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June 2017 | Volume 7, Issue 2 | Consumer Electronics |

A Validation Study of a Perceptually-Based Metric of Smartphone Image Quality

For years, even as smartphones continued to gain more and more prominence in daily life, there was no standard that rated the quality of images taken by mobile phone cameras. This lack of standards left manufacturers frustrated by the lack of understanding the impact design changes had on perceived quality and consumers confused by the quality level that could be expected from the devices that they purchased.

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Letter from the Editor

by Yatin Trivedi, David Law

Standards for the Virtual World!

The world of standards used to be so tangible! You could clearly validate when two components fit together (conformed to certain interoperability standard). Even when we talked about safety or quality matters, it was quite clear whether a process met certain standards. But times are a changin’! Some technologies are now rapidly taking us from the real world into augmented reality and virtual reality. Just to be clear, the interoperability standards are still important; in fact, these applications depend on such complex ecosystems that the adherence to interoperability standards for communication and data is a fundamental requirement. The notion of quality, however, is now built into the bits that make up the digital picture, audio or video and the rate at which it is processed to present the rich experience of reality we seek. As the algorithms continue to benefit from the increased computational power, greater bandwidth, and access to vast quantities of data, we are getting accustomed to highly personalized experiences and services even though there is greater concern over our privacy and personal safety. In this issue of the eZine, the experts are bringing us timely information about some of the emerging standards in camera picture quality, drone technology, augmented reality and virtual reality. We also get to hear from researchers about advanced processes for manufacturing wearable sensors. Just as various audio and video standards brought us improved experiences on mobile devices over the past decade, wearable sensors will bring us near-reality experiences in the coming decade. Can we really be in two places at once? Will we be able to distinguish between the real avatar (self) and the virtual avatar? (more…)

Student Application Papers

for students

Student application papers applying industry standards are papers submitted by students, or their faculty mentors on their behalf, in which an industry technical standard(s) was applied (analyzed and implemented). Each paper highlights specific design choices in the application of various technical standards and describes the resulting product, process, or service.   Click on the title to view the full paper.

Audio Reading Service Listener Web and Mobile Interface

(PDF, 1MB), by Daniel Brewer, Aaron Lilley, and Simon Sharudin, Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne, Department of Computer Science.

Learn more about how you can apply for an IEEE Student Grant.

Funny Pages: Standard Fare

Illustrated by Rick Jamison, David Law

Standards Transmission

Call for Contributors

The IEEE Standards Education eZine Editorial Board invites contributions from industry practitioners, educators and students on topics related to education about technical standards. Interested parties may submit an inquiry or article abstract for consideration to the Editorial Board at any time throughout the year via email to: Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words and final articles should be no more than 2,000 words. Particular areas of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • impact and development of standards in various regions of the world;
  • reliance by employers on complying with standards for introducing their products to the marketplace
  • best practices and ideas for incorporating standards into the classroom and curricula
Final contributions should include a 100 word biography of the author(s) and a high-resolution (JPEG) picture. All illustrations must be provided in a high-resolution (JPEG) format. References to all copyrighted material must be properly cited.

Interested in contributing an article?  Please make note of these important dates.

3rd Quarter 2017 issue theme: Standards and Compliance/Regulation
  • Articles due: 14-Jul-2017
  • Publication date: 18-Aug-2017
4th Quarter 2017 issue theme: Green ICT
  • Articles due: 1-Nov-2017
  • Publication date: 6-Dec-2017

About the IEEE Standards Education e- Magazine

A publication for those who learn, teach, use, deploy, develop and enjoy Standards!

Technical standards are formal documents that establish uniform engineering or technical criteria, methods, processes and practices developed through an accredited consensus process. The purpose of this publication is to help raise awareness of standards, show the importance of standards, present real-world applications of standards, and demonstrate the role you can play in the standards development process. Knowledge of standards and standards activities can help facilitate your professional engineering practice and improve technological developments to meet the needs and improve the lives of future generations.

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  • catalysts for technological innovation and global market competition.
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