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The Moscone Center
San Francisco, California, United States
2 - 7 February 2019
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AR, VR, MR presentations and panel discussions

Hear from the leading experts in the field of AR VR MR at the 2019 Conference

The 2019 AR VR MR Conference, featuring must-see presentations and insight from the biggest names in the tech industry and up-and-coming XR companies.

This two-day event includes invited speakers, panel discussion, student design challenge, hands-on demos and the opportunity to network with leading companies looking for the latest talent.

Days & Location: Sunday - Monday, Moscone Center

Conference Dates
3 - 4 February 2019

Presentations 
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2019 Speakers. Scroll down for the complete schedule

Bernard Kress Jerry Carollo Michael Klug
Bernard Kress
Microsoft HoloLens
Jerry Carollo
Google
Michael Klug
Magic Leap
Mary Lou Jepsen David Fattal Behnam Bastani
Mary Lou Jepsen
Openwater
David Fattal  
LEIA
Behnam Bastani  
Oculus Facebook
Ronald Azuma Marty Banks Tish Shute
Ronald Azuma
Intel
Marty Banks
UC Berkeley
Tish Shute 
Huawei
Federico Capasso Hong Hua Jannick Rolland
Federico Capasso
Harvard
Hong Hua
Univ. of Arizona
Jannick Rolland
Univ. Of Rochester
Doug Lanman Jonathan Waldern Jim Melzer
Doug Lanman
Facebook Reality Labs
Jonathan Waldern
DigiLens
Jim Melzer
Thales Visionix
Robert Schultz Ed Tang Stefan Alexander
Robert Schultz
Vuzix
Ed Tang  
Avegant
Stefan Alexander
North
Norbert Kerwien Pablo Benitez Mike Browne
Norbert Kerwien
Carl Zeiss
Pablo Benitez
limbak
Mike Browne
SA Photonics
Julien Blin Ruediger Sprengard Darran Milne
Julien Blin
GSVLabs
Ruediger Sprengard  
SCHOTT
Darran Milne  
VividQ
Stan Larroque Pierre-Yves Laffont Kelly Peng
Stan Larroque 
Lynx
Pierre-Yves Laffont
Lemnis Technologies
Kelly Peng
Kura AR
Eugene Panich Ilmars Osmanis David Sapienza
Eugene Panich
Almalence
Ilmars Osmanis
LightSpace Technologies
David Sapienza
HTC Vive
Ted Selker David Holz Seth Coe-Sullivan
Ted Selker
Selker Design Research
David Holz
Leap Motion
Seth Coe-Sullivan
Luminit
Brett McCorkle Fariba Danesh Rob Stevens
Brett McCorkle
Erie Insurance
Fariba Danesh
GLO
Rob Stevens
Adlens
Mike Lohse John Haddick Steve Sullivan
Mike Lohse
previouosly ODG
John Haddick
previously ODG
Steve Sullivan
Microsoft Mixed Reality Capture Studio
Marcus Duelk Ari Grobman Michael Morehead
Marcus Duelk
Exalos
Ari Grobman
Lumus
Michael Morehead
SyGlass
Mark Bolas Soon-gi Park Jaron Lanier
Mark Bolas
Microsoft
Soon-gi Park
LetinAR
Jaron Lanier
Microsoft
Thad Starner Chris Parkinson
Thad Starner
Google / Georgia Tech
Chris Parkinson
RealWear

Sunday Talks 10:30 am - 5 pm

Introduction

TimeSpeakerPresentation
10:30 AM Pamela Robertson
SPIE
Welcome
10:45 AM Bernard Kress
Microsoft HoloLens
Opening address

  

  

The Future, and Optical Challenges, of AR/VR Headsets

TimeSpeakerPresentation
11:00 AM Ted Selker
Selker Design Research
AR/VR: Where From and Where To
11:20 AM Jerry Carollo
Google
Square Pegs Round Holes
11:40 AM Tish Shute
Huawei
Spatial Computing in the Age of Light
12:00 AM Soon-gi Park
LetinAR
PinMR: Novel Optical Solution for AR Glasses
12:20 PM Thad Starner
Google / Georgia Tech
A User Centered Approach to On-the-go HWD Design
12:40 PM Michael Morehead
SyGlass
VR for Scientific Microscopy
1:00 PM Ronald Azuma
Intel
Progress in AR/VR Photonics Challenges
1:20 PM Pierre-Yves Laffont
Lemnis Technologies
Verifocal: Improving Visual Comfort and Clarity with Dynamic Focus in VR/MR
1:40 PM Doug Lanman
Facebook Reality Labs
DeepFocus: Learned Image Synthesis for AR/VR Displays
2:00 PM Jannick Rolland
Univ. Of Rochester
Bridging Industry and Academia Towards AR/VR Emergence
2:20 PM Hong Hua
Univ. of Arizona
Challenges for Next-generation AR/VR Displays
2:40 PM Norbert Kerwien
Carl Zeiss
Optical Challenges and Trade-offs of Unobtrusive Smart Glasses
3:00 PM Marty Banks
Berkeley
Image Quality in the Periphery of the Human Eye: Its Effect on Accommodation and Perception
3:20 PM Stefan Alexander
North
Form Factor First Smartglasses: The Optical Design of Focals by North
3:40 PM Eugene Panich
Almalence
Digital Lens Correction to Achieve High Picture Quality in AR/VR HMDs
4:00 PM Stan Larroque
Lynx
Challenges and Opportunities for Video See-through AR Headsets
4:20 PM Ed Tang
Avegant
Light Field AR Headset
4:40 PM Rob Stevens
Adlens
Variable Focus Eyewear
5:00 PM Mike Lohse & John Haddick
ODG
Prototypes vs Products, Lessons Learned in the Real World and What’s Needed for AR to Takeoff
5:20 PM Chris Parkinson
RealWear
Headsets Built for Industry

