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Stereoscopic Displays and Applications conference

Join us in San Francisco in 2018 for the 29th Annual Stereoscopic Displays and Applications conference.

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Announcement and Call for Papers:

Due Date for abstracts:
- Early Decision Submission Ends: 30 June 2017
- Regular Submission Ends: 15 August 2017

      Submit an abstract now

Stereoscopic Displays and Applications XXIX

Conference and Exhibition

The World's Premier Conference for 3D Innovation

3 days during 28 January - 1 February 2018
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, Burlingame, California, USA. Map it button

Held as part of the 2018 IS&T International Symposium on Electronic Imaging: Science and Technology
28 January - 1 February 2018  -  Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, Burlingame, California, USA.

Conference Chairs:    

Andrew J. Woods, Curtin Univ. (Australia)
Nicolas S. Holliman, Newcastle Univ. (UK)
Takashi Kawai, Waseda Univ. (Japan)
Gregg E. Favalora, Draper (USA)

Founding Chair:

John O. Merritt, The Merritt Group (USA)

Program Committee:

Neil A. Dodgson, Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand)
Davide Gadia, Università degli Studi di Milano (Italy)
Hideki Kakeya, Univ. of Tsukuba (Japan)
Stephan Keith, SRK Graphics Research (United States)
Michael Klug, Magic Leap, Inc. (United States)
Björn Sommer, University of Konstanz (Germany)
John D. Stern, Intuitive Surgical, Retired (USA)
Chris Ward, Lightspeed Design, Inc. (USA)

Join us in February 2018 to celebrate 28 continuous years of 3D excellence with the Stereoscopic Displays and Applications conference. SD&A focuses on developments covering the entire stereoscopic 3D imaging pipeline from capture, processing, and display, to perception. The conference brings together practitioners and researchers from industry and academia to facilitate an exchange of current information on stereoscopic imaging topics. Also, a highly popular conference demonstration session provides authors with a perfect additional opportunity to showcase their work. Large-screen stereoscopic projection is available, and presenters are encouraged to make full use of these facilities during their presentations. Publishing your work at SD&A offers excellent exposure – across all publication outlets, SD&A has the highest percentage of papers in the top 100 cited papers in the stereoscopic imaging field (Google Scholar, May 2013). Of particular interest to academic authors, a peer-review process is available, and there is the option of directly publishing in a Journal whilst still presenting at SD&A.

Papers are solicited for, but not limited to, the following topics:


Applications of stereoscopic displays

  • especially novel applications and user trials of existing applications. Application areas include: games, scientific visualization, medical imaging, television, entertainment, communications, training, CAD, molecular modeling, teleoperation, telepresence, industrial inspection, advertising, and stereoscopic visualization for 3D reconstruction and 3D printing

Advances in true 3D display technologies

  • including autostereoscopic displays of all types: high-density multi-view displays, volumetric displays, light-field displays, ‘spatially-multiplexed’ displays (e.g. lenticular, barrier, integral imaging), 'temporally-multiplexed' displays (e.g. active shutter, view-scanning, steered backlights), multi-projector displays, mobile 3D displays, 3D tablets, stereoscopic projection, and electro-holography

Stereoscopic Systems design

  • for teleoperation, telerobotics, telesurgery, virtual reality, augmented reality, mobile devices, game systems, consumer and professional broadcast, content delivery and interaction technologies
  • system performance, crosstalk, brightness, viewing freedom

Stereoscopic 3D digital cinema

  • including production, presentation, and case studies

Stereoscopic imaging

  • image processing and compression of stereoscopic imagery
  • 3D image quality, image alignment and depth range analysis
  • stereoscopic and multi-view computer graphics, including gaming
  • stereoscopic image synthesis: 2D to 3D conversion, depth map generation, multi-viewpoint generation
  • software and hardware issues for computer display of stereoscopic images
  • methods for recording, playback, transmission, and processing of stereoscopic video

3D image acquisition and generation techniques

  • Single- and multi-lens camera systems, light-field cameras
  • Motion parallax, volume projection, graphical construction, computer graphics, computational photography, and other stereoscopic image generation techniques
  • Generation of novel viewpoints, light-field rendering.
  • Guidelines for stereoscopic content development.

