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26 June 2020
Virtual 18. EMVA Business Conference


The virtual 18th 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. Stephan Sigrist
, Founder and Head of W.I.R.E.

'Trust in the Age of Fake Realities –
Why the Virtual Economy needs more Common Sense'

The founder and head of the W.I.R.E. think tank has spent many years analysing interdisciplinary developments in business and society, focusing on the implications of digitisation in the life sciences, financial services, media, infrastructure and mobility. He is the publisher of the ABSTRAKT book series, author of a number of publications and a keynote speaker at international conferences.
With W.I.R.E., he advises decision-makers on the development of long-term strategies, innovation projects and supports companies in the redesign of future-oriented spaces for employees and the exchange with clients.
After studying biochemistry at the ETH Zurich, he initially joined Hoffman-La Roche’s medical research team. He subsequently went on to work at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants as a management consultant and at the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute. Stephan is a member of the Governing Board of the aha! Swiss Allergy Centre and was member of the Innovation Council of Innosuisse, the federal agency concerned with promoting science-based innovation.

Bruno Maisonnier, CEO at AnotherBrain

'Artificial Intelligence Learning at the Edge — Application to Integration-Free Quality Control'

French serial entrepreneur and innovator, Bruno Maisonnier is founder and CEO of AnotherBrain, world category leader in 3rd generation AI, and the Founder & ex-CEO of Aldebaran Robotics.

Passionate about technology and the way it can improve people's everyday lives, in 2017, Bruno founded AnotherBrain, startup which brings Organic AITM, a new generation of artificial intelligence which is bio-inspired, explainable and self-learning. In 2005, Bruno developed from scratch Aldebaran Robotics, which became the world leader in humanoid robotics. Sold to a Japanese giant in 2015, the company became SoftBank Robotics.
Previously, Bruno has been a CEO of banks and international finance companies in France and internationally.

Dr. Chris Yates, President of the EMVA

Chris Yates is Director at Vision Ventures, company specialized in M&A and corporate transactions in automated imaging, machine vision, and computer vision.
Chris has varied background in early stage technology companies having previously been Chief Scientist at AIM listed startup Microemissive Displays developing OLED on CMOS devices for virtual reality applications, as well as tenures with Forth Dimension Displays designing ferroelectric liquid crystal on silicon micro-displays, and involved with multiple spin-out projects including with the University of St Andrews, Strathclyde University, and the Technische Universität Berlin.
Afterwards Chris was the founder and CEO of Scottish industrial 3D time-of-flight imaging specialist, Odos Imaging, prior to the acquisition by Rockwell Automation in November 2017. Until March 2020 Chris was the Director of Advanced Technology at the Safety, Sensing, and Connectivity Business Unit of Rockwell Automation Inc.

Chris has a first class degree and Ph.D from Imperial College, London and has focused his career on working with novel technology in the area of electro-optics.

Dr. Christoph GarbeCEO at HD Vision Systems

'New Approaches to 3D vision'

PD Dr. Christoph Garbe is Founder and CEO of HD Vision Systems GmbH. The company was founded 2017 and specialises in Light-Field computational imaging for quality inspection for automation and robotics. Current solutions consist of complete applications such as bin-picking and AI-based quality inspection, empowering its customers to easily integrate HD Vision Systems’ LumiScan products into their production lines and teach the systems themselves for new defects. Dr. Garbe received the B.E. degree in physics from the University of Hamburg, Germany, in 1995, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics and the Habilitation degree from the University of Heidelberg, in 1998, 2001, and 2007, respectively. He spent one year as a Guest Researcher at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego, CA, USA, in 1999. From 2002 to 2004, he was the Guest Investigator at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. From 2013 to 2014, he was the Substitute Chair of the Visual Sensorics and Information Processing Group at the Goethe-University of Frankfurt, Germany and he is currently the Head of the Independent Research Group "Image Processing and Modeling" at the University of Heidelberg.

Dr. François Simoens, Strategic Program Manager at CEA-Leti

'The convergence of photonics and electronics: an opportunity for machine vision'

François Simoens carried out seven years of research in the accelerator field at CEA Saclay, before joining CEA-Leti in Grenoble in 2003 with the position of program manager and expert in infrared and THz sensors.
From 2015 to 2018, he has been the Marketing and Strategy Manager for the imaging technologies and systems developed at Leti from X-ray to Far-Infrared. Since 2019 he acts as the Director of the LETI strategic program named ‘miniaturized LIDAR – CPS’.

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Beyerer, Director at Fraunhofer IOSB

'Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence for Automated Visual Inspection'

Jürgen Beyerer is a full professor for informatics at the Institute for Anthropomatics and Robotics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) since March 2004 and director of the Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation (IOSB) in Ettlingen, Karlsruhe, Ilmenau, Lemgo, and Görlitz.
He is Spokesman of the Fraunhofer Group for Defense and Security VVS and he is member of acatech, National Academy of Science and Engineering. Furthermore, he is Head of team 7 of the platform „Lernende Systeme“ and Spokesman of the Competence Center Robotic Systems for Decontamination in Hazardous Environments (ROBDEKON).
Research interests include automated visual inspection, signal and image processing, pattern recognition, metrology, information theory, machine learning, security, system theory, autonomous systems and automation.

Matija Kopić, CEO and Founder of Gideon Brothers

'Vision-based Autonomous Navigation'

Matija Kopić built his first startup, Farmeron, in 2012, and the company grew into one of the most known startups in Croatia.
In 2017, he co-founded the robotics and AI company Gideon Brothers, one of the global pioneers developing autonomy technology for industrial environments based on 3D visual perception.

Matija is a Seedcamp winner (2010) and is an alumnus of the 500 Startups class of 2011, with his former company, Farmeron. In 2015, Google listed Matija in the Top 100 innovators from Central and Eastern Europe who are changing the world and improving people’s lives with ideas that scale up in the digital world. In 2012, he was honored by the President of Croatia with the Order of Danica Hrvatska for Innovation.

He holds a Master Degree in Information Technology from Zagreb University’s Faculty of Organisation and Informatics.

Pantaley Dimitrov, Senior Director at Simon-Kucher

'B2B Selling in Remote Mode'

Pantaley Dimitrov is a Senior Director responsible for the B2B Technology and Industrial practice at Simon-Kucher & Partners.
He has over 10 years of consulting experience in sales, marketing, pricing and digitalization. In his several years as project manager he conceptually designed and accompanied the implementation of a large number of projects. His customers include ABB, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen, KÄRCHER, Krauss Maffei, Netstal, Pepperl+Fuchs and many others.
Besides the professional experience at Simon-Kucher, Mr. Dimitrov is involved in a medium-sized e-commerce platform for industrial goods.

 * further speaker announcements to follow

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Austria 2
Belgium 6
Bulgaria 2
Canada 2
China 2
Croatia 1
Denmark 3
Egypt 2
Finland 1
France 13
Germany 48
Ireland 2
Israel 2
Italy 3
Korea, Republic Of 1
Malaysia 1
Netherlands 5
Poland 2
Russia 1
Slovakia 1
Spain 6
Switzerland 2
United Kingdom 14
United States 12
Total 134