Important Dates

 Call for Papers Proposals April 15, 2018
 Call for Workshops April 15, 2018
 Manuscripts Due Sept. 7, 2018
 Early Registration Ends
October 14, 2018
  Hotel Reservations
October 26, 2018
 Conference Starts November 12, 2018

CIC 26

November 12-16, 2018
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Twenty-sixth Color and Imaging Conference
Color Science and Engineering Systems, Technologies, and Applications

Join us for a week of color-related courses, workshops, paper presentations, exhibits, and interesting conversations around technical topics and application areas related to color!

Collocated Meetings: 
CIE Division 8 Annual Meeting, Image Technology

CIE TC 8-16 Meeting
see Collocated Events tab

 Week at a Glance

All events take place at the Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel unless otherwise noted.


Monday 12 November

Registration open 7:00 –16:00


Tuesday 13 November

Registration open 7:00 – 16:00



Wednesday 14 November

Registration open 8:00 – 16:00


Thursday 15 November

Registration open 8:30 – 15:30


Friday 16 November

Registration open 7:30 – 12:40




Wednesday 14 November 2018


9:00 – 10:00

A Brief Story of Superpixels, Radhakrishna Achanta,Swiss Data Science Center (Switzerland)

The number of pixels in images is steadily rising. While computing power and memory are getting cheaper, it is nevertheless difficult for algorithms to deal with memory and computational burdens posed by large images, image-stacks, and videos. To address the need to reduce the processing burden, superpixels were introduced and have since found their way into a large number of applications.

Superpixel segmetation algorithms need to be efficient in computation and memory consumption to be useful. In addition to touching upon the state-of-the-art, general approaches, and applications of superpixels, this talk presents three efficient superpixel segmentation algorithms. The first one is Simple Linear Iterative Clustering (SLIC), the second is a variant of this called Simple Non-iterative Clustering (SNIC), and the third is an algorithm that relaxes the requirement of having roughly equal size.

Picture Perfect

10:00 – 10:40

JPI-First Multiscale Daltonization in the Gradient Domain, Ivar Farup and Joschua Simon-Liedtke, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway)

Recovering a Colour Image from its Texture, Graham Finlayson and Seth Nixon, University of East Anglia (UK)


Expanded Gamut Printing
during the Wed. morning coffee break Convened by Abhay Sharma, Ryerson University (Canada)

A new topic in traditional printing is to expand the color gamut using colorants such as orange, green, and violet, giving a CMYK + OGV process. This emerging technology is applicable to all printing processes—inkjet, digital, offset, flexog-raphy. Most inkjet proofers already use an expanded gamut ink set and there are many new digital presses with CMYK+ color capabilities. Pantone has a new swatch book, the EXTENDED GAMUT Guide - printed with 7 colors. Join this informal meeting to understand the challenges and opportunities of expanded gamut color printing.

Wrangling Color

11:20 – 12:40

OLED Power Consumption Model and its Application to a Perceptually Lossless Reduction Algorithm, Jérémie Gerhardt, MHand Kedjar, Tara Akhavan, and Hyunjin Yoo, Irystec (Canada)

Perceptually-based Restoration of Backlit Images, Javier Vazquez-Corral, Praveen Cyriac, and Marcelo Bertalmío, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain)

Color Color Processing, Ján Morovic, Peter Morovic, Jordi Arnabat, Victor Diego, Pere Gasparin, Xavier Farina, and Sergio Etchebehere, HP Inc. (UK)

A Computational View of Colour (Invited), Brian Funt, Simon Fraser Univ. (Canada)

Lunch on Own

12:00 – 14:00

Playing with color

14:00 – 15:00

Appearance Reconstruction of 3D Fluorescent Objects under Different Conditions, Shoji Tominaga, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway) and Nagano University (Japan), and Keita Hirai and Takahiko Horiuchi, Chiba University (Japan)

Constant Hue Loci Covering High Dynamic and Wide Gamut Regions, Baiyue Zhao1 and Ming Luo1,2; 1Zhejiang University (China) and 2University of Leeds (UK)

