16 May 2019 - 18 May 2019 | Copenhagen, Denmark
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16 May 2019 - 18 May 2019
Copenhagen, Denmark
17th EMVA Business Conference


The 17th edition of the annual EMVA Business Conference offers top-noche speeches 
held by internationally well known specialists and drivers in our industry.

The presentations cover interesting topics of

  • Innovation & Technology
  • Application & Markets
  • Management & Leadership

We are very proud to announce the already confirmed speakers as follows:


Dr. Bernd Liepert
, President of euRobotics

'Robotics needs Vision, Vision needs Robotics'

Dr. Bernd Liepert is the President of euRobotics aisbl, the international non-profit association for all stakeholders in European robotics which was founded in September 2012 and has become the private side of SPARC, the European Public-Private Partnership in Robotics in 2013. As president of these associations Dr. Liepert has been leading the European robotics community and representing it at high political levels since 2008, where he became President of EUROP, the European Robotics Technology Platform.

Dr. Liepert earned his diploma in mathematics in 1990 at the University of Augsburg and his honorary doctor degree at University of Magdeburg in 2008. Since 1990, he has worked in various positions for KUKA. From 1990 to 1996 he worked as mathematician and developer at KUKA Schweissanlagen + Roboter GmbH before he took charge as head of research and development of the newly founded company KUKA Roboter GmbH until 1997. From 1998 to 1999 he was a member of KUKA Roboter GmbH Board of Management, responsible for development and design.

From 2000 to 2009 Dr. Liepert was CEO of KUKA Roboter GmbH. From 2010 to January 2015 he was CTO of KUKA AG, responsible for technology and development of the whole KUKA Group. Afterwards he was nominated the Chief Innovation Officer at KUKA AG, a worldwide leading manufacturer of industrial robots and provider of robot-based automation solutions. In this position he could contribute his vast robotics experience at the interface between technological innovation and the market.

Meik Wiking
, CEO at The Happiness Research Institute

'Happy Employees through Hygge'

Meik Wiking is the CEO of the think tank the Happiness Research Institute, which focuses on well-being, happiness, and quality of life. Meik is also research associate for The World Database of Happiness, Member of The Policy Synthesis Committee of The Global Happiness Policy Report and a New York Times Bestselling Author. His books have been translated into more than 35 languages.


Dr. Christian Hörr, Head of Software Development at Carl Zeiss Optotechnik

'Exploiting the Power of Angular Illumination Methods'

Christian Hörr is Head of Software Development at Carl Zeiss Optotechnik GmbH, where his work focuses on overarching topics within optical metrology, computational geometry, image processing, and robotics.

He received a PhD in computer science from Chemnitz University of Technology in 2011, where is research topics have been non-photorealistic rendering, shape analysis, and data mining applied to the domain of archaeology.

Hendrik Ilsby, CCO at SVS-Vistek

'Machine Vision in Denmark'

Henrik Ilsby, born 1958 in Copenhagen, graduated 1983 from Copenhagen Technical University with a B.Sc degree in Manufacturing Engineering and Electronics.

He spent 10 years from 1983 in program management and sales with the Danish company Nea-Lindberg, (Video Displays and IR camera technology). Henrik joined JAI A/S in 1994 as Director of Sales for the Camera business unit. In 1997 he was appointed to executive management in JAI and later Senior Vice President leading the international camera business unit. From 2010-2012 he acted as CEO for CST A/S Copenhagen Sensor Technology, a company specializing in electro-optical solutions for Defense and Homeland Security markets.

In January 2013, Henrik joined the executive board of SVS VISTEK as Chief Commercial Officer, leading the worldwide sales.


Henning Staerk, Marketing Manager at EMVA

'EMVA Activities - Review and Outlook'

Henning Staerk looks back on global experience in brand development and brand communication gained in management positions at well-known B2B and B2C companies such as Yamaha Electronics, Hitachi Consumer Electronics, Dell Computer, Hagenuk Telecommunications and Info AG (today: QSC). He was responsible for global marketing and European sales for Allied Vision and thus has many years of experience in the field of industrial image processing.
Most recently, Henning worked with his own consulting firm as an interim and project manager in the fields of customer experience management and go-to-market strategies for B2B companies.
In October 2018 Henning Staerk joined the EMVA and supports the marketing of the European association.

Jin Pan, Chairman of the CMVU

'China Machine Vision Market in 2018'

Mr. Jin Pan has been chairman of China Machine Vision Industry Union (CMVU) since 2013.
He worked for Beijing Daheng Image Vision Co., Ltd as general manager before retiring in 2017. In the machine vision industry, he has worked for more than 20 years and accumulated rich experience.


Jochem Herrmann, President of the EMVA

'Standardisation - Review and Outlook'

Jochem Herrmann is Chief Scientist and co-founder of the Dutch camera manufacturer Adimec.
He is responsible for the future technologies on Adimec’s roadmap (2-5 years ahead). New technologies can be developed in house, but also in joint R&D projects with industrial partners and universities, often in European programs like FP7, CATRENE and Medea+.

In June 2013 he was elected into the EMVA Board in which his primary working field is planning, development and dissemination of standards for the Machine Vision industry.

