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OzViz 2017: Stereoscopic Technologies Short Course

Date: December 5, 2017

Time: 08:00 - 17:00

Location: Curtin HIVE John Curtin Gallery - Building 200A Kent Street Bentley, WA 6102

Supported by the Curtin Institute for Computation
Tickets available from Eventbrite


OzViz 2017: Stereoscopic Technologies Short Course

When correctly implemented, stereoscopic 3D displays can provide significant benefits in many areas, including medical imaging, remote vehicles, molecular modelling and more. This course conveys a concrete understanding of basic principles and technical solutions available for implementing stereoscopic imaging in a wide range of application areas. The course set at an intermediate technical level and provides a good way for both experienced and novice users to gain an understanding of the broad range of stereoscopic technologies and techniques. This full-day course has run annually in the USA as part of the Stereoscopic Displays and Applications conference for over 25 years and this will only be the second time it has run in Perth.


This course will enable you to:

  • list critical human factors guidelines for stereoscopic display configuration and implementation
  • calculate optimal camera focal length, separation, display size, and viewing distance to achieve a desired level of system performance
  • calculate comfort limits for focus/fixation mismatch and on-screen parallax values, as a function of focal length, separation, convergence, display size, and viewing distance factors
  • set up a large-screen stereoscopic display system
  • list the often-overlooked side-benefits of stereoscopic displays that should be included in a cost/benefit analysis for proposed 3D applications
  • avoid common pitfalls in designing tests to compare 2D vs. 3D displays
  • calculate and demonstrate the distortions in perceived 3D space due to camera and display parameters
  • design and set up an orthostereoscopic 3D imaging/display system
  • understand the projective geometry involved in stereo modeling
  • understand the trade-offs among currently available stereoscopic display system technologies and determine which will best match a particular application


Engineers, scientists, and program managers involved with display systems for applications such as: medical imaging & endoscopic surgery, simulators & training systems, teleoperator systems (remote-control vehicles & manipulators), computer graphics, 3D CAD systems, data-space exploration and visualisation, and virtual reality.


John O. Merritt is a display systems consultant at The Merritt Group, Williamsburg, MA, with over 25 years experience in the design and human-factors evaluation of stereoscopic video displays for telepresence & telerobotics, scientific visualization, and medical imaging.

Dr Andrew Woods is manager of the Curtin HIVE visualisation facility and a research engineer at Curtin University’s Centre for Marine Science and Technology, with over 20 years of experience working on the design, application, and evaluation of stereoscopic imaging equipment in teleoperation applications.