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Dr. Petronel Bigioi is CTO, Imaging of Xperi Corporation and general manager of FotoNation, a business unit of Xperi. In this role, he leads a 100+ engineering team developing image processing solutions to address various problems in the digital still camera, mobile phone, automotive and other related markets. FotoNation technology can be found in more than 3.6 billion imaging devices worldwide.
Petronel got his B.Sc. in electronics engineering (1997) from Transilvania University, Brasov. Petronel also holds a couple of master degrees in ASIC design (Transilvania University, Brasov, 1998) and Networks and Communications (National University of Ireland, Galway, 2000). Petronel obtained his Ph.D. in electronics from Transilvania University (2005), his work being recognized by Romanian academy of science with a “Gheorghe Cartianu” award.
Petronel has over 40 presented and published papers and more than 500 granted and published U.S. and international patents to date. Petronel is a IEEE fellow with over 20 years of experience in the digital still camera and mobile phone industries, working in both image processing and connectivity. A co-founder of several succesfull companies (including FotoNation), he is also a pioneer of digital camera connectivity, a co-author and actively involved in the picture transfer protocol (PTP) and PTP-over-IP networks communication standards.
Married, father of four, Petronel enjoys photography, playing ping pong and is a music aficionado in his spare time.