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February 20, 2008 - Michael Cyros, President of Allied Vision Technologies, Inc., has been elected 2008 President of the AIA. Succeeding John Merva who served 3 yr as President, Cyros will also serve on the Automation Technologies Council (ATC) Board. In addition, the 2007-2008 board of directors are: Jorgen Andersen, Glenn Archer, Rob Giesen, Mike Kelley, Dietmar Ley, Marilyn Matz, John Merva, Amir Novini, Rusty Ponce de Leon, Keith Reuben, and Edward Roney.

Michael Cyros Elected 2008 Automated Imaging Association President

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Automated Imaging Association
900 Victors Way, P.O. Box 3724
Ann Arbor, MI, 48106

Press release date: January 31, 2008

(Ann Arbor, Michigan - January 31, 2008) Michael Cyros, President of Allied Vision Technologies, Inc., has been elected 2008 President of the Automated Imaging Association (AIA). He succeeds John Merva, Vice President, Business Development, CCS America Inc., who served for three years as President and remains on the Board. Mr. Cyros will also serve on the Automation Technologies Council (ATC) Board. ATC is the umbrella organization that governs the AIA, the Robotic Industries Association and the Motion Control Association.

"The role of President is crucial to the success of the AIA and we are delighted to have the leadership that Mike Cyros provides. Tapping into his 20 years of experience will certainly help us continue in our mission to grow the global machine vision industry," said Dana Whalls, AIA's Managing Director.

In addition to Mike Cyros, the 2007-2008 board of directors are: Jorgen Andersen, CEO, JAI; Glenn Archer, Director of Business Development, EPIC Vision Solutions; Joseph Christenson, President and CEO, PPT Vision, Inc.; Rob Giesen, Senior Group Manager, National Instruments; Mike Kelley, Director of Machine Vision, Neural ID; Dietmar Ley, CEO, Basler Vision Technologies; Marilyn Matz, Senior Vice President - PC Vision Products Business Group, Cognex Corporation; John Merva, Vice President, CCS America, Inc.; Amir Novini, President and CEO, Applied Vision Company; Rusty Ponce de Leon, President, Phase 1 Technology Corp.; Keith Reuben, President, DALSA Asia-Pacific; and Edward Roney, Development Manager - Vision, FANUC Robotics America, Inc.

Jeffrey Burnstein, Executive Vice President, Automation Technologies Council, remains on the Board as an ex-officio member.

About AIA Founded in 1984, AIA was organized specifically to promote the understanding and use of image capture and analysis technology and now represents nearly 300 machine vision suppliers, system integrators, users, researchers, and consulting firms from 26 countries. The AIA is best-known for The Vision Show (June 10-12, 2008 in Boston), the annual Machine Vision Markets Study (released each Spring), the biennial International Robots & Vision Show (June 9-11, 2009 in Chicago), its annual AIA Business Conference and Machine Vision Online (, the world's leading online resource for machine vision information.

For more information on AIA, visit or contact AIA Headquarters at (734) 994-6088. Automated Imaging Association ( | 900 Victors Way, Suite 140 | Ann Arbor, MI 48108 | ph: (734) 994-6088 | (
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