Human factors and user-interface issues

  • Task performance comparisons between stereoscopic and non-stereoscopic displays
  • Evaluation methodologies e.g., depth-acuity measurement and task-performance
  • Perceptual and cognitive guidelines
  • Ortho-stereo, hyper-stereo, and the geometry of 3D perceptual space.

Please Note: Abstract acceptance at SD&A is highly competitive - be sure to read and follow the SD&A structured abstract guidelines to give your paper the best chance of acceptance:

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Dates of Importance:

Abstract (500 words) and Summary (200 words) Due Date:
- Early Decision Submission Ends: 30 June 2017
- Regular Submission Ends: 15 August 2017

Demonstration Applications: 15 December 2017
Hotel Reservation Deadline: 5 January 2018
Earlybird Registration Ends: 8 January 2018
Full Proceedings Manuscript Due Date: 10 January 2018
Electronic Imaging Symposium Dates: 28 Jan- 1 Feb 2018
SD&A Conference Dates: 3 days during the period 28 Jan- 1 Feb 2018 **
        ** Check the Advance Program in November 2017 for specific conference dates.

  • Present a paper to an international audience
  • Receive feedback from your peers
  • Hear the latest research
  • Network with your colleagues.
  • Publish your work. Your work will appear in the IS&T Digital Library.
  • Electronic Imaging 2018 conference proceedings papers will be published free open access.

SD&A Structured Abstract Guidelines

The SD&A committee provides some guidelines to help preparing your abstract and make it more competitive. The guidelines are summarised below for the convenience of authors from the following page (


Writing your structured abstract for Stereoscopic Displays and Applications

Stereoscopic Displays and Applications undertakes its first review of papers based on authors’ text-only structured abstracts of 500 words. This is a competitive review and not all papers will be accepted - to maximise your chance of success please make sure your 500 word abstract contains:

1) The novel contribution that your paper makes to the field.

2) Technically interesting work that is in the scope of the call for papers.

3) Sufficient detail about your work to allow the committee to make a fair judgement about the relevance and novelty of your contribution.

Writing a good abstract maximises the chance that the program committee will recognise the value of your work, and hence increases the chance of your paper being accepted, we recommend you use the following five clearly headed sections.

CONTEXT:   In one or two sentences summarise the background context to your work; clearly state why it is an important question to study.

OBJECTIVE:   Describe the purpose of your project, clearly state the problem you set out to investigate in the work you have done.

METHOD:   Summarize the technical approach or apparatus you have used or developed in the project. If you are writing a review paper identify the method you used to find primary and secondary sources and how you chose to include or exclude sources from the review.

RESULTS:   Describe the results that you have obtained, be as specific as possible and if appropriate quantify the results.

NOVELTY:   Please clearly state the novel contribution of your work in comparison to previous publications in the field. If you have previously published in this area, please explain how this work differs from your previous papers.

[NB: These five heading titles should be written in ALL-CAPS in your 500-word abstract since the SPIE abstract system removes all formatting. The 200-word abstract is published and should not include these heading titles.]

Diagrams and Further Information: You can upload a formatted document as an additional file during the abstract submission process. Do this only if there is information that it is not possible to put in the text-only abstract. Examples are graphs and diagrams. Please do not upload an additional document that consists solely of another copy of your abstract: it is frustrating for the committee to download the additional file to find that it contains only the information that they have already read!

References: If you need to include specific references add them at the end of your abstract and include enough information to uniquely identify the work being referenced, (preferably including a link to the reference online, where one exists). Extensive lists of references, if required, can be included in the additional file, rather than in the abstract text.

Number of words: We advise you to use 400-500 words in your abstract. In past years we have had to reject several very short abstracts because they contain too little information for us to make a judgement.

A clear structured abstract helps the program committee review your work. In addition, the evidence from past years is that, if you use the same structure in the abstract of your final paper, it helps others search for and quickly find the contribution of your hard work.

Good luck!

