- Nominating committee reviews all nominated candidates to make sure candidates meet criteria.
- If necessary, nominating committee requests AIA staff to collect further information on the candidates to clarify eligibility for award.
- Nominating committee forwards names of all candidates meeting criteria to the AIA Board of Directors for a vote to select winner.
- Winners should have at least ten years experience in the machine vision industry as either:
- Vision Supplier Company (senior official, preferably president, CEO, founder)
- Vision Integrator (senior official, preferably president, CEO, founder)
- Vision OEM (responsible for integrating vision in the OEM product)
- Vision User (responsible for applying vision at the user company)
- Vision Researcher/Educator (senior level, preferably a department head, professor or key faculty member)
- Vision Consultant (principal at the company, preferably top executive)
- Vision Organization (top executive of an organization involved in promoting machine vision technology)
Note: the above includes industrial and non-industrial machine vision sectors.
- Winners must be recognized as a global leader in their field. Examples include, but are not limited to:
- Frequent speaker at major industry events, leader of internationally recognized associations or standardization efforts.
- Author of books, white papers, presentations, articles, etc., successfully sold/presented on a broad basis.
- Recognized thought leader and/or mentor to many branches, markets, or segments of machine vision technology.
- Impact of achievements can be measured in growth of company, patents, standards, proliferation of applications, research advancements, introduction of vision into new markets, etc.
- Must be nominated by people outside of their company/organization.
- Must be able to be further interviewed by AIA staff. Interview questions to be developed based on clarifications of accomplishments, etc. and to obtain a feeling of their level of dedication to and sustainability in the industry as opposed to being a “one-hit wonder” and/or capitalizing on a circumstance.
- Must be able to travel to the award ceremony (usually held in the USA) to receive award and give an acceptance speech.