22-26 January 2012
San Francisco Airport Hyatt Regency Hotel (Burlingame, California)
Imaging advances for mobile, multimedia, more
IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging: Science and Technology featured 20 conferences comprising 800 presentations complemented by 16 educational courses, and drew over 1,000 attendees. The event showcased the latest developments in digital image processing, 3D technology, mobile applications, multimedia imaging, and advanced displays.
Technical highlights included plenary presentations by William Freeman (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) on "Computational photography," and David Forsyth (Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) on "More words and bigger pictures."
Among many other noteworthy presentations were Masaya Kozuka (Panasonic) on "Panasonic's stereoscopic 3D technologies, standardization, and business strategy," Marc Levoy (Stanford Univ.) on "Computational photography and the Stanford Frankencamera," and Rong Yan (Facebook) on "Social media mining at the billion scale."
3D on center stage
The Stereoscopic Displays and Applications (SD&A) was home to energetic discussions in 13 technical sessions spanning 3D display, capture, processing, perception, and applications. Mobile "autostereo" 3D (3D without glasses) is now firmly entrenched in the market, and researchers revealed new improvements to home and theater autostereo -- with presentations about scanned illumination, tabletop multiprojector 3D, and a look back at technical progenitors of the 19th and 20th centuries. Attendees learned of unique angle-sensitive 3D sensors, methods for camera calibration, and the use of stereo 3D in medical scenarios. Global corporations presented work in 3D for video games, processing, and retargeting.
A joint session of the Human Vision and SD&A conferences traversed ground in stereoscopic perception and comfort, issues of heightened relevance in today's world of widespread 3D entertainment. Human Vision chairs are Bernice Rogowitz (Visual Perspectives Consulting), Thrasyvoulos Pappas (Northwestern Univ.), and Huib de Ridder (Technische Univ. Delft).
The popular 3D cinema session, hosted by SD&A chairs Andrew Woods (Curtin Univ.) and Chris Ward (Lightspeed Design) as a part of the conference, featured contributions from around the world screened in high-quality and polarized 3D.
New products, new applications
Demo session attendees and exhibition visitors saw the newest products in stereoscopic displays, image processing and 3D imaging, and exhibiting companies presented new products and systems. The demo sessions allow attendees to get hands-on experience with the most current imaging devices and learn from the leading experts in the field.
Face-to-face: the poster session
Congratulations: awards and new Fellows
Symposium chair Majid Rabbani (Eastman Kodak), at left, welcomed new Fellows of SPIE Zhigang (Zeke) Fan of Xerox (at right above) and David Stork of Rambus (at right below).
Majid Rabbani (Eastman Kodak), center above, was honored with the "Distinguished Educator" award, presented by Choon-Woo Kim (Inha Univ.), at left, and Geoff Wolfe (Information Systems Research Australia), at right. Rabbani has taught courses at and participated in the Electronic Imaging symposium for 25 years.