• SMPTE to engage next-generation of membership 
  • Paper applications to build “tools of the future”
  • Lou Wolf Scholarship will award $5,000

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SMPTE fellow Richard Welsh and Catherine Meininger with award

Applications for the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) annual student paper award and scholarship have opened, encouraging the next generation of SMPTE members to showcase excellence in the motion-imaging industry. 

The Student Paper Award recognises an outstanding paper that is prepared and submitted by a SMPTE Student Member that addresses a technical phase of motion pictures, television, photographic instrumentation or their closely allied arts and sciences.

The winning paper will be published in the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal, and the winning student will receive a full conference registration to the SMPTE 2019 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Los Angeles and will also be recognised at the Society’s Awards Gala.

“Today’s students will be responsible for developing innovative technologies and building the tools of the future” - Sara Kudrle 

SMPTE education vice president and Imagine Communications product marketing manager Sara Kudrle said: “The Student Paper Award and Lou Wolf Scholarship are among the growing number of initiatives designed to engage the next generation of SMPTE members and to help them succeed as new professionals working in the motion-imaging field.

”Today’s students will be responsible for developing innovative technologies and building the tools of the future, and we look forward to helping them bring their early work to the attention of the larger media and entertainment technology industry.”

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Possible topics include:

  • Ultra-high-definition (UHD)
  • Colour and dynamic range management
  • The future of media distribution
  • Media infrastructure
  • Workflow management
  • Cloud and virtualised media processing
  • Image acquisition and processing
  • Content management, storage, restoration, and preservation
  • Cinema processing and projection technology
  • Human perception of images or sound
  • Quality and monitoring of images and sound
  • Compression
  • Security
  • Audio techniques
  • Advances in display technologies
  • VR, AR and 360° video
  • Machine learning and AI in content creation

The Louis F. Wolf Jr. Memorial Scholarship is open to SMPTE Student Members who are full-time undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in an accredited two or four-year college or university, granting $5,000 toward the cost of tuition. 

Applicants must be majoring in a programme emphasising the engineering, science, advanced technologies, or fundamental theories associated with motion imaging, sound, metadata, and workflows consistent with SMPTE’s field of interest and each student must have completed a minimum of four courses toward the major in good academic standing. 

The deadline to apply for both opportunities is Monday 13 May.

Students can apply to become SMPTE Student Members for free through the Student Membership Challenge, which fully funds the first year of membership for eligible students.