September 12, 2017


IRYStec at ICIAP and CIC25

By Claudia Torregrosa

The IRYStec team is unstoppable: they are attending two conferences this week! From September 11 to September 15, you will be able to find them at:


The 19th International Conference on Image Analysis and Processing (ICIAP)

Catania, Italy.

In a previous post, we shared IRYStec’s paper acceptance at ICIAP 2017. The team is now travelling to present its research. You can access the one-page summary online.


The 25th Color and Imaging Conference (CIC 25)

Lillehammer, Norway.

This morning, IRYStec’s CTO Tara Akhavan, VP R&D Afsoon Soudi and Senior Researcher Greg Ward held a 2h course on Perceptual Display.

The course introduces perceptual display platform technology aimed at closing the gap between what is shown on a display/screen versus what is perceived by the human visual system. 3D displays, HDR displays, OLED, and QD displays all bring the display experience one step closer to what is seen in the real world. However none of those displays can provide their users with a real-world experience without considering the other perceptual aspects. The course discusses theories as well as best practices on color perception, contrast perception, and perceived brightness of LCD and OLED displays. An important focus is on how color and contrast are two sides of the same coin. They massively influence display perception and modifying each of the two requires modification in the other. The perceptual display platform approach is discussed in detail for a few applications such as mobile, tablets, automotive, and VR.


Tara Akhavan is a technology entrepreneur and co-founder and CTO of IRYStec a Series-A Montreal based startup in the display industry. She holds a BS in computer engineering, an MS in artificial intelligence, and is finishing her PhD in image processing and computer vision at Vienna University of Technology. Akhavan is marketing vice-chair of the Society of Information Displays (SID).

Greg Ward is a researcher specializing in lighting simulation and rendering, HDR imaging, and photography. He has authored and continues to maintain the Radiance ray-tracing system and the Photosphere HDR image builder and browser. Ward co-invented BrightSide Technologies’s HDR display system (now owned by Dolby). He has co-authored two textbooks, one on radiance and another on HDR imaging.

Afsoon Soudi is a dedicated technologist and entrepreneur with a PhD in physics. She is co-founder and VP R&D of IRYStec. Prior to founding IRYStec, she led multiple research groups with an excellent track record of publications in prestigious journals leading to 250+ citations. Her specialty is characterization of semiconductor nanomaterials including nanowires and quantum dots with applications in electronics and solar cells.  


Congratulations to the team for their productivity, innovation and success!