Friday, June 17, 2011

Swiss Image and Vision Sensors Workshop 2011

IEEE Swiss Image and Vision Sensors Workshop 2011 (SIVS 2011) is to be held on September 8, 2011 in University of Zurich, Switzerland. The preliminary program covers a lot of interesting stuff:

How biological retinas compute many views of the world
Botond Roska, FMI Basel

Opportunities and lessons from building event-based digital silicon retinas
Tobi Delbruck, UZH-ETH Zurich, Inst. of Neuroinformatics,

Low cost and low power vision systems
Pierre-Francois Ruedi, CSEM Neuchatel

leanXcam: Ideas and lessons learned from an open source business model
Johannes Gassner, SCS AG

Single-photon detection: Facts and myths. What should we expect from integrated SPAD imaging?
Eduardo Charbon, TU Delft and EPFL

Single-photon integrating CMOS image sensors
Thomas Baechler, Section Head Image Sensing, CSEM Zurich, with Nicolas Blanc

World record sub-electron resolution room temperature CMOS image sensors based on open-loop amplification
Christian Lotto, Heliotis AG and CSEM Photonics Division

High-speed imaging – Historical review, state-of-the-art sensors, and future trends
Thomas Baechler, Section Head Image Sensing, CSEM Zurich, with Nicolas Blanc

Photosensors for optical 3D imaging
Peter Seitz, CSEM

World record high dynamic range imaging: Opportunities and challenges
Peter Schwider, Photofocus AG

Outstanding properties of the Espros CMOS/CCD technology and consequences for image sensors
Beat De Coi & Martin Popp, Espros Photonics Corporation

Raw image conversion and processing
Aboubakr Bekkali with Urs Krebs, Seitz Phototechnik AG

Forum discussion: What features are needed for future sensors?

Via electronsandholes


  1. Any one has ideas about the world records on dynamic range and readout noise level? There are 2 papers claiming the world record.

  2. I have made sensors with no output noise at all.
    Whoops, that belongs in the Confessions article.

  3. you never fails to humor, Eric!!!

  4. Which of these did you make yourself?

  5. I came across an interest patent application this morning for a camera that doesn't work.


    See this BBC article and the accompanying link to recently-published US patent application 0110128384.

    Personally, I think the artist has it right with his "move with the times" comment.

  6. Ack! Now I can't go back and edit. That should read "interesting", not "interest".

  7. And the patent app should read 20110128384, not 0110128384.

  8. You can simply strobing the video at high speed, then human eye can see image normally but a rolling shutter sensor will not ...

    Can I patent this idea ?

    -yang ni

  9. @CDM
    I thought you were against "piracy"!
    @Yang ni
    So you are for global shutter CCDs!

  10. @ strobing

    Not anymore. :D In any event, you'd probably need all-LED lighting to make this viable for the host venue, since it probably wouldn't want to relamp all the time.

    @ piracy

    My wife has been badgering me to make home movies with a Flip camera she gave me for Christmas, and the ones I made in the last week or two - in fact, at live performances - were pretty challenging, because I spent most of the time trying to frame and compensate rather than enjoying the show. Well, one was of my kids at the Chicago Botanic Garden dancing to Buck Howdy's rendition of the Chicken Dance, so we all got to enjoy the show later on, except for my son who repeatedly insisted "I never did that!" through the whole re-watching.

    Probably most artists these days wouldn't consider a video of a live performance to be piracy. The lion's share of income for most musicians and stage performers derives from putting bodies in seats or on dance floors, and high-quality studio recordings aren't exorbitantly priced. If you include as artists people who run, throw, kick, etc. for a living at a level in a sport where there's significant television revenue, well, that's a different story. Either way, I definitely agree that as an audience member you miss out on the live experience when you have to deal with operating a camera simultaneously.

    My principal objection is that a camera that facilitates this kind of active disabling invites abuse. You might feel protected by a limitation on live-performance video or a privacy-protecting blackout in public restrooms, except that wrong-doers will find countermeasures like IR filters, IR jammers, or software hacks. Worse, it sets up a situation where organizations interested in a lack of transparency would feel empowered to act with less restraint than they might otherwise.

  11. CDM's comments almost always include a family story. If there are more than a few lines, watch out, here come the wife and kids.


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