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Expert in Machine vision, Imaging, Image processing

Expert ID: 735357 California, USA

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Expert is the founder and president of a leading consulting firm in machine vision. He founded his company in 1981 at the start of the machine vision revolution. He works in application development, system design, and development, business opportunities, and education and training.

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.

Strengths:
 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

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1972 Degree: BSEE Subject: Electrical Engineering/Computer Science Institution: University of California, Berkeley

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
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
Windows.
 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
networking.
 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
performance.

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
diagnostic routines.
 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.

Career Accomplishments

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
Patents
 An apparatus for detecting defects in empty containers
 Drop analysis system
 Camera-based automatic nozzle and substrate alignment system

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