Who We Are

Society for Information Display is comprised of the top scientists, engineers, corporate researchers, and business people of the display industry, valued at over US$100B annually. SID was formed in 1962 to promulgate display technology, and that work continues today, publishing a monthly Journal of SID, Information Display magazine, and our annual Digest of Technical Papers, which is presented at our annual spring Display Week Symposium and Exhibition. These publications are available online without additional charge for members.

The annual Display Week Exhibition is the best event for the sales and marketing of displays and related products to the North American market, because it attracts the top companies and senior business and technical staff who make product management and purchasing decisions, shaping the industry. The core part of Display Week, SID's Symposium, began in 1963 and has about 70 technical events, comprised of 400 oral and poster presentations, as well as associated events: Business Conference, Investors Conference, Sunday Short Courses, Monday Technical Seminars, Industry Awards Lunch, Market Focus Conferences, Exhibitors' Forum, and the I-Zone of peer-reviewed prototypes. SID has chapters located throughout the world; members are free to choose which chapter they wish to belong to, and many chapters webcast their technical meetings, some of which are available to members as recordings free of charge.

SID also promotes the SID-Wiley book series on display technology, and other conferences including LatinDisplay in Brazil, EuroDisplay in Europe, International Display Workshops in Japan, and Asia Display. Students are supported with deeply discounted memberships, and travel grants for some with the best papers. To train engineers, obtain fresh market perspectives for businesspeople, and for cutting-edge information on tomorrows displays, there's no place like SID!

The Society for Information Display

When you join the Society for Information Display, you are joining the international display community — and a local one. From Osaka to Eindhoven, you will find colleagues passionately involved in display and display-system design, integration, marketing, display standards, manufacturing, human factors, applications, and R&D.

Each of these display professionals is a member of the chapter of his or her choice. The chapters have periodic meetings, and some run conferences and trade shows that have national — even international — appeal. The chapters interact both directly and through the central SID International Office, and chapter meetings often feature speakers with international reputations. SID’s largest international gathering is the annual SID Symposium, Seminar, and Exposition, which attracts thousands of attendees, speakers, and exhibitors from around the world. Here, the members of the international display community come together face to face, share technical information, develop business opportunities, and make new friends — just as we have done since 1962. We invite you to join us.

Benefits of SID Membership

Join the international display community and become part of your local display community.

Access the most complete and most accurate information on displays.

Enjoy many opportunities for networking with your peers and with leaders in the field — in person and electronically.

Receive Information Display magazine, the world’s leading magazine devoted exclusively to display technology, applications, manufacturing, and marketing.

Online access to SID's Digest of Technical Papers

Receive the Journal of SID, the world’s leading technical journal devoted exclusively to display technology.

Receive timely information on forthcoming display conferences and trade shows — in locations from Hamamatsu to Orlando to London.

Work side by side on SID committees with industrial and academic leaders of the display community.

Be recognized within your company as a professional who is in touch with the latest in Display technology.

Obtain ongoing recognition and publicity for your company by having it become a Corporate Member of SID.

Advertising & Publicity

SID does not sell or rent our event attendee lists for email campaigns or mailing campaigns.  Also, as a non-profit, SID does not allow advertising on its main website,  In order to support the display industry and keep our annual Display Week International Symposium, Seminar and Exhibition business-friendly, though, SID offers opportunities for advertising and publicity as follows:


  • Information Display magazine ads: See the website for information on printed magazine ads, online ads at, and email blast advertising opportunities. 
  • Display Week exhibitors can purchase ad sponsorship, wherein the ad (static graphic or animated gif) stays on the website until the next Display Week is over
  • Directory of the Display Industry also has online advertising opportunities



  • Email publicity is available via Information Display newsletters, please refer to 
  • Corporate SID members have their name and website hyperlink included on frequent email blasts throughout the year, while silver corporate members can include a logo, and gold corporate members can include either a logo or embedded video.  Please see SID's corporate members page for further information. 
  • Display Week graphic ad sponsorships on are periodically sent out with emails about Display Week



  • Most of SID's speakers are those who submit technical abstracts and then present their papers at our Display Week Symposium, or at other SID co-sponsored conferences such as IDW in Japan, IMID in Korea, the Vehicle Displays conference in Michigan, or the IDRC which alternates between Europe and Brazil.  Please see the conference websites for further information on abstract submission for these speaking opportunities.
  • Display Week Business Track: Most speakers at the Display Week Business Conference, Investors' Conference, and Market Focus Conferences are by invitation only, but if you have an interest in speaking please contact SID HQ, and we'll direct your inquiry to the appropriate person
  • Display Week chapter events:  Many speakers have given industry talks for SID chapters.  For speakers who sign a copyright form, these talks can then be distributed via's webinars page; new webinar files are announced to our email list of ~30,000 industry participants.
  • Display Week's Exhibitors' Forum also presents an opportunity to speak


I-Zone Awards

Competition of live demonstrations regarding emerging information-display technologies, such as not-yet-commercialized prototypes and proof of concepts.

