Description

What?

The Professional conference (PCON) provides pertinent, time-critical, hot information on all facets of 3D. PCON emphasizes the present and near terms, but also keeps an eye on the mid and long terms. PCON is a dynamic succession of straight-to-the-point, solid, invited presentations by charismatic speakers. It covers the full gamut from science and technology through art and content. Many presentations feature stereoscopic-3D (S-3D) video (projected on a large screen) and/or immersive spatial-3D audio. The speakers are asked to explain the latest concepts in 3D in terms understandable by all.

Whom for?

For anyone interested in 3D, and, thus, for scientists, engineers, academics, researchers, inventors, artists, directors, producers, businessmen, investors, and 3D aficionados.

When & where?

On 15 December 2016 at Théâtre de Liège.

How to participate?

By making presentations and/or attending, which both imply registration.
Don't delay! Seating is limited.

Program

Program & schedule

The organizers reserve the right to make changes to the program & schedule at any time.

Speakers

You'll find below the list of speakers presently confirmed. We'll update it progressively. Visit often!

Bio

Pierre Allio is a pioneer of glasses-free 3D television. Inspired by his initial work as a carver and restorer of works of art, he invented the working principles of the technology in 1986 and filed is first patent in 1987. He created Alioscopy in 1999 and is both president and head of R&D of the company. Alioscopy is the winner of numerous awards and a laureate of the World Innovation Challenge in 2014. The company markets state of the art glasses-free 3D solutions and focuses on licensing its IP, know-how and cutting edge conversion software in different industries.

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Frederick Baker has 20 years of award winning feature film and documentary filmmaking experience for the BBC and ARTE in the UK and Austria. He directed "Pitoti Prometheus" as a Senior Researcher at Cambridge University, where he works with the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research and the Centre for Film studies. He has developed a personal practice of multi-dimensional film-making in three dimensions known as "Ambient Cinema" described in "Art of Projectionism" (2007) Czernin Verlag, Vienna.

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Professor Bouchard holds the Canada Research Chair in Clinical Cyberpsychology and teaches cyberpsychology and psychotherapy at the Université du Québec en Outaouais. As a scientist-practitioner, his research shows an important preoccupation towards conducting both meaningful clinical applications of virtual reality (VR) and rigorous science. He is leading several randomized control trials on the efficacy of virtual environments he developed for anxiety disorders.

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Jean-Marie Boulet is a French stereographer. He shot numerous shorts, documentaries, commercials, and long features in stereoscopic 3D. He works in France, China, Iran, and Africa. With French optician and stereographer Minh Hoang, he developed the MINHIRIG to offer cinematographers a new s3D equipment for shooting native 3D. With a weight of less than 4 lbs, the MINHIRIG, equipped with Blackmagic 4K cameras, is the smallest mirror rig 4K solution presently on the market.

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Jim Chabin serves as President and CEO of the Advanced Imaging Society and the new VR Society. Based in Los Angeles, Mr. Chabin oversees the day-to-day operations of the Societies' worldwide activities. Jim is a past president of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which annually produces the Primetime Emmy Awards in Hollywood. He has also served in executive positions at CBS Television and E! Entertainment Television.

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Dave Franks is a 3D/VR Stereo Supervisor & Colorist with extensive experience in Visual Effects, 3D production, and post. Based in Los Angeles, He works at Jaunt VR and with Technicolor, most recently finishing 3D projects including Ang Lee’s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk”, “Dr. Strange”, and the “Pure McCartney” VR experience. Dave is also a former Stereographer with the Sony 3D Technology Center, where he taught advanced techniques in 3D storytelling to many filmmakers.

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M.Sc. in Chemistry and Bio-industry, D.S. in agronomical sciences and biological engineering (University of Liège, Belgium), Dorothée has a very multidisciplinary scientific experience. Passionate about innovation, she enjoys “thinking out of the box”. During her PhD she developed innovative health ingredients. Late 2014, she created with Eric Haubruge the Smart Gastronomy Lab which is a Living lab on food, technology & gastronomy, and developed the research on 3D food printing.

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Philippe Gérard has produced and directed more than 60 hours of S3D content. He developed his own tools for 3D comfort and 2D-3D conversion. His work has been validated by Luc Besson to convert "Arthur" to 3D. His 3D film "On A Long Breath" has received awards in Korea, USA, and Hong Kong. He is now very active in VR and is in charge of projects in Asia and Europe. He has also conducted more than 8 international research projects on VR and 3D, with Arri, P+S, and the Fraunhofer.

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Pieter Jonker is full professor of Cognitive Robotics at the Delft University of Technology, NL. He is co-CEO of the start-up RobotRobotsCompany.com in robotic solutions for elderly care, surveillance, and fully autonomous driving. He is also CEO of the start-up QdepQ.com that has its business in the automatic, on-the-fly conversion to 3D of any antique or brand-new 2D motion picture. It is a technology inspired by the human visual system that gives astonishing, natural results.

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Diane Jooris is the co-founder of Oncomfort, a health-tech company using 3D virtual reality systems to help patients by providing anxiety and pain self-management tools. Oncomfort offers a non-pharmacologic and more comfortable alternative to pain and anxiety management through the use of immersive VR modules providing evidence-based psychological interventions such as clinical hypnosis. Oncomfort is the winner and finalist of various medical prizes.

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Marcel Karnapke is an award-winning software developer and VR pioneer who has worked in the field of scientific study for the University of Cambridge, and is a founding member of the Berlin based start-up Virtigo. He has 3D-scanned ancient archaeological rock-art for scientific study, build virtual museums for the public and creates holographic real-time recordings of theatre actors for virtual reality applications.

