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SPIE Professional January 2013

Electronic Imaging 2013

3D imaging and “space dive” earn featured roles

IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging logoInternational experts in 3D imaging, digital photography, multimedia processing, mobile displays, computer vision, and related fields will present their latest findings at IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging Science and Technology at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in Burlingame, CA, 3-7 February 2013. The symposium is jointly sponsored by the Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T) and SPIE.

Marking the 25th anniversary of the symposium, the Electronic Imaging program includes approximately 800 presentations in 23 technical conferences and 18 educational courses on such topics as 3D imaging and metrology; human visualization; perception; color; image processing and capture; computer vision; and designing multimedia on mobile devices.

Felix Baumgartner_Space Jump
Cameras are trained on Felix Baumgartner as he prepares to jump out of the space capsule.
Courtesy: Red Bull Stratos / Red Bull Content Pool
New program tracks for Electronic Imaging

New this year are two virtual program tracks following 10 keynote talks during the week as well as highlighted talks from the Journal of Electronic Imaging. In the latter track, 15 selected authors will present research recently published in the journal.

The keynote track will feature talks on mobile imaging, petapixel photography, the history of the tesseract optical-character-recognition engine, and high-performance visual-data analytics.

Sabine Süsstrunk of École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland), who served as general chair of Electronic Imaging in 2011, will give the first of two plenary talks on the rich “side information” from modern imaging systems that can enable new functionality.

Plenary speaker Steven Seitz, a University of Washington (USA) professor who also directs a computer vision group for Google, will discuss how the world’s massive, unorganized photo collection can be transformed into reconstructions and visualizations of sites, cities, and people. His plenary talk will be on Wednesday, 6 February; Süsstrunk will speak 5 February.

Interactive evening events include "space dive" panel

SPIE and IS&T have planned three evenings of interactive and entertaining events exploring new imaging systems, 3D videos, and the 2012 dive from space by Austrian Felix Baumgartner.

• On Monday evening, 4 February, the popular 3D Theatre will screen new, original 3D footage from around the world as part of the Stereoscopic Displays and Applications conference. SPIE Fellow Andrew J. Woods of Curtin University of Technology (Australia) and Chris Ward, president of Lightspeed Design (USA), are chairs of the session and will announce the program at the event.

• The annual demonstration session will be held the evening of Tuesday, 5 February, allowing attendees to see and touch the latest hardware, software, displays, and other products for cutting-edge electronic imaging.

• A demonstration and panel discussion on the lessons learned by the video team who recorded the Red Bull Stratos Project “space dive” is planned for Wednesday evening, 6 February. The project enabled Baumgartner 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 will present an inside look at this incredible human achievement.

Other events during the week include a panel discussion moderated by Bernd Girod of Stanford University (USA) on how technology is transforming higher education around the globe and 18 educational courses on digital imaging systems, image processing, analysis, and displays. SPIE member Choon-Woo Kim of Inha University (Republic of Korea) chairs the short course program.

SPIE Fellow Guarav Sharma from University of Rochester (USA) is symposium chair, and SPIE member Sergio Goma, senior director of R&D at Qualcomm (USA), is symposium co-chair.

Conference proceedings papers will be published in the SPIE Digital Library.

More information on IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging Science and Technology.

DOI: 10.1117/2.4201301.26

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