Prof. Albert J.P. Theuwissen (1954) received his PhD in electrical engineering from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) in 1977. His thesis work was based on the development of supporting hardware around a linear CCD image sensor. As of 2001 he is part-time professor at Delft University of Technology (Delft, Netherlands). At this University he teaches courses in solid-state imaging and coaches PhD students in their research on CMOS image sensors.
In 2005 he founded ETETIS (European Technical Expert Team on Image Sensors), a non-profit organization to promote European R&D activities in the field of solid-state image sensors. He is also a member of the editorial board of “Photonics Spectra”, an IEEE Fellow and member of SPIE.
From 1977 to 1983, his work at the ESAT-laboratory of the Catholic University of Leuven focused on semiconductor technology for linear CCD image sensors. He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering in 1983. His dissertation was on the implementation of transparent conductive layers as gate material in the CCD technology.
In 1983, he joined the Micro‑Circuits Division of the Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven (the Netherlands), as a member of the scientific staff. Since that time he was involved in research in the field of solid‑state image sensing, which resulted in the project leadership of respectively SDTV- and HDTV‑imagers. In 1991 he became Department Head of the division Imaging Devices, including CCD as well as CMOS solid‑state imaging activities.
In April 2002, he joined DALSA Corp. to act as the company’s Chief Technology Officer. In September 2004 he retired as CTO and became Chief Scientist of DALSA Semiconductors. This shift allows him to focus more on the field of training and teaching solid-state image sensor technology.
He is author or coauthor of many technical papers in the solid‑state imaging field and issued several patents. In 1988, 1989, 1995 and 1996 he was a member of the International Electron Devices Meeting paper selection committee. He was co‑editor of the IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices special issues on Solid‑State Image Sensors, May 1991, October 1997 and January 2003, and of IEEE Micro special issue on Digital Imaging, Nov./Dec. 1998.
He acted as general chairman of the IEEE International Workshop on Charge-Coupled Devices and Advanced Image Sensors in 1997 and in 2003. He is member of the Steering Committee of the aforementioned workshop and founder of the Walter Kosonocky Award, which highlights the best paper in the field of solid-state image sensors.
During several years he was a member of the technical committee of the European Solid-State Device Research Conference and of the European Solid-State Circuits Conference. He is a member of the technical committee of the International Solid-State Circuits Conference. For the same conference he acted as secretary, vice-chair and chair in the European ISSCC Committee and he is a member of the overall ISSCC Executive Committee.
In 1995, he authored a textbook “Solid‑State Imaging with Charge‑Coupled Devices”. In 2005 he founded ETETIS (European Technical Expert Team on Image Sensors), a non-profit organization to promote European R&D activities in the field of solid-state image sensors.