition featuring 45 of the world’s leading companies in the field of vision.

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