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2015 Tech Summit (2nd)

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Overview of our 2015 event

NOTE: This event has now passed

This was our second annual event and was a day of networking, discussion, exhibition and debate.  We were also an official Venturefest Scotland taster event.

Delegates included academic researchers or industrialists in the sensor and imaging systems (SIS) supply chain, and those who rely on innovation within their organisations to grow their business.

The Tech Summit helped to maximise knowledge about current applied research and industry R &D and the challenges this presents in terms of technology requirements.

Technical Themes 2015

Integrated Systems Asset Management

This session looked at emerging sensor technologies utilised for asset condition monitoring and health management and included novel sensor technologies for measurement or remote survey of assets or infrastructure within the built or natural environment.

Chairing the session: Dr Octavian Niculita of Glasgow Caledonian University.


Internet of Things

The Internet of Things offers the promise of greater sensor integration enabling more autonomous sensing, decision-making and therefore more effective use of limited resources. This session explored trends for IoT based systems and challenges and technologies used to overcome these.

Chairing this session: Dr Maurizio Pilu from the Digital Catapult, the national centre to accelerate the UK’s best digital ideas to market to create new products, services, jobs and value for the UK.


  • Peter Norton of IBM Scotland, a leader in cloud analytics and infrastructure intelligence.
  • Alex Mateo from Libelium, an IOT, smart cities and M2M platform provider.
  • Kevin McDowall of Stream Technologies, a leader in IOT connectivity solutions.

Image Processing

Lower cost and increasing camera performance combined with increased bandwidth and data storage has/is resulting in broader adoption of imaging as a core sensing technology. The latest image processing techniques from a variety of application sectors were discussed, along with how image processing techniques can be applied across market and technical domains.

Chair of this session: Prof Dave Wyper, Director of SINAPSE, a six-university consortium specialising in medical imaging in Scotland.


  • Prof Stephen McKenna, University of Dundee, whose research interests cover computer vision, pattern recognition and machine learning methods.
  • Ritchie Logan from Odos Imaging, an award winning company specialising in vision systems for the capture of high-resolution 3D images, using time-of-flight technology.
  • Nigel Douglas of Global Surface Intelligence, a data services company, providing machine learning, predictive analytics on large and complex data sets (or big data).

Exhibitors 2015

For the first time, we offered a limited number of free of charge exhibition places for companies and research groups connected to one of the three technical themes being addressed on the day.


Edinburgh Napier University

Eaglei Systems

Global Surface Intelligence

Heriot-Watt University


Odos Imaging

Robert Gordon University

Sensor Works


University of Glasgow

University Technology

Delegates 2015

Delegates included those from:

  • Companies and organisations of any size involved in sensor and imaging systems, covering all elements of the sensor systems stack.
  • Companies or organisations that may need to use, or are interested in accessing, SIS technology to improve or grow their business.
  • Academic researchers from Scottish HEIs, and knowledge exchange/business development staff working in Scottish HEIs.

Photographs 2015

A few of our photographs are below, or you can view photos of all delegates, speakers and exhibitors in our photo gallery.