SID 2007 honors and awards nominations

On behalf of the SID Honors and Awards Committee (H&AC), I am appealing for your active participation in the nomination of deserving individuals for the various SID honors and awards. The SID Board of Directors, based on recommendations made by the H&AC, grants all the awards. These awards include six major prizes awarded to individuals, not necessarily members of SID, based upon their outstanding achievements. The Karl Ferdinand Braun prize is awarded for "Outstanding Technical Achievement in Display Technology." Scientific and technical achievements that cover either a wide range of display technologies or the fundamental principles of a specific technology are the prime reasons for granting this prize to a nominee. The Jan Rajchman prizeis granted for "Outstanding Scientific and Technical Achievement or Research in the Field of Flat-Panel Displays." This prize is specifically dedicated to those individuals who have made major contributions to one of the flat-panel-display technologies or, through their research activities, have advanced the state of understanding of one of those technologies. The Johann Gutenberg prize is awarded for "Outstanding Technical Achievement in Printing Technology." This prize is specifically devoted to those who have excelled in the field of hardcopy printing. The Johann Gutenberg Prize is jointly sponsored by the SID and the Society for Imaging Science and Technology. Each of these above-mentioned prizes carries a $2000 stipend sponsored by Thompson, Inc., the Sharp Corporation, and the Hewlett-Packard Company, respectively. The Otto Schade prize for Display Performance and Image Quality is awarded for "Outstanding Scientific or Technical Achievement in the Advancement of Functional Performance and/or Image Quality of Information Displays." This prize is named in honor of the pioneering RCA engineer Otto Schade, who invented the concept of the Modulation Transfer Function (MTF) and who used it to characterize the entire display system, including the human observer. The advancement for this prize may be achieved in any display technology or display system or may be of a more general or theoretical nature. The scope of eligible advancement is broadly envisioned to encompass the areas of display systems, display electronics, applied vision and display human factors, image processing, and display metrology. The nature of eligible advancements is not limited and may be in the form of theoretical or mathematical models, algorithms, software, hardware, or innovative methods of display performance measurement, and image quality characterization. The Otto Schade Prize carries a $2000 stipend. The fifth major SID award, the Lewis and Beatrice Winner Award, is awarded for "Exceptional and Sustained Service to the Society." This award is granted exclusively to those who have worked hard over many years to further the goals of the Society

This year, the SID Board of Directors approved the establishment of a new major award. The Slottow–Owaki prize for Outstanding Contributions to Information-Display Education is awarded for "Outstanding Contributions to Personnel Training in the Field of Information Display." This prize is named in honor of Professor H. Gene Slottow, University of Illinois, an inventor of the plasma display and Professor Kenichi Owaki from the Hiroshima Institute of Technology and an early leader of the pioneering Fujitsu Plasma Display program. The oustanding education recognized by this prize is not limited to a formal university experience, but this award may also be given to researchers, engineers, managers, as well as professors who have done an outstanding job developing information-display professionals. To be eligible for this award, the candidate does not necessarily have to be a member of SID. The Slottow–Owaki prize carries a $2000 stipend made possible by a generous gift from Fujitsu Corp. and Professor Tsutae Shinoda.

The SID Fellow Award is given each year to a number (up to 0.1% of the membership in that year) of SID members in good standing for at least five years at the time of the nomination, who have demonstrated "Outstanding Scientific or Technical Engineering Achievements in the Field of Displays over a Sustained Period of Time," and who are recognized as significant technical contributors to knowledge in their area(s) of expertise by SID members practicing in the field. For this reason, five endorsements from SID members are required to accompany each Fellow Award nomination. Each Fellow nomination is evaluated by the H&AC, based on a weighted set of five criteria. These criteria and their assigned weights are creativity and patents, 30%; technical accomplishments and publications, 30%; technical leadership, 20%; service to SID, 15%; and other accomplishments, 5%. When submitting a Fellow award nomination, please keep these criteria with their weights in mind.

The Special Recognition Award is given annually to a number of individuals (membership in the SID is not required) of the scientific and business community for distinguished and valued contribution in the field of displays. These awards are given for contributions in one or more of the following categories: (a) Outstanding Technical Accomplishments, (b) Outstanding Contributions to the Literature, (c) Outstanding Service to the Society, (d) Outstanding Entrepreneurial Accomplishments, and (e) Outstanding Achievements in Education. When evaluating the Special Recognition Award nomination, the H&AC uses a five-level rating scale in each of the above-listed five categories, and these categories have equal weight. Nominators should indicate the category in which a Special Recognition Award nomination should be considered by the H&AC. More than one category may be indicated. The accompanying nomination should, of course, stress accomplishments in the category or categories selected by the nominator.

