VISION WEEK 2021 SPEAKERS

Chris Aden - LMI Technologies

Chris Aden

Senior Director of AI Solutions
LMI Technologies

Chris Aden is the Senior Director of AI Solutions at LMI Technologies. He has extensive experience working with AI-based solutions in the machine vision industry. Prior to joining LMI Technologies, Chris founded FringeAI, an innovative AI and IIoT/5G inspection company based in Boston. The company delivers AI-based solutions that leverage integrated deep learning, dedicated edge devices, and IIoT/5G-connected cloud services. Chris has an MSEE degree and BSEE from Georgia Tech and UF, respectively and a SM in Management and Engineering from MIT. Prior to coming to the computer vision industry, Chris was solving tough modeling problems in the communications and semiconductor industry — long before the chain rule had been rebranded “back propagation”.

Rajat Aggarwal - DreamVu

Rajat Aggarwal

CEO & Co-Founder
DreamVu

Rajat completed his BS and MS at IIIT Hyderabad in 2017 with a specialization in computer vision and computational photography. His path-breaking research on computational cameras led to several publications and patents starting from his early undergraduate days. His publication in CVPR’16 was a breakthrough in the field of computational photography and eventually became the seed for DreamVu. A hardcore inventor at heart, Rajat is a true believer in the power of optics to solve some of the most trickiest challenges in sensing and perception for humans and machines.

David Austin - Intel

David Austin

Sr Principal Engineer
Intel

David Austin is a Sr Principal Engineer at Intel Corp working on AI based solutions for the industrial IoT market. His work focuses on deep learning architecture design, traditional computer vision. He has spent 20 years working in manufacturing related data science roles at Intel.

Darcy Bachert - Prolucid

Darcy Bachert

CEO
Prolucid

Darcy Bachert is the Founder and CEO of Prolucid Technologies Inc., an AIA certified systems integrator that specializes in software commercialization for imaging, machine learning, and connected applications including web, mobile, and desktop interfaces. Prolucid supports customers in a variety of regulated industries, simplifying the process of commercial grade software development through regulatory approval.

Brian Benoit - Cognex

Brian Benoit

Senior Product Manager
Cognex

Brian started his career in factory automation with Rethink Robotics, helping to define how collaborative robots can work side by side with humans. Since joining Cognex he has developed products for multiple vision applications, from simple sensors to complex embedded systems. He moved on the Deep Learning team and helped launch the D900, Cognex’s first embedded deep learning solution.

Daniel Bibireata - Landing AI

Daniel Bibireata

VP of Engineering
Landing AI

Daniel Bibireata is the VP of Engineering at Landing AI, a company that offers an end-to-end platform that enables customers to build, deploy and manage deep learning-based visual inspection solutions. Prior to Landing AI, Daniel was a Principal Engineer at Amazon for 14 years where he worked on the Computer Vision technology behind the Amazon Go stores.

Josip Ćesić - Gideon Brothers

Josip Ćesić

Head of Autonomous Technologies
Gideon Brothers

Dr. Josip Ćesić, Co-Founder & Head of Autonomous Technologies, Ph.D. in Robotics & Autonomous Systems, Gideon Brothers. Josip Ćesić holds an MSc (Magna Cum Laude, 2013) and Ph.D. (2017) in Electrical Engineering & IT from the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing. He received the “Silver Plaque” for a particularly successful doctoral dissertation and scientific research in 2017. He is co-founder and Head of Autonomous Technologies at Gideon Brothers. His responsibilities include developing the full autonomy stack and related technologies, product ownership, and product management for ROVIS. As a Co-Founder and member of the “Core Team,” he is actively involved with strategic planning and various business and management activities of Gideon Brothers as a company. Before joining Gideon Brothers, he was a Research Associate in the Laboratory for Autonomous Systems and Mobile Robotics (2013-2017). His main interests are in autonomous systems and robotics and team leadership, and product management. He is the co-author of more than 20 scientific journals and conference papers presented at the most relevant international scientific robotics events.

