Our Team


OK – so it’s just me at the moment, but who knows?

Phil Atkin



Phil, trying to look comfortable in a suit

e: phil.atkin@pixelanalytics.co.uk

t: +44 (0)1223 870 406

m: +44 (0)7415 110 008

skype: phil.at.pixelanalytics


Principal areas of expertise

  • Solving difficult problems
  • Technical product management, from blank sheet of paper to success
  • Digital image processing and analysis
  • Software architectures and data structures for imaging and analysis, with emphasis on code re-use, efficiency, performance and longevity.
  • Performance optimisation, particularly in regular computations on large data structures such as images.  Optimisation using the complete gamut of tools: algorithmic, architectural, thread, linguistic, coding.
  • Application of image processing and analysis to scientific disciplines, including gel documentation/analysis, microscopy (especially deep-field and wide-field imaging) and microbiology (colony counting and antibiotic zone sizing).
  • Geometrical algorithms and graphics applications
  • Technical and project management
  • Technical writing
  • Test-driven design.  (I’m a convert, though by no means a fanatic)
  • Control and integration of scientific cameras, particularly CCDs.  Calibration of camera systems to remove defects including hot pixels and residual images.
  • Automated testing of imaging systems and components.
  • Interoperability between Microsoft COM and .Net, and between managed and unmanaged code generally.
  • Migration of codebases across technology generations.
  • Programming languages: C#, C++ (broad and current experience); Visual Basic, assembler (various targets including x86, MMX), Smalltalk, ProLog, FORTRAN (ugh)
  • Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PIC, custom hardware (including microcoded architectures).
  • Tools: Visual Studio, NUnit, Target Process, Visual SourceSafe, Subversion, AQTime

The historical bit, if that matters

I graduated from Cambridge University in 1981 with a degree in Electrical Sciences, and went on to conduct research into computational vision and hardware architectures for imaging in conjunction with the University’s Engineering and Physiology departments. This work led to a Ph.D. in Engineering from Cambridge University in 1990, the award of a Research Fellowship from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.

In 1984, during my Ph.D., I founded Synoptics Ltd. with two colleagues from the University.  This diverted my research somewhat, and in fact my thesis eventually concerned Synoptics’ first hardware product, an advanced image processing engine named Imagine.

I was involved in securing the initial funding for Synoptics Ltd. and in the development of the business since incorporation. As Research Director I was initially responsible for product research, design and development, and instigated and led the major technical and architectural development initiatives of the company. I was Managing Director of Synoptics from 1997 until 2007, during which time I was instrumental in the reorientation of the company towards market-driven end-user products and the creation of the vertically orientated market divisions (Syngene, Syncroscopy and Synbiosis).

In 2008, I became CEO and CTO of newly-formed Scientific Digital Imaging plc.  I worked as part of the team preparing the company for listing on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange, which was achieved successfully in December 2008.

I worked on various acquisition opportunities, none of which were consummated for various reasons beyond our control.

Throughout this period I continued to work on the core technological developments of the company.



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