Tuesday, May 3, 2011

So you think you’re an image processing hot-shot?

Let’s be honest, machine vision guys have egos, often pretty large. We’re all convinced, secretly or otherwise, that our understanding and expertise are superior to everyone else’s, but maybe it’s time to put up or shut up.

At Vision 2011, (November 8 – 10,) the "Prize for applied image processing" worth €5,000 will be presented for the “best” product or process innovation. That’s a substantial sum, though it pales into insignificance when compared with the value of the free advertising that the winner will receive. It should however stimulate many entries.

The evaluation criteria are, (and I’ve lifted this straight from the Vision website,):

  • Formal quality of the entry
  • Technological excellence
  • Novelty of application and degree of innovation
  • Relevance to the vision industry
  • Relevance to the end user

Of course, one issue of concern to all entrants will be intellectual property rights. Trust me, you really don’t want to disclose your earth-shaking innovation until you’ve got all the necessary protections in place. But assuming those details can be taken care of, it will be very interesting to see what type of entries are submitted, and of course, what ends up winning.

My predictions are that the winning entry will come from a research-oriented image processing team rather than a group working in industry, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it comes out of Germany.

Yes, this has to make the Fraunhofer a front-runner, but we’ll have to wait until November to find out if I’m right.

Meanwhile, if you’re bold enough to take the challenge, you can find details of the Vision Award at the Messe Stuttgart website.

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