Eric Danziger - Invisible AI

Eric Danziger

Founder & CEO
Invisible AI

Eric is the CEO and co-founder of Invisible AI. After serving in the US Army for nearly a decade, Eric studied computer vision at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University. He then moved to Silicon Valley and worked at several startups before joining the self-driving race at Luminar Technologies. As the Director of Software Engineering, he led a team of over 30 engineers working on some of the hardest problems in autonomous driving. Most recently, he founded Invisible AI to bring the state of the art technology from self-driving to industrial applications, blending his military experience and technical knowledge to help companies streamline operations.

Georgy Das - Midwest Optical Systems

Georgy Das

Technical Training Manager
Midwest Optical Systems

Georgy Das is the Technical Training Manager at Midwest Optical Systems. He has delivered countless presentations and training sessions all over the globe. He loves to figure out simple solutions to complex problems and is always tracking the latest trends in both machine vision and the technology landscape as a whole.

Nicolas De Keijser - Boston Dynamics

Nicolas De Keijser

Head of Sales
Boston Dynamics

Nicolas De Keijser is a Belgian national holding a a Master of Science (MSc) in Applied Economics and International Management from the University of Antwerp (Belgium)
 
He joined Boston Dynamics in the fall of 2019 to lead the company’s warehouse robotics sales efforts.  In this capacity he’s building a team to actively sell and support Pick™, the market leading Machine Learning Vision PICK depalletizing system as well as preparing for the upcoming launch of  Stretch, the company’s mobile case manipulating robot.

Prior to joining Boston Dynamics, he has worked 13 years at ABB Robotics where he held several international business and product management positions in China and in the USA. Earlier in his career he was involved in business development for NVH testing equipment and software for LMS international.

Outside of work, Nicolas enjoys travelling and the outdoors with his wife and 2 kids. He is also an avid mountain biker and skier, has a passion for motorsports and enjoys soccer.

David L. Dechow - Integro Technologies

David Dechow

Principal Vision Systems Architect
Integro Technologies

David L. Dechow is a globally recognized expert in the integration of machine vision, robotics, and industrial automation technologies. He is the Principal Vision Systems Architect for Integro Technologies Corp., where he performs application evaluation and design of complex automated imaging solutions for inspection, metrology, and robotic guidance. Prior to his position at Integro, he was Staff Engineer for Intelligent Robotics/Machine Vision at FANUC, and earlier was the founder, owner, and principal engineer for two successful systems integration firms.

Dat Do - Elementary Robotics

Dat Do

Head of Machine Learning
Elementary Robotics

Dat received a M.S. in computer science with a focus in machine learning from Cal Poly Pomona. His research involved applying deep learning techniques to analyze crop health from UAV imagery. Shifting his focus from crop quality to product and process quality, he now leads the machine learning team at Elementary where he develops novel algorithms for solving difficult problems in machine vision. The team focuses on developing algorithms that are robust while also being easy for end users to train and interpret.

Ali Elawad - Dataperformers

Ali Elawad

Chief Product Officer
Dataperformers

Ali Elawad, B.Eng., Chief Product Officer (CPO) at Dataperfomers, has a background in mechanical engineering. Ali, who worked extensively on designing space systems such as the cube satellite, now conducts research nested at the intersection of AI, Computer Vision, and Aerospace. As a CPO, he leads product initiatives pushing the bounding of AI adoption in industrial applications. His background enables him to bridge the gap between computer vision and practical engineering problems.

Philip Freidin - IDS Imaging Development Systems

Philip Freidin

Applications Engineer
IDS Imaging Development Systems

Philip Freidin is an application engineer at IDS Imaging Development Systems Inc. Philip joined IDS Imaging in 2018 as a first level support engineer and is responsible for technical inquiries across North America. He currently focuses on helping other engineers integrate IDS 2D, Ensenso 3D, and NXT embedded cameras and provides in-depth product training to customers, distributors, and resellers to ensure a quick time to market. Throughout his 3 years at the company, Philip has assisted on applications such as bin picking, palletizing/depalletizing, logistics automation, quality assurance, and sports engineering. He holds a B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Carl Gerst - Cognex

