Expert in Machine vision, Imaging, Image processing
Expert ID: 735357 California, USA
Among his areas of experience with machine vision are structured light imaging, high-precision stereo gauging, high-volume food sorting for shape, size, and color, sub-micron measurements, interferometry, part recognition, and classification, assembly verification, optical character recognition, measurement of very large objects, and display inspection.
In addition to his work in machine vision, Expert has experience in engineering management, manufacturing management, software development, computer memory design, and testing, acoustic inspection, LED development, and microwaves. Expert speaks extensively on machine vision and automation and is the author of many technical and magazine articles on machine vision. He has taught hundreds of courses on the subject and has chaired a number of conferences on machine vision for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the Automated Imaging Association.
Expert received his BSEE from the University of California at Berkeley. Before founding his machine vision company, he held positions with EG&G Reticon, Fairchild Semiconductor, Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, and Watkins-Johnson. He is a past President of the Machine Vision Association of SME. He has been recognized with the MVA/SME Chairman’s award and is the recipient of the Automated Imaging Association’s annual Achievement award.
Leadership in machine vision engineering covering system design, design, and selection of optics and illumination, and software development
Application of machine vision including high-precision metrology for dimensions ranging from very large to sub-micron, assembly, and packaging verification, OCR, flaw detection, very high-speed sorting, and robot guidance
Technology transfer from research to application
Expertise in electronics, software, optics, computers, system design, and industrial applications
Software engineering in C/C++, Perl, assembly language, Basic, Fortran, Algol, PL/M, and Pascal for DOS, Windows 3.1, and Windows NT
Market research and analysis
Education and training course development and presentation
Management of projects as well as engineering and manufacturing operations
Communication, both written and oral
|Year: 1972||Degree: BSEE||Subject: Electrical Engineering/Computer Science||Institution: University of California, Berkeley|
|Years: 1981 to Present||Employer: Undisclosed||Title: President/ Founder||Department:||Responsibilities: Founded and developed the company into the leading consulting firm in machine vision.
Select components for machine vision applications including cameras, light sources, lenses, filter,
windows, prisms, mirrors, frame grabbers, computers, and software packages.
Design illumination systems for machine vision applications including lamps and LEDs, reflectors,
retroreflectors, and lenses
Software engineering for machine vision including programming smart cameras, developing custom
machine vision applications in C/C++, and coding image processing primitives in assembly language.
Develop machine vision systems for applications including high-precision metrology, defect detection,
high-speed sorting, OCR, robot guidance, stereo imaging, autofocus, interferometry, color imaging,
finding location and orientation, and assembly verification.
Developed and conducted over 200 public and in-plant courses for engineering and sales staffs
Performed market studies for several companies including startups, major corporations, and an
industry trade association.
Developed a complete machine vision software package for training and application work. Included
convolution, correlation, morphology, image transforms, connectivity, region growing, coordinate
extraction, data fitting, and neural networks. Programmed in C and assembly language to run under
Evaluated operations and developed a strategic plan for the use of machine vision in assembly
operations of a major automobile manufacturer.
Developed the software application in C for high precision optical measurement that included the
ability to perform unique data fitting to a complex model to make precision optical measurements on
features significantly below the wavelength of light. The software included image acquisition, image
processing, motion control, user interface, recipe storage, and automatic retrieval, motion control and
Led the development of a high volume food sorting machine for grading based on size and shape.
Revised the design 13 years later to replace obsolete components and improve the sorter’s
Led the development of a high volume food sorting machine for sorting out product based on stains.
Transferred the technology from the USDA to a production-ready into a production-ready system.
Led the development of the new generation camera including market research, product specification,
mechanical and electronic design, and out-sourcing of subassemblies.
|Years: 1977 to 1981||Employer: (Undisclosed)||Title: Project Manager||Department:||Responsibilities: Developed a real-time operating system for use in very high-speed machine vision applications.
Led the development of a camera interface board for the DEC LSI-11 including writing software
Developed complex flaw detection systems for print quality verification and bearing surface inspection.
Developed a production measurement system, which measured bearing rollers to ultra-high precision.
Developed an acoustic inspection system for detecting dented cans at very high speeds.
|Years: 1976 to 1977||Employer: Santa Clara Systems||Title: Engineering Manager||Department:||Responsibilities: Led a group of 12 engineers and support personnel in the development of test systems for IBM mainframe add-on memories. Also led to the development of the next generation general-purpose memory test system.|
|Years: 1975 to 1975||Employer: Develco||Title: Manufacturing Engineering Manager||Department:||Responsibilities: Managed a department of eight people responsible for the manufacturing engineering and production test for the company's standard products.|
|Years: 1972 to 1975||Employer: RPX||Title: Founder and Principal||Department:||Responsibilities: Founded the company, which produced custom test systems for the semiconductor industry. Pioneered the development of high-power transistor test systems, and the first microprocessor controlled test system for heart pacemakers.|
|Years: 1969 to 1972||Employer: Fairchild||Title: Semiconductor||Department:||Responsibilities: Led the development of visual inspection criteria for critical semiconductor components.
Managed a group in die fabrication and visual inspection as well as wafer and finished goods testing.
|Awards / Recognition|
|Honors and Professional Activities
Board of Directors, Machine Vision Association of SME
President, Machine Vision Association of SME
MVA/SME Chairman’s Award
Certified by stature as a Certified Manufacturing Engineer, SME
Automated Imaging Association Annual Achievement Award
Advanced Certified Machine Vision Professional (Advanced CVP)
|Publications and Patents Summary|
An apparatus for detecting defects in empty containers
Drop analysis system
Camera-based automatic nozzle and substrate alignment system