Finnish Machine Vision Conference, eVision2007 in Pori
The Machine Vision event called eVision Konenäkö2007 was arranged on February 14 by Satakunta University of Applied Sciences in Teknologiakeskus Pripoli in Pori. The event gathered together more than 100 machine vision providers, users and researchers from Satakunta and Central Finland.
eVision is a collaboration project of Satakunta University of Applied Sciences and Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences. eVision aims to increase and generate know-how in technology and application of machine vision in industrial enterprises. Konenäkö2007 event in Pori was the second of the two machine vision events arranged by eVision. The goals of the event were promotion of machine vision theory, technological development and diffusion to industrial applications. The aim of the event was also to build a forum for members of Vision Club of Finland and all machine vision users to discuss technological experience. A possibility to advance professional skills and an opportunity to exchange information about MV were also main priorities.
Need for more education and research
In the beginning, CEO Kari Ollila of Cimcorp lectured about the status of machine vision as a part of automation. During the day lecturers elaborated MV:s benefits in production process and quality control. The need and supply of education and research were also mentioned several times during the lectures. Lectures were related to various applications of machine vision. The role of machine vision in robotics and automation generally, machine vision and education, applications of machine vision in processing wood, machine vision and health care, and also exploitation of machine vision in on-line checking chocolate were some of the mentioned applications of machine vision.
Machine vision has a future also in health care
Several presentations were set up by educational institutes and machine vision users. Satakunta University of Applied Sciences demonstrated an application of machine vision in health care. Health care is one potential growth industry that could take advantage of machine vision additionally. Project NIR-HE aims to exploit machine vision and near infrared spectrum imaging for instance in diagnostics.
Machine vision in a state of change
At the end of the event all the participants discussed informally the themes of the event. It seemed obvious thatthere was a crying need for this kind of machine vision forum. Discussion was related to the problems and the future of machine vision. Even redefinition of machine vision as a term was discussed.