Dr. Aljoscha Smolic

3D Video Processing, Perception and Quality – A Content Creator’s Perspective
Content creation for stereo 3D is a difficult art that requires mastering the complex interplay of human perception, 3D display technology and artistic intent. Mapping of the 3D world into the limited volume of a stereo 3D presentation, which is aesthetically pleasing, artistically meaningful, realistic or at least believable, and not over-stressing the audience, requires sophisticated technology and highly skilled operators. This talk will start with a summary of relevant basics of human 3D perception. It will relate those to principles and limitations of today’s 3D display systems. From that it will motivate rules of stereo 3D film making and other 3D content creation aspects, highlighting technical limitations and challenges. Finally, an overview of related research and results of Disney Research Zurich will be presented.

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Aljoša Smolić joined Disney Research Zurich, Switzerland in 2009, as Senior Research Scientist and Head of the “Advanced Video Technology” group. Before he was Scientific Project Manager at the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich-Hertz-Institut (HHI), Berlin, also heading a research group. He has been involved in several national and international research projects, where he conducted research in various fields of video processing, video coding, computer vision and computer graphics and published more than 100 referred papers in these fields. In current projects he is responsible for research in 2D video, 3D video and free viewpoint video processing and coding. He received the Dipl.-Ing. Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany in 1996, and the Dr.-Ing. Degree in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology from Aachen University of Technology (RWTH), Germany, in 2001. Dr. Smolic received the “Rudolf-Urtlel-Award” of the German Society for Technology in TV and Cinema (FKTG) for his dissertation in 2002. He is Area Editor for Signal Processing: Image Communication and served as Guest Editor for the Proceedings of the IEEE, IEEE Transactions on CSVT, IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, and other scientific journals. He chaired the MPEG ad hoc group on 3DAV pioneering standards for 3D video. In this context he also served as one of the Editors of the Multi-view Video Coding (MVC) standard. Since many years he is teaching full lecture courses on Multimedia Communications and other topics, now at ETH Zurich.

Date:  03.10.2013 - 10:15