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Sönke Kirchhof is founder of reallifefilm international GmbH. For more then a decade, he has worked in 3D stereoscopic filmmaking, VFX, CGI, postproduction, and technology R&D. He studied Political Sciences in Hamburg and Filmproduction in Babelsberg, both in Germany. He is member of FKTG and the 3D Guild. reallifefilm international GmbH was elected member of the Steering Board of the "Innovation Center for Immersive Imaging Technologies (3IT)" of the Fraunhofer HHI in Berlin.

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Séverin Loock graduated in 2016 with a Master degree in Social, Organizational, and Work Psychology from the University of Liège, Belgium. He is currently conducting research on the experience of 3D movie spectators under the supervision of Prof. AS Nyssen and in collaboration with Prof. J. G. Verly, both from the University of Liège. This is in continuation of his Master's thesis.

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Florian Maier is the founder and CEO of STEREOTEC, and an award-winning stereographer. He received 10 Lumiere Awards for Outstanding Achievement, and other international awards. He has been a pioneer in 3D since 1997 and has worked as a Senior Stereographer for features like Journey to China, Return of Viy, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Vicky and the Treasure of the Gods. He also supervised the STEREOTEC 3D System on Ang Lee’s Billyl Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk from Sony Pictures.

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Gilles Marcellier is a business school graduate, who specialised in the mid 90s in virtual presentations of real estate projects. His company produced architectural films in CGI during ten years, before venturing in publishing and advertising. Passionate about 3D, he created his first lenticular photography in 1999 and heard about Pierre Allio's work on glasses-free 3D television on this occasion. He met him in 2005 and joined Alioscopy in 2007 as global sales and marketing director. He is also the director of Alioscopy's subsidiaries in the USA and Singapore.

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Tom Mikota specializes in shedding light on the dark underbelly of creative production. By combining techniques from manufacturing, software development, and large scale 3D film production (“Avatar”), he has developed systems and management processes that allow producers to save astounding amounts of time, and complete more complex projects with less experienced talent. He is currently working in 3DVR as part of his research as a Professor at Florida State University (FSU).  

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Robert Neuman, Studio Department Leader for Stereo at Walt Disney Animation Studios, is one of the industry’s leading experts in 3D. Most recently, he served as stereoscopic supervisor for Disney’s latest animated feature, "Moana," helping the filmmakers add dimension and excitement to that film’s amazing world.  As a supervisor on more than a dozen films at Disney, his work generated some 15 patents, a trio of 3D Creative Arts Awards, and a Lumiere Award for 3D Technology.

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Daniel E. Smalley earned a B.S., M.Eng, M.S., and Ph.D degrees from the Massachusetts of Technology (MIT) creating the world's first low-cost holographic video monitor. Currently, as a Brigham Young University (BYU) professor, his work is in electroholography, fabricating new waveguide-based modulators. Dr. Smalley aspires to create large, high resolution, interactive holographic and volumetric displays. Presently he chairs the OSA Display Technology Technical Group.

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Dr. Goran Stojmenovik is Senior Product Manager Laser Projection at Barco. He is working on the introduction of laser-illuminated projection in the digital cinema and other Barco markets. He has 11 years of experience in product management of digital cinema projectors, remote service software solutions, professional LCD monitors, and calibration solutions for control rooms, broadcast, and postproduction. He holds a PhD degree in Engineering Physics from the Ghent University.

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Céline Tricart is a virtual reality (VR) filmmaker and the founder of Lucid Dreams Productions, a production company specializing in new technologies and the future of storytelling. Her work was showcased in numerous Academy Awards festivals and she is the recipient of a Creative Arts Award by the Advanced Imaging Society amongst other accolades. Céline Tricart currently develops numerous projects in stereoscopic 3D as well as in VR.

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Wilfried Van Baelen, CEO and founder of Auro Technologies, is the inventor of the Auro-3D® Listening Formats and developed the concept of the “Auro Creative Tool Suite," which offers ground-breaking and easy-to-use levels of sound reproduction capability in 3D. In 1995 he developed the first interactive modular studio complex, Galaxy Studios, which houses the 3 companies of Galaxy Group: Galaxy Studios (audio and post-production facility), Mollywood (film financing) and Zilvermeer Productions (production house).

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Jacques G. Verly received an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Liège (ULg), Belgium. He then spent 5 years at Stanford University, where he got the MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering, and 20 years at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Since 2000, he has been a professor of EECS at the ULg. He has been the Vice-Dean of the ULg School of Engineering. He is the instigator of 3D Stereo MEDIA and the Phasya company, has over 350 publications, and is a Fellow of the BAEF.

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Thomas Villepoux is a VR supervisor/stereographer and director. He graduated from the Louis Lumiere cinematography school, and studied stereoscopy with Alain Derobe and Yves Pupulin. Award-winning stereographer for the feature "The builder's challenge" for ARTE, his filmography includes commercials, documentaries, IMAX projects, and live events. He co-founded RIG by DVMobile, which leads the French VR world and won several awards, and was Director of Vaudeville!, a first 360° comedy.

Milestones

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Key events & corresponding dates for PCON 2016

EVENTSDATES
Last day of early-bird registration fee20 November 2016 (Sun)
PCON (Liège, Belgium)15 December 2016 (Thu)
Awards evening (Liège, Belgium)15 December 2016 (Thu)

 

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History

PCON has been part of 3D Stereo MEDIA since the launch of the latter at the Preview of spring 2009.

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