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SPIE Professional April 2013

IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging

3D imaging and "space dive" celebrated at 25th anniversary symposium.

IS&T/SPIE Electronic ImagingMore than 1000 international experts in 3D imaging, digital photography, multimedia processing, mobile displays, computer vision, and related fields gathered in Burlingame, CA, in February to present their latest findings on the 25th anniversary of IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging Science and Technology.

The symposium featured more than 700 presentations in 23 conferences on the latest advances in image processing and applications for popular consumer products, with many technologies on display and several interactive special events.

Proceedings are published in the SPIE Digital Library as soon as approved by conference chairs.

Among those events was a presentation on the cameras and other technologies that captured the 2012 human “space dive” from the Red Bull Stratos Project.

space dive photo 

The space dive project enabled Felix Baumgartner (Austria) to become the first person to break the sound barrier in free fall when he skydived from more than 36 kilometers, or 120,000 feet, in October 2012.

The optical imaging scientists who used 35 cameras to capture Baumgartner's leap presented an inside look at this human achievement. A group from Flightline Films brought the "Joint Launch vehicle and Aircraft Imaging in Realtime" (JLAIR) tracking vehicle and gave a presentation on the processes they used to capture the skydive on camera.

Plenary speaker Sabine Süsstrunk of Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland), who received the Electronic Imaging Scientist of the Year Award, gave an overview of how signal processing can augment photo effects to highlight so-called 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.”

University of Washington professor Steven Seitz’s plenary talk, “A Trillion Photos,” presented 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.

Awards for 3D films and presentations

In the Stereoscopic Displays and Applications (SD&A) conference, a packed audience and three judges viewed 42 films at the annual 3D Theater session.

Two Best of Show prizes were awarded.

image depicting 3D movies“Ninety Three Million Miles” from Site-Eye Time-Lapse Films, directed by Brian McClave and Gavin Peacock (UK), received the Best of Show award for 3D live action.

“Nuts & Robbers” from ToonBox Entertainment (Canada) and Redrover Co. (South Korea) won for 3D CGI.

Judges at the 3D Theater session were:

  • Jason Goodman, stereographer on “The Amazing Spider-Man”
  • Eric Kurland, president of the Los Angeles 3-D Club and stereographer on the Oscar-nominated “The Longest Daycare” starring Maggie Simpson
  • SPIE Fellow Lenny Lipton, founder of StereoGraphics Corp. and former CTO of RealD

The prize for the best use of 3D during the technical presentations at the SD&A conference was awarded to Jim DeFilippis for his keynote presentation “Coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games in 3D.” Olympic Broadcast Services provided a dedicated channel covering opening and closing ceremonies of the event and multiple sports in more than 275 hours of 3D stereoscopic programming.

The prize for the best demonstration at the SD&A conference went to John Toeppen and Jason Buchheim for their “Giga-Pixel Immersive Stereoscopic Panoramas.”

Electronic Imaging moves in 2014 to San Francisco

Next year’s IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging Science and Technology moves from Burlingame, CA, to San Francisco.

The symposium will be held 2-6 February 2014 at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square.

DOI: 10.1117/2.4201304.17

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