Monday Talks 8:30 am - 5 pm

AR/VR/MR Ecosystem Development

TimeSpeakerPresentation
8:30 AM Pamela Robertson
SPIE
Welcome
8:45 AM Bernard Kress
Microsoft HoloLens
Opening address
9:00 AM Federico Capasso
Harvard
Flat Optics with Metasurfaces for AR/VR
9:20 AM Mark Bolas
Microsoft
Bend Light, Bend Reality
9:40 AM Behnam Bastani
Oculus Facebook
Architecting Immersive VR and MR Display Systems
10:00 AM Jim Melzer
Thales Visionix
Head Mounted Displays for High Stress Occupations
10:20 AM Mary Lou Jepsen
Openwater
Blood and Lasers
10:40 AM Julien Blin
GSVLabs
AR/VR: A New Paradigm Shift
11:00 AM Michael Klug
Magic Leap
Spatial Computing Light Fields
11:20 AM David Fattal
LEIA
The Beauty of Lightfields
11:40 AM Brett McCorkle
Erie Insurance
Use of AR and Smart Glasses at Erie Insurance
Noon Steve Sullivan
Microsoft
Mixed Reality Capture Studio

  

  

Optical Building Blocks for AR/VR/MR

TimeSpeakerPresentation
12:20 PM David Sapienza
HTC Vive
VR at HTC
12:40 PM Seth Coe-Sullivan
Luminit
Holography for AR and Smart Glasses
1:00 PM Pablo Benitez
limbak
Exploring the Limits of VR Optics
1:20 PM Jonathan Waldern
DigiLens
Spatial Mapping of Refractive Index Modulation for Improved AR Holographic Waveguide Manufacture
1:40 PM Robert Schultz
Vuzix
Waveguide Design and Manufacturing Considerations
2:00 PM Ruediger Sprengard
SCHOTT
High Refractive Index Glass Wafers: Ultraprecision for AR/MR Waveguide Technology for Mass Production
2:20 PM Kelly Peng
Kura AR
AR Display Optics: Collaboration Across Semiconductor, Optics, Software and Manufacturers
2:40 PM David Holz
Leap Motion
AR Tracking and Reference Designs
3:00 PM Ilmars Osmanis
LightSpace Technologies
Multi-plane S3D Near-eye Display Technology
3:20 PM Darran Milne
VividQ
A Real-time Engine for High Quality, Phase-only 3D Holographic Displays
3:40 PM Mike Browne
SA Photonics
Mistakes Were Made: Lessons Learned from 30+ Years of AR/VR
4:00 PM Marcus Duelk
Exalos
RGB Superluminescent LEDs for AR Micro-Displays
4:20 PM Fariba Danesh
GLO
RGB Direct-emitting Display Panels
4:40 PM Ari Grobman
Lumus
Reflective Waveguide Displays for Mass Market AR

Monday Panel Session 5 - 6 pm

Listen and interact with some of the biggest names in VR, AR, and MR. Panelists include pioneers in VR, smart glasses, cryptography and more. Grab a beverage, prepare questions, and be part of this interactive panel discussion.

Moderator

Bernard Kress, Partner Optical Architect at Microsoft HoloLens
Bernard Kress
Microsoft HoloLens

Panelists: The Pioneers

Jaron Lanier Jaron Lanier
A pioneer in the field of virtual reality, as well as a computer philosophy writer, computer scientist, visual artist, and composer of classical music.
Mark Bolas Mark Bolas
A VR pioneer that helped jumpstart the technology. Now at Microsoft working on the "vision strategy" for Microsoft's Mixed Reality platform
Mary Lou Jepsen Mary Lou Jepsen
A veteran technologist whose new startup is about wearable diagnostics made from consumer electronic parts that cost as much as a smartphone.
Ronald Azuma Ronald Azuma
A pioneer and innovator in augmented reality, visualization, and mobile applications at HRL Labs, Nokia Research Center, and Intel Labs.
Thad Starner Thad Starner
Early smart glasses pioneer. Founder and director of the Contextual Computing Group at Georgia Tech's College of Computing.
Jim Melzer, Thales Visionix Jim Melzer
One of the pioneers for defense and military head mounted displays. He is currently the Technical Director at Thales Visionix.

Courses crucial for your work in AR VR MR


Courses include Design Techniques and Applications, Optical Technologies and Architectures for VR, AR, MR HMDs, Introduction to VR, AR, MR and Smart Eyewear, Designing and Specifying Digital Cameras, and Head-Mounted Display Requirements and Designs for AR Applications.

Bernard Kress, Partner Optical Architect at Microsoft HoloLens

The 2018 event was the largest event in AR/VR hardware, especially for optical architectures (optics, displays and sensors)—one of the main challenges for next generation AR/VR headsets.”
- Bernard Kress, Microsoft HoloLens

See the full list of courses

Participating companies

 Microsoft, Google,  Amazon, Facebook, Huawei, and more.