Board of Directors

IISS Board Directors serve on a voluntary basis and receive no compensation from IISS.

Eric R. Fossum is a Professor at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth and coordinates the Ph.D. Innovation Program. He co-founded and led Photobit (sold to Micron and spun out as Aptina) and also was CEO of Siimpel. For the invention of the CMOS active-pixel image sensor “camera-on-a-chip” at JPL/Caltech he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. In 2017 he received the Queen Elizabeth Prize for the creation of digital imaging sensors with Smith, Tompsett and Teranishi. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, a Fellow Member of the IEEE and OSA, and a member of SMTPE. He co-founded the IISS and was its 1st President. He holds over 160 US patents and has published over 290 papers. For fun, he and his wife operate a hobby farm in New Hampshire.
Shoji Kawahito received the Ph.D. degree from Tohoku University, Japan in 1988. He is a Professor at Shizuoka University and a co-founder and the CTO of Brookman Technology established in 2006. He has published over 300 papers in peer-reviewed journals and international conference proceedings. He holds 89 Japanese Patents and 55 US Patents. Dr. Kawahito has received plenty of awards including the Walter Kosonocky Award in 2013 and the JST President Award for leading the success of university-spin-off venture company in 2014. He is an IEEE Fellow and an ITE Fellow. He has served as the TPC chair of the 2011 and 2017 IISW and the chair of the IEEE SSCS Japan Chapter in 2013 and 2014 and a TPC member of the ISSCC from 2009 to 2012.
Vladimir Koifman is founder and CTO of Analog Value Ltd. Prior to that he was co-founder of Advasense Inc., acquired by Pixim/Sony Image Sensor Division. Prior to co-founding Advasense, Mr. Koifman co-established the AMCC analog design center in Israel and led the analog design group for three years. Before AMCC, Mr. Koifman worked for 10 years in Motorola Semiconductor Israel (Freescale) managing an analog design group. He has over 20 years of experience in VLSI industry and has technical leadership in analog chip design, mixed signal chip/system architecture and electro-optic device development. Mr. Koifman has more than 80 granted patents and several papers. Mr. Koifman also maintains Image Sensors World blog.
Rihito Kuroda received the B.S. degree in electronic engineering and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in management science and technology from Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, in 2005, 2007, and 2010, respectively. He was a Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Research from 2007 to 2010. Since 2010, he is with the Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University, where he is currently an Associate Professor. He is engaged in researches on process, device, design and characterization of advanced CMOS image sensors. He received the 2016 nac High Speed Imaging Award. He has been serving as a TPC member and a sub-committee chair of IEDM in 2015-2017, IEEE Sensors in 2014-2016 and Electronic Imaging since 2015 and several other international conferences.
Guy Meynants received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electronics engineering from KU Leuven, Belgium in 1994 and 1998. From 1994 to 1999, he worked on CMOS active pixel image sensors at IMEC. He was one of the co-founders of FillFactory in 2000 (sold to Cypress Semiconductor mid 2004). In 2006 he worked as senior researcher in IMEC-NL on power management and sensor interfacing for wireless sensor node. In 2007, he founded CMOSIS to develop advanced professional image sensors and lead the company through its incubation phase as CEO and since 2009 as CTO & VP R&D. End of 2015, AMS acquired CMOSIS and he became AMS Engineering Fellow. His main research interest are in low noise, global shutter and high speed CMOS imagers. He invented 25 patents in the field of image sensors and analog circuit design, and co-authored 50 publications.
Junichi Nakamura received the B.S. and M.S. in electronics engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, in 1979 and 1981, and a Ph.D. in electronics engineering from the University of Tokyo, Japan, in 2000. During his career he worked at Olympus Optical Co., Japan, NASA JPL, CA, Photobit Corporation, CA. He established Photobit’s Japan Branch that became Micron’s Japan Imaging Design Center in 2001, and currently ON-Semi/Aptina Japan in Tokyo. Currently, he is with Brillnics, Tokyo, Japan, serving as CTO. Dr. Nakamura is a Fellow of the Institute of Image Information and Television Engineers of Japan. He was Editor and a Contributor for a textbook “Image Sensors and Signal Processing for Digital Still Cameras”. He received the Takayanagi Memorial Award in 2009 for his contribution to CMOS Image Sensor developments.
