SMPTE 2020 Annual Technical Conference Call for Technical Paper Proposals

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), a leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, is seeking technical manuscript proposals for the SMPTE 2020 Annual Technical Conference (SMPTE 2020), to be held 9 – 12 November 2020 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, California. Authors of manuscript proposals selected by the 2020 program committee will have the opportunity to present at the world's premier forum for the exploration of media and entertainment technology. Program sessions address advancements in current technology, plus future looking developments in media technology, content creation, image and sound, and the allied arts and sciences. 

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 & entertainment industry.

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

Student Papers are strongly encouraged.

A technical manuscript is required for all abstracts accepted for the SMPTE 2020 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition.  

The following is a non-exclusive list of potential manuscript topics:

  • Digital Cinema 
    • Image Acquisition and Processing 
    • Cinema Processing and Projection Technology 
    • New Techniques in Audio (scene-based production, compression, transport, immersive) 
    • Research and Discovery in Emissive Displays 
    • Color Management 
    • High Dynamic Range 
  • Streaming, OTT and the Small Screen 
    • Future of Media Distributions (OTT, ATSC 3.0, Mobile, etc.) 
    • Workflow Management (file-based, automation) 
    • Advances in Display Technologies 
    • UHD:  Bigger, Better, Faster Pixels 
    • Transport of Streaming Media Globally 
    • Color Management 
    • High Dynamic Range 
  • Research and Academic 
    • Color Science and Dynamic Range Management 
    • Human Perception of Images or Sound 
    • Quality and Monitoring of Images and Sound 
    • New Compression Techniques and Implementations 
    • Application of Artistry and Science in Real World Project Work 
    • Restoration and Preservation 
  • Infrastructure and Cloud 
    • Cloud and Virtualized Media Processing 
    • Media Infrastructure (SDI, IP) 
    • Microservices 
    • Content Management and Storage 
    • Content and Network Security 
  • Broadcast 
    • HDR 
    • Transmission 
    • Remote Production 
    • Graphics Engines 
    • Infrastructure 
  • Technical Leadership and Industry Change 
    • Encouraging Diversity and Inclusion in STEM 
    • Change Management in Media Technology 
    • Organizational Culture in Media and Entertainment 
    • New Approaches to Education for Television and Film 
  • Future of Media 
    • Future Media Technology (Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality/360o Video) 
    • New and Novel Technology and Techniques 
    • Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence technology in professional content creation 
  • eSports and Gaming 
    • High Dynamic Range 
    • Infrastructure 
    • Content delivery 
    • VR and Augmented Reality 
    • eSports 
    • Graphics Engines 

How to Submit an Abstract:

Interested parties are invited to submit their abstract and other information requested here.

The entire submission process will be conducted in Hubb, our official conference management platform. All submissions (abstracts and additional information, full manuscripts, speaker information, additional material, video clips, and AV requirements) will be submitted in Hubb. Please contact us if you have questions about using Hubb at 

Authors and speakers will be offered support throughout the entire submission process. Our program committee will provide guidance and resources to help you write and present a successful paper for the SMPTE 2020 annual technical conference.

In the first phase of the submission authors will be asked to submit the following information: 

  1. A clear and concise abstract, or technical paper proposal, at least 300 words in length, that fully describes the subject matter covered in the proposed manuscript 
  2. Top three informational takeaways for the audience in bullet point form (required) 
  3. Type of paper proposed, between the following options: 
    1. Research/Theory oriented 
    2. Novel Technological Approaches 
    3. Case Study 
    4. Tutorials 
    5. Proposal for Industry Change 
  4. Ideal target audience, or who will benefit most from your presentation 
  5. Additional presentation media, video clips, or other support material that you plan to use to ensure your presentation is engaging, inspiring, and creative. These materials need to have the paper title, name(s) of author(s) and the presenter’s name, must be provided no later than the presentation submission deadline.  

Important: New timelines for abstract submission:

  1. The abstract submission phase of the Call for Papers will be open between January 15 and April 30, 2020, 05:00 PM PT.

  2. All abstracts will be reviewed by the Conference Program Committee between April 30, 2020 and May 30, 2020, and authors will be notified whether they are shortlisted for the second phase.

  3. The second phase of the selection process requires submission of final manuscripts, to be uploaded to Hubb in WORD format. This phase will start on May 30, 2020 and end on July 10, 2020. During this time authors will work on submitting a full manuscript for the conference, supported by the Conference Program Committee.

  4. Final manuscripts will be reviewed by the Conference Program Committee between July 10 and July 30, 2020, and authors will receive final notifications of acceptance on or before August 15. All submitted manuscripts are peer-reviewed for possible publication in the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal, including those not selected for the conference.

  5. Shortly after the selection accepted authors will be contacted by their session chairs and asked to submit their conference-ready presentation in PowerPoint format and attend session introduction and planning meeting. In this phase, your session chair will work with you to provide edits and a conference-appropriate manuscript and presentation. You will be supplied with a template document for the presentation. Presentations are due for upload to Hubb no later than September 30, 2020.

SMPTE Call for Storytellers at the Technical Conference

SMPTE Storytellers are brief presentations given by members of the SMPTE community during the conference. These short stories are intended to present the more human side of our community. They are more personal than the deep technical presentations in the rest of the program. In the spirit of inclusivity, these stories are meant to be motivational, inspiring, compelling, personal, visionary, or some combination of all of the preceding. SMPTE Storytellers’ stories provide an opportunity for members of the community to express topics which are important to them. Selected storytellers will be provided speaking guidance and support. (While short summaries are required for consideration, manuscripts are not necessary for SMPTE Storyteller presentations)

To submit a short summary for consideration for inclusion as a SMPTE Storyteller, send your name, job title, and 1000 words or fewer about the main points of your story to