Carl Gerst

Executive Vice President, Vision and ID Products
Cognex

Carl Gerst oversees global engineering and product development, product management, and product marketing for Cognex’s Vision and ID products. Since joining Cognex in 1999, Mr. Gerst has been instrumental in managing and scaling the development, innovation, and performance of the company’s products. Under his leadership, Cognex has released market-leading products in the areas of embedded vision systems, high-performance barcode readers, 3D dimensioning systems, vision-enabled mobile terminals, and logistics solutions. Prior to joining Cognex, Mr. Gerst held roles in engineering, sales, and product marketing for Hand Held Products (now Honeywell Imaging and Mobility), a leading supplier of Automatic Identification and Data Collection equipment. Mr. Gerst holds a B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University and an M.B.A. from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester.

Michal Haluška - PEKAT VISION

Michal Haluška

Product Manager
PEKAT VISION

Michal Haluska is a Product Manager in company PEKAT VISION. Responsible for the vision of product lifecycle and the setting of a global strategy he creates a bridge between customers feedback and development of new features. Michal has started his career in startup Photoneo which became global leader in Industrial Automation. His technical background helped him gain experience with the product and the knowledge of the market in his previous position as a Technical Sales Manager.

Herbert ten Have - Fizyr

Herbert ten Have

CEO
Fizyr

Herbert ten Have is an innovative business leader with more than three decades of experience in building high-tech products and services. In his career, he has held leadership positions, from Product and Marketing Manager to International Sales and Marketing Director. As a serial entrepreneur, Herbert has successfully founded and run multiple high-tech companies. He effortlessly rides the wave of inherent challenges that come with technology and loves sharing his expertise. Today, as CEO of Fizyr, Herbert is committed to building the best vision software product to enable Fizyr’s partners to provide cutting-edge robotic picking solutions for the logistics industry.

Greg Hollows - Edmund Optics

Greg Hollows

Vice President of the Imaging Business Unit
Edmund Optics

Greg Hollows is the Vice President of the Imaging Business Unit in Edmund Optics’ Barrington, NJ, USA office. He is responsible for everything pertaining to vision and imaging for EO, including the business plan, strategy, and product marketing. He is also responsible for the overall growth in imaging optics sales. He enjoys having the opportunity to affect what imaging products EO puts forth, while helping customers solve problems. The personal gratifications that come with knowing that EO imaging products are helping in many different fields and applications make all of his effort and hard work worthwhile. Gregory previously held positions as Engineering Technician and Engineering Manager. He received Bachelor degrees in Physics and Chemistry from Rutgers University located in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Paul Hvass - Plus One Robotics

Paul Hvass

Co-Founder & COO
Plus One Robotics

Paul Hvass is the Co-founder and COO of Plus One Robotics, a vision-guided manipulation robotics company based in San Antonio, TX. Before starting Plus One, Paul was a Program Manager in the Robotics and Automation Engineering group at Southwest Research Institute. There he co-founded and managed the ROS-Industrial Consortium. He holds four patents and has three patents pending. Paul holds an MSME from the University of Texas focused on fault detection in robots.

Armin Khatoonabadi

Armin Khatoonabadi

CEO
Apera AI

Armin is a technology visionary with success in identifying new applications for technologies and extending them into new industries. He started his career in late 90s as an entrepreneur and established his first company in the field of Internet and VOIP service providing. Since then, Armin continued his career as an entrepreneur and investor in high tech start-ups. Currently, he is the co-founder and CEO of Apera working on developing human-like vision for industrial robots.

Steve Kinney - Smart Vision Lights

Steve Kinney

Director of Engineering
Smart Vision Lights

Steve Kinney, Director of Engineering at Smart Vision Lights, is an Electrical Engineer who joined Pulnix America and entered the machine vision industry in 1998. Going on to work for Basler, JAI, CCS, and now Smart Vision Lights, he has many years of machine vision imaging experience and has become an expert in industrial cameras and imagers. Since starting work in the lighting sector of Machine Vision in early 2015, he now combines camera expertise with machine vision lighting to bring an expanded knowledge base to the machine vision market.