A Study of Visible Chromatic Contrast Threshold based on Different Color Directions and Spatial Frequencies, Qiang Xu, Qiyan Zhai, Ming Luo, and Haiting Gu, Zhejiang University (China), and Dragan Sekulovski, Philips Research (the Netherlands)

Two-Minute Interactive Paper Previews I

15:00 – 15:35
JIST-First Rank-based Radiometric Calibration, Han Gong, Graham Finlayson, Maryam Darrodi, University of East Anglia, and Robert Fisher, University of Edinburgh (UK)

Using Chromaticity Error Minimization for Fast Camera Spectral Responsivity Measurement, Andreas Karge1, Ingmar Rieger2, Bernd Eberhardt2, and Andreas Schilling1; 1University of Tübingen and 2Stuttgart Media University (Germany)

Deep Residual Network for Joint Demosaicing and Super-Resolution, Ruofan Zhou, Radhakrishna Achanta, and Sabine Süsstrunk, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)

Illumination Content Player, Dima Simonian and Steve Paolini, Telelumen LLC (USA)

An Alternative Multiscale Framework for Variational Perceptually-Inspired Contrast Enhancement of Color Images, Edoardo Provenzi, Université de Bordeaux (France), and Baptiste Mazin, independent researcher (Switzerland)

Reversible Colour Appearance Scales for Describing Saturation, Vividness, Blackness, and Whiteness for Image Enhancement, Yoon Ji Cho1, Guihua Cui2, and Kwanghoon Sohn1; 1Yonsei University (South Korea) and 2Wenzhou University (China)

A Colour Appearance Model based on Jzazbz Colour Space, Muhammad Safdar1,2,3, Jon Hardeberg1, Guihua Cui4, Youn Kim5, and Ming Luo2,6; 1Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway), 2Zhejiang University (China), 3COMSATS Institute of Information Tehnology (Pakistan), 4>]Wenzhou University (China), 5Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (China), and 6University of Leeds (UK)

JPI-First Color Matching Criteria in Augmented Reality, Lili Zhang and Michael Murdoch, Rochester Institute of Technology (USA)

Comparative Evaluation of Color Differences between Color Palettes, Qianqian Pan and Stephen Westland, University of Leeds (UK)

Color Quality and Memory Color Assessment, Anku Anku and Susan Farnand, Rochester Institute of Technology (USA)

A Parametric Colour-Difference Equation to Evaluate Colour-Difference Magnitude Effect for Gapless Printed Stimuli, Fereshteh Mirjalili and Ming Luo, Zhejiang University (China); Guihua Cui, Wenzhou University (China); and Ján Morovic, HP Inc. (UK)

Surface Appearance of Color 3D Printed Objects, Matthew Ronnenberg and Susan Farnand, Rochester Institute of Technology (USA)

A Robust Algorithm for Computing Boundary Points of the Metamer Mismatch Body, Tarek Stiebel and Dorit Merhof, RWTH Aachen University (Germany)

White Balance under White-Light LED Illumination, Siyuan Chen and Minchen Wei, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Hong Kong)

Withdrawn Material Appearance Enhancements by De-Hazing and Local Visual Contrast Mapping, Hiroaki Kotera, Kotera Imaging Laboratory (Japan)

Converting the Images without Glossiness into the Images with Glossiness by Using Deep Photo Style Transfer, Kensuke Fukumoto1, Junki Yoshii1, Yuto Hirasawa1, Takeshi Yamazoe1, Shoji Yamamoto2, and Norimichi Tsumura1; 1Chiba University and 2Tokyo Metropolitan College of Industrial Technology (Japan)

LMMSE Demosaicing for Multicolor CFAPrakhar Amba and David Alleysson, Université Grenoble Alpes (France)

Putting Color to Work

16:20 – 17:40

Comparison of Non-Contact Camera based Methods to Measure the Pulse Rate for Awake Infants, Takuma Kiyokawa1, Kaoru Kiyomitsu1, Roman Bednarik2, Keiko Ogawa-Ochiai3, and Norimichi Tsumura1; 1Chiba University (Japan), 2University of Eastern Finland (Finland), and 3Kanazawa University Hospital (Japan)

