ZEISS and APEER: simplifying customized microscopy solutions
ZEISS is the leading manufacturer of optical systems and optoelectronics. Their hardware and software solutions are applied in fields spanning semiconductor manufacturing, medical technology, material research, industrial metrology, and research into micro- and nanostructures using microscopy.
Microscopy users are no longer solely interested in obtaining high-quality images; they are now seeking complete application solutions. The field of microscopy applications is vast and varied, and it is not feasible for any single organization to provide all necessary software solutions. As a result, ZEISS created APEER, a cloud-based platform that simplifies the development and implementation of customized microscopy solutions.
Developing high-performance microscopy modules
ZEISS chose Endava as a trusted partner to develop core solutions on APEER for image enhancement and processing tasks. These included denoising and watershed-based object segmentation.
Endava’s advanced technical proficiency in AI, machine learning, and data science, plus our keen understanding of microscopy users’ needs, stood out to the ZEISS team.
The Endava developers and ZEISS collaborated closely as a single team to create a deep learning denoising module for APEER, along with other supportive modules. These included a training module for denoising images
with the Noise2Void algorithm, as well as pre-trained models for denoising LSM
and electron microscope images
Endava also developed various other image processing modules, such as a watershed-based object segmenter
and a signal-to-noise estimator
. Our teams assisted in organizing these modules into user-friendly workflows – available for review here
Improving through innovation
ZEISS sets a high standard which Endava is pleased to have met. According to Dr. Roman Zinner, the senior product manager, “Team APEER and our users are very happy with the performance of the modules and workflows created so far with Endava. We highly appreciate these module improvements which have made our products better.”
Endava looks forward to further innovative collaborations with ZEISS in the future.