EMVA Elects New Board of Directors

Nine members of the European, non-profit machine vision juggernaut step up.

By Joel Davies -

Taking place in an online format due to Covid-19 restrictions, the General Assembly of the European Machine Vision Association (EMVA) has elected the new EMVA Board of Directors. Serving for the next three years, the nine board members will represent shared machine vision industry interests in Europe.

The European Machine Vision Association is a non-for-profit and non-commercial association representing the machine vision industry in Europe. The association was founded in 2003 to promote the development and use of vision technology in all sectors and represents members from within Europe, North America, and Asia. The EMVA is open for all types of organisations having a stake in machine vision, computer vision, embedded vision or imaging technologies: manufacturers, system and machine builders, integrators, distributors, consultancies, research organizations and academia.

In a series of emotional farewell video statements, many leaders of machine vision companies gave their tribute to Gabriele Jansen who chose not to candidate for another term. Gabriele Jansen has been a founding member of the EMVA and Board member since the association was established in 2003, making her the longest-serving EMVA Board member in the association’s history. From 2003 – 2009 Gabriele Jansen served as EMVA President.

Also stepping down from the EMVA Board are Jochem Herrmann who acted as EMVA President from 2015 – 2019; Jean Caron who was EMVA Board member and Treasurer from 2015 – 2021; and Michel Ollivier who was EMVA Vice President from 2015 – 2021.

Dr Chris Yates is the current President of the EMVA and on the new Board of Directors.

The nine members forming the new Board of Directors for the upcoming three-year term are:

  • Arnaud Destruels, Sony Europe B.V (Image Sensing Solutions)
  • Arndt Bake, Basler
  • Prof. Dr Bernd Jähne, Heidelberg Collaboratory for Image Processing of Heidelberg University
  • Dr Chris Yates, Vision Ventures
  • Dr. Christoph Garbe, HD Vision Systems
  • Dr Dirk Berndt, Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF
  • Dr Kai-Udo Modrich, ZEISS Inline Inspection & Metrology
  • Dr. Marco Diani, iMAGE S
  • Dr Ronald Mueller, Vision Markets

The newly elected Board of Directors will have its constituent in-person meeting as soon as possible and by then vote on the roles of EMVA President; Vice President and Treasurer amongst its members. All members of the EMVA – as the 100% owners of the association – benefit from the networking, cooperation, standardization, and the numerous and diverse activities of the EMVA.

The EMVA is also about to begin its online Business Conference, an event with a focus on bringing business leaders and technical experts within the Vision Tech Industry and the various user markets from Europe and around the world together to present and discuss trends and challenges. It begins June 10th 2021 and ends June 11th 2021.

You can find more information about the EMVA on its website.

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