Johannes Meyer, Lead Engineer Computer Vision at ITK Engineering

'Young Professional Award - Presentation of awarded work'

Johannes Meyer received his Bachelor's and Master's degree in computer science from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT (Germany) in 2012, respectively, in 2014. In 2018, he obtained a PhD in computer science for his research about plenoptic imaging and image processing methods for solving the challenging problem of the automated visual inspection of complex-shaped transparent objects.

He has been working as a research scientist in close cooperation between the Vision and Fusion Laboratory of the KIT and the Visual Inspection Systems department of the Fraunhofer-Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB (Germany). Since 2019 he joined the industry as a Lead Engineer in Computer Vision at ITK Engineering GmbH and conducts research and development projects in the field of computational imaging.

Karri Niemelä, CTO at FocalSpec

'Measuring the Invisible'

Karri Niemelä, PhD, works as Chief Technical Officer at FocalSpec Oy, a global pioneer in designing and manufacturing high-precision optical line confocal sensors headquartered in Oulu, Finland. Before co-founding FocalSpec, Karri worked at VTT Optical Instrumentation center as a senior research scientist in a Machine Vision team.
Karri holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Oulu, Finland. In his thesis, he explored the optical and electronic properties of semiconductor nanostructures like quantum dots, rings and wires.
In his role as CTO at FocalSpec Karri leads the R&D of the FocalSpec sensor products with a highly skilled team of hardware and software professionals. His main passion at work lies in optical engineering, 3D metrology and algorithms. Outside work he enjoys playing jazz, blues and rock music with his electric bass guitar

Dr. Klaus-Henning Noffz, Chairman of VDMA Machine Vision

'OPC Vision – the door to Industrie 4.0'

Dr. Klaus-Henning Noffz is founder and CEO of Silicon Software GmbH, producer of image acquisition and image processing boards for Machine Vision. Before founding the company in 1997, he studied physics at the University of Heidelberg and did a PhD about pattern recognition for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the CERN in Geneve/Switzerland. In 2006, he received the International Vision Award.

Since 2012, Klaus-Henning Noffz is member of the Board of VDMA Machine Vision where he has been responsible for MV standards. A main activity was the establishment of OPC Vision. In 2018 he became chairman of the VDMA board.


Michael Sehested Lund, Sales Director EMEA at JAI

'Hyperspectral and Multispectral Imaging: Where are the Applications?'

Michael Sehested Lund is Sales Director EMEA at JAI A/S
and has worked at JAI A/S since 2006 in different sales roles.
Prior to JAI Michael has worked in the laser photonics industry with sales management and business development.

Michael holds an MSc EE from the Technical University of Denmark.

Dr. Peter Ebert, Editor-in-chief at inVision (TeDo Verlag)..

moderating the panel discussion headlined
'How will Embedded Vision impact our future / our market?'

Dr.-Ing. Peter Ebert has been working as an editor for machine vision for over 20 years. Since 2012 he has been editor-in-chief of the trade journal inVISION, which deals with the topics machine vision, embedded vision and 3D metrology. He is also responsible for the weekly inVISION newsletter, the official industry newsletter of the world's leading trade fair VISION.

Dr. Ren Wu, Founder and CEO at NovuMind

'Processors for Intelligent Vision Devices'

Dr. Ren Wu is the Founder and CEO of NovuMind Inc, where he is leading the effort to push the frontier of artificial intelligence (AI) via high-performance and heterogeneous computing. His dream is to improve people’s life using NovuMind’s AI technologies.
He was the distinguished scientist at Baidu Research where he and his team have designed and built a supercomputer dedicate for deep learning and have achieved world’s best results on many image recognition tasks.
Prior to joining Baidu, Ren served as chief software architect of Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) at AMD. Earlier, he was the principal investigator of CUDA Research Center at HP Labs, where he is widely known for his pioneering work in using GPUs to accelerate big data analytics and large-scale machine learning algorithms.
Ren is also known for his early work on artificial intelligence. His Xiangqi (Chinese chess) program was twice world champion and have dominated computer Xiangqi field for more than a decade. He was the first person to perform systematic research computationally on Xiangqi endgames with astonishing discoveries.

Tue Moerck, Managing Director at IHFood A/S

'Vision in the Food Industry'

With more than 20+ years of professional experience with optical measurement systems at different positions, research, development, production, product marketing, sales and general management, Mr. Moerck has the theoretical and the practical understanding of business processes.

After his diploma he worked with research and development at a high technical level where after getting into various technical management positions. Tue has been involved with and signing responsible for developing several well selling products in the field of optical measurement systems and cameras. He introduced new technology and was part of starting up new business segments.
The commercial experience was added to the equation at the camera manufacturer JAI where Tue held managerial positions in sales & marketing and where he has been member of the management team for years.

 * further speaker announcements to follow


Closed since 10 May 2019


Copenhagen, Denmark

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Participants 78
Meetings 93


Austria 1
Belgium 5
Canada 3
China 1
Denmark 5
France 6
Germany 43
Japan 5
Korea, Republic Of 4
Netherlands 1
Russia 1
Slovakia 1
Slovenia 1
Spain 6
United Kingdom 8
United States 9
Total 100