Individual Honors and Awards

The SID Board of Directors, based on recommendations made by the Honors & Awards Committee, grants several annual awards based upon outstanding achievements and significant contributions. Information regarding nominations as well as past recipients of the awards is available at the link above.

Display Industry Awards

Each year, SID bestows awards in three categories: Display of the Year, Display Application of the Year, and Display  Component of the Year.

Best in Show Awards

The Society for Information Display highlights the most significant new products and technologies shown on the exhibit floor during Display Week.

Journal of the Society for Information Display (JSID) - Outstanding Student Paper of the Year Award

Each year a sub-committee of the Editorial Board of JSID selects one paper for this award which consists of a plaque and a $1000 prize.   This award is generously sponsored by LG Display.


The SID archives contain information relevant to the history of the Society, its members, and the technology of Displays. Information may be in the form of indices of older publications; technical papers of historic significance, historical notes on technology, the industry, companies, and on (or by) individuals; listing of noteworthy artifacts; and references to publications, collections and museums that hold and store information or artifacts, providing links to these sites when appropriate. Content currently available:

0. ARCHIVES Outline

1. Indices of SID publications‚Ä®
      a. SID Proceedings, 1969-1988*

  1. SID Proceedings papers listed chronologically 1969-1988
  2. SID Proceedings papers listed by lead author 1969-1988
  3. SID Proceedings papers sorted on technology 1969-1988 (preliminary)
     b. Table of contents for SID Symposium Digests, 1965-1988
  1. Symposium Digest articles listed chronologically 1963-1988
  2. Symposium Digest articles listed by lead author 1963-1988
     c. Index of Information Display magazine articles, 1963-2012
        1. Information Display article index listed chronologically 1964-2012

* Note: data is not fully complete in that 1.) no company affiliations are listed for authors, 2.) the first four Symposium digests have not yet been indexed and 3.) indexing by technology matter is cursory, and needs to be reviewed

2. Historical Material
     a. Technology
  1. Display Technology Milestone Charts (DTMCs) presented at the‚Ä® 2003 SID International Symposium, Baltimore; updated and presented at Display Week 2010 in Seattle; and again updated in 2012. These milestone charts identify and recognize the key and first of its kind technology and products developments for each of these technologies, in order of their historical appearance:
                       a. Projection DTMC
                       b. CRT DTMC
                       c. EL/OLED DTMC
                       d. Plasma DTMC
                       e. Liquid Crystal DTMC
                       f. Active Matrix DTMC

     b. Honors and Awards
  1. Chronological listing of SID Award Winners, with award citations
  2. Alphabetical listing of SID Award Winners, with award citations
  3. Listing of Award Winners, by award type
  4. Quick-reference listing of all Award Winner names, alphabetically & chronologically
  5. List of “Big Hitters”, listing Award Winners with two or more awards
     c. Symposia and Conferences
  1. SID International, Regional and Chapter Symposia and Conferences
  2. 1963-1989 Symposium Executive Committee Members
  3. 1970-1989 Symposium Program Committee Members
  4. History of International Display Workshops
     d. History of the Society
  1. International Officers of SID
  2. Chapter Formation History
  3. Chapter Director & Officer History
    a. Composite for all chapters
    b. Americas chapters
    c. Asian Chapters
    d. European Chapters


Society for Information Display
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The Society for Information Display is recognized as a tax-exempt entity, or 501C3,  by the US Government and State of California.  As such, donations to SID are tax-deductible charitable contributions under the US Internal Revenue Code Section 509(a)(2).  Donations can be made to support SID's annual awards, a given program such as webinars or student travel grants, or to our general fund, which supports SID activities as defined in our bylaws:

1. The purpose of SID shall be:

  a) To encourage the scientific, literary and educational advancement of information display and its allied arts and sciences, including, but not limited to: the disciplines of display theory, display device and systems development, display systems and applications, display peripherals, display materials/processing/manufacturing, display measurements, imaging, image processing, hard copy, printing, information science, display design, display input/output devices/interaction, display perception and the psychological and physiological effects of display systems on the human senses.

