Fumio Okano, a well-known pioneer and innovator in 3D displays, passed away on 26 November 2013 in Kanagawa, Japan, at age 61.
Dr. Okano contributed more than 40 papers to SPIE journals and proceedings since 1998. He served eight years as chair of the annual SPIE conference on Three-Dimensional Imaging, Visualization, and Display, and another four years as co-chair.
Okano received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Tohoku University. He joined Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) in Tokyo in 1978. Since 1981, he had researched high-definition television (HDTV) cameras, HDTV systems, 3D televisions, and ultrahigh-definition television systems at NHK Science and Technology Research Laboratories.
In 2011, he moved to NHK Engineering System, Inc., where he worked as managing director and executive research engineer. Dr. Okano was a fellow at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a member of the Institute of Image Information and Television Engineers of Japan, Optical Society (OSA), and SPIE.
Through a series of highly cited experiments and publications, Okano and his colleagues at NHK rejuvenated the potential of integral photography as a viable approach for 3D displays. He made numerous innovations and refinements of integral photography 3D display systems.
His publications are frequently cited by researchers. Okano's leadership in this field will be greatly missed and he shall be remembered for his enduring innovations and contributions in the field of 3D displays.
Obituary courtesy of Bahram Javidi, University of Connecticut, USA; Jung Yong Son, Konyang University, South Korea; and Jun Arai, NHK, Tokyo, Japan.