1.5-day conference: Thursday Oct. 3 afternoon;
Friday Oct. 4 all day until 4:00 PM

Fireside Chat Presenters

Alexander Schiffhauer  Product Lead,  Computational Photography   Google

Alexander Schiffhauer
Product Lead,
Computational Photography
Google

Pushing the Limits of Computational Photography

Alexander recently left his role as Technical Advisor to Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai to lead product management for the company’s computational photography teams.

With his product leadership, these teams have pioneered innovation on Pixel Camera, leveraging AI and computer vision techniques to create photos unimaginable only a few years ago.

Topics we’ll discuss with Alexander include the vision that drives Google’s strategy, some of the processes behind the company’s accomplishments, and his views on the hardware/software debate, including how far AI can take us in improving the customer experience of computational photography.

 

CEWE: the European market leader’s growth surge in a mature photo print market

In just 2 years at the helm of CEWE, CEO Dr. Christian Friege can boast of fast-growing revenues as well as stock prices.

The growth part: CEWE’s photofinishing sales are up more than 11% YoY for the first half of this year; its stock has gone up 40% since January.

The big part: 4,000 employees; 12 print plants that produce 6.2 million photobooks a year, printing 2.2 billion photos.

The how they did it part: We’ll hear Dr. Friege’s take on his company’s successes, while also getting a glimpse of what else CEWE might have in store for the coming years!

 
Roman V. Yampolskiy, Ph.D   Associate Professor - Speed School of Engineering Director -  Cybersecurity Laboratory    University of Louisville

Roman V. Yampolskiy, Ph.D
Associate Professor - Speed School of Engineering
Director - Cybersecurity Laboratory
University of Louisville

Combatting the bad and ugly of imaging AI – Deepfakes & beyond

At this point it’s still hard to fully grasp the potential of today’s AI-based image and face recognition innovations, as much more is on – and beyond – the horizon.

But so is the potential for abuse, whether threats to security and privacy, Deepfakes or malevolent AI.

Hear from Prof. Yampolskiy, founder of the Cybersecurity Lab, and author of over 100 publications on these topics, including multiple journal articles and books.

 
Andrea de Polo   Cultural Heritage & Multimedia Supervisor   Fratelli Alinari Photo Archive    Florence, Italy

Andrea de Polo
Cultural Heritage & Multimedia Supervisor
Fratelli Alinari Photo Archive
Florence, Italy

Turning yesterday’s photo masterpieces into today’s accessible, discoverable and engaging archives

Florence-based Fratelli Alinari is the world’s oldest photo archive with over 5 million photos. Not only is digitizing a collection of precious photos at this scale a tremendous undertaking, making them searchable, discoverable and engaging for today’s generation poses yet another set of formidable challenges.

That’s where AI comes to the rescue.

Hear from Andrea de Polo, who spearheads Fratelli Alinari’s efforts to make its cultural heritage accessible and engaging through an economically driven and technically savvy solution.

 
Mikkel Aaland   Photographer, Filmmaker and Author  MIkkelAaland.com

Mikkel Aaland
Photographer, Filmmaker and Author
MIkkelAaland.com

Forecasting the Future of Visual Communication - 40 years on the bleeding edge

The increasing complexity of the world we live in and the issues we’re faced with demand of us that we communicate better - whether on an individual, group or societal level.

From being a 29-year-old photo journalist interviewing Ansel Adams, to becoming an award-winning photographer himself with his work featured internationally, to being a consultant for major imaging technology innovation for camera, software, and smartphone vendors, to authoring 16 books–one of which was the first consumer book on digital photography–to now spending his time as a full-time film maker, Mikkel Aaland has constantly tested and pushed the potential of technology to address that overriding goal.

Hear first-hand what he’s learned from his decades at the leading edge, and where he believes the opportunities (and threats) lie for the next 10 years.


Panels

DEVELOPING AND LEVERAGING NEXT-GEN AI & AR CONSUMER IMAGING SOLUTIONS

AI is already everywhere in imaging, from recognition to enhancement to auto editing – and of course there’s much more to come. 

In parallel, AR solutions are proliferating at a rapid pace, serving use cases ranging from having lots of fun to being highly productive.

As these two technologies evolve in mutually reinforcing ways, we, as an industry, must take the imaging solutions they enable to the next level of value and profitability, while also keeping things safe, secure and private for our customers – but how?

Kevin Guo   CEO & Co-Founder  Hive

Kevin Guo
CEO & Co-Founder
Hive

Stephen Nielson    Director of Photoshop Product Management  Adobe

Stephen Nielson
Director of Photoshop Product Management
Adobe

The camera is dead – Long live the camera

Smartphones are gobbling up the feature gap that separates them from cameras. But how small can that gap really get? Are there camera value propositions that simply can’t be duplicated? And what are camera vendors doing to extend the gap? We’ll explore the consequences for anyone offering photo or video app, cloud or hardware solutions.

Robert Pignataro     General Manager of ZEISS Consumer Products, Americas  ZEISS

Robert Pignataro
General Manager of ZEISS Consumer Products, Americas
ZEISS

Suzanne De Silva   Head of Mobile Product Strategy and Marketing  Samsung

Suzanne De Silva
Head of Mobile Product Strategy and Marketing
Samsung

Erik Bjernulf     VP Product Management  Profoto

Erik Bjernulf
VP Product Management
Profoto

Building – and monetizing – the gig photo/video economy

Gig photography has been around about as long as photography itself, but today’s gig economy is turning it into a different beast. We’ll explore how learning from broader gig economy drivers can point to emerging opportunities for enablers and technology providers. 

Print. Yes, Again

The photo print product is the original imaging monetizer that keeps reinventing itself into something new, year after year. What are the latest emerging opportunities that B2C and B2B photo print providers can’t afford to miss?


Show & Tell Presenters



Show & Tell Judges

Anna Dickson     Visual Lead, Google Image Search  Google

Anna Dickson
Visual Lead, Google Image Search
Google

 

Moderators