Conference: SMPTE17 Sydney Call for Papers

Proposals invited for SMPTE17 Sydney Technical Papers – what you need to know!

update 5Mar2017

Note:  EDAS registration is still open if you can see these words that say EDAS registration is still open. However, technically submissions are now late and may or may not be considered.

The SMPTE17 conference might seem like it’s off in the distance, but work on programming has started.   Now is the time to register your expression of interest, and tell the Conference Committee what’s on your mind.  EDAS has not dropped the drawbridge, and it’s not too late to give us your proposal.

The Australia Section of SMPTE seeks proposals for technical papers for the SMPTE17 Conference, which will be held  at the new International Convention Centre (ICC), Darling Harbour, Sydney Australia from Tuesday 18 July to Friday 21 July 2017.

Step one:  tell us that you’d like to present a paper.  Given the summer break in Australia, we’ve extended the deadline to help those of you who have been on vacation – but we do need to hear from you by close of business on 3 February to get the ball rolling.  It’s all on this page, so keep reading.

About the event

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), is a leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries.conference_presenter

The biennial SMPTE conference and exhibition is Australia’s premier forum for the exploration of media and entertainment technology, covering current and future developments in media, content creation, image and sound, and the allied arts and sciences.

Who will come to SMPTE17?

Conference delegates include the industry’s technology thought leaders and decision makers. This audience is keen to engage with thoughtful, interesting and forward-looking presentations on topics ranging from emerging theory to practical implementation.

Conference is supported by a an exhibition covering 10,000 square metres (100,000 square feet), delivering another 8,000 qualified visitors.

Topics under investigation for SMPTE17 include:

  • Micro services
  • Remote production IP Glass to Glass
  • Future of SDI
  • Who’s in the Cloud
  • Commercial off the Shelf vs Dedicated Hardware
  • Software as a Service
  • Virtualisation, cloud or containers
  • Virtual Reality/ Augmented Reality
  • The role and uses of artificial intelligence
  • Content Security
  • Future of Transmission (SVOD TVOD OTT)
  • Ad hoc and mobile WIFI services
  • Display Technologies
  • Cinema Processing
  • Resolution beyond 2K
  • High Dynamic Range
  • Extended Colour Gamut
  • Impact of social Media on existing markets
  • The future of the industry engaging young professionals
  • Technologies for Monetising Content
  • Media tech education: is focus on STEM enough to build the next generation?

This list is not exclusive, and the Committee is interested in proposals for other topics which might be leading edge or highly relevant.

Proposed papers must be informational and must address technical theory, research, innovation, application, or practice specific to any of the evolving technologies associated with the media technology industry.

We strongly encourage submission of Research Papers and Student Papers.

All papers selected for the SMPTE17 Conference become eligible to be considered for the SMPTE Journal, a peer-reviewed academically-recognised publication.

We’re also interested if you have an idea or proposal for a panel or a short seminar topic.

Papers that are commercial or promotional in nature will not be considered for selection.

To Submit an Abstract

Step one is simple:  give us your expression of interest.

All you have to do at this stage is submit a topic heading, paper title, and a short abstract (50-100 words). You could also let us know what form the presentation might take and what media would be involved (presentation, video clip, or technical demonstration), a brief abstract of the proposed paper’s content, keywords, name(s) of author(s) and the presenter’s name, title, company, mailing address, telephone, and e-mail address.

We need this small amount of information as your expression of interest.

Important: Ensure the submitted abstract is clear, concise and fully describes the subject matter covered in the proposed presentation and required manuscript.

Previously published, product-specific, sales or promotional papers will not be considered.

The Submission process

If you are not already registered with EDAS (skip this step if you are):

  1. Go to
  2. Select “New User”
  3. Fill in required information
  4. Check “I consent to the EDAS Privacy Policies” box
  5. Click on “Add This Person” Button


To Submit a Paper (if you are already registered with EDAS):

  1. go to
  2. Log-in to EDAS
  3. Enter the paper’s title
  4. Add the author’s name
  5. Enter the synopsis in the “Abstract” field
  6. Add any other information which will help the Committee
  7. Press “Submit”

Important Note: Paper selection will be a two step process. The first phase will be an initial selection of papers by the Program Committee based on the submitted abstract and author. Authors will be notified no later than 15 March 2017 if their paper is under consideration.


If your paper is selected, you will be asked to submit a short précis on your topic with an outline of the final paper. The précis and outline are due 1 April 2017.

Final selection of conference participants and notification to authors will be no later than 10 April 2017.

To ensure SMPTE has time to process papers for the conference, selected speakers must provide an electronic version of the final manuscript no later than 5 June 2017, and the final technical paper presentation no later than 3 July 2017.

Please note: A technical manuscript will be required from all authors whose papers are accepted for the SMPTE17 Conference.