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2018 program

Wednesday January 31, 2018

Color and Spectral Imaging

Session Chair: Ralf Widenhorn, Portland State University (United States)

Introductory remarks, Ralf Widenhorn, Portland State UNiveristy (United States), Arnaud Peizerat, CEA-LETI (France), Arnaud Darmont, Aphesa (Belgium)

Color Channel Reconstruction for Multi-Color Multi-View Images Using Disparity and Color Similarity-based Local Linear Regression, Daniel Kiesel, Thomas Richter, Jürgen Seiler, and André Kaup, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany)

Tutorial talk: Introduction to spectral response (QE) curves, their meaning and their measurement, Arnaud Darmont1,2; 1APHESA SPRL and 2Imaging Courses (Belgium)

Keynote: Quantum Efficiency and Color, Jörg Kunze, Basler AG (Germany)

Depth Sensing

Session Chair: Calvin Chao, TSMC (Taiwan)

Mobile 3D imaging using handheld lens array sheet and single camera, Shoaib Soomro1, Osman Eldes1, Kaan Aksit3, and Hakan Urey2; 1Koc University, 2Koç University (Turkey), and 3NVIDIA Research (United States)

A Distance Measurement Method Using A Time-of-Flight CMOS Range Image Sensor with 4-Tap Output Pixels and Multiple Time-Windows, Kohei Yamada, Akihito Komazawa, Taishi Takasawa, Keita Yasutomi, Keiichiro Kagawa, and Shoji Kawahito, Shizuoka University (Japan)

3D CMOS image sensor based on white pixel with off-center rectangular apertures, Byoung-Soo Choi2, Sang-Hwan Kim2, Jimin Lee2, Chang-Woo Oh2, Seunghyuk Chang3, JongHo Park3, Sang-Jin Lee3, and Jang-Kyoo Shin1; 1Kyungpook National Univ., 2Kyungpook National University, and 3Center for Integrated Smart Sensors (South Korea)

Technology and Design for High Performance I

Session Chair: Arnaud Darmont, APHESA (Belgium)

Keynote: Dark Current Limiting Mechanisms in CMOS Image Sensors, Dan McGrath, BAE Systems (United States)

Wednesday Morning Sessions Author Q&A

Technology and Design for High Performance II

Session Chair: Arnaud Peizerat, CEA-LETI (France)

Keynote: Sub-electron Low-Noise CMOS Image Sensors, Angel Rodríguez-Vázquez, Universidad de Sevilla (Spain)

High Speed Imaging

Session Chair: Arnaud Peizerat, CEA-LETI (France)

Multi-Collection-Gate image sensors – the Present Status and the Perspective –, Takeharu Etoh, Ritsumeikan University (Japan)

A Preliminary Chip Evaluation toward Over 50Mfps Burst Global Shutter Stacked CMOS Image Sensor, Manabu Suzuki, Masashi Suzuki, Rihito Kuroda, and Shigetoshi Sugawa, Tohoku University (Japan)

Back to CCD's panels? An Ultra-High Speed CMOS sensor architecture., Alex Krymski, Alexima (United States)

Image Sensors and Imaging Systems 2018 Interactive Papers Oral Previews

Session Chair: Ralf Widenhorn, Portland State University (United States)

Response curve programming of HDR image sensors based on discretized information transfer and scene information, Arnaud Darmont, APHESA SPRL (Belgium)

Exploring Hot Pixel Characteristics for 7 to 1.3 micron Pixels, Glenn Chapman1, Rohan Thomas2, , Parham ,Purbakht4, Klinsmann Meneses1, Israel Koren3, and Zahava Koren3; 1Simon Fraser University and 3University of Massachusetts Amherst (United States)

Interactive posters


Thursday February 1, 2018

Image Sensors and Imaging Technologies for Automotive and Autonomous Vehicles

Session Chair: Arnaud Darmont, APHESA SPRL (Belgium)
This session is jointly sponsored by: Autonomous Vehicles and Machines 2018, Image Sensors and Imaging Systems 2018, and Photography, Mobile, and Immersive Imaging 2018.

