From June 15th to 16th more than 130 experts from 20 nations followed the white rabbit and participated in the chii2016 – Conference on Hyperspectral Imaging in Industry.
On the first day 30 short presentations showed the numerous application possibilities of hyperspectral imaging in industry as well as the newest developments in this field. On the second day four intensive training sessions focused to transport the know-how to implement hyperspectral imaging in industry. Around that there was a lot of time for match making in pre-organised face-to-face meetings as well while a reception and dinner at the city hall of Graz.
During the conference various new products were introduced. The Finnish company SPECIM presented, for the very first time, the unique FX10 hyperspectral camera which measures only 150x85x71mm and is available for less than 10.000 EUR. The FX10 will be available at STEMMER IMAGING who also presented its award winning modular hyperspectral imaging solutions. Beside this Perception Park presented its Chemical Colour Imaging technology that allows to use hyperspectral cameras with every image processing tools.
The increasing importance of hyperspectral imaging for the machine vision market was reflected by the participation of well named industrial camera suppliers like Allied Vision, Teledyne Dalsa and Ximea. But also suppliers of hyperspectral cameras that already work for years in that domain, like Norsk Elektro Optikk, SPECIM, Headwall, EVK, inno-spec or Cubert presented their newest developments. Beside this, components for hyperspectral imaging like filters (Delta Optical Thin Film, Pixelteq), software (Perception Park, Prediktera), industrial PCs (Imago Technologies) as well as new sensor technologies (IMEC, Hamamatsu) were presented. The presentations of system integrators and machine builders like BÜHLER SORTEX, RTT Steinert, Binder+Co, QualySense, INSORT rounded off the program.
The aim of the conference was to act as an interdisciplinary crosslink between the main stakeholder groups of hyperspectral imaging like application developers, instrument suppliers and R&D organisations. In this way, chii2016 was a conference established by the industry, for the industry to provide a dedicated occasion to discuss state-of-the art and future possibilities within the field of industrial hyperspectral imaging.
The theme of the conference was “Follow the white rabbit and step into a fascinating world” This reminds us that the full potential of hyperspectral imaging is very hard to grasp. In addition, because hyperspectral imaging is applicable in so many fields of application and relevant for a variety of different user groups, it was thought important to design chii2016 to be a cross-sectoral conference. In these two days we were pleased to welcome representatives from machine building companies working in the fields of food processing, pharmaceuticals, recycling and mining as well as a wide range of experts in sensor development, camera manufacturing, data processing machine vision and spectroscopy in general.
33% of the participants were representatives of machine building companies and system integrators. 36% represented companies providing vision components such as cameras, optics, filters, software, etc. Furthermore, there were 29% of R&D organisations working very close on industrial topics. Another 10% of the visitors were media, business developers and others.
The conference was composed of three thematic blocks. The first thematic block was a collaboration forum with 30 short presentations of various companies that showed their newest developments on hyperspectral imaging. 97% of the participants said that this was very useful for their business and very good and informative to gain a great market overview in the fields of hyperspectral imaging. The short presentations can be seen here.
The second thematic block was a training session with four 60min. seminars focusing on the industrial implementation of hyperspectral imaging.
- Spectral Imaging: How to select the most suitable technology for your application (Prof. Rudolf Kessler)
- Analysis of Hyperspectral Data by Multivariate Data Analysis (Prof. Waltraud Kessler)
- Hyperspectral Imaging in Industry (DI Markus Burgstaller)
- Machine Learning & Hyperspectral Imaging (Prof. Horst Bischof)
85% of the participants said that these seminars were applicable for their business and that they learned a lot. 11% said that they already knew a lot of the content but, anyway, the content was transported in a good and understandable way. Only 4% thought that the topics were too complex or not applicable for their business. You can watch a record of the seminars here. PLEASE NOTE: To watch the seminars you have to be registered. You can register for free here.
The third thematic block focused on matchmaking. For the chii-talks, a matchmaking event, participants could organise meetings with others beforehand the conference. Beside this, in an exhibition, various companies showed life presentations of their hyperspectral equipment. The 88% of the visitors said that the chii-talks were excellent or good. 12 % said that the concept of chii-talks was not communicated in a proper way beforehand or that there was not enough time and space. 80% also said that the quality of the exhibitors as well as their presentations were excellent or good. Although, more than 35% of the visitors would like to see more exhibitors.
Overall 98% of the participants said that they would recommend to visit the chii and 97% said that they will participate again. That’s why it was decided that also in 2017 (7 - 8 June 2017) there will be the call to follow the white rabbit to Graz and step into the fascinating world of hyperspectral imaging. If you are interested to attend as an exhibitor or if you want to give a 10 minute presentation please send an e-mail.
Last but not least we want to thank the numerous supporters that made this unique conference possible.