Prof. Dr. Alexander Braun

Professor of Physics
University of Applied Sciences, Duesseldorf

Alex has over 20 years of experience with optical technologies. During his position as optical designer at Kostal (Tier 1) he was responsible for the optical quality of the camera ADAS, designing MTF test benches for all purposes. As a Professor for Physics at the University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf he is now looking at all the questions surrounding optical quality from a scientific point of view, and will share his enthusiasm for optics and cameras with you.

Prof. Dr. Abhinav Valada

Assistant Professor & Director of Robot Learning Lab
University of Freiburg

Abhinav Valada received his PhD in Computer Science specializing in robotics and machine learning. Before coming to Freiburg, he co-founded and worked as the Director of Operations of Platypus LLCfrom 2013 to 2015, a company developing autonomous robotic boats in Pittsburgh, USA.
His research now lies at the intersection of robotics, machine learning and computer vision and he will share his knowledge of deep learning algorithms with you.

Prof. Albert Theuwissen

Harvest Imaging

Albert Theuwissen is author or coauthor of 200+ technical papers in the solid-state imaging field and issued several patents. He was co-editor of IEEE Micro special issue on Digital Imaging Nov./Dec. 1998 and of the IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices special issues on Solid-State Image Sensors, May 1991, October 1997 and January 2003. For the latest special issue IEEE-ED on image sensors, published in January 2016, he acted as the guest editor-in-chief. He was general chairman of the International Image Sensor Workshop in 1997, 2003, 2009 and 2015. He is member of the Steering Committee of the aforementioned workshop and founder of the Walter Kosonocky Award, which highlights the best paper in the field of solid-state image sensors. Together with his peers, Eric Fossum and Nobukazu Teranishi, he founded the International Image Sensor Society, a non-profit organization to stimulate sharing of technical knowledge in the field of digital image capturing.


Module: Image Sensors

Dr. Paul McManamon

Technical Director
Lidar and Optical Communications Institute (LOCI)

Paul F. McManamon received the Ph.D. degree in physics from The Ohio State University, Columbus, in 1977. He is an independent consultant and works part-time as the Technical Director of the Ladar and Optical Communications Institute, LOCI, at the University of Dayton, OH. He worked at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, OH, from 1968 to 2008, primarily in electrooptical sensors. He was Chief Scientist for the Avionics Directorate, Wright Lab, for more than two-and-a-half years. He was a Senior Scientist for infrared sensors for five years. He was Chief Scientist of the Sensors Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, from June 2005 to May 2008.,Dr. McManamon was on the SPIE Board of Directors for seven years and on the SPIE Executive Committee from 2003 through 2007. He was primary author of “Optical Phased Array Technology,” which received the IEEE W. R. J. Baker Award for the best paper in any IEEE refereed journal or Transactions. He is a Fellow of SPIE, OSA, the Air Force Research Laboratory, and the Military Sensing Symposia, MSS.

Uwe Artmann

Image Engineering

Uwe Artmann studied photo technology at the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne following an apprenticeship as a photographer and finished with the German ‘Diploma Engineer’. He is now the CTO at Image Engineering, an independent test lab for imaging devices and manufacturer of all kinds of test equipment for these devices. His special interest is the influence of noise reduction on image quality and MTF measurement in general.

Dr. Igal Bilik

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Ben-Gurion University

Igal Bilik received B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. During 2006–2008, he was a postdoctoral research associate at the Duke University. During 2008-2011, he has been an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. During 2011-2018, he was a Staff Researcher at GM RnD, leading automotive radar technology development. During 2018-2020 lead Smart Sensing and Vision Group at GM RnD. Currently Dr. Bilik is an Assistant Professor at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Dr. Bilik received the Best Student Paper Awards at IEEE RADAR 2005 and IEEE RADAR 2006 Conferences, Student Paper Award in the 2006 IEEE 24th Convention of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in Israel, and the GM Product Excellence Recognition in 2017. 

Prof. Wilfried Philips

IPI Research Group, Ghent University

Wilfried Philips is a senior full professor at Ghent University, where he leads the Image on Processing and Interpretation (IPI) research group and the research consortium iKnow, which has realized 9 spin off companies.  At imec, he is scientific lead of the Center of Excellence on Image Processing and Sensor Fusion. He is co-founder of the IoT company Senso2Me. He is senior member of IEEE and fellow of the Belgian-American Educational Foundation.

Wilfried Philips’s and IPI’s research interests relate to image real-time computer vision and fusion of “rich” sensor data (radar/video/LiDaR/thermal/hyperspectral), with a strong focus on industrial applications. 

Module: Sensor Fusion

Dr. Robert Parada

 Instructor, Optical Systems Technology department

Robert Parada is an instructor in the Optical Systems Technology department of MCC, a unique, high-demand program that prepares graduates for work in high technology fields involving light and optical principles. 

He recently held several senior-level positions at Syntec Optics, one of the largest custom optics and photonics manufacturers in the United States. Before joining Syntec, Rob held numerous R&D leadership roles at Eastman Kodak Company where he was awarded several patents, and he was VP of Engineering at a high-technology panoramic imaging startup company in New England.

Rob received his BS degree in Imaging Science from Rochester Institute of Technology, his MS and Ph.D. degrees in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona, and a second doctoral degree in optics from the Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale in France.

Marius Dupuis

Consultant and Owner of SimCert

Marius started his career as an aerospace engineer creating 3d environments for helicopter flight simulation. In 1996 he co-founded VIRES Simulationstechnologie GmbH and made it a leading full-scale provider of simulation solutions – including frameworks, traffic and sensor models, environment and scenario editors etc. – for active safety, ADAS and autonomous systems. In his 20+ years as general manager, core developer, marketing guy etc. Marius became proficient in addressing the challenges that simulation faces in many different settings. After leaving VIRES in 2020 he has been acting as independent consultant within the ADAS and Autonomous Driving domain. Marius is one of the initiators and original authors of the simulation data standards OpenDRIVE, OpenCRG and OpenSCENARIO (now owned by ASAM e.V.); he is also a co-founder of GEONATIVES, a think-tank around the acquisition, processing and use of geodata – for simulation and a wide range of other purposes.

Prof. Dr. Christoph Stiller

Director of Institute for Measurement and Control Systems

Christoph Stiller studied Electrical Engineering (Dipl.-Ing.) in Aachen, Germany and Trondheim, Norway. After completion of his Dr.-Ing. degree (Ph.D.) in 1994 he spent a PostDoc year at INRS in Montreal, Canada. In 1995 he joined Robert Bosch GmbH. In 2001 he became chaired professor at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. Dr. Stiller served as President of the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society (2012-2013) and was a Vice President before since 2006. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Magazine (2009-2011) and as Associate Editor for several IEEE Transactions.

Dr. David Van Hamme

Researcher, IPI Research Group, Ghent University

Module: Sensor Fusion

Prof. Jan Aelterman

IPI Research Group, Ghent University

Module: Sensor Fusion

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