2012 SID Technical Program & Special Technology Tracks

The Society for Information Display's annual Symposium at Display Week offers a wide selection of presentations on display technology that simply cannot be found anywhere else. This year's program consists of 71 technical sessions with a total of 256 oral presentations and an additional 138 papers to be presented at the Thursday afternoon Poster Session. Please join us in Boston (Tuesday, Jun 5 - Friday, June 8) to share the latest research and development discoveries of the display industry and to join in the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Society for Information Display (1962 - 2012). This year's special areas of focus are 3D, Green Technologies, Solid State Lighting, and Printed Displays and Electronics. Here is just a sampling of those topics and other innovations you can expect to find at this year's symposium.

Possibly the biggest commercial story in displays in recent years is the arrival of 3D-ready TVs. Now that they have arrived, the story is far from over. Researchers continue to pursue the different approaches of active shutter vs. passive glasses technology, and glasses free viewing is a major challenge that many experts believe must be met in order to make 3D displays truly successful. This year's presentations also cover topics such as autostereoscopic 3D displays, 3D comfort and perception, volumetric and holographic displays, and stereoscopic and display applications.

Solid-State Lighting
Solid State lighting has begun to fulfill its promise with regard to saving energy and providing design flexibility. However, LEDs have made more commercial inroads in this area than OLEDs, which are currently available only in high end architectural applications. OLED papers therefore form the bulk of this year's solid state lighting sessions, as the industry pushes to develop higher efficiency, higher performing OLED panels. Other solid state lighting papers will focus on trends in LED illumination.

Touch and Interactivity
Since the launch of touch-enabled mobile devices several years ago, touch has become an increasingly crucial component for numerous display products. Yet, the industry has not found the ideal touch technology solution. Touch is in an evolutionary phase now, and this year's papers reflect the diversity of approaches: projective-capacitive, optical, and many more. Which touch technologies hold the most promise and what is the next application or technology on the horizon? Make sure you attend the touch sessions at Display Week to find out.

Green Technologies
Display technology continually advances to provide more resolution, larger size, and better performance – all at a lower cost. At the same time, environmental, social, and legislative forces are combining to ensure that manufacturers use the greenest-possible processes to create the most energy efficient displays. What are the anticipated production and end-of-life issues for the display industry and how can they be addressed?

Flexible Electronics and Printed Displays
Recent advances in the area of flexible electronics and printed displays have created the potential for lightweight, low-cost, and flexible devices based on technologies such as oxide TFT, organic light emitting diode (OLED), and organic photovoltaics (OPV). This is the first year that SID has dedicated sessions to flexible electronics and printed displays; among the exciting work that will be described at the Symposium are the printing of organic TFTs and a new way to use high temperature processes on low temperature substrates. 

SID International Symposium
The four-day Symposium features hundreds of leading display industry papers from around the world in myriad technical sessions. It includes a Plenary Session, presentations in parallel sessions, a Poster Session organized around selected topics, and author interview sessions each afternoon (with demonstration models).

Sunday Short Courses
The Society for Information Display presents four 4-hour short courses on diverse topics related to information display on Sunday, June 3. The tutorials are characterized by technical depth and small class size. The four hour classes covering the fundamentals of electronic information displays will be held on the morning and afternoon of the Sunday preceding the Symposium. Full color tutorial notes will be distributed to all participants and are included in the fee. Ample time will be provided for questions from the audience. The speakers are leaders in their respective fields and bring an international perspective to information display.

  • S-1: Fundamentals of Fundamentals of Solid State Lighting and Manufacturing Technologies
  • S-2: Fundamentals of Flexible-Display Technology
  • S-3: Fundamentals of Touch Technologies and Applications
  • S-4: Fundamentals of Active-Matrix Devices and Applications

       AVOID THE RUSH! Registration hours for the Short Courses begin at 8:00 am Sunday morning.

