3-7 February 2013
Burlingame, California, USA
International experts in 3D imaging, digital photography, multimedia processing, mobile displays, computer vision, and related fields gathered in beautiful Burlingame, California to present their latest findings on the 25th anniversary of the IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging Science and Technology Symposium.
The meeting featured the latest advances in image processing and applications that are driving the consumer products that we all enjoy, with all of these technologies on display and several interactive special events!
Event highlights include:
- 23 conferences featuring over 700 papers
- 18 educational courses
- Interactive demonstration session
- Large-screen 3D Theatre
- 2 plenary presentations
- Red Bull Stratos project presentation
- Educational Panel discussion
Sabine Süsstrunk (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne) kicked off the plenary presentations on Tuesday with an overview of how signal processing can augment the effects of photos to highlight what we often think about as being intangible qualities. She demonstrated how the same image can have different effects based on the "spirit" you want to capture, e.g., "sunset," "snow," or even "strawberries." Süsstrunk (above, with Symposium Cochair Gaurav Sharma) was al honored with the Electronic Imaging Scientist of the Year Award.
University of Washington professor Steven Seitz gave the second and final plenary talk on Wednesday, "A Trillion Photos," presenting his group's efforts to utilize the world's collection of 2D photographs to create 3D models of historic sites. Watch the SPIE Newsroom video interview for more on his project.
Stratos visits EI
Electronic Imaging was proud to host groups from Flightline Films and the Red Bull Stratos Skydive mission, contributors to a recent project enabling Felix Baumgartner to skydive from over 120,000 feet, shattering a number of world records and becoming the first person to break the sound barrier in free fall. A special presentation highlighted goals, challenges, and lessons learned by the optical imaging scientists who worked for years to develop the necessary systems and equipment to document this amazing example of human achievement.
Group members from the RedBull Stratos Skydive mission (from left) Dennis Fisher, SPIE Past President Joe Houston, and Jay Nemeth.
A group from Flightline Films brought a demonstration for the exhibit floor, the JLAIR tracking vehicle, and gave a group presentation Wednesday evening describing the processes they used to capture the skydive on camera.
The interior of the JLAIR tracking vehicle with displays for controlling, tracking, and transmitting the live feed from the cameras.
An electronic playground!
The main attraction on the demo floor was NVIDIA's 'immersive' 3D projection system with a curved screen for added visual depth and range.
The exhibition and demo floors provided the perfect networking opportunity for attendees and colleagues.
Majid Rabbani (Eastman Kodak Co.), at right below, welcomed three new Fellow Members to SPIE and presented them with their plaques. (Photos courtesy of Stephan R. Keith)
Edmund Lam, Univ. of Hong Kong
Venu Govindaraju, Univ. at Buffalo
Gaurav Sharma, Univ. of Rochester