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Electronic imaging advances in communications, entertainment, more at IS&T/SPIE symposium  

IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging Science and Technology

BELLINGHAM, WA, USA - 24 December 2008 - The latest research on electronic imaging applications in communications, entertainment, security, and numerous other areas will be shared at the IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging Science and Technology symposium next month. The event, featuring world experts presenting in technical sessions, professional development courses, and interactive papers and product demonstrations, will be held 18-22 January in the San Jose, California, 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 Institution 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, Dr. Gallo said.

· Wednesday morning, in "Audio and Video: Making It and Selling It in the 21st Century," Andrew Setos of Fox Entertainment Group will review past, recent, and very recent methods for making audio-visual works available, and the technologies behind those methods. "In recent times the capabilities of consumer-accessible technology have made possible a lot of unauthorized redistribution of audio-visual works and the perception by the public is that producers would rather bottle up their works rather than purvey them," Setos said. "This has never been farther from the truth."

Morley M. Blouke, a consultant with Ball Aerospace, will be awarded the 2009 Electronic Imaging Scientist of the Year. Dr. 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," Dr. Lipton said. "I've fulfilled my dream of becoming an inventor and have had many an epiphany including how to eliminate flicker from time sequential 3D displays, ideas for improving electro-optics such as the first CrystalEyes shutters, and the basis for the modern theatrical 3D projection system." See more on Lipton's blog.

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." Read more on Conference Chair Andrew Woods' SD&A conference website conference website.

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 join the program this year, 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 wide 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.

About IS&T

The Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T) is an international non-profit organization whose goal is to keep members aware of the latest scientific and technological developments in the field of imaging through conferences, journals and other publications. Focus is on imaging in all its aspects, with particular emphasis on silver halide, digital printing, electronic imaging, photofinishing, image preservation, image assessment, pre-press technologies and hybrid imaging systems.

About SPIE

SPIE is the international optics and photonics society founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Serving the interests of its more than 188,000 active constituents representing 138 different countries, SPIE acts as a catalyst for collaboration among technical disciplines for information exchange, continuing education, publishing opportunities, patent precedent, and career and professional growth. As the organizer and sponsor of approximately 25 major conferences and education programs annually in North America, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific, SPIE provides publishing, speaking, and learning opportunities on emerging technologies.SPIE contributes more than $1.6 million annually in scholarships, grants, and other programs supporting research and education around the world.