• Technical Conference:  16 – 20 September 2018
  • Science & Industry Showcase:  18 – 19 September 2018

Theme: Virtual Reality and Augmented Vision

Conference Themes: Automotive Optics   l   Nanophotonics & Plasmonics   l   Quantum Technologies   l   Virtual Reality & Augmented Vision

VR, and especially AR and MR are poised to create a huge market for enterprise and consumer by 2020, reaching over $100B. However, in order to create mass adoption both for enterprise and consumer, various hardware requirements need to be met, such as wearable and visual comfort, and costs. None of them are currently addressed, most of today's AR and MR headsets being too bulky, too heavy, low FOV, low resolution, low brightness, and have inherent vision limitations such as Vergence Accommodation conflict. Most of these challenges are linked to optics and photonics. In addition to an invited program of speakers, a visionary talk will be presented by Mark Bolas, Director of Technology Incubation, Microsoft Corp., and a demo session showcasing various VR and AR headsets will be available for sign-ups.

Wednesday, 19 September

08:00 – 09:00

The Coming of Age for Smart Glasses, AR and VR  

09:00  09:15 Break
09:15 10:00 Visionary Speaker
Mark Bolas, Microsoft Corp., USA
10:00 – 15:00 Science & Industry Showcase
15:00 – 16:30 Session
AR and VR Ecosystems Developments
16:30  16:45 Break
16:45 – 18:45 Session
New Optical Hardware is Key to Next Generation AR and MR
Thursday, 20 September  
08:00 – 09:00 Session
Vision Comfort as a Key to AR Mass Adoption
09:00  10:00 Break
Experience another theme: Quantum Technologies
10:00 – 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30  12:30 Session
AR/VR Applications for Enterprise and Consumer Markets
Visionary Talk: Virtual Reality and Augmented Vision  

Visionary Speaker: Mark Bolas

As we dive head-first into the new medium of mixed reality, we find that the ability to bend light is central to the palette of mixed reality systems and content designers as they bend the reality that is ultimately formed in the user’s mind. This talk will look backwards and forward in time to explore just how messy that process has been, and how much messier it will become.

Session: The Coming of Age for Smart Glasses, AR and VR  

Bernard Kress, Microsoft Corp., USA
Thad Starner, Georgia Institute of Technology and Google Glass, USA
Jim Melzer, Thales Visionix, USA

Session: AR and VR Ecosystems Developments


Jonathan Waldern, Digilens Corp., USA
John Haddick, ODG Osterhout Design Group, USA
Patricia “Tish” Shute, Huawei, USA

Sumanta Talukdar, EnhancedWorld Ltd., UK
Guillaume Basset, Resonant Screens, Switzerland
Poking Li, Himax Display Ltd., Taiwan
Joel Kollin, Microsoft Research, USA

Session: Vision Comfort as a Key to AR Mass Adoption
Hong Hua, University of Arizona, USA
Edward Tang, Avegant Corp., USA

Session: AR/VR Applications for Enterprise and Consumer Markets

Barry Silverstein, Oculus VR, USA 
Kayvan Mirza, Optinvent SaRL, France
Bret McCorckle, Erie Insurance, USA
Micah Tinklepaugh, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), USA

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