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14 June, 2018 - 11:01 By Kate Sweeney

Spectral Edge strengthens Cambridge team

Spectral Edge, the Cambridge-based image fusion technology specialist, has announced a number of new hires - all to be based out of its offices at the Bradfield Centre at Cambridge Science Park. 

Sue Handley Jones has joined as chief people officer to oversee the company’s growing HR function and resourcing the highly specialised team, while hardware engineer Andrei Vasilyeu and imaging scientist Ana Tsifouti have joined the technical team to further develop Spectral Edge's technology.

Handley Jones brings more than 15 years of experience in HR and resourcing to the company. Most recently she was vice-president for Human Resources at Apical Limited, a global leader in imaging and embedded computer vision intellectual property products, where she was part of the management team which helped to complete the sale of Apical to ARM Holdings in 2016. She has a specialism in helping tech startups grow through their people function.

"I am delighted to be joining Spectral Edge at such an exciting time for the business,” said Handley Jones. “The team has developed some truly amazing technology and, having recently raised new funding, the business is going from strength to strength.”

Spectral Edge combines cutting-edge imaging science with machine learning to improve pictures and videos on mass-market devices. This is done in real time with a pixel-level, embeddable technology that can be implemented in software or in silicon. 

The technology behind the process can be used across a range of potential applications that rely on image quality for either function or aesthetics - from mobile to security, and from automotive to on-demand video or live broadcast.

The company has also recently made technical hires, bringing on board hardware engineer Andrei Vasilyeu and imaging scientist Ana Tsifouti. With almost two decades as a systems and development engineer, Vasilyeu has considerable experience dealing with complex hardware and has worked extensively within the field of video and broadcast. 

Tsifouti has almost a decade’s experience in the area of image quality and has specialised in image capture systems, algorithmic processes and human investigations, most recently at Imagination Technologies. She also holds a PhD from the University of Westminster where her thesis investigated image usefulness of compressed surveillance footage with different scene contents.

Spun out of the University of East Anglia’s Colour Lab, Spectral Edge improves pictures and videos on mass market devices. This is done in real time on a pixel-level; embeddable technology that can be implemented purely in software or in silicon. 

The company works closely with specialist image science departments at a number of universities including the University of East Anglia. Spectral Edge was recently a finalist at the BT Sport Innovation Award, where its technology was applied to an innovative solution for helping colour-blind people watch sports streams on TV.

• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Sue Handley Jones

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