While individuals nominated for an award may not submit their own nomination, nominators may ask a nominee for information that will be used in his/her nomination. The selection and nomination process is relatively simple, but requires that you and perhaps some of your colleagues devote some time to preparation of the supporting material that the H&AC needs in order to evaluate each nomination for its merit. It is not necessary to submit a complete publication record with a nomination. Just list the titles of the most significant half a dozen or less papers and patents authored by the nominee, and list the total number of papers and patents he/she has authored.

Determination of the winners for SID honors and awards is a highly selective process. Last year less than 30% of the nominations were selected to receive awards. Some of the major prizes are not awarded every year due to the lack of sufficiently qualified nominees or,in some cases, because no nominations were submitted. On the other hand, once a nomina-tion is submitted, it will stay active for three con-secutive years, and will be considered three times by the H&AC. The nominator of such a nomination may improve the chances of the nomination by submitting additional material for the second or third year that it is considered, but such changes are not required. If a nomination is not awarded over this three-year period, the nominee will not be considered again.

Descriptions of each award and the lists of previous award winners can be found at Nomination forms are available at awards/nomination.html where you will find Nomination Templates in both MS Word (preferred) and Text formats. Please use the links to find the Sample Nominations which are useful for composing your nomination since these are the actual successful nominations for some previous SID awards. Nominations should preferably be submitted by e-mail. However, you can also submit nominations by ordinary mail if necessary.

Please note that with each Fellow Award nomination, only five written endorsements by five SID members is required. These brief endorsements – a minimum of 2–3 sentences to a maximum of one-half page in length – must state why, in the opinion of the endorser, the nominee deserves to receive the Fellow Award. Identical endorsements by two or more endorsers will be automatically rejected (no form letters, please). Please send these endorsements to me either by e-mail (preferred) or by hardcopy to the address stated in the accompanying text box. Only the Fellow Award nominations are required to have these endorsements. However, I encourage you to submit at least a few endorsements for all nominations of the other awards since these will frequently add further support to your nomination.

All 2006 award nominations are to be submitted by October 7, 2006. E-mail your nominations directly to or If that is not possible, then please send your hardcopy nomination by regular mail.

As I state each year: "In our professional lives, there are few greater rewards than recognition by our peers. For an individual in the field of displays, an award or prize from the SID, that represents her or his peers worldwide, is a most significant happy and satisfying experience. In addition, the overall reputation of the society depends on who are the individuals who are in its 'Hall of Fame.'

When you nominate someone for an award or prize, you are bringing happiness to an individual and his or her family and friends, and you are also benefiting the society as a whole."

Thank you for your nomination in advance.

– Christopher N. King

SID Honors & Awards Committee

SID honors and awards nominations

Nominations are now being solicited from SID members for candidates who qualify for SID Honors and Awards.

• KARL FERDINAND BRAUN PRIZE. Awarded for an outstanding technical achievement in, or contribution to, display technology.

• JAN RAJCHMAN PRIZE. Awarded for an outstanding scientificor technical achievement in, or contribution to, research on flat-panel displays.

• JOHANN GUTENBERG PRIZE. Awarded for an outstandingtechnical achievement in, or contribution to, printer technology.

• OTTO SCHADE PRIZE IN DISPLAY PERFORMANCE AND IMAGE QUALITY. Awarded for an outstanding scientific ortechnical achievement in, or contribution to, the advancement of functional performance and/or image quality of information displays.

• SLOTTOW–OWAKI PRIZE. Awarded for outstanding contributions to information-display education.

• LEWIS & BEATRICE WINNER AWARD. Awarded to a SID member for exceptional and sustained service to SID.

• FELLOW. Conferred annually upon a SID member of outstanding qualifications and experience as a scientist or engineer in the field of information display, and who has made a widely recognized and significant contribution to the advancement of the display field.

• SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARDS. Granted to members of the technical, scientific, and business community (not necessarily SID members) for distinguished and valued contributions to the information-display field. These awards may be made for contributions in one or more of the following categories: (a) outstanding technical accomplishments; (b) outstanding contributions to the literature; (c) outstanding service to the Society; (d) outstanding entrepreneurial accomplishments; and (e) outstanding achievements in education.


Nominations for SID Honors and Awards must include the following information, preferably in the order given below. Nomination Templates and Samples are provided

1. Name, Present Occupation, Business and Home Address, Phone and Fax Numbers, and SID Grade (Member or Fellow) of Nominee.

2. Award being recommended: Jan Rajchman Prize, Karl Ferdinand Braun Prize, Johann Gutenberg Prize, Otto Schade Prize in Display Performance and Image Quality, Slottow–Owaki Prize, Lewis & Beatrice Winner Award, Fellow*, Special Recognition Award

*Fellow nominations must be supported and signed by at least five SID members.

3. Proposed Citation. This should not exceed 30 words.

4. Name, Address, Telephone Number, and SID Membership Grade of Nominator.

5. Education and Professional History of Candidate. Include college and/or university degrees, positions and responsibilities of each professional employment.