Mathieu Marmion - SPECIM Spectral Imaging

Mathieu Marmion

Senior Application Specialist
SPECIM Spectral Imaging

Mathieu Marmion hold a double MSc degree in Electrical Engineering (INP Grenoble France and NTNU Trondheim Norway) as well as a PhD in Physical Geography (Oulu Finland). During the past 10 years Mathieu was employed at SPECIM, and has been a Technical Sales Engineer and a Sales Manager, before to be currently a Senior Application Specialist.

Kimberly Matsinger - Basler AG

Kimberly Matsinger

Product Market Manager
Basler AG

Kimberly Matsinger joined Basler in 2018 as an Applications Engineer after completing her Physics B.S. degree with honors. In this role, she supported key accounts through their design-in process while providing valuable insight. Kimberly achieved advanced-level certification through A3's Certified Vision Professional program. Starting in 2021, Kimberly began her current role as Product Market Manager for the Americas. The detailed product knowledge and customer awareness she gained translates to keen market knowledge and ensuring product development fits our customer objectives.

Bob McCurrach - Association for Advancing Automation

Bob McCurrach

Director of Standards Development, Vision and Imaging
Association for Advancing Automation

Bob McCurrach has over 25 years of experience in the manufacturing and product development sector, with a focus on global engineering management, strategic program and process management, primarily for the nuclear, defense and automotive industries. He holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University as well as an MBA from Georgia Institute of Technology. Standards play a key role in the Vision & Imaging industry by ensuring interoperability of components, increasing market size, and shortening the time it takes to get new products to market.

Jack McKinley - TPL Vision

Jack McKinley

Product Manager
TPL Vision

Jack has been a Product Manager for TPL Vision since 2017. As part of his work, Jack is responsible for the development of the latest LED Illumination products from TPL Vision. His projects bring innovative new product platforms to market whilst making illumination systems more efficient, easier to understand and simpler to integrate. Two of his product development projects have been awarded with a Vision Systems Design Innovators Award. Jack has an engineering degree and previously worked as a design engineer before moving into Product Management.

Brandon Minor - Tangram Vision

Brandon Minor

CEO
Tangram Vision

Brandon Minor is Co-Founder and CEO of Tangram Vision. Tangram Vision creates the Tangram Vision SDK, which provides tools to streamline adding and managing perception sensors like LiDAR, depth, CMOS and IMU to sensor-enabled platforms like robots, drones and autonomous vehicles.

Piyush Modi - NVIDIA

Piyush Modi

Business Development and Strategy, Industrial Sector
NVIDIA

Piyush Modi is a Business Development/Strategist for Industrial Sector at NVIDIA. He is actively engaged with major industrial companies and related research labs to conceive and realize Industrial AI enabled solutions. He is interested in real time deep learning training/inferencing platforms, architecture and related algorithms for the Industrial use cases spanning inspection, predictive maintenance and automation. Prior to NVIDIA, at Sentient.ai as a VP of engineering he led a team to build industry's first distributed AI (Deep Learning and Evolutionary Algorithms) platform to serve the model building pipeline needs for E-Commerce, Financial and Industrial verticals to harness dark compute cycles from 1000s of GPUs available globally. Previously, over a 20+ years of his career he has held CTO, Sr. VP and Head of Research Lab positions at companies including GE Global Research, BT, Ribbit, IP Unity and AT&T Bell Labs, to deliver major industry forming outcomes leveraging Speech Recognition, VOIP, IOT and Deep Learning technologies. Piyush holds a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering (Speech Recognition) from Rutgers, New Jersey, a MS in Computer Science from University of Tennessee and a B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi, India

Donato Montanari - Zebra Technologies

Donato Montanari

Vice President and General Manager of Machine Vision Solutions
Zebra Technologies

Donato Montanari, Vice President and General Manager of Machine Vision Solutions, is responsible for Zebra’s fixed industrial scanners, smart cameras, machine vision hardware and software solutions. He has more than 25 years of experience within the imaging and industrial automation industries and has brought more than 50 new products to market throughout his career. Previously, he served as CEO at deevio, where he managed all aspects of the business. Donato holds a Master of Science degree in Electronics Engineering from KUL Leuven, Belgium and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Universita’ di Pavia in Italy. He is also a Board Member of the Machine Vision Chapter of the VDMA in Frankfurt, Germany.

