Don Braggins, a founding member of the UK Industrial Vision Association (UKIVA) and a Fellow of SPIE, has died, Control Engineering Europe reported on 3 June.
Braggins' firm, Machine Vision Systems Consultancy, was one of the founding members of the UKIVA in 1992. He served as the association's administrator from 1995 through 2009, overseeing the transition of the association into a Special Interest Group of the Processing and Packaging Machinery Association (PPMA) in 2009. He continued as a consultant to UKIVA until December 2010.
Braggins was elected a Fellow of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, in 1990, and was Associate Editor for Machine Vision for the Society's Optical Engineering journal for several years. He had been a member of the jury for the innovation prize at the annual Vision exhibition in Stuttgart, and served on the executive committee of the European Machine Vision Association.
A graduate of Clare College, Cambridge University, Braggins began his career in the application and marketing of image analysis equipment in 1964. A passionate proponent of the vision industry, Braggins authored numerous articles on the subject, on market research as well as the state of the art.
He leaves a wife, 2 children and 5 grandchildren.