SD&A Programme Chairs

Electronic Imaging Abstract Submission Guidelines


By submitting an abstract, I agree to the following conditions:

An author or coauthor (including keynote, invited, oral, and interactive (poster) paper presenters) will:

  • Register to attend the meeting at the relevant member or non-member rate.
  • Attend the meeting.
  • Make the presentation as scheduled in the program.
  • Submit a full-length manuscript (6 pages minimum) for publication (optional for presentation only submissions).
  • Obtain funding for their registration fees, travel, and accommodations, independent of IS&T through their sponsoring organizations.
  • Ensure that all clearances, including government and company clearance, have been obtained to present and publish. If you are a DoD contractor in the USA, allow at least 60 days for clearance.

Submit an abstract:

  • Abstract for Technical Review: Please see the individual conference Calls for Papers for abstract length requirements. IS&T are authorized to circulate your abstract to conference committee members for review and selection purposes.
  • Only original material should be submitted.
  • Abstracts should contain enough detail to clearly convey the approach and the results of the research.
  • Commercial papers, papers with no new research/development content, and papers where supporting data or a technical description cannot be given for proprietary reasons will not be accepted for presentation in this conference.
  • Please do not submit the same, or similar, abstracts to multiple conferences.
Review, Notification, and Program Placement Information
  • To ensure a high-quality conference, all submissions will be assessed by the Conference Chairs for technical merit and suitability of content.
  • Conference Chairs reserve the right to reject any abstract/paper that does not meet content or presentation expectations.
  • The contact author will receive notification of acceptance and presentation details by e-mail in early October 2016.
  • If your paper is accepted for presentation and you require a visa to travel to the US, please request an invitation letter as soon as you are notified of acceptance.
  • Final placement in an oral or interactive (poster) paper session is subject to the Chairs' discretion.

Proceedings and Digital Library Information

  • Manuscript instructions are available from the "Author/Presenter Information" link on the symposium website.
  • Most authors (except Presentation Only submissions) are expected to submit a manuscript containing at least 6 pages up to a maximum of 12 pages.
  • After your final paper is uploaded, Conference Chair/Editors may require manuscript revision before approving publication and reserve the right to reject for publication any paper that does not meet acceptable standards for a scientific publication.
  • Conference Chair/Editors' decisions on whether to allow publication of a manuscript is final.
  • Authors must be authorized to transfer copyright of the manuscript to IS&T, or provide a suitable publication license. Accommodations are made for those who need to sign creative commons copyrights, such as CC BY.
  • Only papers presented at the conference and received in accordance with publication guidelines and timelines will be published in the conference proceedings on the IS&T Digital Library.
  • Papers will be available for free download by anyone, thereby increasing the likelihood of the dissemination of your work.
  • Databases that abstract and index the IS&T Digital Library include CrossRef, CNPLinker, EBSCO Discovery Services, Google/Google Scholar, Microsoft Academic Search, Portico, Primo Central, and Summon.


Submit an Abstract

There are three options for submission - please read the descriptions carefully.

(1) Presentation and Manuscript. Present at the conference and publish in the conference proceedings. This is the most common option, and may be either an oral or interactive (poster) presentation. Submit a 500-word structured abstract with optional figures using the symposium template. Submit Now

(2) Presentation-only. Oral presentation at the conference, but no publication of work in the conference proceedings. Submit a 500 word short abstract. Submit Now

(3) JIST-first. Expedited review and publication in the Journal of Imaging Science and Technology (JIST) before the conference, oral presentation at the conference, and inclusion in the conference proceedings. To meet the publication timeline, successful JIST-first submissions must require only minor revisions in response to peer-review. Those not meeting this stringent standard are automatically re-considered for presentation at the conference and publication in the proceedings (option 1 above). Author instructions for journal submissions. Submit JIST-first

Most authors choose option (1) (presentation with manuscript) and that is the mode of submission preferred by SD&A.
This submission mode will provide authors with the best exposure for their work at SD&A.

Don't forget to follow the "SD&A Structured Abstract Guidelines" when composing your 500 word abstract.
TIP: Compose your abstract offline before entering the abstract submission site.

Sound complicated? If you have any difficulties, please don't hesitate to email one of the SD&A committee or IS&T.
We look forward to receiving your submission!

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