Dr. Chris Yates | President

”I have had the honor of serving as President of the EMVA for last board term and have represented EMVA members on the Board of Directors since 2018. From my perspective, the EMVA occupies a special role as the only pan-national, member owned industrial vision association, open to all — representing Europe and our common aim to increase the visibility and competitiveness of the machine vision industry on the global stage.
Over the past term, we have achieved much as an association: our hosted standards have been placed on a cohesive legal foundation, protecting their global integrity and the individual contributions of companies, we have invested in expanding the executive team and reached a record membership level, and we have created new opportunities for our members, for example through the EMVA member booth at Logimat, LinkedIn peer group forums, and through cooperation with the inVision Days events.”

Short CV

Chris Yates is a Partner at Vision Ventures, a mergers & acquisitions advisory firm specializing in transactions in the vision technology sector.

Previously Director of Advanced Technology at the Safety, Sensing, and Connectivity Business Unit of Rockwell Automation, Chris was also the founder and CEO of Odos Imaging, a member of the EMVA since 2012, prior to the acquisition by Rockwell Automation in November 2017.

Chris has varied background in technology companies having previously been Chief Scientist at AIM listed startup Microemissive Displays developing OLED on CMOS devices for AR/VR applications, as well as tenures with Forth Dimension Displays designing ferroelectric liquid-crystal-on-silicon micro-displays, and involved with multiple spin-out projects including with the University of St Andrews, Strathclyde University, and the Technische Universität Berlin. Chris has a first class degree and Ph.D from Imperial College, London and has focused his career on working with early stage technology and strategic corporate development.

He was elected into the EMVA Board of Directors by the General Assembly 2018 in Dubrovnik, Croatia, and in January 2020 he took over the post of EMVA President.
In 2024 Chris has been reelected as EMVA President for a second term.