ANN ARBOR, MI-The Vision Show, North America’s largest vision and imaging trade show and conference, will be held in Boston, MA at the Hynes Convention Center, May 8-10, 2012. AIA, the world’s largest trade association promoting vision and imaging industries, founded The Vision Show in 1996.

The Vision Show provides vision users, system integrators, machine builders and OEMs with access to the latest vision and imaging technologies and applications from nearly 100 leading manufacturers, distributors and suppliers from around the world. Vision is used for tasks such as inspection, traceability, and process control in a broad range of industries including automotive, biotech, consumer goods, electronics, food and beverage, medical devices, medical imaging, pharmaceuticals, semiconductors, surveillance, solar and alternative energy.

The accompanying conference features in-depth tutorials and sessions on topics such as the fundamentals of machine vision, lighting and optics, camera and image sensor technology, 3-D vision techniques, designing vision systems, advances in color vision, metrology and 2-D calibration techniques, non-visible imaging and more. AIA’s Certified Vision Professional program classes and exams (both CVP-Basic and CVP-Advanced) will be available at the conference. Four special industry courses will be offered:

  • Machine Vision for the Pharmaceutical, Biotech, Biometrics and Lab Automation Industries
  • Machine Vision for the Food & Beverage, Packaging, Consumer Goods, and Pharmaceutical Packaging Industries
  • Machine Vision for the Electronics, Semiconductor and Solar Industries
  • Machine Vision for the Automotive, Aerospace and General Manufacturing

    The trade show offers free admission, and the conference offers affordable, flexible registration options. Up-to-date information about The Vision Show can be found at .

    On Tuesday, May 8th at 11:15 am, the keynote address, Cameras in Consumer Electronics-What Does the Future Hold?, will be delivered by Leo Baldwin, president of Functional Photonics in Cupertino, CA. Baldwin will explore the use of cameras in modern devices and what is needed in the future. Baldwin’s broad experience includes design in industries such as nuclear and solar energy, defense/military, and electronics. He owns 19 patents and currently has 19 patents pending.