6. Professional Awards and Other Professional Society Affiliations and Grades of Membership.

7. Specific statement by the nominator concerning the most significant achievement or achievements or outstanding technical leadership which qualifies the candidate for the award. This is the most important consideration for the awards committee, and it should be specific (citing references when necessary) and concise.

8. Supportive material. Cite evidence of technical achievements and creativity, such as patents and publications, or other evidence of success and peer recognition. Cite material that specifically supports the citation and statement in (7) above. (Note: the nominee may be asked by the nominator to supply information for his candidacy where this may be useful to establish or complete the list of qualifications).

9. Endorsements. Fellow nominations must be supported by the endorsements indicated in (2) above. Supportive letters of endorser will strengthen the nominations for any award.

E-mail the complete nomination – including all the above material by October 7, 2006 – to or or by regular mail to
Christopher N. King, Honors and Awards Chairman, Society for Information Display, 610 South 2nd Street, San Jose, CA 95112 USA


ADEAC 2006: The Premier Applications-Focused Display Technology Event in North America

by Jessica Quandt and Michael Morgenthal

This year's Americas Display Engineering and Applications Conference (ADEAC 2006) promises unique insights into the technology behind today's most important display applications and components.

It is no secret that during the course of the past several decades, the manufacturing of displays has shifted out of the U.S. and to Asia. Most U.S. companies involved in the display business today focus on systems and applications.

This shift is precisely why the Society for Information Display (SID) launched the Americas Display Engineering and Applications Conference (ADEAC) in 2004 – to facilitate the continued growth of the display business in the Americas by bringing together the system integrators and companies based here who are focused on display applications and components. The conference, which this year will take place October 23–26 at the Crown Plaza Ravinia Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, is designed to focus on display technologies that are already commercialized and ready to be integrated into the ever-growing roster of systems, applications, and products that require displays. For the second-consecutive year, ADEAC is being co-sponsored by the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA).

"This is the third year for this conference, and we see that there is interest in the unique structure and topics presented in this conference. The focus is on applications and know-how talks that involve displays of different technologies, in combination with systems. These topics are not covered in the regular SID conferences," explained ADEAC 2006 Program Chair Adi Abileah. "ADEAC should fit the trend in the Americas, where manufacturing is reduced and more companies are focused on systems and applications."

ADEAC 2006 will include three distinct components that will seamlessly blend to give attendees the complete picture for current display applications, components, modules, and technologies: the Technical Program, Display-Fundamentals Seminars, and the Exhibition. Here is a quick look at each segment.

Technical Program: Tuesday, October 24 to Thursday, October 26

The core component at ADEAC, the Technical Program, will feature leaders in the display field presenting papers on today's most state-of-the-art display technologies and how they can best be matched to various industries.

The program will kick off with the Keynote Session on Tuesday, October 24, featuring two industry leaders. The first talk, "A Revolution in Display Technology: Enabling Next-Generation Wireless Communications," will be delivered by Miles Kirby, senior director, QUALCOMM MEMS Technologies, Inc. Kirby will discuss how displays must evolve to be visible in a wider range of lighting conditions while also using significantly less power. He will look at how next-generation wireless trends will impact the display industry and how QUALCOMM is addressing these new requirements in the industry. The second keynote speaker will be Dave Scott, president of Barco North America. In "Market Driven Applications of Visualization Technology," Scott will examine how to select the proper display technology – from among plasma, LCD, LED, LCOS, laser, OLED, and others – for the all-important human-machine interface (HMI) in various applications.

Also, as of press time, the Technical Program had yet to be finalized, although the session topics had been confirmed. For updates on the ADEAC 2006 program, visit Here is a breakdown by day of the session topics (exact titles are subject to change).

October 24: Keynote Session; Measurements and Standards; Military and Avionics Displays; Backlight Technology; Virtual Reality; HUD (head-up displays) and HMD (head-mounted displays); Poster Session.

October 25: Display ID and Control; Emerging Technologies; Video Interfaces I; Portable Displays; Video Interfaces II; DisplayPort; Vision and Human Factors I; Panel and Mounting Standards; and Kiosk and Gaming Displays.

October 26: Home Theater and Digital TV; Medical Displays; Stereoscopic and 3D Displays; Display Electronics and Image Processing; Projection Displays; Vision and Human Factors II; Colors; Digital Signage/ Large-Area Displays; Touch Panels and Enhancement Films.

Seminars: Monday, October 23

The day before the Technical Program begins, ADEAC will offer a series of 10 informative seminars on the fundamentals of display technology. These are designed to offer insights to attendees regardless of their level of experience in the display industry.