Monday Display Technology/Applications Seminars
The SID Technology Seminars present lectures on diverse topics related to electronic information displays. These seminars are tutorial in nature, and an attempt is made to provide information at three levels. First and foremost, the technical foundations of the topic are treated in detail. Next, recent technical advances are discussed, and, finally, the current state of the art and projection of future trends are analyzed. The Applications Seminars focus on the application and evaluation of information displays.
These seminars can benefit both newcomers and experienced professionals. Engineers new to assignments in information display find them especially helpful in getting up to speed quickly. Experienced professionals attend to keep up with recent developments in fields closely related to their specialties. Managers attending the seminars obtain a broad perspective of the display field and a sense of its recent dynamics. Attendees will receive an excellent set of full color notes, consisting of the instructor’s presentation slides, replete with references and illustrations. Ample time is provided for questions from the audience in each session. The speakers are leaders in their fields who bring an international perspective to information display.
  • Track 1: Liquid-Crystal Technology
          M-1: Photo-Alignment of LCDs and Polymer Films by Side Chain Photopolymers
          M-6: Microsecond Response Time Blue Phase LCDs
  • Track 2: Flexible Displays
          M-2: Flexible-Display Technologies
          M-7: Flexible Display Types and Applications
  • Track 3: Touch and Interactivity
          M-3: Capacitive Touch
          M-8: The Leading-Edge of Touch
  • Track 4: 3D Technology
          M-4: Signal Processing for Stereoscopic 3D Displays
          M-9: Non-Glasses 3D Technology
  • Track 5: Nanotechnology and Mobile Displays
          M-5: Nanotechnology for Displays: A Potential Breakthrough for OLED Displays and LCDs
          M-10: Mobile Multimedia Displays
  • Track 6: OLED Technology
          M-11: OLED Lighting
          M-16: AMOLED-Based Displays for Future TV Markets
  • Track 7: e-Paper
          M-12: A Critical Review of the Present and Future Prospects for e-Paper
          M-17: Displays for eReaders: Selection Criteria and Technologies
  • Track 8: Pico-Projectors
          M-13: Introduction to Pico Projectors
          M-18: Pico Projector Applications
  • Track 9: Large Area Displays
          M-14: The Future of Out-of-Home Displays
          M-19: Flexible Film Display Media for Signage
  • Track 10: Emerging Display Applications
          M-15: The Next Big Thing
          M-20: New Application Trends

The SID exhibition of display components and systems is your opportunity to see the latest innovative products from the leading companies in the information display industry. The Exhibition opens on Tuesday at 10:30 and concludes at 2:00 pm on Thursday. Many of the leaders and innovators in the display industry will be represented.

Exhibitors’ Forum
Here, exhibitors give 15 minute presentations describing their technologies and products in a symposium-like setting, offering attendees a more complete picture of what is being exhibited. The presentations are organized by subject and will be presented on a predetermined schedule.

SID Business Enterprise (Business Conference and Investors’ Conference)
Stretching over 2 days, the SID Business Enterprise is comprised of a one-day Business Conference and a one-day Investors’ Conference. This provides executives, entrepreneurs, program managers, marketers, investment professionals and other professionals in all aspects of the rapidly growing electronic display industry with an unparalleled comprehensive view of all aspects of the industry, from technology tradeoffs, to market and business dynamics, to equity capital issues.
  The Business Conference will take place on Monday, June 4. The event will feature some of the leading minds from both Wall Street and the display industry and address the opportunities and challenges we are facing in this highly volatile economic environment. The Business Conference will feature keynotes and presentations from industry leaders, lively panel sessions and ample time for networking.

The Investors’ Conference: Co- sponsored by Cowen & Co., LLC, a securities and investment and banking firm, this Conference to be held on Tuesday, June 5, will feature company presentations from leading public and private display companies, intended to appeal primarily to securities analysts, portfolio managers, investors, M&A specialists, and display company executives.

Market Focus Conferences
After a very successful debut in 2010, the Market Focus Conferences, now in its third year, will once again be held in conjunction with Display Week. Each Market Focus Conference will concentrate on the critical market development issues facing each of these technologies. Developed in collaboration with IMS Research, each conference will feature presentations and panel sessions with executives throughout the display supply chain. Conference fees include a continental breakfast, lunch, refreshments, access to the Exhibit Hall and Symposium Keynote Session on Tuesday morning, and electronic copies of the presentation material. Market Focus Conference registration does not require a current SID membership. 

The LED Lighting Evolution - From Sapphire to Lumens: The LED Lighting Evolution conference will take place on Wednesday, June 6. The goal of this event is to allow global-industry leaders throughout the supply chain to explore the cutting-edge innovations that will shape the future of lighting and backlighting. The conference will feature keynotes and presentations from industry leaders, panel sessions, and amble time for networking. 

The Future of Touch & Interactivity: The Future of Touch & Interactivity conference is the premiere event for display industry professionals to learn about the latest in HMI technologies. The event will take place on Thursday, June 7, and cover how touch and interactive solutions are shaping the display industry. The Future of Touch & Interactivity will feature keynotes and presentations from industry leaders, panel sessions, and plenty of time for networking.

Awards Banquet
The Awards Banquet will take place at 8:00 PM on Monday, June 4th.  This dinner honors the SID international award winners.

Display Industry Awards Luncheon
The Luncheon will take place at 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, June 6th.  Speaking at the Awards Luncheon will be MIT's Scot Osterweil, a designer of award-winning educational games.