Keynote: Advances in automotive image sensors, Boyd Fowler1 and Johannes Solhusvik2; 1OmniVision Technologies (United States) and 2OmniVision Technologies Europe Design Center (Norway)

Partial reset HDR image sensor with improved fixed pattern noise performance, Volodymyr Seliuchenko1,2, Sharath Patil1,3, Marcelo Mizuki1, Saad Ahmad1, and Maarten Kuijk2; 1Melexis, 2Vrije University Brussel (Belgium), and 3University of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)

High-Dynamic-Range, Panoramic, Low-Cost, Infrared Imaging for Autonomous Vehicle Vision System, Michael Kelly, MIT Lincoln Laboratory (United States)

Automotive & Autonomous Author Q&A

Novel Vision Techniques and Applications

Session Chair: Nick Bulitka, Lumenera (Canada)

Keynote: Security imaging in an unsecure world, Anders Johannesson, Axis Communications AB (Sweden)

A near pixel Depth from Focus architecture for video rate depth estimation, Simon Emberger1,5, Laurent Alacoque4, Antoine Dupret2, Gilles Sicard3, and Jean Louis de Bougrenet de la Tocnaye5; 1CEA, 4Minatec Campus, and 5IMT-Atlantique (France)

Mobile GPU implementation of Wide Dynamic Range Image Compression Based on Multi-scale Histogram Synthesis, Jie Yang, Douglas McDonald, Ulian Shahnovich, and Orly Yadid-Pecht, University of Calgary (Canada)

Novel Techniques and Applications Author Q&A

Noise, Performance, and Characterization

Session Chair: Arnaud Darmont, APHESA SPRL (Belgium)

Using Wavelets to Analyze RTS Noise in Irradiated CMOS Image Sensors, Benjamin Hendrickson, Portland State University (United States)

Lag-Induced Image Artifacts in Still Imaging with CIS, Leo Anzagira2, Orit Skorka1, Pulla Reddy Ailuri3, and Radu Ispasoiu4; 1ON Semiconductor and 2ON Semiconductor Corp.

Two calibration methods to improve the linearity of a CMOS image sensor, Fei Wang2 and Albert Theuwissen1; 1TU Delft and 2Technische Univ. Delft (Netherlands)

Characterization of Discrete 2D-MTF using Physical Optics, Victor Lenchenkov, Orit Skorka, Robert Gravelle, Ulrich Boettiger, and Radu Ispasoiu, ON Semiconductor (United States)

Noise, Performance, and Characterization Author Q&A

Image Sensors and Imaging Systems 2018 Wrap-up Q&A

Image Sensors and Imaging Systems 2018 Conference Closing Remarks

Image Sensors and Imaging Systems 2018 Wrap-up Author Q&A

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Keynotes and invited speakers

"Advances in automotive image sensors", Boyd Fowler, OmniVision Technologies (California) - 40 minutes keynote

Boyd Fowler

Dr. Boyd Fowler joined OmniVision in December 2015 as the Vice President of Marketing and was appointed Chief Technology Officer in July 2017. Prior to joining OmniVision, he was co-founder and VP of Engineering at Pixel Devices, where he focused on developing high-performance CMOS image sensors. After Pixel Devices was acquired by Agilent Technologies, Dr. Fowler was responsible for advanced development of commercial CMOS image sensor products. In 2003, Dr. Fowler joined Fairchild Imaging as the CTO and VP of Technology, where he developed SCMOS image sensors for high-performance scientific applications. After Fairchild Imaging was acquired by BAE Systems, Dr. Fowler was appointed the technology director of the CCD/CMOS image sensor business. He has authored numerous technical papers, book chapters, and patents. Dr. Fowler received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1990 and 1995 respectively.

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Dan McGrath

"Dark Current Limiting Mechanisms in CMOS Image Sensors", Dan McGrath, BAE Systems (California) - 40 minutes keynote

Dan McGrath has worked for 38 years specializing in the device physics of silicon-based pixels, CCD and CIS, and in the integration of image-sensor process enhancements in the manufacturing flow. He chose his first job because it offered that “studying defects in image sensors means doing physics” and has kept this passion front-and-center in his work. He has pursued this work at Texas Instruments, Polaroid, Atmel, Eastman Kodak, Aptina and BAE Systems and has worked with manufacturing facilities in France, Italy, Taiwan, and the USA. His publications include the first megapixel CCD and the basis for dark current spectroscopy (DCS).