Dr. Kimberly Allen of market-research firm iSuppli Corp. will set the tone by giving an initial overview of display-market trends across consumer, industrial, commercial, and entertainment applications. Allen will be followed by SID President Dr. Larry Weber, who will address the prospects of increased luminous efficiency – one of the crucial parameters for consumer television – for liquid-crystal displays (LCDs), plasma, projection, and other key technologies in the increasingly competitive consumer-TV market.

Four seminars will address methods and techniques for building effective LCDs. David Eccles, former Vice President of Development for Sony, will present "How to Design LCD Displays"; Dr. Munisamy Anandan, Organic Lighting Technologies, will give his insight into LCD-backlighting technologies; Alan Kobayashi, editor of VESA's DisplayPort Task Group, will discuss its new interface standard, DisplayPort, which was approved in May and is designed to unify the desktop- and notebook-computer markets under a common high-bandwidth display interface; and Dr. Ed Kelley from NIST will present an overview of LCD test-and-measurement techniques.

Design practices and issues for three other types of displays will also be covered in individual seminars: mobile displays (Motorola Engineering Manager Dr. Sen Yang), 3-D displays (Patrick Green, Technology Group Director, Planar Systems), and medical displays (Tom Kimpe, Technology and Innovation Group Manager, Barco Medical Imaging Systems). To address the all-important application issue of the man-machine interface, Dr. James Larimer from ImageMetrics LLC will examine the interaction between displays and the human vision system.

Monday also marks the return of the popular Evening Panel. This year's discussion – organized by Chris Chinnock of Insight Media – is entitled "Ripples from the HDTV Ship" and will feature a stellar lineup of technologists examining what follow-on applications and display technologies are being spawned by HDTV and its supporting infrastructure.

Exhibition: Tuesday, October 24 and Wednesday, October 25

The ADEAC Exhibition focuses on meeting the growing needs of North American companies that develop products utilizing displays, integrated with additional hardware and software technologies, to create applications in which the resulting display system provides significant value to the end user. This year, more than 60 of the leading display companies are expected to exhibit.

The exhibit floor at ADEAC 2006 is the place for OEMs and systems integrators to network and make deals for display components and modules. The companies that have contracted to exhibit at ADEAC 2006 as of early July offer opportunities in many display-industry sectors, including

• 3-DPlanar
• AMLCD Modules: American Panel Corp., Earth LCD, Kyocera Industrial Ceramics, Planar, Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas, Strategic Displays
• Backlight Inverters: Applied Concepts, Endicott Research Group
 Backlighting Units (BLUs): LCD Lighting, Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas 
• Chemicals: Sartomer
 Cholesteric LCDs: Kent Displays
 Connectors/Arrays: Nicomatic
 Display Interfaces: Amulet Technologies, Digital View
 Films/Filters: 3M, Dontech EuropTec USA, Eyesaver International
 Glass/Polymers: EuroTec USA
 LEDs: Nicomatic, Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas
• Repair & Recycling: Hong Video Technology
• Standards: VESA
• Touch Screens/Panels: 3M, Earth LCD, Fujitsu Components America, Gunze 
• Test and Measurement Equipment: Gamma Scientific, Instrument Systems, Photo Research, Radiant Imaging, Westar Display Technologies
• Video Controller Boards: Systemation Technology

 For more information about ADEAC 2006, including updates to the program and exhibitor list, and how to register, visit

Acknowledgments to Adi Abileah, Peter Baron, and Stephen Atwood for their help in compiling this article.

Patricia A. DuPuis, Only Female SID President: June 14, 1938 – July 4, 2006

Patricia A. DuPuis, a past president of the Society for Information Display (SID), passed away on July 4 following a brief but aggressive illness. She was 68 years old.

Patricia A. DuPuis 

Dupuis was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, but moved to California with her parents while still a child. She graduated from Hamilton High School and then attended the University of Southern California (USC), where she majored in physics and graduated with highest honors (Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Societies).

After graduation, she joined the Northrop Corp. (now Northrop-Grumman Corp.) where she pioneered Mie scattering computations to determine the performance of optical and electro-optical sensors. She then joined the Hughes Aircraft Company (HAC), Radar Systems Group, where she became a renowned expert in display systems. During her time at Hughes, she was elected President of the SID, and from 1980 to1982 – the first (and to date only) woman to serve as president of the Society. Prior to that, she had served as the chair of SID's L.A. chapter from 1974 to 1975.

She later transferred to the Electro-Optical and Data Systems Group of HAC, where she pioneered the field of multispectral target cuing (MySTiC), a field that is still being developed by Department of Defense laboratories and defense-industry contractors. She became Product Line Manager for Reconnaissance Systems, exploiting the emerging second-generation forward-looking-infrared (FLIR) technology. The innovations she engendered while working in the defense industry were her babies. She continued in New Business Acquisition when Raytheon purchased HAC and eventually retired from Raytheon. •