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  • 10-24-2014 : GRENOBLE, France - 7 October 2014 - Albert Theuwissen, CEO of Harvest Imaging and professor at Delft University of Technology, is the recipient of the European SEMI Award 2014. The Award, which recognizes Theuwissen’s outstanding contribution to the continuing education of engineers, was presented during the SEMICON Europa Executive Summit in Grenoble today.

    Albert Theuwissen is a highly regarded specialist in solid-state image sensors and digital imaging. He worked for nearly 20 years at Philips Research and then at DALSA in lead engineering and management roles. In 2001, Theuwissen became a part-time professor at Delft University of Technology. In 1995, he wrote the textbook “Solid-State Imaging with Charge-Coupled Devices” which is now a standard reference work in the field of solid-state imaging.

    After “retiring” in 2007, Theuwissen founded Harvest Imaging and has played a major role in the continuing education of engineers in the field of solid-state imaging and digital cameras. He has taught and trained over 3,000 engineers at image sensor companies (such as Kodak, Sony, Samsung, Aptina, ST Microelectronics, Micron, Intel, Philips, Canon, DALSA, Panasonic, and many others) and consumer product companies (such as Nokia, Sony-Ericsson, Motorola, Siemens, Research In Motion, Thomson, and many others). In addition, he has conducted short courses at IEEE’s IEDM, ISSCC, ICIP and SPIE’s Electronic Imaging Conference.

    Solid-state image sensors such as the Charge-Coupled Device (CCD) and CMOS Image Sensor (CIS) are complex electron devices. About one billion image sensor chips are fabricated and sold each year and represent a multi-billion dollar per year IC business segment. Understanding the fabrication and device physics operation of these devices is difficult and is rarely taught in universities at either the undergraduate or graduate level.

    Theuwissen has had a major impact on both the continuing education of engineers and the advancement of consumer digital imaging. Continuing education — outside of the scope of university professors operating as part-time short-course instructors — within the industry is critical. By educating technologists and application specialists, Theuwissen created a successful model for future technological education: the entrepreneur-educator.

    “Albert recognized the need for technical education and created a successful continuing education offering that navigates and conforms to the competitive and proprietary IP environment, benefitting thousands of electron-device engineers and also the industry,” said Heinz Kundert, president of SEMI Europe. “It is an honor to recognize Albert for his outstanding contributions to the European semiconductor and microsystems industry.”

    The European SEMI Award was established more than two decades ago to recognize individuals and teams who made a significant contribution to the European semiconductor and related industries. Prior award recipients hailed from these companies: Infineon, Semilab, Deutsche Solar, STMicroelectronics, IMEC, Fraunhofer Institute, and more.

  • 03-03-2014 : On May 20th 2014, Albert Theuwissen will give a presentation at the upcoming CMOS Imaging Workshop organized by IMS Fraunhofer Institute in Duisburg. To get more information, please follow this link :

  • 03-03-2014 : On March 18th, 2014, Albert Theuwissen will deliver a workshop at the upcoming Image Sensors Conference in London (UK). To get more information, please follow this link :

  • 02-26-2013 : Part of Harvest Imaging's business is coming from training and courses, in-house as well as public ones. Education is a key success factor for the engineers working in the field of digital imaging. But not just high-technical level education is a strength, everything starts with basic education for young children.
    Based on this ground rule, Harvest Imaging decided to contribute to the education of children in countries where schools are not for granted.
    Financial support is given to a non-profit organization, called CUNINA, who makes sure that help and care is given to the right children and the right projects.
    Take a look at the Cunina website.

  • 01-26-2012 : Albert Theuwissen, professor at the Delft University of Technology (Delft, the Netherlands) and CEO of Harvest Imaging (Bree, Belgium) was elected Electronic Imaging Scientist 2011 at the Electronic Imaging conference, one of the world’s largest events in the field of digital image sensors, electronic cameras and their applications, held in San Francisco from January 23rd-26th. Every year academic and industrial researchers from all over the world who are active in this field choose a colleague who has made valuable contributions to it. This year the honor was conferred upon Theuwissen, who has an impressive career in the field of image sensors.

    “Theuwissen has demonstrated excellence and commanded the respect of his peers by making significant and substantial contributions to the field of electronic imaging via research, publications, and/or service which led to this award,” Majid Rabbani and Gaurav Sharma, the chairmen of this year's award committee, said.

    From 1983 to 2002 Theuwissen worked with Philips Research in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, on charge-coupled devices (CCDs), also called bucket brigade memories, first as a researcher, and later as department head of the research group involved in digital image sensors. When this group ended up being part of the Canadian company DALSA in 2002, Theuwissen as chief technology officer was responsible for all research and technical development in that company.

