Stereoscopic Imaging Fundamentals

Course Number: SC01

Sunday 26 January • 8:00 – 12:15 
Course Length: 4 hours
Course Level: Introductory
Instructors: Andrew Woods, Curtin University, and John Merritt,The Merritt Group

Learning Outcomes
This course enables the attendee to:

  • Understand how the human visual system interprets depth.
  • Understand how camera focal length, lens and eye separation, display size, and viewing distance affect stereoscopic image geometry.
  • Understand the human factors of using stereoscopic displays.
  • Understand concepts of orthostereoscopy, focus/fixation mismatch, comfort limits for on-screen parallax values.
  • Evaluate the operating principles of currently available stereoscopic display technologies and consider suitability for your proposed applications.
  • List the often-overlooked side-benefits of stereoscopic displays that should be included in a cost/benefit analysis for proposed 3D applications.

When correctly implemented, stereoscopic 3D imaging systems can provide significant benefits in many application areas, including medical imaging, teleoperation, molecular modeling, and 3D visualization. This course provides an understanding of the fundamentals of correctly implementing, using, and optimizing stereoscopic 3D displays. Topics covered include: stereoscopic image capture and stereoscopic content generation; stereoscopic image and video transmission, compression, processing, and storage; stereoscopic display system technologies; and human factors.

Intended Audience
Engineers, scientists, and project managers involved with imaging and video display systems for applications such as: medical imaging and endoscopic surgery, simulation & training systems, teleoperation systems, animation and computer graphics, data visualization, and virtual & augmented reality.

Dr. Andrew Woods is manager of the Curtin HIVE visualisation facility and a senior research fellow with the Centre for Marine Science and Technology at Curtin University. He has expertise in imaging and visualisation with applications in oil and gas and maritime archaeology. He has bachelor's, masters and PhD degrees in electronic engineering and stereoscopic imaging. In 2017, he was recognized as one of Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers by Engineers Australia.

John O. Merritt is a display systems consultant at The Merritt Group, Williamsburg, MA, with more than 25 years of experience in the design and human-factors evaluation of stereoscopic video displays for telepresence & telerobotics, scientific visualization, and medical imaging.

1/26/2020 8:00 AM - 1/26/2020 12:15 PM