Can Image Enhancement be Beneficial to Find Smoke Images in Laparoscopic Surgery?, Congcong Wang1, Vivek Sharma2, Yu Fan1, Faouzi Cheikh1, Azeddine Beghdadi3, Ole Elle4, and Rainer Stiefelhagen2; 1Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway), 2Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany), 3University Paris 13 (France), and 4Oslo University Hospital (Norway)

JIST-First Dual-Band Infrared Video-based Measurement Using Pulse Wave Maps to Analyze Heart Rate Variability, Ryota Mitsuhashi1, Keiichiro Kagawa2, Shoji Kawahito2, Chawan Koopipat3, and Norimichi Tsumura1; 1Chiba University, 2Shizuoka University (Japan), and 3Chulalongkorn University (Thailand)

JIST-First Multi-Spectral Pedestrian Detection via Image Fusion and Deep Neural Networks, Geoff French, Graham Finlayson, and Michal Mackiewicz, University of East Anglia (UK)

Wednesday Evening Talk

20:15 – 21:00

Grab a drink at the bar and join colleagues for an interesting evening talk.

Color in Narrative, Andrea Chlebak, feature film colorist (Canada)

Color is an often subtle layer in the process of filmmaking. It adds dimension by enhancing or creating atmosphere, calling attention to certain details, or adding meaning by establishing a palette to a certain character. As a supervising colorist for feature, documen-tary, and commercial films, the speaker sheds light on the process of coming to a final look for a film; she’ll discuss her use of experimentation, intuition, and percep-tion as a toolset to determine how blue, dark, or saturated to make an image, and how she collaborates with directors and cinematographers to enhance the narrative through color.


Thursday 15 November 2018


9:00 – 10:00

Colour and Consumer Cameras: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, Michael Brown, York University (Canada) Sponsored by HP Inc.

Cameras are now used for many purposes beyond taking photographs. Example applications include remote medical diagnosis, crop monitoring, 3d reconstruction, document recognition, and many more. For such applications, it is desirable to have a camera act as a sensor that directly measures scene light. The problem, however, is that most commodity cameras apply a number of cam-era-specific processing steps to the captured image in order to produce visually pleasing photos. As a result, different cameras produce noticeably different colors when imaging the exact same scene. This is problematic for applications relying on color because algorithms developed using images from one camera often will not work with images captured on another camera due to col-or differences. In this talk, I’ll discuss the current state of affairs for color on commodity cameras, common incorrect assumptions made in the scientific literature regarding image color, and recent developments that are helping to improve the situation

Exposing Color

10:00 – 12:00
CIC26 Best Paper Award Using a Simple Colour Pre-Filter to Make Cameras more Colorimetric, Graham Finlayson, Yuteng Zhu, and Han Gong, University of East Anglia (UK)

Efficient Multispectral Facial Capture with Monochrome Cameras, Chloe LeGendre1, Kalle Bladin1, Bipin Kishore1, Xinglei Ren1, Xueming Yu2, and Paul Debevec1,2; 1USC Institute for Creative Technologies and 2Google (USA)

JIST-First Demosaicing of Periodic and Random Colour Filter Arrays by Linear Anisotropic Diffusion, Jean-Baptiste Thomas and Ivar Farup, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Gjovik (Norway)

Demosaicing Using Dual Layer Feedforward Neural Network, Prakhar Amba, David Alleysson, and Martial Mermillod, Université Grenoble Alpes (France)

Two-Minute Interactive Paper Previews II

12:00 – 12:35

Evaluation of High Dynamic Range TVs Using Actual HDR Content, Sungjin Kim, Yongmin Park, Dongwoo Kang, Jongjin Park, JangJin Yoo, Jonguk Bae, and Sooyoung Yoon, LG Display (South Korea)

Colour Image Gradient Regression Reintegration, Graham Finlayson, University of East Anglia (UK), and Mark Drew and Yasaman Etesam,1Simon Fraser University (Canada)

Effective Boundary for White Surface Colour, Yuzhao Wang, Xi Lv, and Ming Luo, Zhejiang University (China)

