EPIC Meeting on Infrared Imaging for surveillance and other applications

27-28 March 2018

Grenoble, France

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Infra-red (IR) imaging is a key technology in the field of security and surveillance. Camera systems are used extensively for the protection of critical infrastructure such as airports, powerplants, warehouses, museums, or sport stadiums. In particular, they are largely used for perimeter monitoring. In the coming years, we have seen for example the eruption of “thermal fences” around any facility using arrays of IR detectors with overlapping fields of view. Hence, one of the main challenges of the IR cameras used for security and surveillance is the high reliability expected from these systems to operate under all-weather circumstances, whether extremely warm or cold, sunny, raining, snowy or foggy.

The purpose of this meeting is to pursue an understanding of the state of the art of IR detection systems and the unmet needs from the surveillance and defence sectors. Discussions will cover important technology challenges and market- and application- driven specifications such as the spectral range, type of detector (cooled or uncooled), sensitivity, lens type and size, and many more.


26 March (Monday) 
20:00 Pre-event dinner @Novotel Grenoble Nord Voreppe restaurant, ground floor (optional)
Pre – registration was necessary. If you would still like to attend it, please inform Neringa by neringa.norbutaite@epic-assoc.com 

27 March (Tuesday)

11:40 – 12:00 Carpooling (sharing cars) Novotel Grenoble Nord Voreppe – Sofradir. Please gather in the lobby on 11:40. 
12:00 – 13:00 Registration & Lunch @Sofradir
13:00 – 14:00 Company visit @Sofradir
14:00 – 14:05 Welcoming words and program overview / Jose Pozo, CTO, EPIC
14:05 – 14:10 Welcoming words / Claire Valentin, VP Marketing, Sofradir

Session 1: Setting up the scene

14:10 – 14:35 Sofradir Cooled IR  Detectors : technology challenges and development trends / Laurent Rubaldo, Senior R&D Scientist, Sofradir (France)
14:35 – 15:00 ULIS Bolometer improvements for fast imaging applications / Nicolas Boudou, Technologies Development Engineer, ULIS (France)
15:00 – 15:25 Uncooled IR Imaging Market Perspectives / Eric Mounier. Consultant, Yole Développement (France)
15:25 – 15:50 Spectral Imaging in the Infrared: Markets and Trends / Thierry Robin, CTO, TEMATYS (France)
15:50 – 16:15 Challenges for Infrared sensors from platform integration requirements / Henry White, Lead Technologist: Sensing, BAE Systems (United Kingdom)

16:15 – 16:40 Coffee break

Session 2: Applications

16:40 – 16:55 Advanced getter solutions for IR detection systems and for devices with sealed packages / Alessio Corazza, Head of Lighting Applications and Materials Laboratory, SAES Getters (Italy)
16:55 – 17:10 SWIR for Night Vision Applications / Dirk Seiffer, Group Manager Warning Sensor Systems, Fraunhofer IOSB (Germany)
17:10 – 17:25 Real time solid-state LIDAR camera for 3D sensing applications / Santiago Royo, CTO, Beamagine (Spain)
17:25 – 17:40 MEMS-based hyperspectral Imaging and IR nanobolometer / Philippe Monnoyer, Customer Account Lead- Commercial Operations, VTT (Finland)
17:40 – 17:55 Optimizing the maintenance of Solar panel fields using remote sensing techniques / Jurgen Everaerts, Business Developer, VITO (Belgium)

18:00 – 18:15 Carpooling Sofradir – Novotel Grenoble Nord Voreppe Hotel
18:15 – 19:00 Networking @Novotel Grenoble Nord Voreppe Hotel Bar (optional)
19:00 – 19:30 Bus Transfer Novotel Grenoble Nord Voreppe Hotel – LA CORNE D’OR
19:30 – 22:30 Dinner @LA CORNE D’OR
22:30 – 23:00 Bus Transfer LA CORNE D’OR – Novotel Grenoble Nord Voreppe Hotel

28 March (Wednesday)

08:20 – 08:30 Carpooling Novotel Grenoble Nord Voreppe Hotel – Sofradir
08:30 – 09:00 Morning coffee @Sofradir
09:00 – 09:15 Summary of first day, set expectations for second day / Jose Pozo, CTO, EPIC

Session 3: IR detectors and optics

09:15 – 09:30 Present and future of InP based IR detectors / Patrick Runge, Head of Detectors Group, Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (Germany)
09:30 – 09:45 III/V detectors – inherently stable and affordable IR detection from SWIR to VLWIR / Eric Costard, CTO, IRnova (Sweden)
09:45 – 10:00 New path to accessible mid infrared optics / Hugues Tariel, CEO, DIAFIR (France)
10:00 – 10:15 Helping your detector to see sharp / Thomas Dr. Moritz, Business Line Manager, AMS Technologies (Germany)

10:15 – 11:00 Coffee break

Session 4: IR Instrument assembly

11:00 – 11:15 Automated assembly and testing of IR and VIS Imaging Devices / Ignazio Piacentini, Director of Business Development, ficonTEC (Germany)
11:15 – 11:30 Through Polymer Vias: a new emerging technology for optical device packaging / Marco Koelink, Business Development Manager, Advanced Packaging Center (APC) (the Netherlands)
11:30 – 11:45 Crystalline oxide passivation of Compound Semiconductors for improved IR sensing / Jouko Lång, CTO, Comptek Solutions (Finland)
11:45 – 12:00 WidySenS a Linear-Logarithmic InGaAs SWIR sensor for high sensitivity and high dynamic range / Yang Ni, CTO, New Imaging Technologies (France)
12:00 – 12:15 Thermal core with autonomous function / Timo Vuorenpaa, CTO, Senop  (Finland)
12:15 – 12:30 Panel discussion and final remarks

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch & departures


Workshop venue: SOFRADIR (364 Route de Valence, Actipole – CS 10021, 38113 Veurey-Voroize, FRANCE).  Phone:  : +33 (0)4 76 28 77 00.

Pre-event dinner venue on 28 March: Novotel Grenoble Nord Voreppe (1625 Route de Veurey  38340 VOREPPE – FRANCE), restaurant, ground floor.

Dinner venue on 27 March: LA CORNE D’OR (159 Route de Chartreuse, 38700 Corenc). Phone: +33 (0)4 38 86 62 36,


The recommended hotel for all participants is Novotel Grenoble Nord Voreppe (1625 Route de Veurey  38340 VOREPPE – FRANCE). Please book your room by  email: h0423@accor.com.

Transfers to be organised from / to this hotel only. 


Due to limitations, registration is already closed. Please contact EPIC Events Manager Neringa Norbutaite by neringa.norbutaite@epic-assoc.com for any related questions.


Please contact Neringa Norbutaite by neringa.norbutaite@epic-assoc.com in case of any questions.

Onsite contact: Jasmine Vlietinck: +32 497 23 09 79.