COST Training School on 3D Media, UX
and Computational Architectures


Dr. Jenny Read, Newcastle Universty, UK. She is a Royal Society University Research Fellow at the Institute of Neuroscience at Newcastle University ( She is a vision scientist, using the detailed measurement of human perception to help develop computer models of the cortical circuits underlying visual perception, especially "3D" stereo vision. At the school, she will lecture on the organisation of the human visual system and how this affects our perception of stereoscopic content.

Dr. James Tam, Research Scientist and Team Leader on 3D video within the Advanced Video Systems Group, ( at Communications Research Center, Canada. He holds Ph.D. degree in Experimental Psychology from York University, Canada (1990). His research interests are centered on the theme of "applying our knowledge of the human visual system in the design and development of advanced video systems." He received the CRC's President Excellence Award in 2007 and has a patent on 3D-TV bandwidth reduction as well as several patent applications related to 3D. Dr. Tam is a member of SMPTE and SPIE, and a Senior Member of IEEE. At the school, he is expected to present topics related to both human binocular vision, and 3D video and applications, e.g., bandwidth reduction, visual comfort and 3D content production. Thus, his lectures will make a bridge between binocular vision and 3D video processing.

Dr. Karsten Mueller received the Dr.-Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering and Dipl.-Ing. degree from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany, in 2006 and 1997 respectively. He has been with the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich-Hertz-Institut, Berlin, since 1997, where he is the head of the 3D Coding group in the Image Processing department and coordinates international projects in the area of 3D media. At the school he is expected to cover the fundamentals of video compression, stereo video coding and the most recent advances in 3D video compression based on depth-enhanced multi-view video formats. For the latter, requirements for generic 3D video formats, compression and 3D display support will be introduced and the most recent coding methods and international standardization activities shown.

Dr. Aljoscha Smolic, Disney Research Zurich, Senior Research Scientist and Head of the “Video of the Future” group. He received the Dr.-Ing. degree in electrical and information engineering from Aachen University of Technology (RWTH), Germany, in 2001. Dr. Smolic received the “Rudolf-Urtel-Award” of the German Society for Technology in TV and Cinema (FKTG) for his dissertation in 2002. His research interests include video processing and coding, computer vision and computer graphics. He is Area Editor for Signal Processing: Image Communication and served as Guest Editor for the Proceedings of the IEEE, IEEE Transactions on CSVT, and IEEE Signal Processing Magazine. At the school he is expected to present single and multi-view video and computer graphics processing, image domain warping and repurposing for scalable video applications and non-linear disparity mapping for stereoscopic 3D video.

Dr. Kenji Yamamoto, expert researcher with Ultra-realistic Video Systems Laboratory, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan. Kenji Yamamoto received his Ph.D. from Nagoya University, Japan in 2007. His research interests include 3-D imaging systems, Integral Photography, and electronic holography. At the school, he is will cover the topics of fundamentals of holography, electronic holography and digital holography, Fresnel transform and calculation of fast Fresnel transform, as well as to make links with integral photography, camera arrays and to present in more details visualization approaches based on holographic stereogram, which is the conversion technique from ray information to hologram.

Dr. Thomas Kreis, Assoc. Professor with BIAS (Das Bremer Institut für angewandte Strahltechnik), Germany ( He is a leading expert in the area of applied optics and digital holography, and holds degrees in mathematics and mechanical engineering. He has been the Head of the Department of laser measurement technology (later renamed to Coherent Optics) at BIAS. He has been habilitated at the Department of Applied Optics at the University of Bremen and gives lectures on applied optics and holography there. At the school, he is expected to give lectures on applied optics and 3D media aspects of digital holography.

Dr. Kari Pulli, Senior Director of Research at nVIDIA, US ( He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science / Engineering from the University of Washington (Seattle). He joined nVIDIA research in April 2011 to work in imaging and other mobile applications. Previously he was with Nokia Research Center Palo Alto. He was the 6th Nokia Fellow, and a Member of CEO's Technology Council. His research interests are in mobile visual applications and enablers (graphics and imaging), computational photography, and augmented reality. At the school he is expected to give lectures on computational multicamera architectures (FCam for multi-camera) and on the use of OpenCV and OpenMAX for augmented reality applications.

Dr. Oliver Wang received PhD degree from University of California, Santa Cruz, California in 2010. His research work was on computational photography/videography, reflectance function acquisition and applications, and image based relighting under the supervision of Prof. James Davis. Currently, he is post-doctoral researcher with Disney Research Zurich, doing research in new computational image and video processing techniques.