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Feast for the eyes and mind

This is a bumper year for submissions of Technical Papers to the IBC Conference with 40 per cent more synopses than last year under the scrutiny of IBC’s expert committee. That means the calibre of research and endeavour is higher than ever and gives added ballast to the IBC Technical Papers’ already world-class reputation.

IBC delegates can be the first to hear this year’s selection of 13 Papers in the Advances in Technology stream of the Conference.

This will include the introduction of six session themes, entirely new to IBC, which reflect the fast-moving pace of today’s media industry. These new topics are: case studies in global UHDTV roll-out; world firsts in studio IP trials; advances in virtual reality and 360° television; the internet of things; technologies for targeted advertising and novel applications of metadata.

Highlights include a presentation on the 8K production of the Rio Olympics and the first Ultra HD production with high dynamic range, to be distributed around the globe by satellite – from the Vatican.

Questions for explorers in virtual reality, such as how are viewer’s best prompted to be looking in the right direction, does live 360° distribution work and how might we broadcast mixed reality, are addressed. The popular Cutting Edge Technologies session features Papers on ideas for crowd-sourced news gathering; object-based media creativity; and technology for corneal gaze-tracking.

Since metadata has now become such a powerful resource IBC devotes a Papers session inspiring novel ways to exploit it. How, for example, can smart lens metadata assist post production? And, can time-stamped metadata provide the ultimate shopping experience – buy anything
you see on the screen?

Look out too for a special session on media accessibility for the sensory-impaired.

Papers sessions operate much like an academic conference, with speakers presenting the content of their written papers. These are formally peer-reviewed with the best ones published in a special edition of an IET professional journal. Competition for the Best Conference Paper Award has never been keener.

This year’s Posters are presented on individual electronic screens in a dedicated area of the Future Zone. They are a bit like an art gallery, where authors stand next to their works and describe them to visitors.

“We think that ‘Posters’ and Papers are each best suited to different kinds of content – ‘Posters’ allow more interactivity and the presenter can adapt to the knowledge and interest of individual visitors,” explained Nick Lodge, co-lead of the Advances in Technology stream.

Since the Future Zone is open to all IBC exhibition visitors as well as delegates the Posters have a huge potential audience.