Anders Johanesson

"Security imaging in an unsecure world", Anders Johanesson, AXIS COMMUNICATIONS AB (Sweden) - 40 minutes keynote

Anders Johannesson is a senior expert engineer at Axis Communications AB in Lund, Sweden. He received his B.S. degree in physics in 1987, and his Ph.D. in 1992; both from Lund University, Sweden. His thesis work involved imaging polarimetry and spectroscopy of features in the solar atmosphere. This work was continued at Caltech, USA. He has also been involved in development within industrial and consumer imaging at a number of companies in Europe including Dialog Semiconductor. He joined Axis Communications in 2006 and is part of the core technology team for surveillance and security imaging. His focus is on the image sensor.

Joerg Kunze

"Quantum Efficiency and Color", Jörg Kunze, Basler AG (Germany) - 40 minutes keynote

Jörg Kunze has received his PhD in physics from the University of Hamburg (2004). He joined Basler in 1998, where he started as an electronics developer and where he currently is the team leader of New Technology. Kunze serves as an expert for image sensors, camera hardware, noise, color fidelity, 3D- and computational imaging and develops new algorithms for color image signal processing. The majority of the Basler patents name him as inventor.

Angel Rodriguez-vasquez

"Sub-Electron Low Noise CMOS image sensors", Angel Rodriguez Vasquez, University of Sevilla (Spain) - 40 minutes keynote

Ángel Rodríguez-Vázquez (IEEE Fellow, 1999) received the bachelor’s (Universidad de Sevilla, 1976) and Ph.D. degrees in physics-electronics (Universidad de Sevilla, 1982) with several national and international awards, including the IEEE Rogelio Segovia Torres Award (1981). After different research stays in University of California-Berkeley and Texas A&M University he became a Full Professor of Electronics at the University of Sevilla in 1995. He co-founded the Instituto de Microelectrónica de Sevilla, a joint undertaken of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) and the University of Sevilla and started a Resaerch Lab on Analog and Mixed-Signal Circuits for Sensors and Communications. In 2001 he was the main promotor and co-founder of the start-up company AnaFocus Ltd and served as CEO, on leave from the University, until June 2009, when the company reached maturity as a worldwide provider of smart CMOS imagers and vision systems-on-chip.

His research is on the design of analog and mixed-signal front-ends for sensing and communication, including smart imagers, vision chips, implantable neural recorders/stimulators and biomedical circuits and with emphasis on system integration. He has authored 11 books, 36 additional book chapters, and some 500 articles in peer-review specialized publications. He has presented invited plenary lectures at different international conferences. His research work has received some 8,500 citations; he has an h-index of 48 and an i10-index of 166. Dr. Rodríguez-Vázquez has received a number of awards for his research (the IEEE Guillemin-Cauer Best Paper Award, two Wiley’s IJCTA Best Paper Awards, two IEEE ECCTD Best Paper Awards, one IEEE-ISCAS Best Paper Award, one SPIE-IST Electronic Imaging Best Paper Award, the IEEE ISCAS Best Demo-Paper Award, and the IEEE ICECS Best Demo-Paper Award).

Prof. Rodríguez-Vázquez has always been looking for the balance between long-term research and innovative industrial developments. He was the main promotor and co-founder of AnaFocus Ltd. and he participated in the foundation of the Hungarian start-up company AnaLogic Ltd. He has eight patents filed, some of which are licensed to companies. AnaFocus was founded on the basis of his patents on vision chip architectures.

He has served as Editor, Associate Editor, and Guest Editor for IEEE and non-IEEE journals, is on the committee of several international journals and conferences, and has chaired several international IEEE and SPIE conferences. He served as VP Region 8 of the IEEE Circuits 1087 and Systems Society (2009-2012) and as Chair of the IEEE CASS Fellow Evaluation Committee (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015).