b) To maintain a central repository for data relating to information display and its allied fields which shall be accessible to all qualified members of SID for research purposes.

c) To provide forums, by establishment of regular periodic publications and regular conferences, for the exchange and dissemination of ideas relating to the field of information display.

d) To promulgate definitions and standards pertaining to the field of information display

e) To conduct these activities and achieve these objectives without pecuniary profit to its Directors, officers or members; any balance of money or assets remaining after the full payment of corporate obligations of all and any kinds shall be devoted solely to the above stated purposes.

2. The scope of SID is non-national, embracing all territories of interest to its membership. SID shall maintain its principal offices in the USA, from which it shall carry out its general administrative functions in accordance with applicable laws.

Donations can be made to SID by mailing us a check or online in increments of $50 in our bookstore. For example in SID's bookstore, to donate $150, you'd change the donation quantity from 1x$50, to 3x$50, or to a quantity of 100 for $5,000, etc. For further information on making a cash or estate donation, please contact SID HQ by phone (408) 879-3901, fax (408) 879-3833, or

Fellow & Senior Members


The membership grade of Fellow is one of unusual professional distinction conferred by the Board of Directors, acting on the recommendation of the Honors and Awards Committee, upon a SID member of outstanding qualifications and experience as a scientist or engineer in the field of information display who has made widely recognized and significant contributions to the advancement of the display field. Nominations for election to the Grade of Fellow must be supported in writing by at least five SID members. Nominees must also meet the membership requirements specified in Article 3, Section 1. e) of the SID Bylaws. To apply for the grade of Fellow, please follow the procedures on our Individual Honors & Awards page.

