EI2019 Short Course Description


SC02: Color and Calibration in Mobile Imaging Devices
Sunday 13 January • 8:00 – 10:00 am
Course Length: 2 hours
Course Level: Introductory/Intermediate
Instructors: Kevin J. Matherson, Microsoft Corporation, and Uwe Artmann, Image Engineering GmbH & Co. KG
Fee*: Member: $185 / Non-member: $210 / Student: $65 
*after December 18, 2018, members / non-members prices increase by $50, student price increases by $20

When an image is captured using a digital imaging device it needs to be rendered. For consumer cameras this processing is done within the camera and covers various steps like dark current subtraction, flare compensation, shading, color compensation, demosaicing, white balancing, tonal and color correction, sharpening, and compression. Each of these steps has a significant influence on image quality. In order to design and tune cameras, it is important to understand how color camera hardware varies as well as the methods that can be used to calibrate such variations. This course provides the basic methods describing the capture and processing of a color camera image. Participants get to examine the basic color image capture and how calibration can improve images using a typical color imaging pipeline. In the course, participants are shown how raw image data influences color transforms and white balance. The knowledge acquired in understanding the image capture and calibration process can used to understand tradeoffs in improving overall image quality.

Learning Outcomes
  • Understand how hardware choices in compact cameras impact calibrations and the type of calibrations performed and how such choices can impact overall image quality.
  • Describe basic image processing steps for compact color cameras.
  • Understand calibration methods for mobile camera modules.
  • Describe the differences between class calibration and individual module calibration.
  • Understand how spectral sensitivities and color matrices are calculated.
  • Understand how the calibration light source impacts calibration.
  • Describe required calibration methods based on the hardware chosen and the image processing used.
  • Appreciate artifacts associated with color shading and incorrect calibrations.
  • Learn about the impacts of pixel saturation and the importance of controlling it on color.
  • Learn about the impact of tone reproduction on perceived color (skin tone, memory colors, etc.).
Intended Audience
People involved in the design and image quality of digital cameras, mobile cameras, and scanners would benefit from participation. Technical staff of manufacturers, managers of digital imaging projects, as well as journalists, and students studying image technology are among the intended audience.

Kevin J. Matherson is a director of optical engineering at Microsoft Corporation working on advanced optical technologies for consumer products. Prior to Microsoft, he participated in the design and development of compact cameras at HP and has more than 15 years of experience developing miniature cameras for consumer products. His primary research interests focus on sensor characterization, optical system design and analysis, and the optimization of camera image quality. Matherson holds a masters and PhD in optical sciences from the University of Arizona.

Uwe Artmann studied photo technology at the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne following an apprenticeship as a photographer, and finished with the German 'Diploma Engineer'. He is now CTO at Image Engineering, an independent test lab for imaging devices and manufacturer of all kinds of test equipment for these devices. His special interest is the influence of noise reduction on image quality and MTF measurement in general.

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Important Dates
Call for Papers Announced 1 Mar 2018
Journal-first Submissions Due 30 Jun 2018
Abstract Submission Site Opens 1 May 2018
Review Abstracts Due (refer to For Authors page
 · Early Decision Ends 30 Jun 2018
· Regular Submission Ends 8 Sept 2018
· Extended Submission Ends 25 Sept 2018
 Final Manuscript Deadlines  
 · Fast Track Manuscripts Due 14 Nov 2018 
 · Final Manuscripts Due 1 Feb 2019 
Registration Opens 23 Oct 2018
Early Registration Ends 18 Dec 2018
Hotel Reservation Deadline 21 Dec 2018
Conference Begins 13 Jan 2019