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2019 Visual Inspection Week

Interest Group Meeting Visual Inspection

May 24, 2019
Berlin, Germany

Novel Digitalization Approaches and Applications of Deep Learning

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2019 Focus Topic: Novel Digitalization Approaches and Applications of Deep Learning

Short presentations covering additional information fitting the scope of the Interest Group are very welcome. Please contact Teresa Schubach to submit your topic proposal.


Dear Colleagues,

Digitalization and artificial intelligence will prospectively reshape many concepts and ways of working linked to visual inspection. The coming years will be fascinating with emergence of new technologies.

Applying deep learning algorithms to automated visual inspection has become a terrific opportunity for improved classification and highly precise detection of damages and defective pharmaceutical products lately.

We will try to answer the questions about where we stand today and what can be expected in the future. We need to reflect on how to support this transition: what architecture, organization and capabilities should be developed. Besides this, a stunning question remains to be pursued – how to validate this approach?

We are excited to announce our 2019 Visual Inspection Interest Group Meeting with the main focus on Novel Digitalization Approaches and Applications of Deep Learning.

The PDA Interest Groups are discussion forums, each with a highly focused topic of interest. The main idea behind this workshop is to engage in questions raised by attendees and to have a more in-depth discussion compared to the usual presentation-driven meetings. You are invited to contribute and provide your questions to the group, and together develop possible solutions to these challenging issues. Industry experts will be participating to help facilitate the discussion.

As a thematic framework, the IG Leaders have chosen the following topics for this exciting workshop:

  • Brief introduction to tools and technologies of digitalization and deep learning
  • What benefits do these approaches have to offer?
  • How our ways of working will be reshaped?
  • What validation strategies can be used?
  • What can we learn from other similar technologies?

We look forward to welcoming you to Berlin!


Romain Veillon, IG Lead EU
John Shabushnig, IG Lead US


  • Friday, 24 May 2019

    Welcome and Introduction

    Falk Klar, PDA Europe
    John Shabushnig, Insight Pharma Consulting
    Romain Veillon, GSK Vaccines

    • Benefits of the PDA Interest Group
    • PDA Connect

    10:15 – 11:30
    Keynote: Challenges and Opportunities for Deep Learning within the Pharma Industry
    Romain Veillon, GSK Vaccines
    Adriano Biocchi,  MVTech

    Interactive Discussion

    11:30 – 12:00
    Coffee Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

    12:00 – 13:30
    Data Integrity and Validation in Visual Inspection

    How to Validate Deep Learning Approaches
    Romain Veillon, GSK Vaccines

    Group Discussion

    • Challenges of the implementation of data integrity
    • Validation – A comparison of AVI and MVI and will the MVI baseline remain?
    • Critical parameters for AVI validation
    • Risks associated to deep learning model validation

    13:30 – 14:30
    Lunch Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

    14:30 – 15:30
    Current Challenges in Automated Visual Inspection

    Automated Visual Inspection in the Revised Annex 1 Guideline
    John Shabushnig, Insight Pharma Consulting

    Group Discussion

    • Annex 1 – what the revised guideline entails for AVI?
    • Regulatory issues with new technologies
    • How to use stored images
    • The importance of test sets
    • How the future will be shaped by deep learning approaches

    15:30 – 16:00
    Coffee Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

    16:00 – 17:00
    Summary of the IG Meeting and Take-Home Messages
    Romain Veillon, GSK Vaccines
    John Shabushnig, Insight Pharma Consulting

    End of IG Meeting and Farewell

    John Shabushnig, Insight Pharma Consulting
    Romain Veillon, GSK Vaccines
    Falk Klar, PDA Europe

Highlighted Speakers

John G. Shabushnig
John G. Shabushnig
Insight Pharma Consulting, LLC
Romain Veillon
Romain Veillon
GSK Vaccines

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Berlin-Tegel Airport - TXL
Airport Phone: +49 30 60911150
7.1 mi (11.42 km), 22 min by car
Estimated taxi fare: 28 EUR (one way)
Bus service, fee: 2.7 EUR (one way)
Subway service, fee: 2.7 EUR (one way)
Take the bus X9 and get off at the Zoological Garden. Change to the subway U2 towards Pankow and get off at Spittelmarkt. Cross Seydelstrasse and turn right. The hotel will be on the right.


Berlin-Schoenefeld International Airport - SXF
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11.7 mi (18.9 km), 23 min by car
Estimated taxi fare: 40 EUR (one way)
Bus service, fee: 3.3 EUR (one way)
Subway service, fee: 3.3 EUR (one way)
Take the bus SX1 to Südkreuz. Then change to bus 248 to S+U Bahnhof Alexanderplatz and get off at Lindenstrasse/Oranienstrasse. Turn right into Axel-Springer-Strasse, direction Axel-Springer building. The hotel is located at the very end of the street on the left hand side.

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The Marriott Berlin City Center is located at Axel Springer Strasse 55.

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Bus station: Spittelmarkt, 0.1 miles.

Subway station: Spittelmarkt, 0.1 miles.

Train station: Hauptbahnhof, 3.1 miles.


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