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MVTec to present at Embedded World Digital exhibition and conference

MVTec Software GmbH (, a leading international software provider for machine vision, will be presenting its product portfolio at embedded world DIGITAL ( from March 1 to 5, 2021. Visitors to the virtual industry meeting can learn about the features of current and future releases of HALCON and MERLIC and can discuss with MVTec experts – conveniently from their PC.

Embedded vision and deep learning: demonstrations with application examples

The performance and robustness of the products HALCON and MERLIC will be presented by MVTec experts with the help of several demonstration videos. Especially convenient for visitors: They can ask questions to the experts directly via live chat or via call function.

The presentation of MVTec MERLIC holds a concept feature that was first introduced to visitors of the virtual MVTec Innovation Day on February 3: anomaly detection. Using the example of an inspection of printed circuit boards a demo will demonstrate how the all-in-one software can drastically simplify the use of complex deep learning algorithms.

One of the highlights will also be the new version of the standard software MVTec HALCON. Among other things, HALCON 20.11 includes a unique new deep learning feature: edge extraction. An illustrative demonstration will show how edges that could not be identified with conventional edge detection filters can now be extracted robustly using this method. Edge extraction can be trained with only a few images, which greatly reduces the programming effort.

The Embedded Vision Starterkit, a joint demo with Allied Vision Technologies GmbH, will demonstrate how to get started quickly with the development of embedded vision applications.

Live presentations: embedded vision in theory and practice

MVTec will also participate in the supporting program at the virtual trade fair. Christoph Wagner, Product Manager for Embedded Vision and Technical Product Manager MERLIC, will hold a presentation titled “The Best of Both Worlds: Rule-based Systems and AI for Embedded Vision“ at the embedded world conference on March 5 from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. (CET). MVTec will also offer a presentation on "MVTec’s Deep Learning Spectrum" at the accompanying embedded world Exhibitors' Forum.

New roles for Christoph Wagner and Thomas Hopfner

MVTec Software has also announced two important changes to their product management team: Since September 1, 2020, Christoph Wagner has taken on product management responsibilities for MVTec’s easy-to-use software MERLIC. He will add this responsibility to his ongoing role as product manager for embedded vision. Effective January 2021, Thomas Hopfner is the new product manager for software licensing and interfaces.

In his dual role, Christoph Wagner – who, since 2017, has been the product and business development manager for embedded vision at MVTec – now has the optimal opportunity to combine his experience and expertise in machine vision software and embedded vision environments to advance two of MVTec’s key product lines. Before joining MVTec, Christoph Wagner was employed as a technical support manager and product manager for 2D and 3D profile sensors (optoelectronic sensors). The mechanical engineer and certified business administrator has accumulated more than ten years of experience in product management and technical support, as well as in research and development in the field of machine vision.

“I’m extremely pleased to be able to use my experience in the application field to further develop MERLIC and in this way create synergies between the two growth markets of embedded vision and easy-to-use software,” says Wagner, commenting on his new dual function.

Thomas Hopfner occupies the newly created position ”Product Manager Licensing and Interfaces” at MVTec. This role allows the renowned expert in licensing and hardware interface standards to fully utilize his many years of experience. He will also be responsible for managing and further developing the Image Acquisition Partner Program.

The graduate electrical engineer began his career at MVTec in August 2005. One of his first achievements was to integrate embedded porting projects into the HALCON product licensing system, which provided him with valuable experience in software licensing. Later, he became increasingly involved with image acquisition and developed interfaces like the widely used interface to the GigE Vision standard which includes a Windows driver and hence enables HALCON users worldwide the integration of their GigE Vision cameras. The Principal Software Engineer has actively contributed to the further technical development of the GenICam, GigEVision, and USB3 Vision standards through his dedicated work in standardization bodies. Additionally, he was technically responsible for the licensing technology used in MVTec products.

“I’m happy that I can continue my long career at MVTec with a new, interesting, and challenging area of responsibility. Based on my in-depth technical knowledge I’ll be able to provide optimal guidance for the further development of our products,” says Hopfner.


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