Dr. Ralf Schäfer

Imagening of Immersive Viewing Expierences

After the 3D hype we now run into an UHD hype. However, will the user accept all these new technologies if the next step is already announced? We are now in phase 1 of UHD-1 (4k), but discussions about phase 2 of UHD-1 is already going while NHK is already demonstrating UHD-2 (8k) and regular test services will start in 2016. The reason for all the above mentioned technologies is to provide a more immersive viewing experience to the user. This talk will present some  novel approaches for new viewing experiences including 2D and 3D panoramas and interactive navigation in ultra-high resolution video streams.

Curriculum Vitae

Ralf Schäfer studied communication engineering at Technische Universität Berlin (ZUB) and after his diploma he became a scientific employee at Heinrich Hertz Insititut Berlin.
He wrote his doctorate at TUB in the field of digital coding of televisionsignals. Since 1989, he is head of the department Image Processing of HHI, where he is responsible for 70 scientists and 40 student workers. His scientific interests lie in all areas concerning image and video, beginning from recording to the display as such, on to chiprealisation to algorythms. Currently he coordinates the Core Technology Cluster of the THESEUS – research program on the "internet of services".

Ralf Schäfer is head of ITG expert comitee „digital imagecoding“ and member of the judge comitee of FKTG. In 1986, he has been rewarded with the ITG Price of Literature and in 2000 he achieved the Richard-Theile Medaille of FKTG.