Year Award Winner Year Award Winner
1963 Ruth M. Davis 1997 Eiichi Yamazaki
1963 James H. Howard 1998 Fumiaki Funada
1964 Anthony Debons 1998 William Glenn
1965 Rudolph L. Kuehn 1998 Ernst Lueder
1966 Edith Bardain 1998 Shinji Morozumi
1966 William P. Bethke 1998 P. Niel Yocom
1966 Carlo P. Crocetti 1999 Makoto Maeda
1966 Frances R. Darne 1999 Shoichi Matsumoto
1966 Harold R. Luxenberg 1999 Terry J. Scheffer
1966 Petro Vlahos 1999 Tsutae Shinoda
1967 William R. Aiken 2000 J. William Doane
1967 Sid Deutsch 2000 Setsuo Kaneko
1967 George Dorion 2000 Hiroyuki Ohshima
1967 Solomon Sherr 2000 A.S. Sluyterman
1968 Fordyce M. Brown 2001 Shoji Shirai
1968 Robert C. Carpenter 2001 Takeo Sugiura
1968 Phillip P. Damon 2001 Shosaku Tanaka
1969 James H. Redman 2001 Shin-Tson Wu
1969 Carl Machover 2001 Kei-Hsing Yang
1969 Louis M. Seeberger 2001 Philip Bos
1970 Leo Beiser 2002 Daniel den Engelsen
1970 Nobuo John Koda 2002 Nobuki Ibaraki
1970 Bernard J. Lechner 2002 Shohei Naemura
1970 Harry H. Poole 2002 Ching W. Tang
1971 Benjamin Kazan 2003 William P. Bleha
1971 Harold B. Law 2003 Shui-Chih Alan Lien
1972 Pierce W. Siglin 2003 Eli Peli
1973 Irving Reingold 2003 Gary K. Starkweather
1974 Vernon J. Fowler 2003 Edward H. Stupp
1974 Charles P. Halsted 2003 I-Wei Wu
1974 Edwin H. Hiborn 2004 Jean-Pierre Boeuf
1974 George Holtz 2004 Arlie Richard Conner
1974 Albert M. Loshin 2004 Katsumi Kondo
1975 Lucien M. Biberman 2004 Anthony C. Lowe
1975 William E. Good 2004 Masataka Matsuura
1975 H. Gene Slottow 2004 Kouji Suzuki
1976 Sanai Mito 2005 Adi Abileah
1976 Dalton Pritchard 2005 Gregory P. Crawford
1976 Gerald K. Slocum 2005 Paul S. Drzaic
1977 Thomas C. Maloney 2005 Hoi-Sing Kwok
1977 Ko-Ichi Miyaji 2005 Hiroshi Murakami
1977 William H. Ninke 2005 Han-Ping Shieh
1977 John A. van Raalte 2006 Chin Hsin (Fred) Chen
1978 Ifay F. Chang 2006 Wilem den Boer
1978 Gentaro Miyazaki 2006 Jin Jang
1978 Peter Pleshko 2006 Tsunehiko Sugawara
1979 Aron Vecht 2006 Steven A. Van Slyke
1980 P. Samuel Christaldi 2007 Deng-Ke Yang
1980 Cecil E. Land 2007 Yoshifumi Shimodaira
1980 Masanobu Wada 2007 Kalluri Sarma
1981 Frederic J. Kahn  2007 Michael Hack
1981 Elliott Schlam  2007 Myung Hwan Oh
1981 Alan Sobel 2007 Kenji Okamoto
1982 Jay J. Brandinger 2008 Richard McCartney
1982 Peter D.T. Ngo 2008 Seung Hee Lee
1982 John M. Constantine, Sr. 2008 Junji Kido
1983 Yoshifumi Amano 2008 Vladimir Chigrinov
1983 T. Peter Brody 2008 Ingrid Hyenderickx
1983 Webster E. Howard 2008 Chishio Hosokawa
1983 Lawrence E. Tannas, Jr. 2009 John Zhong
1984 Thomas L. Credelle 2009 Sashiro Uemura
1984 Werner E. Haas 200 Jun Souk
1984 P. Andrew Penz 2009 Amal Ghosh
1985 Cornelius J . Gerritsma 2009 Min Koo Han
1985 Allan R. Kmetz 2009 Sang Soo Kim
1986 Tomio Wada 2010 Andrew Watson
1986 Paul M. Alt 2010 Roger Stewart
1986 Roger L. Johnson 2010 Haruhiko Okumura
1987 Andras I. Lakatos 2010 Wei Chen
1987 Shunsuki Kobayashi 2010 Edward Kelley
1987 Omesh Sahni 2011 Julie Brown
1988 Dwight W. Berreman 2011 In-Jae Chung
1988 Akio Sasaki 2011 Yoichi Sato
1988 Heiju Uchiike 2011 Sung Tae Shin
1989 Takehiro Kojima 2011 Xiao Wei Sun
1989 Larry F. Weber 2012 Nikhil Balram
1989 Zvi Yaniv 2012 Brian Berkeley
1990 Eiji Kaneko 2012 Ho Kyoon Chung
1990 Christophe r N. King 2012 Oh-Kyong Kwon
1990 Harry L. Snyder 2012 Hiap L. Ong
1991 Masami Yoshiyama 2013 Hiroyuki Mori
1992 Walter F. Goede 2013 Kälil Käläntär
1992 Fang-Chen Luo 2013 Baoping Wang
1992 Iwao Ohishi 2013 Gopalan (Raj) Rajeswaran
1992 Martin Sch adt 2013 Takatoshi Tsujimura
1993 Peter G. J. Barten 2014 Chihaya Adachi
1993 Makoto Ikegaki 2014 Janglin Chen
1993 Chuji Suzuki 2014 Victor Belyaev
1994 Masakazu Fukushima 2014 Yong-Seog Kim
1994 Edward P. Raynes 2014 Taiichiro Kurita
1994 Tatsuo Uchida 2015 Anne Chiang
1995 Hsing-Yao Chen 2015 Ryuichi Murai
1995 Hiroo Hori 2015 Fujio Okumura
1995 Shigeo Mikoshiba 2015 John F. Wager
1995 Carlo Infante  2015 Hidefumi Yoshida
1995 Hideaki Kawakami  2016 Achintya K. Bhowmik
1995 Alan G. Knapp 2016 Hideo Hosono
1995 Chizuka Tani 2016 In Byeong Kang
1997 Guenter Baur 2016 Changhee Lee
1997 James L. Fergason  2016  Chung-Chih Wu
1997  Louis D. Silverstein     


Senior Members

Senior Members are those individuals who are recognized to have made significant technical contributions to the advancement of displays and who have demonstrated active participation in the display community and in SID.

