Society for Information Display News September/October 2014 Issue 5

International Display Workshops Take Place in Niigata, Japan

The 21st International Display Workshops (IDW) will take place December 3–5, 2014, in Niigata, Japan.  These workshops, sponsored by the Society for Information Display and the Institute of Image Information and Television Engineers, consist of oral presentations by invited and contributing speakers as well as poster presentations, discussions, and special R&D updates.  According to SID President Amal Ghosh, “The IDW conference has grown into one of the premier display workshops in Japan.  It features all the important topics in the display industry and is very well attended.  In addition, IDW and SID’s Display Week conference complement each other very well time-wise since the former is held in December and the latter is held in a May/June timeframe.”

The Bandai Bridge over the Shinano River is a well-known sight in Niigata City.  Photo courtesy Niigata Visitors & Convention Bureau.

The IDW ’14 workshops are organized into specific fields that are currently vital to information-display technology.  These are:

•  Active-Matrix Displays
•  Display Electronic Systems
•  Emissive Technologies
•  e-Paper
•  Flexible Electronics
•  Image-Quality Evaluation and Human Factors
•  Liquid-Crystal Technologies
•  Manufacturing, Process, and Equipment
•  Materials and Components
•  MEMS and Nanotechnologies for Displays
•  Organic Light-Emitting Displays and Organic Devices
•  Projection and Large-Area Displays
•  3D/Hyper-Realistic Displays
•  Touch and Interactive Technologies
•  Plus special topics of interest: Oxide-Semiconductor TFTs, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality, Lighting Technologies, and Printed Electronics

Last year’s conference in Sapporo, Japan, drew more than 1100 participants from 22 countries.  This year’s conference takes place at Toki Messe Niigata Convention Center in Niigata City, the capital of Niigata prefecture in the center of Honshu, Japan’s largest island.  Niigata is the largest city on the Sea of Japan coast, in an area famous for its rice, sake, and fresh seafood.

The awards committee will select the most outstanding papers from those presented at IDW ’14, and some papers will be recommended as extended works for the Special Section of the Journal of the ITE, the Journal of the SID, and the IEICE Transactions on Electronics.

This year’s conference is organized by Kazufumi Azuma, General Chair, from Shimadzu; Shinichi Komura, Executive Chair, from Japan Display; and Akiyoshi Mikami, Program Chair, from the Kanazawa Institute of Technology.  For more information, contact the IDW ’14 Secretariat at or visit

– Jenny Donelan