Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) in collaboration with academics from Aberdeen University, Robert Gordon University and industry representatives are gearing up to host ‘3DTV Conference: Vision Beyond Depth’ (3DTV-CON) next month at the Centre on the 7th – 8th October 2013.


This is the first time this conference had come to the United Kingdom and the Local Committee were delighted that their bid to host it in Aberdeen was accepted a year ago this month. As the heart of Europe’s oil and gas industry Aberdeen is uniquely placed to host this event, as 3D Technologies are beginning to play a crucial role in the Energy Industry both in its traditional oil and gas activities, and in the blossoming renewable Energy Sector.


The innovations born in 3DTV broadcasting are migrating into instrumentation both for subsea and surface applications. Such technologies provide a unique opportunity for innovators in the energy industry. 3DTV-CON will be a valuable forum for businesses, engineers and academics to engage with the wider 3D vision community.


Keynote speakers at the conference include: Mike Winstanley from Aberdeen-based Bowtech Products Limited who will look at subsea applications and Dr. Douglas Brown from Glasgow who will give an overview of John Logie Baird’s work and his early endeavours with 3D. Baird,  (who died in 1946), was a Scottish scientist, engineer, innovator and inventor of the world’s first television and introduced broadcast television for home entertainment – a precursor to today’s 3DTV advances.


An interactive panel discussion and workshop, led by prominent Academics and Industrialists, will also be part of the 3DTV-CON Conference Programme, highlighting key issues in the development, promotion and future of 3DTV imaging and vision. This is expected to generate some lively debate as delegates discuss the way forward for 3D technologies and applications.


The conference is chaired by Professor John Watson from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.  Professor Watson commented:  “I am honoured to be part of 3DTV-CON 2013 and am delighted that its first venture to the United Kingdom is to Aberdeen, the heart of Europe’s oil and gas industry. 3DTV-CON will be a valuable forum for businesses, engineers and academics to engage with the wider 3D vision community. We hope to attract delegates from the whole spectrum of 3D research and development from image capture, data compression, transmission, and display through to industrial applications”.


Brian Horsburgh, AECC’s Managing Director, commented: “We are looking forward to welcoming the 3DTV Conference and delegates to the Centre and expect some interesting ideas for the subsea industry to come out of this event. The AECC continues to support local Academic Ambassadors with bidding for, and winning, conferences for Aberdeen – and hosting 3DTV for its first time in the UK is fantastic.”


The conference is also supported by Aberdeen City Council, Kongsberg, Bowtech Products Limited, The University of Aberdeen, VisitAberdeen and VisitScotland. Technical Co-Sponsors include IEEE Societies for Signal Processing (SPS) and Oceanic Engineering (OES).  Society Supporters include Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) and the European Optical Society (EOS).




Background Information: The 3DTV-CON series of conferences originated from the EC funded Network of Excellence on 3DTV. The annual conference has been held at various locations over the past six years, with this, the seventh edition of the conference coming to Aberdeen, Scotland.  Previous host countries have included Greece, Turkey, Finland and Switzerland.


For more information please contact Victoria Withy, Head of Communications on 01224 330487 or email [email protected].



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