IS&T/SPIE symposium to boast electronic imaging advances in communications, entertainment, and more

DECEMBER 30, 2008--The latest research on electronic imaging applications in communications, entertainment, security, and other areas will be shared at the IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging Science and Technology (spie.org/electronic-imaging.xml) symposium next month. The event, featuring industry experts presenting in technical sessions, professional development courses, and interactive papers and product demonstrations will be held January 18-22 in the San Jose, C, Convention Center.

Plenary speakers will address some high-profile applications for electronic imaging technologies.

Tuesday morning, in "Neptune's Garden: Exploring the Secrets of the Deep Undersea," David Gallo and William Lange of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute will detail the use of new platforms such as submarines and robots and new sensors utilizing cameras and sonar. These advances allow exploration of the deepest, darkest, and most hostile environments of the ocean with unprecedented clarity and accuracy, says Gallo.

Morley M. Blouke, a consultant with Ball Aerospace, will be awarded the 2009 Electronic Imaging Scientist of the Year. Blouke has played a key role in the evolution of scientific image sensors, developing many of the original theoretical models of CCD image performance and driving current theoretical work necessary to describe CMOS image sensor performance. He chaired the IS&T/SPIE conference on image sensors and edited its conference proceedings for many years, has taught numerous professional development courses, and is an SPIE Fellow.

Twenty-two conferences are organized into tracks on:
3D Imaging, Interaction, and Measurement
Imaging, Visualization, and Perception
Image Processing
Digital Image Sensors and Applications
Multimedia Processing and Applications
Visual Communications and Image Processing

A three-day conference on Stereoscopic Displays and Applications (SD&A) will feature Lenny Lipton, CTO of Real D, in a keynote talk titled "Archimedes' Tub," detailing people and events that have influenced him, including more than 25 years of participation in the SD&A conference and its predecessors. "As a boy I was fascinated by the story I read about Archimedes and his epiphany in the tub," Lipton says. "I've fulfilled my dream of becoming an inventor and have had many an epiphany including how to eliminate flicker from time-sequential 3-D displays, ideas for improving electro-optics such as the first CrystalEyes shutters, and the basis for the modern theatrical 3-D projection system."

The SD&A conference will hold a discussion forums on "Gaming: What's it Going to Take to Go Big Time?" and "Standards to Enable Ubiquitous 3D Display."

A four-day conference on Human Vision and Electronic Imaging will feature panel discussions on "When are HDR Images Better than Conventional Images?" and "Art and Perception."

A new conference on 3D Imaging Metrology will be held, and Best Paper Awards will be announced by several conferences.

A symposium-wide demonstration and interactive paper session open to all attendees will provide hands-on demonstrations of a range of products related to electronic imaging. The demonstration session includes a focused SD&A section incorporating an extensive collection of electronic stereoscopic displays.

The professional development program includes courses in several areas:
3D Imaging, Interaction, and Measurement
Digital Image Sensors and Applications
Image Processing
Imaging, Visualization, and Perception
Multimedia Processing and Applications
Visual Communications and Image Processing
Security and Surveillance Applications

Symposium chair is Nitin Sampat of Rochester Institute of Technology, and symposium co-chair is Jan P. Allebach of Purdue University.

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