Nikolaus Tichawa holds a degree in Experimental Physics (Photomultipliers) from the University of Vienna and a PhD (Laser Physics) from the Technical University of Vienna. His career began in the development of measuring equipment, later continued in semiconductor industry, then in airborne equipment. Nikolaus started his own machine vision company in 1991, with the company focus moving from area scan cameras to high speed line scan cameras and since 2001 to contact image sensors. Nikolaus Tichawa has brought CIS technology forward from conventional fax machine technology to most demanding machine vision application in the fields of semiconductor inspection, automotive industry and vacuum film inspection, just to name a few.