In Memoriam: Arnaud Darmont
The imaging community is shocked about the sudden and unexpected death of Arnaud Darmont who died on September 12th after a tragic accident in the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico/USA.
„With the death of Arnaud, the EMVA and in more general the entire imaging industry lost a bright and driven person who contributed significantly to both educating and advancing the industry. Arnaud will be terribly missed“, said EMVA President Jochem Herrmann. Arnaud Darmont dedicated his entire professional life to the computer vision industry. After his degree in electronic engineering from University of Liège (Belgium) in 2002 he began to work in the field of CMOS image sensors and high dynamic range imaging. Arnaud founded his own enterprise Aphesa in 2008. He authored several publications and was author of the book ‚High Dynamic Range Imaging – Sensors and Architectures‘. He was just about finishing up the second edition to appear this year. He already prepared the celebration of the ten years anniversary of Aphesa at the end of September. Since the very beginning of his professional career, Arnaud was an active and much valued member of the EMVA 1288 standardization group. „By his profound knowledge of image sensors and by his rich experience he helped to shape the EMVA 1288 standard to the globally used standard it is today. Arnaud was also busy advertising the standard all around the globe giving courses and educating the machine vision community“, said Prof. Dr. Bernd Jähne, Chair of the EMVA 1288 Standard Group and EMVA Board Member. Starting the successful cooperation of his company Aphesa with Deltatec SA in 2017 Arnaud gained freedom to devote more of his professional time to education and standardization activities. As such, in December 2017 he started at the EMVA as Standards Manager. In this position he oversaw the development of EMVA standards, but also fostered cooperation with other imaging associations worldwide on the development and the dissemination of vision standards. Though he served in this position for a bit less than a year, he facilitated the start of two new EMVA standards, and built bridges to other associations. As such, he established links with standards groups of IEEE and was an active member of SPIE and IS&T. „The foundation he led during this time will be part of his legacy to the entire machine vision industry“, said EMVA President Jochem Herrmann. When his job gave him some freedom, Arnaud indulged his passion for photography and piloted private planes as hobby.