The April 2013 Embedded Vision Summit San Jose

Engineers: Learn to Design Machines That See!
April 25, 2013
San Jose Convention Center
San Jose, California, U.S.A.
In Conjunction with DESIGN West

On April 25, 2013 in San Jose, California, the Embedded Vision Alliance hosted the Embedded Vision Summit, a technical educational forum for engineers interested in incorporating visual intelligence into electronic systems and software. The Embedded Vision Summit San Jose was part of the DESIGN West event, which comprised the Embedded Systems Conference as well as other conferences, and an exhibition floor (the "Expo").

The April 2013 Embedded Vision Summit San Jose is now concluded. Please visit the content page for videos of the keynote, overview presentations, technical presentations, product presentations, and product demonstrations from this event, along with associated file downloads.

Blackfin Embedded Vision Starter Kit Hands-on Workshop

On Friday April 26th, 2013 from 8:30AM-1:30PM, Embedded Vision Alliance members Analog Devices, Avnet Electronics Marketing and BDTI co-presented a workshop exploring hardware and software for image processing and video analytics, featuring the Avnet/Analog Devices Embedded Vision Starter Kit. This workshop was an excellent starting point for vision application developers interested in exploring a wide range of embedded vision applications.

From object detection and object recognition to real-time video analytics, this hands-on workshop provided attendees with an in-depth tutorial on the basics of designing embedded systems that incorporate computer vision techniques. Taught by embedded vision experts from BDTI, Analog Devices and Avnet, this hands-on workshop utilized the Avnet Embedded Vision Starter kit to explore a variety of topics ranging from embedded vision algorithms to software implementation and hardware acceleration.

Embedded Vision Summit Keynote Speaker: Professor Pieter Abbeel of the University of California, Berkeley

Pieter Abbeel received a BS/MS in Electrical Engineering from KU Leuven (Belgium) and his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Stanford University in 2008. He joined the faculty at UC Berkeley in Fall 2008, with an appointment in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. He has developed apprenticeship learning algorithms which have enabled advanced helicopter aerobatics which only exceptional human pilots can perform. His group has also enabled the first end-to-end completion of reliably picking up a crumpled laundry article and folding it. He has won numerous varied awards, which you can read about in detail in his bio on the UC Berkeley website. His work has been featured in many popular press outlets, and his current research focuses on robotics and machine learning with a particular focus on challenges in personal robotics, surgical robotics and connectomics.

Information on the technical presentation speakers can be found here. Abstracts for select technical presentations can be found here.

Event Agenda

Below you'll find an overview of the agenda for the April 2013 Embedded Vision Summit San Jose.

8:00-9:00AM: Registration

9:00-9:15AM: Welcome, by Jeff Bier, Embedded Vision Alliance

9:15-10:15AM: Keynote presentation "Artificial Intelligence for Robotic Butlers and Surgeons" by Professor Pieter Abbeel, University of California, Berkeley

10:15-10:45AM: Morning Break with Demos

Track A

10:45-11:30AM: Overview presentation "The OpenCV Open-Source Computer Vision Library: Present and Future" by Gary Bradski, OpenCV Foundation and Industrial Perception

Track B

10:45-11:30AM: Overview presentation "What Can You Do With Embedded Vision?" by Jeff Bier, Embedded Vision Alliance

11:30AM-12:30PM: Lunch with Demos

Session A1: Developing Vision Software, Accelerators and Systems (Part 1)

12:30PM-1:00PM: "Targeting Computer Vision Algorithms to Embedded Hardware" by Mario Bergeron, Avnet

1:00PM-1:30PM: "Challenges and Opportunities in Accelerating OpenCV" by José Alvarez, Xilinx

1:30-2:00: "A Software Approach for Easing Embedded Acceleration of OpenCV Applications" by Mark Kulaczewski, videantis

Session B1: Embedded Vision Applications (Part 1)

12:30-1:00: "Using OpenCV in Industrial Robotics" by Gary Bradski, OpenCV Foundation and Industrial Perception

1:00PM-1:30PM: "Integrating Embedded Vision and Motion Control" by Christopher Malato, National Instruments

1:30PM-2:00PM: "Developing Low-Cost, Low-Power, Small Vision Systems" by Simon Morris, CogniVue

2:00PM-2:30PM: Afternoon Break with Demos

Session A2: Developing Vision Software, Accelerators and Systems (Part 2)

2:30PM-3:00PM: "Lessons Learned: FPGA Prototyping of a Processor-Based Embedded Vision Application" by Markus Wloka, Synopsys

3:00PM-3:30PM: "Porting Applications to High-Performance Imaging DSPs" by Chris Rowen, Tensilica

3:30PM-4:00PM: "Heterogeneous Mobile Processing Platforms for Computer Vision Applications" by Ning Bi, Qualcomm

Session A3: Image Sensors and Front-End Image Processing

4:00PM-4:30PM: "Embedded 3D Stereo Vision: How it Works, How to Implement It, and How to Use It" by Goksel Dedeoglu, Texas Instruments

4:30PM-5:00PM: "Why 3D Sensors Are a Game-Changer for Embedded Vision" by Gershom Kutliroff, Omek Interactive

5:00PM-5:30PM: "Exploiting Synergy Between Image Improvement and Image Understanding Algorithms" by Michael Tusch, Apical

Session B2: Using Vision Algorithms

2:30PM-3:00PM: "Using Advanced Algorithms to Bring Vision Capabilities to Power-Constrained Devices" by Adar Paz, CEVA

3:00PM-3:30PM: "Finding Objects Using Canny Edge Detection" by Eric Gregori, BDTI

3:30PM-4:00PM: "Algorithms for Object Detection and Tracking" by Tim Jones, MathWorks

Session B3: Rapid-Fire Enabling Technology Product Introductions

4:00PM-4:30PM: Product Introduction Presentations of New Embedded Vision Processors, Boards, and Software by Analog Devices and Avnet, CEVA, Synopsys, Tensilica, and Xilinx

Session B4: Embedded Vision Applications (Part 2)

4:30PM-5:00PM: "Vision-Based Automotive Driver Assistance Systems: Challenges and Approaches" by Paul Zoratti, Xilinx

5:00PM-5:30PM: "Real-Time Driver Drowsiness Detection" by Radhesh Bhat, PathPartner Technology

5:30-7:30PM: Reception with Demos

Embedded Vision Summit San Jose Sponsors





Analog Devices Synopsys


Avnet MathWorks
Qualcomm Tensilica

Conference Collateral

Tokyo Electron Device Ltd.   videantis

Product Demonstrations

The following Embedded Vision Alliance member companies offered product demonstrations during the morning and afternoon breaks, at lunch, and during the evening reception:

  • Analog Devices
  • Avnet
  • BDTI
  • Bluetechnix
  • CEVA
  • CogniVue
  • inrevium by Tokyo Electron Device Ltd.
  • MathWorks
  • National Instruments
  • Qualcomm
  • SoftKinetic
  • Synopsys
  • Tensilica
  • Texas Instruments
  • VanGogh Imaging
  • videantis
  • Xilinx

Additional Information

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See you at the Summit! May 18-21 in Santa Clara, California!