Vision Systems Design’s 2018 Innovators Awards Program—which recognize companies that demonstrate excellence in a product or technology, an application, or in research and development—will take place live on The Vision Show floor at 1 PM on April 10 in Boston.
In addition to systems integrators, manufacturers of industrial cameras, camera components, image sensors, machine vision lighting, and more, are encouraged to submit their product, service, or technology for review. This year, we’ve added categories to distinguish our honorees, which include vision systems, four different camera categories, sensors, software, embedded vision, a research and development/start-up category, and more.
Our panel of expert judges consisted of systems integrators, consultants, and academics with years of experience in specifying, designing and configuring image processing and machine vision systems. Last year’s judges included:
- Craig M. BorsackPresident, G2 Technologies
- Tom BrennanPresident, Artemis Vision
- Shawn A. Campion, President and CEO, Integro Technologies
- David DechowStaff Engineer, Intelligent Robotics/ Machine Vision, FANUC America Corporation
- Tom HermaryPresident, Hermary Opto Electronics Inc.
- Dr. Daniel L. Lau, Kentucky Utilities Professor and Certified Professional Engineer, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Kentucky
- Rex Lee, President and CEO, Pyramid Imaging
- Bhaskar Ramakrishnan,Technical Sales Engineer, DWFritz Automation, Inc.
- William SchrammPresident, PVI Systems, Inc
- Robert Tait Partner at Optical Metrology Solutions LLC
- Rick van de Zedde, Senior researcher / business developer Computer Vision, Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research
- Steve VargaPrincipal Scientist, Imaging and Instrumentation R&D, Procter & Gamble USA
- Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan WerlingBaden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Mannheim Mechatronik
- Perry WestPresident, Automated Vision Systems, Inc.
- Earl YardleyDirector, Industrial Vision Systems Ltd
- Andy Wilson Founding Editor of Vision Systems Design, European Editor for Vision Systems Design, Chiltern Editorial Services
Submissions were evaluated for:
- Impact on designers, systems integrators, end users
- Fulfilling a need in the market that hasn’t been addressed
- Leveraging a novel technology
- Increasing productivity
Last year’s program saw multiple companies in the imaging and machine vision community recognized for their achievement, highlighting the innovation and advancements in the industry. Trends began to emerge, as well, as hot topics such as machine learning, embedded vision, and multispectral imaging products had an increased presence among the honorees John Lewis, Editor in Chief, commented on both last year’s honorees and next year’s potential group:
"Looking back at our group of 2017 Innovators Awards honorees and seeing the unique products and solutions from companies all over the globe is inspiring," he said. "With our 2018 awards, we look forward to recognizing cutting edge products and solutions within the machine vision marketplace and sharing this with all of you."
An awards announcement article will be published on April 10 on our homepage.
View more information on the 2018 Innovators Awards Program.