EI2019 Short Course Description

SC01: Stereoscopic Display Application Issues
Sunday 13 January • 8:00 am – 5:45 pm
Course Length: 8 hours
Course Level: Intermediate 
Instructors: John O. Merritt, The Merritt Group, and Andrew J. Woods, Curtin University
Fee*: Member: $510 / Non-member: $560 / Student: $195 
*after December 18, 2018, members / non-members prices increase by $50, student price increases by $20

When correctly implemented, stereoscopic 3D video displays can provide significant benefits in many areas, including endoscopy and other medical imaging, remote-control vehicles and telemanipulators, stereo 3D CAD, molecular modeling, 3D computer graphics, 3D visualization, and video-based training. This course conveys a concrete understanding of basic principles and pitfalls that should be considered in transitioning from 2D to 3D displays, and in testing for performance improvements. In addition to the traditional lecture sessions, there is a "workshop" session to demonstrate stereoscopic hardware and 3D imaging/display principles, emphasizing the key issues in an ortho-stereoscopic video display setup, and showing video from a wide variety of applied stereoscopic imaging systems.

Learning Outcomes
  • List critical human factors guidelines for stereoscopic display configuration & implementation.
  • Calculate optimal camera focal length, separation, display size, and viewing distance to achieve a desired level of depth acuity.
  • Calculate comfort limits for focus/fixation mismatch and on-screen parallax values, as a function of focal length, separation, convergence, display size, and viewing distance factors.
  • Set up a large-screen stereo display system using AV equipment readily available at most conference sites for slides and for full-motion video.
  • Evaluate the trade-offs among currently available stereoscopic display technologies 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.
  • Avoid common pitfalls in designing tests to compare 2D vs. 3D displays.
  • Calculate and demonstrate the distortions in perceived 3D space due to camera and display parameters.
  • Design and set up an orthostereoscopic 3D imaging/display system.
  • Understand the projective geometry involved in stereo modeling.
  • Understand the trade-offs among currently available stereoscopic display system technologies and determine which will best match a particular application.
Intended Audience
Engineers, scientists, and program managers involved with video display systems for applications such as: medical imaging & endoscopic surgery, simulators & training systems, teleoperator systems (remote-control vehicles & manipulators), computer graphics, 3D CAD systems, data-space exploration and visualization, and virtual reality.

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

Andrew J. Woods is manager of the Curtin HIVE visualization facility and a research engineer at Curtin University's Centre for Marine Science and Technology in Perth, Western Australia. He has more than 20 years of experience working on the design, application, and evaluation of stereoscopic image and video capture and display equipment.

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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 3 Jan 2019
Conference Begins 13 Jan 2019