Moscone West
San Francisco, California, United States
2 - 4 February 2020
Conference AVR01
Optical Architectures for Displays and Sensing in AR, VR, MR
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Abstract Due:
24 July 2019

Author Notification:
30 September 2019

Manuscript Due Date:
8 January 2020

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Augmented Reality (AR), and especially Mixed Reality (MR) systems are poised to become the next computing and communication platforms, replacing the ailing desktops and laptops devices, and even the now-aging tablets and smartphones. The ultimate MR experience calls for various improvements in comfort (wearable and visual) and display immersion. 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).

Suggested topics include:
  • novel display engines and imaging systems (panel and scanners)
  • combiner optics and related architectures (free space, lightguide, waveguide)
  • 3D display techniques, technologies and architectures (varifocal, multifocal, lightfield, holographic, volumetric)
  • 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
  • note: 'photonics for AR/VR' papers may also be accepted.
These 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.

Apply for the 2020 Student Optical Design Challenge
Abstracts submitted to the SPIE Optical Architectures for Displays and Sensing in AR, VR, MR conference may be eligible to apply to the 2020 Student Optical Design Challenge and win financial awards. The challenge is designed to encourage and acknowledge excellence in oral and poster student paper presentations and bridge the gap between traditional academic optics teaching and tangible industry expectations for today’s immersive display products. The challenge consists of manuscript review and onsite poster and oral presentation reviews. The jury will grade the optical design and the resulting optical specs (including tolerancing), as well as the actual work.

If you would like to participate in the 2020 Student Optical Design Challenge which takes place on 3 February 2020, please add CHALLENGE in the ‘Add Related Track’ field on title page during the submission process.

The Student Optical Design Challenge is open to any full-time student registered at an academic or research institute, performing their work either in an academic lab, a research institute, or as an internship in an external company.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Can I have co-authors? Yes, any number of them, from either academy or industry, but the primary author /presenter must be registered as a student.
  • What software can I use? The optical design software is at the choice of the student. However, participating sponsors are offering their optical design software available free of charge for any student registering in this challenge. Email to enquire about software options.
  • Will I be required to present in the conference or can I just participate in the challenge? Yes, in order to be eligible for the Student Optical Design Challenge, the presenter must also give a technical talk in the Optical Architectures for Displays and Sensing in AR, VR, MR 2020 conference.
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