Special Issue 3D Imaging Techniques and Multimedia Applications

Manuscript submission: Apr. 1, 2012
Acceptance/Revision notification: June 15, 2012
Revised manuscript due: July 17, 2012
Final acceptance notification: Sept. 15, 2012
Final manuscript due: Oct. 3, 2012
Tentative publication: Jan. 2013

With the advances in sensing, transmission, and visualization technology, 3D information has become increasingly incorporated into real-world applications—from architecture to entertainment, manufacturing, and security. Integrating depth perception into such application can help present an even richer media interface. For example, in immersive telecommunication, spatialized audio and 3D parallax increases the effectiveness of communication; in medicine, 3D instrument tracking enables more precise and safer operations; and new low-cost 3D cameras are starting a new chapter in interactive gaming and human-computer interaction.

One of the fundamental requirements of these applications is the estimation of scene depth information. The extraction of 3D information has been studied in the field of computer vision for more than three decades, but it remains a challenging problem, in particular under unconstrained environments that can include variable lighting, specular and deforming scene surfaces, and occluded objects, among other things. Multimedia researchers must account for imperfect depth information when designing their systems, making this a unique research opportunity.

This special issue aims to provide an overview of recent rapid advances in 3D acquisition systems and the many multimedia applications that can benefit from 3D integration and understanding. We solicit original contributions in the areas related to, but not limited to, the following:

  • 3D acquisition
    • Scene reconstruction from passive sensors: stereo vision, shape-from-x (silhouette, shading, focus, etc);
    • Active range sensors: laser scanning, structured light, time-of-flight, etc
    • 3D from audio sensors (e.g., microphone arrays)
    • Other 3D reconstruction techniques
    • Fusion of depth information acquired from different sensors and techniques
    • 3D sensor systems o Multiview imaging and light fields
  • 3D integration and understanding in multimedia applications
    • 3D audio/visual synthesis
    • Novel human computer interaction exploiting depth information
    • Augmented reality
    • Multimedia medical applications using volumetric information
    • Multimedia security applications using 3D information
    • User study of the effectiveness of 3D for multimedia applications
    • Other multimedia applications that integrates 3D understanding
  • Transmission and visualization of 3D scenes
    • Compression and streaming of 3D representations
    • Spatialized audio rendering
    • Stereoscopic and autostereoscopic display technologies
    • 3D visualization for multimedia applications
    • 3D immersive telecommunication

Submission Procedures

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically through the online IEEE manuscript submission system. When selecting a manuscript type, authors must click on Special Issue on 3D Imaging Techniques and Multimedia Applications. If you have any questions regarding the submission system, please contact Andy Morton. All submissions will undergo a blind peer review by at least two expert reviewers to ensure a high standard of quality. Referees will consider originality, significance, technical soundness, clarity of exposition, and relevance to the special issue topics. All submissions must contain original, previously unpublished research or engineering work. Papers must stay within the following limits: 6,500 words maximum, 12 total combined figures and tables with each figure counting as 200 words toward the total word count, and 18 references.

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To submit a paper to the January–March 2013 special issue, please observe the following deadlines:

  • March 1, 2012: Full paper must be submitted using our online manuscript submission service and prepared according to the instructions for authors (please see the Author Resources page).
  • May 15, 2012: Authors notified of acceptance, rejection, or needed revisions.
  • October 3, 2012: Final versions due.


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