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AIA Vision Show announces startup finalists

03 Apr 2018

Expo, which opens on April 10th, also announces extra keynote speaker from Intel Studios; event is expecting 2500 attendees.

AIA, the trade association for developing vision and imaging technologies, has announced the finalists and judges for the upcoming Startup Competition at next week's Vision Show.

The Startup Competition will be held on April 12, in conjunction with the show and conference, which takes place in Boston, MA, between April 10-12. The event is preparing to showcase the largest array of machine vision and imaging components and solutions in North America.

Diego Prilusky, General Manager for Intel Studios, will deliver the keynote address on Wednesday, April 11, as part of next week’s industry conference. Prilusky oversees the technical and creative direction and day-to-day operations of the Los Angeles-based immersive media studio. Prilusky joins distinguished roboticist Helen Greiner who will be speaking on April 10.

Both the keynotes and the Startup Competition are free for anyone at the event to attend. The Vision Show’s associated technical conference this year also includes an optional track on collaborative robots, which the AIA commented is “one of the most cutting-edge topics in automation today”.

Jeff Burnstein, President of the AIA, said, “The startups that have made it to the final competition are indicative of today’s high levels of innovation in machine vision and imaging industries. I don't envy the job in front of our judges having to select only one winner.“

The judges for next week’s Startup Competition comprise:

  • Julian Counihan, Partner, Schematic Ventures
  • Vivjan Myrto, Managing Partner, Hyperplane Venture Capital
  • Steve Wardell, Director, Imaging, ATS Automation & Vice Chair of AIA

The finalists have all been awarded a booth at The Vision Show and the opportunity to reach the more than 2,500 expected attendees. The winner of the Startup Competition will also receive a $5,000 cash prize.


Fastree3D is developing a new generation of LiDAR that can eliminate false positive and false negative. The proprietary solution enables safe and intelligent automation for vehicles and machines, thanks to recognition and location of fast-moving objects in real-time. Booth 1130.

LogoGrab provides a logo recognition API to detect company logos in large volumes of images and video. LogoGrab has been independently benchmarked as having the highest hit rate, precision and speed on the market. Booth 1031.

Photius is creating disruptive inspection and mapping solutions for infrastructure and construction management. Their sensor technology, Ximera, is a three-dimensional (3D) measurement system that combines photogrammetry, laser scanning, and structured light measurements. Booth 1033.

SocialMap is a social behavior intelligence platform for education and workplace environments, designed improve “user engagement and team productivity through insights into their collective engagement" in training, meetings, research, and other business interactions.

Vtrus is developing autonomous robotic inspectors that can quickly extract information out of the analog world. Vtrus’ technology enables safe robotic navigation even on indoor spaces as it instantly builds high-quality 3D maps to avoid obstacles as it moves towards points of interest.

The AIA, part of the Association for Advancing Automation, represents more than 360 vision system suppliers, system integrators, users, researchers, and consulting firms from 32 countries. AIA is also known for vision and imaging standards such as GigE Vision, Camera Link and USB3 Vision; the Automate Show (April 8-11, 2019 in Chicago); and the Certified Vision Professional program.

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