I3Dr are experts in 3D vision technology, particularly stereo imaging. Our experienced team members come from a wide-range of academic and commercial backgrounds including machine vision, space, optics and photonics. As well as providing off-the-shelf 3D imaging products, we are able to design bespoke inspection systems for many applications.


We specialise in:

  • Stereo vision systems
  • Flexible 3D vision systems for autonomous and robotic applications
  • Systems for high temperature and harsh industrial environments


Our 3D stereo vision algorithms have been developed by our academic partners for the Mars Rover missions. These algorithms use semi-global matching (SGM), an algorithm which is considered as one of the leading dense stereo matchers. Benefits include fast processing speeds, parallelization, robustness and accuracy makes SGM the preferred choice in a wide range of practical applications such as robotics, navigation and industrial processes.

We would like to introduce the team who work alongside our partner organisations.



Nicolas Bantin is a former investment banker who worked in the City of London for more than 30 years with Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and Bank of America. Nicholas is an international corporate lending banker who has wide experience in all aspects of corporate finance including trade finance and the securitisation of assets. After 15 years in corporate finance Nicholas moved to manage CIBC’s proprietary portfolios. While running the portfolios Nicholas became an expert is assessing market trends and risk management that is demonstrated by his development of a liquidity fund designed to protect the Bank against catastrophic events such as those witnessed in 2007-8. This fund generated returns in excess of 30% on capital employed.
After a successful market navigation of Quebec Referendum in 1995, he moved to Bank of America to run the London
proprietary portfolios.


Nicholas retired from the City in 2001 and decided to work with small technology companies to achieve their ambitions. He is focused on building new circular business models through which businesses calculate and manage commercial risks from concept to product development to product launch to commercial sales. This involves early engagement and working closely with major corporates to ensure that requirements are fully understood and that they participate in market launches.


Additionally, given the lack of support by Banks towards growing SMEs Nicholas is now developing alternative and new funding structures to enable SMEs to obtain development capital and manage potential funding gaps.




  • Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL)
  • Department of Space and Climate Physics
  • University College London (UCL)
  • Holmbury St Mary, Surrey, RH5 6NT, UK



  • 1982 PhD Planetary Meteorology, Department of Physics & Astronomy, UCL
  • 1977 MSc Atmospheric Physics and Dynamics, Imperial College London
  • 1976 B.Sc. (Hons) Physics, Department of Physics, University of Sheffield



  • 2007-Present Director of UK NASA RPIF (Regional Planetary Imaging Facility)
  • 1998-Present Founder Director, Blue Sky Imaging Limited
  • 1991-Present Professor of Image Understanding and Remote Sensing, UCL


Current Research

  • Fluorescent Imaging for organics and micro-organism detection & mapping
  • Methane isotopologues and imaging methane in the atmospheres of Earth & Mars
  • NASA Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR), CoI since 1990.
  • NASA Moderate resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MODIS), CoI since 1989.
  • ESA Mars Express High resolution Stereo Camera CoI since 1991. Developed automated 3D mapping system including crater detection and age dating
  • ESA ExoMars Stereo Panoramic Camera CoI since 2006.
  • NASA MSL Curiosity science team. Working on methane & super-resolution
  • 124 international peer review papers, over 500 conference papers & presentations



Dr Benjamin Crutchley is an optical engineer who leads research into innovative technology at i3D robotics with a focus on 3D stereo systems for machine vision applications. In this role, he expands the hardware capabilities of the company by advancing the optical and imaging technologies as well as improving state-of-the-art 3D reconstruction software with academic partners, University College London and Joanneum Research, which have used the software on projects such as the Mars Rover. Dr Crutchley has also worked with partners including multinational corporations and SMEs on developing technology in collaborate R & D projects awarded by InnovateUK, as well as European projects including Eurostars and EMRP.




Over the last 2 years i3d Robotics has been investing in new products and collaborators to build a high-class portfolio of products that compliments and extends our product range.

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