Moscone West
San Francisco, California, United States
7 - 9 March 2021
Conference AVR01
Optical Architectures for Displays and Sensing in Augmented, Virtual, and Mixed Reality (AR, VR, MR)
Sunday 7 March 2021 Conference Committee
Important Dates
Abstract Due:
9 September 2020

Author Notification:
16 November 2020

Manuscript Due Date:
16 February 2021

Call for
Augmented reality (AR), Virtual reality (VR) and Mixed reality (MR) are poised to become the next computing and communication platforms, replacing desktops and laptops devices, and even the now-aging tablets and smartphones.

The current Covid-19 pandemic situation emphasizes today more than ever the need for better communication tools, with experiences similar to real social interactions, as working groups in enterprise or as friends holding a virtual get-together: AR, VR and MR have the potential to revolutionize how we communicate, work, learn, shop, get entertained in the near future, and help us adapt to the new norm in our post Covid-19 lives, both privately and professionally.

To get to the ultimate experience of spatial computing, various improvements in comfort (wearable and visual) and display immersion need to take place. Such optical challenges can be addressed through an optical design procedure that puts the human visual system at its core. The complexity of the optical hardware, software and content structure can thus be reduced, without degrading the user’s display immersion and comfort experience.

The purpose of this conference is to bring together researchers and engineers from academia and industry to discuss recent developments in this rapidly advancing field. Papers can include research in any optical system, subsystem, or technological building block to enhance the AR, VR, or MR experience in a Head Mounted Display (HMD).

The following topics are emerging today as very hot topics in academia, research institutions, and industry, as well as in the venture capital community. Researchers, engineers, managers, industry leaders, as well as market analysts are welcome to share their knowledge and experience and be part of the ongoing digital optics revolution.

Suggested topics include:
  • novel imaging systems (imaging on silicon sensors: sensors include head tracking, eye tracking, gesture sensing, spatial mapping, etc.)
  • novel display engines (technologies enabling immersive display)
  • combiner optics and related architectures (free space, lightguide, waveguide, etc.)
  • 3D display techniques, technologies and architectures (varifocal, multifocal, lightfield, holographic, volumetric, etc.)
  • human perception and user experience in immersive displays
  • optical sensors for eye, gaze, pupil, and vergence tracking
  • optical sensors for depth mapping and gesture sensing (stereo, structured illumination, TOF, etc.)
  • optical sensors for 6DOF head tracking and SLAM-relocalization
  • nanophotonics for AR/VR/MR applications

Note: If you are submitting a paper to SPIE Photonics West that is relevant to AR/VR/MR, please email Event Manager, Pamela Robertson ( and Conference Program Coordinator, Kirsten Anderson ( to discuss the option of presenting in both symposia.
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