Photo Services in a Mobile, Multimedia, and Internet Age

Event Date: September 10, 2013
Speaker: Dr Reiner Fageth
Speaker Affiliation: CEWE Color
Sponsor: Communications, Networking, Signal & Image Processing
Time: 3:30 PM
Location: MSEE 239
Contact Name: Professor Jan Allebach
Contact Phone: (765) 49-43535
Contact Email: allebach@purdue.edu
Open To: ACCEPTABLE FOR ECE 694A

In this talk, I will provide a brief overview of the history, company, and current product portfolio for CEWE COLOR. Then, I will discuss the challenges and opportunities to take advantage of ubiquitous digital cameras and camera-enabled smartphones with numerous sensors and network connectivity, and a Web-based store-front to provide novel, compelling photo products.

Biography

Reiner Fageth studied electronic engineering at the Fachhochschule Heilbronn, Germany.  He received a Ph.D. from the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, UK in split research with Telefunken Microelectronic and the Steinbeis Transferzentrum Image Processing in 1994.  The major research topics there and also for the following years were industrial image processing systems based on classification using fuzzy logic and neural networks.

In 1998 he joined CeWe Color with the change to drive the analogue photo business into digital.  First he was responsible for R&D and the production of consumers digital files on silver halide paper. CeWe Color is Europe’s largest wholesale photofinisher producing more than 3 billion prints a year.

Applications to transfer these files via the Internet, kiosk systems in retail shops and mobile applications have been developed and introduced successfully into the market.  Recently digital services have been extended to more complex products such as photo books printed on digital presses. January 2007 he was appointed CTO of the company.

He is a member of the German DIN Normenausschuss Bild und Film NA 049-00-04 AA and has published over 30 technical papers.