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AIA Announces The Vision Show Startup Competition Finalists and Judges

POSTED 04/02/2018

Vision and Imaging Startups Vie for Prestige and Prize in Boston on April 12

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — AIA, the world’s largest trade association for advancing vision and imaging, announced the finalists and judges today for the upcoming Startup Competition at The Vision Show. The Startup Competition will be held on April 12 at 10:30 a.m. ET, in conjunction with the show and conference, which takes place in Boston, MA from April 10–12, 2018. The Vision Show will showcase the largest array of machine vision and imaging components and solutions in North America.

Also announced today, Diego Prilusky, General Manager for Intel Studios, will deliver the keynote address on Wednesday, April 11. Prilusky oversees the technical and creative direction and day-to-day operations of the Los Angeles-based immersive media studio. This includes driving innovation and adoption of volumetric video technologies and production techniques.  Prilusky joins distinguished roboticist Helen Greiner who had previously been announced as the keynote speaker for April 10.

Both the keynotes and the Startup Competition are free for anyone to attend with a badge for The Vision Show.  The Vision Show’s associated technical conference this year also includes an optional track on collaborative robots, which is one of the most cutting-edge topics in automation today.

"The startups that have made it to the final competition are indicative of the levels of innovation in the machine vision and imaging industries," according to Jeff Burnstein, President, AIA.  "I don't envy the job in front of our judges having to select only one winner."

The judges for the Startup Competition are comprised of:

  • Julian Counihan, Partner, Schematic Ventures
  • Vivjan Myrto, Managing Partner, Hyperplane Venture Capital
  • Steve Wardell, Director, Imaging, ATS Automation & Vice Chair of AIA

The finalists have all been awarded a booth at The Vision Show and the opportunity to be exposed to over 2,500 expected attendees. The winner of the Startup Competition will receive a $5,000 cash prize.

Fastree3D – Booth 1130

Fastree3D is developing a new generation of LiDAR that can eliminate false positive and false negative. The proprietary solution enables safe and intelligent automation for vehicles and machines, thanks to recognition and location of fast moving objects in real-time.

LogoGrab – Booth 1031

LogoGrab provides a logo recognition API to detect company logos in large volumes of images and video. LogoGrab has been independently benchmarked as having the highest hit rate, precision and speed on the market.

Photius – Booth 1033

Photius is creating disruptive inspection and mapping solutions for infrastructure and construction management. Their sensor technology, Ximera, is a three-dimensional (3D) measurement system that combines photogrammetry, laser scanning, and structured light measurements.

SocialMap – Booth 1035

SocialMap is social behavior intelligence platform for Education and Workplace Settings, which helps improve your user engagement and team productivity through insights into their "collective engagement" in trainings, meetings, research, and other business interactions.

Vtrus – Booth 1134

Vtrus Inc. is developing autonomous robotic inspectors that can quickly extract information out of the analog world. Vtrus’ technology enables safe robotic navigation even on indoor spaces as it instantly builds high quality 3D maps to avoid obstacles as it moves towards points of interest.

There is no cost to visit the exhibits at The Vision Show. There is a fee required to attend associated conference and collaborative robot track sessions. Visit to register.

About AIA

Founded in 1984 to advance the understanding and use of imaging and vision technologies and to drive global expansion and growth through education and promotion, AIA now represents over 360 vision suppliers, system integrators, users, researchers, and consulting firms from 32 countries. AIA is best known for The Vision Show (April 10-12, 2018 in Boston); vision and imaging standards such as GigE Vision®, Camera Link®, Camera Link HS™ and USB3 Vision™; the Automate Show (April 8-11, 2019 in Chicago); the Certified Vision Professional program; AIA Certified System Integrator program; and Vision Online (, the world’s leading online resource for vision information.  AIA is part of the Association for Advancing Automation.

About The Association for Advancing Automation (A3)

The Association for Advancing Automation is the global advocate for the benefits of automating. A3 promotes automation technologies and ideas that transform the way business is done. A3 is the umbrella group for Robotic Industries Association (RIA), AIA – Advancing Vision + Imaging, and Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA). RIA, AIA, and MCMA combined represent over 1,070 automation manufacturers, component suppliers, system integrators, end users, research groups, and consulting firms from throughout the world that drive automation forward. For more information, visit: A3, RIA, AIA, MCMA.

Tim Smith
Element Public Relations
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