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Four Kodak technologists honoured by SMPTE
[Thu 30/10/2008 01:04:59]
[Press Release by Kodak]
Four Kodak technologists will be honoured this week for significant imaging innovations that have helped to advance the entertainment industry.
The Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE) will recognize the achievements of the four Kodak technologists – Michael Ryan, Richard Wheeler, Nestor Rodriguez and Dr. Thomas Maier – at its annual Honors and Awards Ceremony, to be held on Oct. 30. SMPTE is the industry’s leading society for the promotion of new technology and innovation in visual entertainment.
“While these awards are individual honors, they also represent a broad base of recognition for a very highly respected team of people,” said Gary Einhaus, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Kodak’s motion picture division. “This entire group is made up of extraordinary professionals whose expertise in motion picture technology – film, digital and hybrid – represents an important element of Kodak’s success. Their creativity, diligence and scientific curiosity will help lead us into the exciting future of imaging technology.”
The awards are as follows:
• Michael Ryan, film technology director for Kodak’s Entertainment Imaging division, will receive one of the Society’s highest honors: the Technicolor/Herbert T. Kalmus Gold Medal. This prestigious technical award, which dates back to 1956, recognizes Ryan for his contributions to the development of color negative film products and his pioneering research in developing two electron sensitization technology for motion picture applications. Ryan’s work has directly contributed to the ongoing speed and image structure improvements found in several generations of Kodak’s motion picture film platforms – including its most recent VISION2 and VISION3 families. In addition, his work as project leader and technical contributor for the VISION2 color negative platform helped earn Kodak its ninth Oscar ® statuette from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences this year.
“I am very honored to be recognized by such a prestigious organization as SMPTE,” said Ryan. “It’s humbling to look at the list of previous award recipients, which includes many Kodak colleagues, team members and friends. This really shows Kodak’s absolute dedication to innovation, which is what keeps our products and technology applications very relevant within today’s evolving, complex imaging chain.”
• This year’s SMPTE Journal Award will go to Kodak’s Richard B. Wheeler, senior principal scientist, and Nestor Rodriguez, senior technical associate. This award is presented annually to the authors of the most outstanding paper originally published in the Journal of the Society during the preceding calendar year. The Wheeler/ Rodriguez article, titled ‘The Effect of Single-Sensor CFA Captures on Images Intended for Motion Picture and TV Applications,’ explores the image-quality tradeoffs that are associated with digital cameras employing tri-sensor and single-sensor designs. To illustrate the key tradeoffs in system design, the resolution, sharpness, aliasing, reconstruction errors, color filter array (CFA) artifacts, sensitivity (speed), and dynamic range that are associated with current designs are quantified.
• Dr. Thomas Maier, Kodak research fellow, will be awarded the Journal Certificate of Merit in recognition of his work on the SMPTE Engineering Guideline for Digital Cinema that was published in a series of six Journal articles over the course of two years. The guideline reflects Maier’s work on color definition, uniformity, projector calibrations and color encoding for digital cinema applications. Maier has been recognized in the past for his work in determining the encoding necessary for digitally projected images so that the images would preserve all the detail that the human eye is capable of seeing. His important research has resulted in a SMPTE Digital Cinema standard defining 12-bit encoding for digital cinema (as compared with the traditional 10-bit encoding, which was the industry postproduction standard for many years). Maier also drove standards allowing for a significantly larger color gamut, increasing digital cinema image quality. His work has had a major impact on the industry, and is another proof point of Kodak's technical leadership in virtually every imaging category.