20 June 2022 / 15:00 - 17:00
EPIC Online Technology Meeting on Plastic Sorting, Recycling and Waste Management
Online Event

Rising populations and increased industrialization keep accelerating the threat to sustainable waste management. Recycling by mechanical sorting is inaccurate, time-consuming, and costly. Optical technologies can bring support and significant improvements both in sorting processes and waste management. Photonics solutions can enable classifying of wide range of materials as well as complex materials. Alongside with opportunities for individual labelling and laser marking photonics can empower recycling automation in the increasing waste stream. This meeting will bring together the end-users and photonics supply chain to discuss photonics solutions and how to accelerate their adoption into practice.

Spirit of the meetings

During these online technology meetings, we are looking for the challenges the industry is facing and bringing together the entire supply chain to address these challenges. Bringing together end-users with component suppliers and system integrators that will answer the EPIC question “What can you do for them and what can they do for you” creates the perfect foundation to establish new business relationships and find ways for new collaborations and partnerships.


Gerhard worked at a hyperspectral camera manufacturer after his studies of electrical engineering for almost 10 years.
Following, he joined a European machine vision distributor in sales and application engineering.
Since April 22 he is part of the Konica Minolta Sensing Europe Team as a product specialist for SPECIM in the EMEA region with a focus on HSI applications.

Product Specialist SPECIM EMEA at Konica Minolta

Studies in business administration
- Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol - Team Leader
- High Mountain Reconnaissance Patrol – Team Leader
- Mountain guide with the German Armed Forces, responsible for mountain rescue operations in the NATO area of operations in Kosovo

- Training in the field of mechatronics
- Engineer Technical Center
- Bachelor professional mechatronics
- Industrial foreman in electrical engineering with specialization in automation technology
- Recycling application engineer
- Manager application engineering

Tobias has been in the recycling business for over 8 years working to improve sorter efficiency.
The focus here is on optical detection (color cameras, NIR sensor technology), inductive sensor technology,
optimization of the material stream and blowing out the impurities contained in the material stream in a scalable industrial environment.

Manager Application Engineering & Tech. Market Launch at Sesotec

Dr. Isaure de Kernier is Applications Scientist at First Light Imaging. Isaure holds a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from the Grenoble Institute of Technologies and a PhD from the Fresnel Institute of the University of Aix-Marseille (France). First Light Imaging is a French company specialized in the design and development of high-performance visible and infrared (SWIR) cameras for scientific and industrial applications in astronomy, life science, and surveillance .With more than 220 customers all over the world, First Light Imaging offers high-end products to make the invisible visible.

Applications Scientist at First Light Imaging
Computer Vision R&D Engineer at PICVISA

Ian is the Managing Director of Vortex Optical Coatings Ltd, based in the UK. He has a BSc in Physics and has spent 25+ years in optical coating design and manufacture for various companies before starting Vortex in 2009. He believes the photonics industry has a key role (and responsibility!) in solving the world’s plastic waste problem.

Managing Director at Vortex Optical Coatings

Wouter Charle is Program Manager for hyperspectral imaging technology at imec. He has a background in physics and software engineering. After starting his career in 3D machine vision, he joined imec in 2016 to help growing the hyperspectral imaging business.

Program Manager at imec
Dr. Panagiotis Vergyris
Dr. Panagiotis Vergyris
Photonics Technology Manager
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