Date Recipient Chapter
May '15 Joel Pollack Bay Area
  Toshiaki Arai Japan
  Vladimir Brezhnev Russia
  Herbert De Smet Mid Europe
  Vasily Ezhov Russia
  Hiromi Katoh Japan
  Makoto Omodani Mid Europe
  Helge Seetzen Canada
  Tomokazu Shiga Japan
Sept. '13 Yasushi Motoyama Japan
  Patrick Green Pacific Northwest
May '13 Xiang-Dong Mi New England
  Hideo Fujikake Japan
  Ion Bita Bay Area, USA
  Dan Desjardins Greater Dayton
Jan '13 Frank Rochow Mid-Europe
Jan '12 Mutsumi Kimura Japan
Takatoshi Tsujimura Japan
Sept '11 Takahiro Ishinabe Japan
Gady Golan Israel
May '11 Erwin Ulbrich Los Angeles
Bong Hyun You Korea
Qun (Frank) Yan Mid-Atlantic, USA
Larry Iboshi Los Angeles
Phil Joujon-Roche Los Angeles
Bob Knepper Los Angeles
Adrian Miscovich Israel
Joe Miseli Bay Area, USA
Ian Sage UK/Ireland
Bob Schmahl Los Angeles
Ted Zammit Delaware Valley
Maxim Sychov Russia
Sergey Studentsov Russia
Steve Somers Los Angeles
Vadin Shoshin Russia
Jan '11 Seung Woo Lee  Korea
Michael Miller  Mid-Atlantic
May '10 Michael Brill  Delaware Valley
Guy Bryan-Brown  UK/Ireland
Tukaram K. Hatwar  Upper Midwest
JC (Cliff) Jones  UK/Ireland
Qing Li  Beijing
Xiao-Hua Li  Beijing
Alfred Poor  Delaware Valley
Yong Qiu Beijing
Jan '10 Tariq Ali Pacific Northwest
Stephen Atwood New England
Dr. Jason Heikenfeld Greater Dayton
Jyrki Kimmel Mid-Europe
Olivier Prache Mid-Atlantic
Sept '09 Dr. Jignesh Gandhi New England
Prof. Yi-Pai Huang Taipei
May '09 Dr. Hiroki Hamada Japan
Prof. Adrian H. Kitai Canada
Prof. Alaide Pellegrini P. Mammana Latin America
Dr. George A. Melnik Mid-Europe
Dr. Gopalan Rajeswaran India
Dr. Stefan Riehemann Mid-Europe
Dr. Terry C. Schmidt Canada
Dr. Andrew B. Watson Bay Area
Dr. Mike Weaver Delaware Valley
Jan. '09 Dr. Birendra Bahadur Upper Midwest
Dr. T.N. Ruckmongathan India-Bangalore
Nov. '08 Dr. Edward Buckley UK/Ireland
Mr. David A. Eccles San Diego
Gary W. Jones Pacific Northwest
John A. Rupp Mid-Atlantic
Dr. Kalil Kalantar Japan
Dr. Sungkyoo Lim Korea
May '08 Dr. Munisamy Anandan Mid-Atlantic
Dr. John Troxell Metro-Detroit
Sept. '07 Dr. Kenneth A. Dean Southwest
Qiong-Hua Wang Beijing
May '07 Jean-Noel Perbet France
January '07 Dr. Nikhil Balram Bay Area
Mr. Steven D. Ellersick Pacific Northwest
May '06 Mr. Tolis Voutsas Pacific Northwest
Sept. '05 Mr. Matthew S. Brennesholtz  Mid-Atlantic
Mary Lou Jepsen  New England
Mr. Yuzuru Tsuchiya Japan
May '05 Darrel G. Hopper  Greater Dayton
Dr. Frank R. Libsch Mid-Atlantic
Jan. '05 Dr. Hirotsugu Arai  Japan 
Kiyoto Fujioka  Japan 
Yasuhiro Ukai  Japan 
Dr. Haruo Isono  Japan
Oct. '04 Ms. Candice H. Brown Elliott  Bay Area 
Fujio Okumura  Japan 
Dr. Horishi Morita  Japan 
Keiji Nunomura  Japan 
Mr. Masahiko Akiyama  Japan 
Mr. Maxim G. Tomilin  Russia 
Vladimir D. Chigrinov  Russia
April '04 Kai R. Schleupen Mid-Atlantic
Dr. Boris I. Gorfinkel Russia
Jan. '04 Dr. Soichiro Okuda Japan
Vladimir Kuklev Russia
Yoichiro Nakanishi Japan
Dr. Katsutoshi Ohno Japan
Sept. '03 Mr. Richard McCartney  Bay Area
Dr. Hiroshi Murakami  Japan
May '03 David L. Post Greater Dayton
Robert L. Donofrio Metro-Detroit
Gus F. Carroll Bay Area
Mr. Brian H. Berkeley Korea
Jan. '03 Dr. Aris K. Silzars Pacific Northwest
Dr. Ravi Rao Mid-Atlantic