Erik Nieves - Plus One Robotics

Erik Nieves

CEO & Co-Founder
Plus One Robotics

Erik Nieves, CEO and co-founder Plus One Robotics Erik Nieves is co-founder and CEO of Plus One Robotics, a software company developing of 3D and AI software for robots in logistics automation. Prior to Plus One, Erik was Technology Director for Yaskawa Motoman Robotics where he was responsible for the technology roadmap and emerging applications. During his 25+ year tenure at Yaskawa, Erik held a variety of leadership positions in the U.S. and abroad. Erik serves on the board of directors at Robotics Industries Association (RIA) and is a frequent speaker and contributor to public policy on robotics.

Anant Patel - Amazon

Anant Patel

Senior Product Manager - Technical
Amazon

Growing up in Minneapolis, MN, Anant went to the Carlson School of Business at the University of Minnesota, studying finance, marketing, and international business. Shortly after, Anant spent his early career focused on the development and expansion of healthcare products at OptumHealth (UHG) – leading projects in telehealth, behavioral health, and Medicare/Medicaid. After receiving his MBA at the McCombs School of Business in Austin, TX, Anant joined Amazon in the AWS Computer Vision team. As a product leader within AWS Computer Vision, Anant is currently focused on helping manufacturers adopt computer vision into their inspection processes using Amazon Lookout for Vision – a new AWS Industrial AI service that uses computer vision to analyze images to spot product defects and anomalies in manufactured products.

Dan Pipe-Mazo - Elementary Robotics

Dan Pipe-Mazo

CTO
Elementary Robotics

Dan trained at Caltech (B.S., EE) where he focused on computer architecture and electrical engineering. After working as an engineer in Qualcomm R&D, he became Head of Firmware and Hardware Engineering at Kuna, a startup accelerated by Ycombinator, specializing in IoT security cameras built into porch lighting fixtures with low-latency video streaming and machine learning features. This led him to spend quite a bit of time, among other things, working with various contract manufacturing partners to ensure high quality in manufacturing processes including PCBA, metal and plastics. Leveraging this IoT and manufacturing experience, as a founding member and CTO of Elementary, Dan has architected the core platform that enables the company’s previously-unachievable machine learning-based quality insights and remote deployment strategy. With their unique, cloud-based no-code AI pipeline, Elementary customers can take use cases that traditional machine vision systems have struggled with and deliver performant on-camera (no internet required during runtime) models that work in real-world settings.

Aaron Prather - FedEx

Aaron Prather

Senior Advisor
FedEx

With over 25 years at FedEx, Aaron Prather has developed and deployed numerous technology applications across the FedEx enterprise. From Hub operations in Memphis, Indianapolis, and Oakland, to Courier Operations around the world, he has worked in every corner of FedEx’s day-to-day operations. In his current role as Senior Advisor, Technology Planning & Research, Prather leads efforts to find and deploy new technologies into FedEx operations, including robotics and automation. He sits on the company’s Operations Technology Council which coordinates efforts across all of the FedEx companies. Outside of FedEx, Aaron participates in developing robot standards at the RIA and UL. Through the FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis, he works with universities and colleges in the development of educational programs for the next generation of technologists in logistics. Prather received an MBA from Christian Brothers University, and holds a BS from University of Memphis in Geographic Information Science and Cartography.

