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Vision Award now open for entries

Messe Stuttgart has issued a call for entries for the Vision Award, the prize for machine vision innovation to be presented at the Vision trade fair in Stuttgart in November.

The closing date for submissions is 20 July; the winner will receive €5,000 prize money and the chance to present their innovation during the show.

Imaging and Machine Vision Europe is proud to sponsor the award, while an independent jury – Jens Michael Carstensen, Videometer; Michael Engel, Vision Components; Gabriele Jansen, Vision Ventures; Roland Müller, Vision Markets; Dr Christian Ripperda, Isra Vision; and Martin Wäny, TechnologiesMW – will judge the entries, initially drawing up a shortlist, a version of which will be published in the catalogue for Vision.

The 2016 award went to Japanese lighting company Machine Vision Lighting, which won for its VISA-Method Lighting. The technique is able to give uniform illuminance of light irrespective of distance from an object.

It was the first time a Japanese company has received the award since it was established in 1996, and the first time an innovation in lighting has been recognised.

Other past winners include: Odos Imaging for 3D time-of-flight; New Imaging Technologies for a wide dynamic range 3D stereoscopic system; and the Austrian Institute of Technology for a dental scanner based on stereo vision technology.

‘The award reflects the great innovative power and increasing relevance of the machine vision sector – it pays tribute to visionary developments that make lasting impression on industry,’ commented Florian Niethammer, project manager of the Vision trade fair.

Warren Clark, managing director of Imaging and Machine Vision Europe and award sponsor, added: ‘We are very proud to continue our association with innovation in the industry as sponsor of the Vision Award. Our platform supports and celebrates all that is new and exciting in this vibrant market.’

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