To become a senior member, candidates must meet criteria defined on the application form. Candidates should submit an application form to SID HQ completely documenting how they meet the criteria, and have a reference do the same:

Senior Member Application Form
Senior Member Reference Form

History & 50th Anniversary

SID's founding meeting was called by Dr. Luxenberg September 29, 1962 at UCLA in Boelter Hall.  There were 39 attendees, many representing major high-tech firms. The location of the initial meeting is significant since the birth place of the internet also occurred at Boelter Hall over 40 years ago.  SID's LA Chapter Director and SID past president, Larry Tannas, was an instructor of displays at UCLA Extension for 20 years after taking over Luxenberg's class in 1980 when Luxenberg moved to Chico, CA.

Moving forward to SID's 50th anniversary in 2012, UCLA's Professor Yang Yang now holds the first Engineering Chair in the world devoted to electronic information displays, which is the Carol and Lawrence E. Tannas, Jr., Endowed Chair in Engineering.  Mr. Tannas is helping drive the effort to commemorate the founding of SID by placement of a plaque bearing this content at Boelter Hall.  The placing of the plaque took place as part of a day-long symposium and banquet event on September 29, 2012:

Photo showing part of SID's UCLA Boelter Hall room 3400 exhibit on the evolution of electronic displays 

Photo showing SID's 50th Anniversary Plaque with UCLA Boelter Hall's room 3400 exhibit  

SID 50th Anniversary Ceremony: L-R - Bob Knepper (Charter Member who attended first meeting), Larry Tannas (50th Anniversary Chairman, Not Charter Member), Bob Schmahl (Very Early Active Member), Erv Ulbrich (Charter Member/Ceremony Chairman), Pete Baron (Gave Paper at First SID Conference), Dail Doucette (Charter Member who attended first meeting), Phil Damon (Charter Member who attended first meeting).

L-R - Larry Tannas (1988-89), Erv Ulbrich (1976-77), Brian Berkeley (2012-2013), Paul Drzaic (2008-9), Larry Weber (2006-07).  The man sitting down is Phil Damon (1970-71).

Evolution of SID and LCDs (A perspective on SID's history)
By Lawrence E. Tannas, Jr.
President, Tannas Electronics
Fellow and Past President, SID
Chairman, SID 50th Anniversary Celebration Committee

In the Beginning

The Society for Information Display and liquid crystal displays are interwoven more than any other technical component can be with an engineering society; SID and LCDs have evolved together. Electronic displays are the most multidisciplinary components in the world and SID has a single objective: to advance electronic information displays.

In the beginning, at the very first organizational meeting held at UCLA on 29 September 1962, it was reported that the IRE (Institute of Radio Engineers) declined to create a new Section devoted solely to electronic information displays. This was the pivotal finding that caused SID founders to start their own society. The IRE and AIEE (American Institute of Electrical Engineers) merged to form IEEE in January, 1963. Thus, SID is older than IEEE by four months.

Dr. Harold R. Luxenberg (“Lux”) is credited as the founder of SID, and rightfully so. The concept of forming a society devoted to electronic displays grew out of Lux’s UCLA Extension Class “Information Display Systems,” first given June 19-23, 1961. I believe this to be the very first such class ever given on the multidisciplinary subject of display systems engineering. Lux taught this class for 18 years, through 1979, when Lux went to Chico State University to become a Professor of Computer Science. In addition to SID evolving from Lux’s classes, he and Rudolph L. Kuehn edited the class notes for the first book ever published on the subject, Display Systems Engineering (McGraw-Hill, 1968). Rudy Kuehn was a fellow lecturer and champion of SID publications. In 1973, Lux invited Lawrence E. Tannas, Jr., to add the subject of liquid crystal displays to his class. Larry took over Lux’s class in 1980 and continued it through 2000, adding additional classes on related subjects. In 1983 Tannas edited a book based on his lecture notes, Flat-Panel Displays and CRTs (Van Nostrand-Reinhold). Among the very first books on the subjects was Sol Sherr’s Electronic Displays (John Wiley and Sons, 1979).

It’s more than coincidental that SID was founded at UCLA. UCLA was in the center of the aerospace explosion in Los Angeles after Sputnik and Apollo, and the School of Engineering and Applied Science had a single, multidisciplinary curriculum conceived by the first engineering dean, Llewellyn M. K. Boelter.

