Imaging Industry Research and Development

EECS Joint Colloquium Distinguished Lecture Series

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Dr. James C. Stoffel
Director of R&D and Vice President, Eastman Kodak

Wednesday, May 3, 2000
Hewlett Packard Auditorium, 306 Soda Hall
4:00-5:00 p.m.


The technologies that enable the major elements of the imaging chain are going through incredible growth cycles. The performance capabilities of input, manipulation, storage, communication, and output technologies associated with imaging solutions are moving forward at a pace never before seen. Most importantly, these technology trends are happening at the same time. The confluence of rapid performance expansion, declining cost per function, and worldwide demand for imagery has positioned the imaging industry on the brink of explosive growth. An overview of key technology trends and imaging applications will highlight this situation and the opportunities for the imaging industry overall. Furthermore, examples of current Kodak, imaging research in areas of image processing and "soft display" will be provided as examples of how the technology trends in multiple elements of the imaging chain can be utilized to enable exciting new products, new businesses, and new companies.


Dr. Stoffel joined Kodak in 1997 in the newly created position of vice president and director, Electronic Imaging Products Research & Development. He was promoted to director of R&D in 1998 and elected as corporate officer and vice president. Dr. Stoffel had previously been with Xerox Corporation. He began his career at Xerox and held various positions of increasing responsibility in research, product development, manufacturing, and marketing. In 1989, he was named vice president & chief engineer; and subsequently, vice president, imaging systems development; and vice president and general manager of the Advance Imaging business unit for Xerox.

Stoffel received a BSEE Magna Cum Laude degree from the University of Notre Dame. As an NDEA Fellow at Syracuse University, he received his MSEE degree in 1970 and his Ph.D. in 1972. He is the author/editor of "Binary and Graphical Image Processing", a reference book for graduate students in science and engineering. He holds over 25 U.S. patents and numerous international patents.

Stoffel currently is on the board of directors of Kodak Polychrome, LLC. He is also a member of the advisory board at Stanford University Electrical Engineering Department, the Advisory Board at Clarkson University, and on the Executive Committee and Board of the Information Technologies Industries Association, Washington, D.C.