The European Machine Vision Association (EMVA) is now accepting papers for the 2018 Young Professional Award, which is given out annually to honor the outstanding and innovative work of a student or a young professional in the field of machine visionor image processing.
With the Young Professional Award, the EMVA hopes to encourage students and young scientists from European institutions to focus on challenges in the field of machine vision and to apply latest research results and findings in computer vision to the practical needs of the machine vision industry. It is given out to “further support innovation in the industry, and to contribute to the important aspect of dedicated machine vision education and to provide a bridge between research and industry.”
The winner of the 2017 award was Boaz Arad for his work “Sparse Recovery of Hyperspectral Signal from Natural RGB images.” Arad, who was 32 years old at the time of winning the award, received his computer science BSc degree from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in 2012. Boaz, the chief technology officer of the startup company HC-Vision, addressed the task of recovering 31-channel hyperspectral information from three-channel RGB images of natural scenes. It is based on the largest l database of natural hyperspectral images collected to date, containing more than 200 high spatial-spectral resolution natural hyperspectral images.
Boaz built the databased over four years of graduate studies and developed a computer vision method that is reportedly able to recover hyperspectral information from RGB images with 90 to 95% accuracy, over a wide variety of scenes. HC Vision states that their software solution “allows conventional cameras to increase their spatial resolution, capturing information over a wide range of wavelengths without the need for specialized equipment or controlled lighting.
With the 2018 award, the EMVA once again looks to “encourage students and young scientists from European institutions to focus on challenges in the field of machine vision and to apply latest research results and findings in computer vision to the practical needs of the machine vision industry.”
The criteria of the submission include:
- Outtanding innovative work in the field of vision technology with industrial relevance. (No restriction on industry. Commercialization of a novel, competitive product should be intended, but is not required.)
- Master thesis of PhD level
- Work must have been completed within the last 12 months by a student or young research during their education at a European institution or in collaboration with an European institution.
Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit a short abstract of two pages that describes their work, as well as a one-page CV and a copy of the master thesis or PhD thesis by April 1, 2018.
The 2017 winner of the award will be announced at the 16th annual EMVA Business Conference, which will be held June 7-9 in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Winners receive a free conference pass and coverage all of travel costs, as well as the first-time prize money of 1.500 Euros and free entry to the European Machine Vision Forum 2018 taking place in Bologna, Italy from September 5-7.