Alex Shulman - Saccade Vision

Alex Shulman

Co-Founder & CEO
Saccade Vision

Alex Shulman is a co-founder and the CEO of Saccade Vision. Before co-founding Saccade Vision, Mr. Shulman served as Vice President of Product for Bright Machines (2019 Forbes AI 50 List). Before Bright Machines, He spent over two decades in leading product management and product development positions in technological companies such as SolarEdge (Nasdaq: SEDG), KLA-Tencor (Nasdaq: KLAC), Nova Measuring Instruments (Nasdaq: NVMI) as well as technological startups. Alex was instrumental in defining two winning products which received Best of CES Innovation Awards (with Wi-Charge and Foresight Automotive) and an Edison Award with Foresight Automotive. Alex holds BSc in Engineering from Tel-Aviv University and MBA with distinction

Stacey Shulman - Intel

Stacey Shulman

VP, Internet of Things Group, and GM, Health, Life Sciences and Emerging Technologies
Intel

Stacey H. Shulman is a vice president in the Internet of Things Group (IOTG) and serves as the GM of Health, Life Sciences and Emerging Technologies at Intel Corporation. She is responsible for the growth of the Health and Life Sciences business in addition to incubation of emerging technologies into those verticals. An industry veteran with 25 years of software industry experience, Shulman joined Intel in 2017 as chief innovation officer for IOTG’s retail solutions division. In that role, she actively championed the transformative results made possible by retail-focused technology. Her approach focused on helping Intel and the larger industry solve fundamental retail problems by incubating and normalizing innovative and emerging technologies, including IoT, big data and decision-making based on real-time analytics. Before joining Intel, Shulman was vice president of global brand, wholesale and retail technology at Levi Strauss & Co. During her two-year tenure there, she led the group to deliver innovations in consumer engagement, radio-frequency identification (RFID), business-to-business solutions and store technology across an organization with more than 45,000 points of distribution. Earlier in her retail career, Shulman spent four years at American Apparel, culminating in her role as chief information officer. In 2014, the trade publication RIS News named her CIO of the Year in the innovation category for leading a team that successfully deployed advanced in-store analytics technology there. The publication’s parent company, Edgell Communications, also recognized her as one of the seven most influential technology executives in retail. Shulman spent the first half of her career building commercial software products for the retail and manufacturing industries, where her products were in use in more than 100,000 retail locations globally.

Patrick Sobalvarro - Veo Robotics

Patrick Sobalvarro

CEO & President
Veo Robotics

Patrick Sobalvarro is the co-founder and CEO of Veo Robotics, the creators of FreeMove®, a comprehensive 3D safeguarding system for industrial robotics that enables dynamic human-robot collaboration. FreeMove received safety certification in April 2021, making it a first-of-its-kind technology that deploys dynamic, 3D Speed and Separation Monitoring (SSM) for safeguarding in a manufacturing workcell.

Michael Suppa - Roboception GmbH

Michael Suppa

CEO & Co-Founder
Roboception GmbH

Dr. Michael Suppa is the co-founder and CEO of Roboception GmbH, a Munich-based start-up company providing comprehensive 3D perception solutions for robotic applications. Michael received his Master’s Degree in 2000 and his Doctoral Degree in 2007 from the University of Hannover, Germany. From 2000 until 2009, he was employed as a project manager and researcher at the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). In 2009, he was appointed Head of the Perception and Cognition Department at the same institute, and in 2014 he was additionally nominated Deputy Institute Director. In 2015, Michael co-founded Roboception, a DLR spin-off company.

Navya Vepakomma - Wipro Limited

Navya Vepakomma

Consultant
Wipro Limited

Navya has over 10 years of experience, working at developing advanced computer vision systems. She has worked extensively in the field of vision guided robotics at Wipro.

Luca Verre - Prophesee

Luca Verre

CEO & Co-Founder
Prophesee

Luca Verre is Co-Founder and CEO of Prophesee, the inventor of the world’s most advanced neuromorphic vision systems. Prophesee’s patented technology is inspired by human vision, giving sight back to the blind and unleashing new safety standards and autonomy to cars, robots and mobile devices. Luca is a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer. He has extensive international management experience in the industrial and electronics sectors. His experience includes project and product management, marketing and business development roles at Schneider Electric. Prior to Schneider Electric, Luca worked as a Research Assistant in Photonics at the Imperial College of London. Luca holds a MSc in Physics, Electronic and Industrial Engineering from Politecnico di Milano and Ecole Centrale and an MBA from INSEAD.