Effect of Choosing a Different Number of Linearisation Samples on Display Characterization, Marjan Vazirian and Stephen Westland, The University of Leeds (UK)

Reviving Traditional Image Quality Metrics Using CNNs, Seyed Ali Amirshahi and Marius Pedersen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway), and Azeddine Beghdadi, Université Paris 13 (France)

Deep-STRESS Capsule Video Endoscopy Image Enhancement, Ahmed Mohammed, Marius Pedersen, and Sule Yildirim, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and Øistein Hovde, University of Oslo (Norway)

Color-based Non-Contact Analysis of Skin Changed by Sweating for Emotion Estimation, Mihiro Uchida, Ikumi Nomura, and Norimichi Tsumura, Chiba University (Japan)

Optimal Text-Background Lightness Combination for Enhancing Visual Comfort when Using a Tablet under Different Surrounds, Hsin-Pou Huang1,2, Minchen Wei1, and Li-Chen Ou2; 1The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Hong Kong) and 2National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan)

An Extension of CAM16 for Predicting Size Effect and New Colour Appearance Perceptions, Changjun Li1, Xiaoxuan Liu1, Kaida Xiao2, Yoon Ji Cho3, and Ming Luo2; 2University of Science and Technology Liaoning (China), 2Zhejiang University (China), and 3Yonsei University (South Korea)

Does Colour Really Matter? Evaluation via Object Classification, Brian Funt and Ligeng Zhu, Simon Fraser University (Canada)

JIST-First Effects of Material Pairs on Warmth Perception in Interiors, Begum Ulusoy, University of Huddersfield (UK), and Nilgün Olguntürk, Bilkent University (Turkey)

The Effect of Neighboring Colors on Color Appearance, Semin Oh and Youngshin Kwak, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (South Korea)

Color-based Data Augmentation for Reflectance Estimation, Hassan Ahmed Sial, Sergio Sancho Asensio, Ramon Baldrich, Robert Benavente, and Maria Vanrell, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain)

The Preferred Type of Tone-Curve in a Transparent OLED Display, Hyosun Kim, Young-Jun Seo, Seungbae Lee, and Sung-Chan Jo, Samsung Display, and Youngshin Kwak, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (South Korea)

Behavioral Investigation of Visual Appearance Assessment, Davit Gigilashvili, Jean-Baptiste Thomas, Marius Pedersen, and Jon Hardeberg, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway)

JIST-First Lightweight Estimation of Surface BRDFs, James Ferwerda, Rochester Institute of Technology (USA)

Effect of Stimulus Luminance and Adapting Luminance on Viewing Mode and Display White Appearance, Minchen Wei, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Hong Kong)

Lunch on own

12:20 – 13:50

Do you see what I see?

14:00 – 15:20

Investigating Chromatic Adaptation via Memory Colour Matching Method on a Display, Yuechen Zhu, Qiyan Zhai, and Ming Luo, Zhejiang University (China)

Can Trichromacy Equal Tetrachromacy?, Thomas Bangert and Ebroul Izquierdo, Queen Mary, University of London (UK)

Modelling Contrast Sensitivity for Chromatic Temporal Modulation, Xiangzhen Kong1,3, Mijael Pérez1, Ingrid Vogels1, Dragan Sekulovski2, and Ingrid Heynderickx1; 1Eindhoven University of Technology (the Netherlands), 2Philips Lighting Research (the Netherlands), and 3Wuhan University of Technology (China)

JIST-First Quantifying Spectral Sensitivity Mismatch Using a Metameric Color Rule, David Wyble, Avian Rochester, LLC, and Roy Berns, Rochester Institute of Technology (USA)


15:20 – 17:00

A Nose for Color

17:00 – 17:20

One Wine Many Colors, Mark Fairchild, Rochester Institute of Technology (USA)

Conference reception

19:00 – 21:30

Join colleagues at the Bill Reid Gallery, Canada’s only public gallery dedicated to contemporary Indigenous Art of the Northwest Coast. In addtion to the permanent exhibit, you’ll be able to see “Body Language: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest,” the first exhibition to fully explore the rich history and artistry of Indigenous tattooing, piercing, and personal adornment.

