Princeton University

School of Engineering & Applied Science

IEEE Circuits and Systems (CAS) Distinguished Lecture: Technology and Standard for Virtual-view 3D Systems

Hsueh-Ming Hang, National Chiao Tung University (NCTU)
Engineering Quadrangle B205
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Abstract: 3D video products are aggressively growing recently. One step further, the virtual-viewpoint (or free-viewpoint) video becomes the research focus. It is also an on-going standardization item in the international ITU/MPEG Standards. In addition to the movie special effects, one application of virtual-view system is the multi-view auto-stereoscopic (glasses free 3D) display. Typically, a densely arranged camera array is used to acquire input images and a virtual view picture is synthesized using the depth-image based rendering (DIBR) technique. Three essential components are needed for building a virtual-view system: depth estimation, data compression, and view synthesis. The ITU/MPEG standard committee is now in the process of defining the data compression (delivery format) of the virtual-view system. The committee also provides non-normative depth estimation and view synthesis tools. The entire set of standard specifications is to be done this year. We will summarize the recent progress and technology trend on this subject.
Bio:  Hsueh-Ming Hang received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, in 1978 and 1980, respectively, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, in 1984. From 1984 to 1991, he was with AT&T Bell Laboratories, Holmdel, NJ, and then he joined the Electronics Engineering Department of National Chiao Tung University (NCTU), Hsinchu, Taiwan, in December 1991. From 2006 to 2009, he took a leave from NCTU and was appointed as Dean of the EECS College at National Taipei University of Technology (NTUT). He is currently the Dean of the ECE College, NCTU. He has been actively involved in the international MPEG standards since 1984 and his current research interests include multimedia compression, image/signal processing algorithms and architectures, and multimedia communication systems.
Dr. Hang holds 13 patents (Taiwan, US and Japan) and has published over 190 technical papers related to image compression, signal processing, and video codec architecture. He was an associate editor (AE) of the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing (1992-1994, 2008-2012) and the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology (1997-1999). He is a co-editor and contributor of the Handbook of Visual Communications published by Academic Press in 1995. He is currently a Board Member of the Asia-Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association (APSIPA) (2013-2014) and an IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Distinguished Lecturer (2014-2015). He is a recipient of the IEEE Third Millennium Medal and is a Fellow of IEEE and IET and a member of Sigma Xi.