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Moscone West
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25 - 27 January 2021
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Call for Papers Opens in April 2020

Optical Architectures for Displays and Sensing, part of the AR VR MR 2021.

Technical Session
The current Covid-19 pandemic situation emphasizes today more than ever the need for better communication tools, and 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.

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).

Abstracts are due this summer.

2020 Presentations
Powerpoint + Audio

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Papers will be accepted in these areas:

Novel imaging systems
Novel display engines
Combiner optics and related architectures
Combiner optics and related architectures
3D display techniques, technologies and architectures
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
Optical sensors for 6DOF head tracking and SLAM-relocalization nanophotonics for AR/VR/MR applications

If you are submitting a paper to SPIE Photonics West that is relevant to AR/VR/MR, lets discuss the option of presenting in both symposia.

2021 Student Optical Design Challenge

2021 Student Optical Design Challenge

The challenge provides a unique opportunity for students to demonstrate design creativity skills and gain exposure to some of the industry’s top companies.

New format in 2021. Check back for updates.

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2021 Chairs

Bernard Kress, Microsoft HoloLens

Bernard Kress,
Microsoft HoloLens (United States)

Christophe Peroz, Magic Leap

Christophe Peroz,
Magic Leap (United States)

2021 Executive Organizing Committee

Maria Pace, Microsoft HoloLens (United States)
Martin S. Banks, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
Pablo Benítez, Univ. Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)
Julie L. Bentley, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Michael P. Browne, SA Photonics, Inc. (United States)
Weichuan Gao, Facebook Technologies, LLC (United States)
Andreas G. Georgiou, Microsoft Research Cambridge (United States)
Hong Hua, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Mary Lou Jepsen, Openwater (United States)
Fernando Mendoza-Santoyo, Centro de Investigaciones en Óptica, A.C. (Mexico)
Jannick P. Rolland, The Institute of Optics (United States) Zhujun Shi, Harvard Univ. (United States)