Stephen Dolph


Flat panel displays continue to dominate the display market. Larger, higher resolution flat panel displays are now in demand for scientific, business, and entertainment purposes. Manufacturing such large displays is currently difficult and expensive. Alternately, larger displays can be constructed by tiling smaller flat panel displays. While this approach may prove to be more cost effective, appropriate measures must be taken to achieve visual seamlessness and uniformity.

In this project we conducted a set of experiments to study the perception and mitigation of image artifacts in tiled display systems. In the first experiment we used a prototype tiled display to investigate its current viability and to understand what critical perceptible visual artifacts exist in this system. Based on word frequencies of the survey responses, the most disruptive artifacts perceived were ranked. On the basis of these findings, we conducted a second experiment to test the effectiveness of image processing algorithms designed to mitigate some of the most distracting artifacts without changing the physical properties of the display system. Still images were processed using several algorithms and evaluated by observers using magnitude scaling. Participants in the experiment noticed statistically significant improvement in image quality from one of the two algorithms. Similar testing should be conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of the algorithms on video content. While much work still needs to be done, the contributions of this project should enable the development of an image processing pipeline to mitigate perceived artifacts in flat panel display systems and provide the groundwork for extending such a pipeline to realtime applications.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Flat panel displays--Quality control; Imaging systems--Image quality

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Imaging Science (MS)

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Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science (COS)


James Ferwerda

Advisor/Committee Member

Susan Farnand

Advisor/Committee Member

Ellen M Kosik Williams


RIT – Main Campus

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