Friday 16 November 2018

Closing Keynote and IS&T and CIC Awards

9:00 – 10:10

High Dynamic Range on the Big Screen, Anders Ballestad, CEO and co-founder, MTT Innovation Inc., a Barco Company (Canada)

High dynamic range (HDR) is slowly making its way to the big screen after firmly being established in the living room. For the cinema, there is consider-able excitement around high-contrast projectors as well as LED walls. MTT has developed an HDR projector based on a new image formation technique we name dynamic lensing. Source light is steered from dark regions to bright im-age areas, with dramatic results: deep black levels and a peak luminance ex-ceeding TVs and LED-walls using similar strength light sources as conventional projectors. The perceptual impact of drastically enhanced colour volume tech-nologies will be discussed, as well as a number of open questions around the creative workflow and the potential for new experiments in color science.

Bright Ideas

10:10 – 10:50

Assessing Color Discernibility in HDR Imaging Using Adaptation Hulls, Timo Kunkel, Robert Wanat, Jaclyn Pytlarz, Robin Atkins, and Scott Daly, Dolby Labs, Inc. (USA)

Estimation of HDR WCG Display Color Gamut Volume, Fu Jiang and Mark Fairchild, Rochester Institute of Technology (USA), and Kenichiro Masaoka, NHK (Japan)

Illuminating Color

11:20 – 12:40

Rehabilitating the Color Checker Dataset for Illuminant Estimation, Ghalia Hemrit and Graham Finlayson, University of East Anglia (UK); Peter Gehler, University of Tübingen (Germany); and Arjan Gijsenij; University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands)

Light Sources with a Larger Gamut Area Can Enhance Color Preference under a Lower Light Level, Wenyu Bao and Minchen Wei, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Hong Kong), and Anqing Liu, Shenzhen ChromaTech Lighting Co., Ltd. (China)

Illumination Source Metrics and Color Difference—Selecting Sources for Cinematography, Jack Holm, Tarkus Imaging, and Scott Dyer and Dan Sherlock, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (USA)

Recent Progress on the Role of Illumination in Physics-based Computer Vision (Invited), Mark Drew, Simon Fraser University (Canada)

Lunch on own

12:40 – 14:00

Color Matters

14:00 – 15:00

Single Anchor Sorting of Visual Appearance as an Oriented Graph, Nathan Moroney, Ingeborg Tastl, and Melanie Gottwals, HP Inc. Laboratories, and Michael Ludwig and Gary Meyer, University of Minnesota (USA)

BRDF Estimation with Simple Measurement and Data-Driven Model, Yuto Hirasawa1, Shoji Yamamoto2, Junki Yoshii1, Kensuke Fukumoto1, Hiroshi Kintou3, and Norimichi Tsumura1; 1Chiba University, 2Tokyo Metropolitan College of Industrial Technology, and 3Nikon Corporation (Japan)

Blurring Impairs Translucency Perception, Davit Gigilashvili, Marius Pedersen, and Jon Hardeberg, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway)

Subtractive Additions

15:40 – 17:20

Little CMS-MT: A Thread-Safe Open Source Color Management Library, Michael Vrhel, Robin Watts, and Raymond Johnston, Artifex Software, Inc. (USA)

Perceptual Uniformity Improvement of Sampling with LCH based Look-up Tables Using iccMAX Profiles, Lin Luo and Max Derhak, ONYX Graphics, Inc. (USA)

Color Management in 3D Fine-Art Painting Reproduction, Mike Jackson, Arius Technology Inc. (Canada), and Lindsay MacDonald, MacColour Limited (UK)

JIST-First Calculation of Scalars in Neugebauer-Like Models. II: Final Scalar Function is Copula, J.A. Stephen Viggiano, Rochester Institute of Technology (USA)

Halftone Structure Optimization Using Convex Programming, Peter Morovic, Ján Morovic, Victor Diego, Javier Maestro, Hector Gomez, Sergio Etchebehere, Xavier Fariña, and Pere Gasparin,  HP Inc. (UK)

Closing Remarks and Best Student Paper Award

17:20 – 17:30

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