Paradigm Shift

If one were to look at the three books mentioned above, it would be clear that a complete paradigm shift occurred in the evolution of electronic displays. In the beginning, electronic displays such as galvanometers and CRTs were analog indicating transducers. Today, electronic displays such as plasma panels and LCDs are digital matrix arrays of randomly addressable pixels.

The year 1988 can be considered the mid-point in the process by which AMLCDs replaced CRTs as the primary electronic information display. Key events were the exhibits by Sharp and IDT (a consortium formed by 50% Toshiba and 50% IBM) at the Japan Electronic Show in 1988. Both companies predicted the future with their display of 14-inch AMLCDs in full color, using amorphous silicon as the active matrix element. Japan had become the leader in electronic displays – a transition that occurred after SID’s 25th anniversary.

Sharp’s speculative venture to build the first Gen. 1 AMLCD factory in 1992 was electrifying. Most industrial leaders conceded that the technology was feasible but believed the cost would be prohibitive. It was unimaginable then that one could manufacture a half-million transistors on a single substrate with very high yield. Now, Sharp is operating a Gen. 10 AMLCD factory with three million transistors per substrate.

Matrix Addressing

The history of the evolution of LCDs as a flat panel display was paced by the evolution of active matrix addressing using active elements at each pixel. This is called an AMLCD.

A TV image is easily implemented on a CRT because the image is created by a series of scan lines left to right, top to bottom, using passive analog techniques. This is called scan line addressing.

The matrix addressing of plasma panels is accomplished by using the nonlinear properties of gas discharge to prevent cross coupling. The success of the plasma panel has been due, in large part, to the fact that an active element is not needed at each pixel.

Evolution of LCDs
  • Discovery of the Williams Domain in LC material, Sarnoff Labs, 1962;
  • Invention of twisted nematic mode of LCDs, 1971; and evolution of mathematical modeling of LCDs; Synthesis of cyanobiphenyl LC material in 1972;
  • Continuing improvement in LCD design, in-plane twist, compensating films, TFT structure, 3D, LED backlight, backlight addressing, , high frequency refresh, etc;

Observations on AMLCDs

  • It took 30 years for (a-SI) AMLCDs to evolve and another 20 years to perfect performance details and production technology;
  • Sharp in 1990 demonstrated “TV on the Wall,” and in 1992 proved the manufacturability of amorphous silicon LCDs;
  • AMLCDs required international collaboration of companies, laboratories and people; and the center of activity moved from the US and Europe to Japan and, now, Korea, led by Samsung and LG;
  • Competition has continued with plasma panels initially being used for the very large display market, and passive LCDs and AMOLEDs for the smaller display market. Now, LCDs are displacing plasma even in sizes up to 90 inches, and AMOLEDs are being positioned to begin a challenge to LCD in 55-inch TV; AMOLED and LCD are competing in the recently created market for very high-quality small and medium-sized displays for smart phones and tablets.

The Future

Clearly, AMLCDs are the leading technology today just as CRTs were until 1990. Active matrix OLEDs have now been publicly demonstrated to show superb performance at potentially a lower cost in 55-inch size by Samsung and LG. It’s like the 1990s all over again. Highly skilled display engineers are split on how the future may evolve. Again, the answer rests in the techniques used in matrix addressing. Still, the stigma of poor life performance of OLED materials has not been eliminated.

The future is bright. AMLCDs will be getting better and AMOLEDs promise to be the next generation of displays.

Leadership & Governance

SID Officers

President: Yong-Seog Kim
President-Elect: Helge Seetzen
Treasurer: Takatoshi Tsujimura
Secretary:  Achin Bhowmik email:
Past President:  Amal Ghosh

Regional Vice-Presidents

Americas: Sri Peruvemba email:
Asia: Xiaolin Yan
Europe: P. Kathirgamanathan email: euroledsid @


