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9th October 2012

SLE's Ben Broughton wins the Ben Sturgeon award

SLE's Ben Broughton has been honoured with the UK & Ireland Society for Information Display's Ben Sturgeon Award. The award, established in conjunction with the British Liquid Crystal Society, is made annually to a scientist or engineer under 40 whose work has made a significant contribution to the displays field over the past 10 years.

Ben received the award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to LCD image processing technology. After completing a PhD at Cambridge during which he studied the physics of liquid crystals, Ben joined Sharp Laboratories in 2005. Since then, working with colleagues at Oxford and at Sharp Corporation's mobile phone division in Hiroshima, Japan, he has created a range of advanced software technologies that improve and enhance the features of liquid crystal displays.

One target for Ben's research in recent years has been technology to ensure that the colours of objects appearing on liquid crystal screens are an accurate reflection of the colours of objects in the real-world. Think of internet-shopping for a tin of emulsion paint, or the ideal dress to match those shoes, and you'll understand the need for a screen that truthfully renders colour. Ben has developed software routines that allow for exquisite control over the colouring of images and his technology has been adopted in a series of mass market mobile phones.

Just as ground breaking has been Ben's work developing technology to add a privacy function to mobile displays. Known as 'Veil View', at the press of a button the technology renders a screen unreadable for anyone viewing from the side, perfect for those moments when you want to read a text message on your phone but don't want the person sitting next to you to do the same. The technology is enormously popular in Japan, where it is a standard feature on tens of millions of smartphones. Any traveller on the Tokyo subway will routinely witness Ben's technology in use by the busy commuters there.

Ben's research has resulted in more than half-a-dozen patents to protect his inventions, and papers presented at international scientific conferences. He's also active in helping to enthuse young people about the possibilities of a career in science and engineering, giving talks to school parties visiting Sharp Laboratories under the Oxfordshire e4P scheme.

Ben accepted the Ben Sturgeon award at the 18th September meeting of the UK Society of Information Display at Imperial College, London with a talk entitled Image processing for high-quality mobile displays.

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SLE's Ben Broughton has been honoured with the UK & Ireland Society for Information Display’s Ben Sturgeon Award.

SLE's Ben Broughton has been honoured with the UK & Ireland Society for Information Display's Ben Sturgeon Award.