Johannes Solhusvik received his PhD in 1996 on CCD and CMOS Image Sensor (CIS) design at ISAE, Toulouse, France. After which he joined ABB (Norway). In ‘99 he established Photobit (Norway) CIS design center which became Micron (Norway) in ‘01. He expatriated during 2004-06 to Micron’s CIS HQ in USA, managing design teams in USA, Japan, UK and Norway. He then repatriated to focus on CIS R&D. In 2009 he joined the Micron spin-off, Aptina (Norway), where he served as Fellow and CTO of Automotive BU until ‘12 when he joined OmniVision (Norway) as General Manager with focus on product design and chip architecture. Dr. Solhusvik is IISS board member and TPC member, and has served as TPC member of ISSCC from ‘05 to ‘11, and of ESSCIRC from’11 until present.
Eric Stevens has been involved in the research and development of solid-state imaging devices since joining Eastman Kodak Co. in 1983. He is currently a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at ON Semiconductor. During his career, he has worked in the areas of design, device and process modeling, and characterization. Eric has authored or co-authored several publications, has over 60 U.S. patents, and is an ON Semiconductor Distinguished Innovator. His KAF-1300 sensor, which went into the worlds first digital SLR camera, was recognized by the IEEE as one of “the top 25 microchips that shook the world”; Eric was also awarded the Walter Kosonocky Award in 2009. He is a senior member of the IEEE, and a member of the ASME.
Nobukazu Teranishi is a professor at University of Hyogo and Shizuoka University. Since 1978, he has developed image sensors at NEC Corporation (1978 – 2000) and at Panasonic Corporation (2000 -2013). His leadership and image sensor technology development, including the pinned photodiode invention were honored by the government organizations as well as societies; He won the National Invention Awards, Commendation by Minister of State for Science and Technology, Niwa-Takayanagi Award from the Institute of Image Information and Television Engineers (ITE), IEEE EDS J.J.Ebers Award, a Fellow of the ITE, and a Fellow of the IEEE. He co-founded the IISS and was its 2nd President. He has authored and co-authored 105 papers and holds 46 Japanese patents and 21 US patents.
Albert Theuwissen received the EE degree from the University of Leuven (Belgium) in 1977 and his PhD degree in 1983. Then he joined Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven (the Netherlands). He is author or coauthor of over 180 technical papers and issued several patents. He served as the International Technical Program Chair ISSCC 2010. In 2001, he was appointed as part-time professor at the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands.In April 2002, he joined DALSA and in September 2007, he started his own company “Harvest Imaging”. In 2008, he received the SMPTE’s Fuji Gold medal. He is an IEEE Fellow and member of SPIE. In 2011 he was elected as “Electronic Imaging Scientist of the Year”.
Daniel Van Blerkom is the Chief Technology Officer at Forza Silicon Corporation in Pasadena, California. Daniel received the B.S in EECS from the University of California, Berkeley in 1992, and the M.S and Ph.D in Applied Physics from the University of California, San Diego in 1993 and 2000 respectively. Daniel was with Photobit Corporation from 1998 to 2001. In 2001 Daniel co-founded Forza Silicon, which designs and manufactures leading edge custom image sensors. He holds 15 image sensor patents and was co-recipient of the Jack Raper Award for Outstanding Technology Directions Paper at ISSCC 2008.
Yibing Michelle Wang received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electronic engineering from Tsinghua University, P. R. China in 1992 and 1994, respectively. She received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California in 2001. She joined Photobit Corp. in 1998 working on automotive sensors and invented a dual sensitivity pixel for high dynamic range imaging. In 2001, she was with Centellax Inc. working on 40Gbps optical transceiver and SERDES designs. Since 2002, she joined Forza Silicon Corp. leading and participating in medical, automotive and cinematography sensor designs. In 2008, she joined Hynix Semiconductor America leading product design effort on mobile image sensors. In 2011, she joined Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. working on innovative solutions for advanced image sensors, 3D sensors and optical interconnects. She has 22 US patents issued and more pending.
Board Assignments (as of June 2017)
E. Fossum
S. Kawahito
V. Koifman Editor, MDPI Sensors Special Issue on 2017 IISW
R. Kuroda Awards
G. Meynants External relations
J. Nakamura
J. Solhusvik Website
E. Stevens Secretary
N. Teranishi
A. Theuwissen President
D. Van Blerkom General Co-Chair IISW 2019
Y. M. Wang Treasurer and General Co-Chair IISW 2019

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