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PRESS RELEASE: FotoNation Partners With 6Sight Future Of Imaging Conference To Find The World's Foremost Facial Imaging Scientists
As Part of 2007 "Digital Eye" Theme, Attendees to Hear from Top Researchers
San Mateo, CA, August 1, 2007 - FotoNation®, http://www.fotonation.com, a world-leading independent provider of embedded imaging solutions for the digital camera industry, announced today a partnership with Future Image Inc., PMA and the Association of Imaging Executives (AIE) for the 2007 6Sight® Future of Imaging Conference. The two-day executive event will focus on the explosive global spread of imaging technology and its potential for exciting new opportunities to improve people's lives in the work, home and community spheres.
Under the agreement, FotoNation is inaugurating its sponsorship of the "Leaders of Innovation - The Human Face" session highlighting some of the world's foremost university researchers in facial identification and facial recognition and other face-based imaging technologies. This year's focus will be on imaging research that is applicable to digital cameras and mobile camera phones. FotoNation will solicit invitations, evaluate submissions and determine the finalists that will present at the conference. The 2007 6Sight conference will be held Nov. 8-9 at the Monterey Conference Center in Monterey, California.
Digital Eye is one of the key themes of this year's conference, which will examine the drive to capture and store data that faithfully reproduces our experience of vision - ultra-high image quality, motion, depth and more. As a silver sponsor, FotoNation will make a major contribution to this theme at the 6Sight event.
"We have a rich and successful history of working closely with academia to commercialize some of the most cutting edge research in embedded image processing. Research in face detection is still in its infancy and there are a tremendous amount of new capabilities that can be brought to the mass market," said Eran Steinberg, CEO, FotoNation Inc. "The 6Sight conference is one of the premier forums in our industry and we look forward to presenting the latest research to the market leaders who will be attending."
"The human face has always been the single most important focus of imaging, from the earliest days of the photography industry to today's face-detecting cameras," said Alexis Gerard, President of Future Image, Chair of the 6Sight conference and author of 'Going Visual.' "We're excited to be working with Fotonation, a renowned technology and thought leader in this area, to bring the very latest in world-wide research to the 6Sight event as part of our 'Digital Eye' theme."
6Sight® The Future of Imaging is an executive-level conference that explores the transformative impact of recent and forthcoming imaging technologies on businesses, homes and communities. Technologists, marketers, futurists, artists, educators, high-volume users and members of the media come together annually to preview breakthrough technologies, envision innovative uses, and spark new ideas and alliances that promote the interests of the participating companies and the industry as a whole. The program emphasizes interactivity, rich media presentations and high-level connections among participants. 6Sight was created by Future Image Inc., an independent center of expertise on imaging technology and publisher of The Future Image Report, and is co-produced with the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) and with the Association of Imaging Executives® (AIE®), a PMA® member (www.pmai.org) association of photo imaging leaders who shape the strategic growth of the global imaging industry.
FotoNation is a world-leading independent provider of embedded imaging and communication solutions for the digital camera industry. The company's extensive portfolio of patented innovations includes in-camera red-eye removal technology, wireless connectivity, and face-recognition software. Over 64 million digital cameras have been shipped with licensed FotoNation Red-Eye detection and correction technology. FotoNation develops innovative solutions, intellectual property, and products to enhance, extend, and simplify the picture taking and sharing experience. Clients include AOL, Canon, Hewlett-Packard, Kodak, Microsoft, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Samsung, Sanyo, and Sony, among others.
FotoNation has won numerous awards, including the DIMA 2006 Innovative Product Award and the prestigious 2006 European IST award for its Red-Eye Detection and Correction Technology. The company makes important industry-wide contributions to the advancement of digital imaging. In 2005, FotoNation authored the industry-adopted PTP-IP Specification, which is the basis of the international camera connectivity CIPA-005/2005 standard.
(First posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at 16:15 EDT)