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Special sessions and events

Posters presentation: A regular 20 minutes time slot will be used to briefly introduce the posters before the poster session. The authors will give a 7-8 minutes introduction without questions.

Additional question sessions: As there is sometimes not enough time for all the questions to some authors, additional question sessions have been added to the program so that we can take more questions from the floor and still hold to the session schedules.

Joint sessions: A joint session is organized with PMII (Photography and Mobile Imaging) and AVM (Autonomous Vehicles).

Plenary talks

  • On Monday Greg Corrado, co-founder of Google Brain and Principal Scientist at Google, provides an overview of modern machine learning and deep neural networks, with particular attention to its impact on imaging and the field of computer vision.
  • On Tuesday Avideh Zahkor, Qualcomm Chair & Professor at U.C. Berkeley and serial entrepreneur with startups in outdoor mapping, indoor mapping, and micro-lithography, discusses fast, automated 3D modeling of buildings and other GPS denied environments.
  • On Wednesday Ronald T. Azuma, Intel Labs researcher and Augmented Reality pioneer, shares a vision for achieving ubiquitous AR, which requires not just solving numerous technical challenges but also determining new, compelling AR experiences that will establish AR as a new platform and novel form of media.

Chairs and committee lunch: All session chairs and committees members can join for the chairs and committee lunch on Wednesday. The lunch is a good opportunity for brainstorming on the future of the conference.

Committee meeting: A more formal committee meeting will be held on Thursday after the conferences in the conference room.


Our sponsors finance the awards for best paper and best student paper as well as some invited talks or side events. Sponsoring starts at USD500.


Call for papers

The deadline for submission is September 10th, 2017.

The conference covers the following topics but is not limited to these:

  • Advances in technologies and models
    • Innovative devices
    • Innovative process and post-process (e.g., 3D integration)
    • Advances in alternative technologies (organic, a-Si, etc.)
    • Noise analysis and noise reduction
    • Advanced/novel image sensor or pixel control circuits
    • Advanced/novel defects and noise reduction algorithms
    • Color pattern or pixel architectures and color demosaicing and reconstruction techniques
    • ADCs
  • High-end image sensors
    • High speed
    • Large format
    • Ultra low power
    • Ultra low noise
    • Very high dynamic range
  • On-chip processing for smarter sensors
    • On chip signal or image processing
    • Image sensors for 3D imaging
    • Bio-inspired image sensor
  • Image sensors assessment and novel implementations or applications
    • Hyperspectral image sensors or camera
    • Image sensors for computational imaging
    • Image sensors for automotive applications
    • Image sensors used in integrated networks (internet of things)
    • Image sensors for drones and autonomous vehicles
    • Sensor fusion
    • Miniature autonomous systems based on image sensors

The authors can chose from oral presentation or poster presentation, with or without publication of a paper. It is therefore possible for the industry authors to present their work without the extra effort or proposing a formal paper.

The work presented must be new or significantly revised, including new ideas that have not yet been fully developed.

Paper submission


Only the authors who chose to be published are present in the proceedings.

All proceedings are open access.

Open Access proceedings of IMSE 2018

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Conference chairs

President of the best paper jury

Boyd Fowler, OmniVision Technologies (United States)

Program committee

Morley Blouke, Portland State University (retired) (United States); Nick Bulitka, Lumenera Corp. (Canada); Calvin Chao, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) (Taiwan); Glenn Chapman, Simon Fraser University (Canada); Tobi Delbrück, Institute of Neuroinformatics, University of Zurich and ETH Zurich (Switzerland); James DiBella, Imperx (United States); Antoine Dupret, Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique (France); Boyd Fowler, OmniVision Technologies (United States); Rihito Kuroda, Tohoku University (Japan); Kevin Matherson, Microsoft Corporation (United States); Clemenz Portmann, Google Inc. (United States); Alice Reinheimer, e2v (United States); Gilles Sicard, Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique (France); Nobukazu Teranishi, University of Hyogo (Japan); Jean-Michel Tualle, Université Paris 13 (France); Orly Yadid-Pecht, University of Calgary (Canada); Xinyang Wang, GPIXEL (China)