This year's program committee is co-chaired by two SMPTE Fellows: Thomas Edwards, vice president engineering and development at Fox, and SMPTE Education Director Sara J. Kudrle, product marketing manager for playout at Imagine Communications. The committee is being overseen by SMPTE Education Director for Conference Programs Yvonne Thomas, product manager at Arvato Systems, and by SMPTE Education Vice President Richard Welsh, co-founder and CEO of Sundog Media Toolkit.
"The program committee intends to build a technical program that will reflect the innovative spirit, dynamic nature, and growing inclusion that characterize today's media and entertainment industry," said Welsh. "Presenting a paper at SMPTE 2018 offers researchers, engineers,educators, executives, creatives, and students with a unique opportunity to share their expertise, and we welcome proposals from all variety of professionals working in our field."
Authors of manuscript proposals selected by the 2018 program committee will have the opportunity to present at the event and network with the industry's most esteemed technology thought leaders and engineering executives. Program sessions address advancements in current technology, plus future-looking developments in media technology, content creation, image and sound, and the allied arts and sciences.
Proposed papers must be informational and must address technical theory, research, innovation, application, or practice specific to any of the evolving technologies associated with the media and entertainment industry. Papers that are commercial or promotional will not be considered, nor will those that have already been published. Student papers are strongly encouraged. Possible paper topics include subjects such as
- ultra high definition (UHD)
- wide color gamut (WCG)
- high dynamic range (HDR) management
- the future of media distribution (OTT, ATSC3.0, mobile, etc.)
- media infrastructure (SDI, ST 2110)
- workflow management (file-based, automation)
- cloud and virtualized media processing
- image acquisition and processing
- contentmanagement and storage, restoration, and preservation
- cinema processing and projection technology
- human perception of images and sound
- quality and monitoring of images or sound
- new compression techniques and implementations
- content and network security
- new audiotechniques or technologies
- advances in display technologies
- future media technology (virtualreality, augmented reality, 360 video)
- machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) technology for professional content creation
- inclusion in science, technology, engineering,and math (STEM).
Instructions on submitting an abstract, along with a comprehensive listing of potential topics, are available here. Early submission of paper proposals will ensure consideration by the SMPTE 2018 program committee. May 28 is the firm deadline for abstract submissions. Final proposal selection and notification to authors will occur no later than July 20. To ensure SMPTE has time to process papers for the conference, selected presenters must provide an electronic version of the final technical manuscript to the Society no later than Sept. 28. Following SMPTE 2018, SMPTE will publish accepted manuscripts to the SMPTE Digital Library hosted on the IEEE Xplore platform, and video of each paper presentation will be posted to the Society's YouTube channel. Submitted manuscripts will also go through peer review for possible publication in the award-winning SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal.
This year the SMPTE conference will boast a larger high-tech exhibit hall and more seating for its three days of technical sessions. The event also will feature special events including two cocktail receptions, the Annual Awards Gala, and a preconference Symposium, all of which bring attendees unparalleled opportunities for professional development, relationship building, and "mind sharing."