Bay Area/BA: John Miller email:
Beijing/BJ: Qun (Frank) Yan email:
Belarus/BR: Alex Smirnov email:
Canada/CN: John Vieth email:
Delaware Valley/DV: John W Parker, III
France/FR: Francois Templier email:
Greater Dayton/DA: Darrel G. Hopper  email:
Hong Kong/HK: Hoi-Sing Kwok 
India/IN: Yashowanta Mohapatra email:
India Bangalore/INB :  Sanjiv Sambandan email:
Israel/IL: Gady Golan email:
Japan/JP: Katsumi Kondoh email:
Korea/KO: Jun Souk email:
Latin America/LTN: Alaide Mammana email:
Los Angeles/LA: Larry Tannas Jr. email:
Metropolitan Detroit/DE: Jerzy Kanicki email:
Mid-Atlantic/MA: John Kymissis email: 
Mid-Europe/ME: Herbert DeSmet email: Contact SID HQ
New England/NE: Robert Powell email:
Pacific Northwest/PNW: Adi Abileah email:
Russia/RS: Victor Belyaev email:
Singapore/Malaysia/SG: Xiaowei Sun email:
Southwest/SW: Kalluri Sarma email:
Taipei/TP: Janglin Chen email:
Texas/TX: Zvi Yaniv email:
UK-Ireland/UK/I: Sally Day email:
Ukraine/UR: Vassili Sergan  email:
Upper Midwest/MSP: Bruce Hufnagel email:

Committee Chairs

Academic: Hyun Jae Kim email:
Archives: Larry Tannas Jr. email:
Audit:  Robert Powell email:
Bylaws: Aris Silzars email:
Chapter Formation Chair: Dick McCartney email: McCartney.Dick @
Conventions: Paul Drzaic email: Contact SID HQ, office @
 Conventions: Aris Silzars email:
Conventions Vice-Chair, BC & MFC: John Jacobs  email: Contact SID HQ, office @
Conventions Vice-Chair, Social Media: Erica Montbach email: Contact SID HQ, office @
Definitions and Standards: Tom Fiske  email:
Display of the Year Awards: Wei Chen   email: Contact SID HQ, office @
Display Training School: Qun (Frank) Yan  email:
Honors and Awards: Shin-Tson Wu   email:
Investment Committee: Helge Seetzen  
I-Zone Committee: Larry Weber
Long Range Planning: Helge Seetzen  
Marketing, Head of Marketing: Sri Peruvemba email:
Membership: Tomokazu Shiga email:
Membership Vice-Chair, Social Media: Hari Atkuri email:
Nominations: Amal Ghosh
Program Chair: Rashmi Rao 
Publications: John Kymissis  email:
Publications Vice-Chair, Information Display Magazine Editor: Steve Atwood email:
Publications Vice-Chair, JSID Editor in Chief: Herbert DeSmet email: Contact SID HQ  
Publications Vice-Chair, SID-Wiley Book Series Editors: Tony Lowe & Ian Sage email: 
             contact SID HQ for Tony Lowe
Senior Member Grade: Helge Seetzen  


Maxim Tomilin

Professor Maxim Tomilin was famous Sovyet and Russian specialist in area of liquid crystal physics and application.
He was born in 1937. In 1961 Maxim Tomilin graduated from Leningrad Mechanical Institute (University). PhD 1969, D.Sc. (Hab.) 1980.
In 1970-2006 he was with Vavilov State Optical Institute, since 2006 he was professor of The National Research University ITMO (Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics, Saint-Petersburg.
Maxim Tomilin investigated materials’ properties, surface interaction of liquid crystals with different materials, proposed some new solutions of LC based devices. Recently he wrote a set of books and text-books on the LC and history of optics.
He is author of three books, more 300 scientific papers and 60 popular papers, 40 inventions. He organized 10 international conferences.
Maxim Tomilin is founder and first Director of the SID Russia Chapter. He was SID Senior Member. He was awarded with a medal of D.S. Rozhdestvensky Optical Society (Russia), medal of Russian Exhibition of National Economics (at present Russian Exhibition Center) and medal “XXth Symposium Advanced Display Technologies” established by Byelorussian, Ukrainian and Russian SID Chapters.

Governance Change Information Page



In May 2015, the Board of Directors of SID unanimously approved a motion to bring a comprehensive revision of the SID bylaws to the membership for approval during the 2016 membership vote.

This informational document is meant to provide facts about the governance changes.

Here are the proposed changes:

  • Merge Board of Directors (BoD) and Executive Committee (EC) into single Board

New Board Composition

2 Tenure-Based Officers (President, Past President)

3 Elected Officers (President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary)

7 Elected Regional Vice Presidents (elected by each Region using a direct member vote)

Various Committee Chairs sub-ordinate to appropriate Officers

Only major Committee Chairs invited to BoD meeting at discretion of President

All nominations shall be made by the Nominating Committee, in consultation with the regional Chapters for the RVP nomination, with opportunity for direct nominations from the membership as currently defined in the bylaws.

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