Dear Colleague,Vision Product of the Year Awards

Are you looking to amp up your latest product success? Getting ready to introduce a new product that is a game changer? Enter to win a Vision Product of the Year Award! Embedded Vision Alliance Member companies can apply today for this great opportunity to garner industry recognition for products judged best at enabling visual AI and the rapid deployment of computer vision systems and applications. From a unique award logo you can use in your marketing materials to multiple opportunities for media exposure, winning a Vision Product of the Year Award will enable you to stand out in the increasingly complex embedded vision market. All this and a cool looking trophy, too! As a previous winner told us, "This award generated so much interest in what we’re doing that we’ll probably invent another product so we can try to win again next year!" The deadline for entries is this Friday, March 8; for detailed instructions and the entry form, please see the Vision Product of the Year Awards page on the Alliance website. Good luck! (If you're interested in having your company become a Member of the Embedded Vision Alliance, see here for more information.)

The Embedded Vision Alliance is hosting a Computer Vision and Visual AI Meetup on the evening of March 13, 2019 in San Jose, California. Speakers include:

  • Satya Mallick, Interim CEO of OpenCV.Org, who will provide an overview of the OpenCV deep learning module and a preview of planned improvements to it
  • Jeff Bier, founder of the Embedded Vision Alliance, who will share findings from the Alliance’s recent survey of developers about the software, processors and tools they use to build computer vision and visual AI products
  • Stéphane Le Provost, Senior Technical Director at MediaTek, who will introduce MediaTek’s line of SoCs for computer-vision-enabled IoT devices and raffle off a bunch of cool MediaTek goodies, including an X20 development kit

All are welcome to attend, although space is limited and advance registration is required. There is a $10 fee to cover pizza and soft drinks. See here for more information and to register. We look forward to seeing you there!

The Embedded Vision Summit attracts a global audience of over one thousand product creators, entrepreneurs and business decision-makers who are developing and using computer vision technology. The Embedded Vision Summit has experienced exciting growth over the last few years, with 97% of 2018 Summit attendees reporting that they'd recommend the event to a colleague. The next Summit will take place May 20-23, 2019 in Santa Clara, California, and online registration is now available. The Summit is the place to learn about the latest applications, techniques, technologies, and opportunities in visual AI and deep learning. In 2019, the event will feature new, deeper and more technical sessions, with more than 90 expert presenters in 4 conference tracks (we're delighted to announce the first round of accepted speakers and talks, with more to follow soon) and 100+ demonstrations in the Technology Showcase. And two hands-on trainings, the updated Deep Learning for Computer Vision with TensorFlow 2.0 and brand new Computer Vision Applications in OpenCV, will run concurrently on the first day of the Summit, May 20. Register today using promotion code EARLYBIRDNL19 to save 15% with our limited-time Early Bird Discount rate.

Brian Dipert
Editor-In-Chief, Embedded Vision Alliance


What's Hot? The M&A and Funding Landscape for Machine Vision CompaniesWoodside Capital Partners
The six primary markets driving computer vision are automotive, sports and entertainment, consumer and mobile, robotics and machine vision, medical, and security and surveillance. This presentation from Rudy Burger, Managing Partner at Woodside Capital Partners, examines the flow of venture money and the volume of M&A activity in each of these sectors and highlights notable transactions and trends. So far, computer vision has not created any unicorns (private companies worth over a billion dollars). Why not? Which existing computer vision companies may become unicorns over the next couple of years? Burger then focuses in on a couple of hot sectors driving the vision market–automotive and consumer. Where are the growth opportunities for innovative private companies in these sectors? Burger highlights a few leading private computer vision companies within these two markets, and the disruptive vision technologies they are developing. He also considers which public companies are likely to be the winners (and losers) within these sectors.

May 2018 Embedded Vision Summit Vision Tank Competition Finalist Presentations2018 Vision Tank
The Vision Tank introduces early-stage startup companies that incorporate visual intelligence in their products in an innovative way and who are looking for investment, partnerships, technology and customers. In a lively, engaging and interactive format, the following presenters:

  • Anil Cheriyadat, CEO of Sturfee
  • João Diogo Falcão, Director of Product at AiFi
  • Dan Connors, CTO of Boulder AI
  • Carlo Dal Mutto, CTO of Aquifi
  • Deepak Gaddipati, CTO of VirtuSense Technologies

competed for awards and prizes as well as benefiting from the feedback of an expert panel of judges: Liz Gasser, Managing Partner at High Camp Ventures; Vin Ratford, Executive Director of the Embedded Vision Alliance; Arun Chhabra, CEO of 8tree (and a previous Vision Tank winner); and John Feland, Master of Ceremonies and CEO, Argus Insights. Also see the company overview and demo videos from Judges' Choice Winner VirtuSense Technologies and Audience Choice Winner Boulder AI.


Khronos Standards for Vision and Machine LearningKhronos
In this presentation, Neil Trevett, President of the Khronos Group, shares updates on recent, current and planned Khronos standardization activities aimed at streamlining the deployment of embedded vision and AI.

Rapid Development of Efficient Vision Applications Using the Halide Language and CEVA ProcessorsCEVA
Halide is a domain-specific programming language for imaging and vision applications that has been adopted by leading technology companies. Halide provides abstractions that allow for rapid development of highly optimized and portable imaging and vision applications. When using the Halide development environment, programmers can create software with performance comparable to or better than that obtained with hand-coded assembly language or intrinsics, while achieving significantly reduced development times and improved code consistency and maintainability. CEVA and mPerpetuo have partnered to enable Halide on the CEVA-XM family of low-power IP processor cores for imaging and vision. In this presentation, Yair Siegel, Director of Business Development at CEVA, and Gary Gitelson, VP of Engineering at mPerpetuo, explore using Halide with CEVA processors as a rapid and powerful method of expressing, prototyping and optimizing complex vision and imaging processing pipelines.


Embedded Vision Alliance Meetup – Computer Vision and Visual AI: March 13, 2019, 5:30 pm PT, San Jose, California

Vision Systems Design Webinar – Embedded Vision: The Four Key Trends Driving the Proliferation of Visual Perception: March 27, 2019, 11 am ET

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