Initiates Three-Dimensional TV Project
Bilkent University is at the forefront of new developments in television
technology, as the host institution for the Three-Dimensional TV Project, a research
program funded by the European Union.
Prof. Dr. Levent Onural from the Department of Electrical and Electronics
Engineering, the president and coordinator of the project, states that in the near future
televisions will take the form of a tripod on which viewers will be able to watch
realistic moving images, formed totally by light, from any angle they wish. Based on
holographic and laser technology and aided by advanced mathematics, this project will
expand the limits of today's electronic and optic technology. Although it is hard to
imagine, today's televisions may be obsolete within ten years.
Under the auspices of the European Union's Sixth Framework Programme, the
four-year Three-Dimensional TV Project began September 1, initiated and coordinated by
Bilkent University. Nineteen research foundations from seven different countries will
participate. The scientists engaged in this project are renowned for their work in high
technologies such as digital television, VCD, DVD, MP3 and Multimedia. It is a source of
pride for Turkish science that Bilkent University is spearheading the project, which is at
the cutting edge of television technology and has support from prominent European
universities, scientists and research foundations such as the Fraunhofer and Max Planck
Institutes. The European Union is providing over six million euros in support of the
project, which could help to give Europe a competitive edge in the field of television
technology vis-a-vis its rivals, the U.S. and Japan. Three-dimensional television also has
the potential to bring advances in related fields such as medical imaging.
The project's opening ceremony was held at the Bilkent Hotel in Ankara on September 27-28.
More than 70 scientists from the European Union project participant institutions attended