    In the early days of digital image sensors CCDs generated images of better quality than image sensors made with CMOS-technology, the prevailing semiconductor technology. Today most image sensors that are part of video cameras, photo cameras and cameras in mobile communication equipment, are made in CMOS technology. Theuwissen was involved in research concerning all aspects of image sensors: pixel size, speed, sensor size, sensitivity, …

    In 2007 Theuwissen left DALSA and founded Harvest Imaging, a company involved in consultancy, coaching and training in the field of digital image sensors. Projects range from specification of image sensors for specific applications to forensic research in homicide cases. Furthermore, he is co-founder of ImageSensors Inc, a non-profit public organization serving the R&D-workers in the field of image sensors by investigating their needs and looking after their interests. He has written more than 160 scientific papers and is, amongst other things, an IEEE Fellow.

    From 2001 onwards, Theuwissen has been professor at the Delft Technical University where he teaches solid-state image sensors and supervises master students and PhD students in their research work. Unfortunately he was unable to attend the award ceremony in person because one of his students had to defend his PhD thesis on the same day.

  • 09-01-2011 : I am very pleased to announce the publication of the book "Single-Photon Imaging". This edited book is a joint cooperation with a great friend of mine, Peter Seitz. For those interested, the book is published by Springer (ISBN 978-3-642-18442-0). You can buy it here or here.

  • 01-20-2011 : Albert theuwissen will give a 0.5 day workshop at the upcoming Image Sensors Europe conference, to be held in London (UK). The workshop is planned for Tuesday March 22nd, 2011.

  • 10-06-2010 : Albert Theuwissen will give a 1-day course at the upcoming Electronic Imaging Conference in San Francisco, Jan. 23th, 2011. The title of the course will be "Color Imaging Pipeline of Digital Cameras".

  • 06-16-2010 : Albert Theuwissen will give an invited talk at the upcoming Photokina in Cologne (Germany). The presentation is scheduled on September 24th, and is entitled : "Sensors getting worse, Images getting better".

  • 06-16-2010 : The course "Basic Introduction to CMOS Image Sensors", originally planned for end of November, is rescheduled : new date is September 1-2, 2010 ; new location is Delft, the Netherlands.

  • 02-07-2010 : On May 6th 2010, Albert Theuwissen will give a presentation at the upcoming CMOS Imaging Workshop organized by IMS Fraunhofer Institute in Duisburg. To get more information, please follow this link : http://www.ims.fraunhofer.de/fileadmin/media/41617_41617_IMS_Fraunhofer_Flyer_Workshop.pdf

  • 01-08-2010 : Harvest Imaging and Image Engineering join forces to develop a software tool that simulates the behaviour of image sensors! Have a look at the press release.

  • 01-07-2010 : A new course will be introduced : "Hands-on Measurements and Evaluations of Solid-State Image Sensors".
    This new training will be the very first ever in digital imaging that will make use of hands-on equipment to allow the participants to perform real-life measurements in the class-room.
    Eight different measurement set-ups will be available to evaluate image sensor's parameters such as : dark current, dark FPN, leaking pixels, defect pixels, light sensitivity, light FPN, conversion gain, and many more.
    The first edition of this new course is scheduled for Nov. 25-26, 2010 in Barcelona.

  • 10-24-2009 : On November 24 and 26, Albert Theuwissen will be giving guest lectures in Rio de Janeiro en Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

  • 07-20-2009 : Albert has just released his Harvest Imaging blog! You can find it here.

  • 03-16-2009 : Albert Theuwissen will be the General Chair of the 2009 International Image Sensor Workshop (IISW), to be held in Bergen (Norway), June 25-28, 2009. He will also serve as the International Technical Program Chair of the 2010 International Solid-State Circuits conference, to be held in San Francisco (CA), February 6-11, 2010.

  • 01-06-2009 : A new initiative is set up with respect to the courses offered by Harvest Imaging : for the first time two courses will be organized in the same week. This duo consists of a 3-day course (CMOS Image Sensors : technology and applications) and a 2-day course (Advanced CMOS image sensors). The content of the two courses will be adapted so that there will be no overlap between the two courses. Participants have the following choices :

    - Participation in the 3-day course, and get familiar with the fundamentals of CMOS image sensors,

    - Participation in the 2-day course, and get acquainted with the most up-to-date developments in CMOS image sensors,

    - Participation in both courses, then it will look like a 5-day course on CMOS imagers, starting with the basics and ending with the state-of-the-art in the CMOS image sensing world.

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Hands-on Evaluation of Digital Cameras
November 4-5, 2015
Taufkirchen (Munich), Germany
HARVEST IMAGING FORUM : 3D Imaging with Time-of-Flight by David STOPPA
December 10-11, 2015
Voorburg (the Hague), the Netherlands
HARVEST IMAGING FORUM : 3D Imaging with Time-of-Flight by David STOPPA
December 14-15, 2015
Voorburg (the Hague), the Netherlands
HARVEST IMAGING FORUM : 3D Imaging with Time-of-Flight by David STOPPA
January 11-12, 2016
Voorburg (the Hague), the Netherlands
Basic Introduction to CMOS Image Sensors
March 30-31, 2016
Taufkirchen (Munich), Germany
Hands-on Evaluation of Digital Cameras
June 29-30, 2016
Taufkirchen (Munich), Germany
Basic Introduction to CMOS Image Sensors
November 16-17, 2016
Taufkirchen (Munich), Germany
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