EI2019 Short Course Description


SC13: Optics and Hardware Calibration of Compact Camera Modules
Sunday 13 January • 1:30 – 5:45 pm
Course Length: 4 hours
Course Level: Introductory/Intermediate
Instructors: Kevin J. Matherson, Microsoft Corporation, and Uwe Artmann, Image Engineering GmbH & Co. KG
Fee*: Member: $290 / Non-member: $315 / Student: $95 
*after December 18, 2018, members / non-members prices increase by $50, student price increases by $20 

Digital and mobile imaging camera and system performance is determined by a combination of sensor characteristics, lens characteristics, and image processing algorithms. Smaller pixels, smaller optics, smaller modules, and lower cost result in more part-to-part variation driving the need for calibration to maintain good image quality. This short course provides an overview of issues associated with compact imaging modules used in mobile and digital imaging. The course covers optics, sensors, actuators, camera modules and the camera calibrations typically performed to mitigate issues associated with production variation of lenses, sensor, and autofocus actuators.  

Learning Outcomes
  • Describe illumination, photons, sensor, and camera radiometry.
  • Select optics and sensor for a given application.
  • Understand the optics of compact camera modules used for mobile imaging.
  • Understand the difficulties in minimizing sensor and camera modules.
  • Assess the need for per unit camera calibrations in compact camera modules.
  • Determine camera spectral sensitivities.
  • Understand autofocus actuators and why per unit calibrations are required.
  • How to perform the various calibrations typically done in compact camera modules (relative illumination, color shading, spectral calibrations, gain, actuator variability, etc.).
  • Equipment required for performing calibrations.
  • Compare hardware tradeoffs such as temperature variation, its impact on calibration, and overall influence on final quality.
Intended Audience
People involved in the design and image quality of digital cameras, mobile cameras, and scanners will 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 the 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