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26 July 2016: Light the Future with Joseph Izatt and Bernard Kress

26 July 2016: Light the Future with Joseph Izatt and Bernard Kress

Joseph Izatt, professor of Biomedical Engineering, Duke University, and OSA Fellow, and Bernard Kress, Microsoft, gave a public presentation at IAOC, Tuesday, 26 July 2016.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016
Imaging & Applied Optics Congress (IAOC)

Lighting up the Future of Medical Imaging and Image-guided Therapy 

Joseph Izatt, Michael J. Fitzpatrick Professor of Engineering, Duke University, OSA Fellow 

Optical technologies have a rich history of applications in medicine, from the invention of eyeglasses and optical microscopes to the latest developments in automated laser surgery and fluorescence-based genome sequencing/genotyping technologies. The latest generation of optical imaging technologies based on multi-spectral imaging, photoacoustics and coherence tomography have revolutionized diagnostics in several medical specialties, and their live interactive capabilities lead to new possibilities in image-guided therapy. The integration of these technologies with augmented and virtual reality displays is already occurring in the operating room and is poised to improve patient outcomes and improve medical training. 

A scientist, educator, and entrepreneur, Joe's research interests include biomedical optics and spectroscopy, coherence-based optical imaging in scattering media, and novel instrumentation for minimally invasive medical diagnostics. His laboratory is recognized for foundational contributions to optical coherence tomography imaging technology, particularly for real-time interactive and intrasurgical applications in ophthalmology and endoscopy. He has authored or co-authored over 200 scientific publications, more than 400 lectures and presentations, and holds more than 60 issued patents. Joe served as the founding editor-in-chief of OSA's online journal Biomedical Optics Express, and is a Fellow of The Optical Society, AIMBE and SPIE. 

The Light Years Ahead: How Today's Promising Augmented and Virtual Reality Markets Help Shape New Optics Frontiers 
Bernard Kress, partner optical architect, Microsoft 

After much promise in the 1990s, augmented and virtual reality markets are finally beginning to realize their potential. The optical engineer's toolbox - and its evolution in the next decade - must accommodate ever increasing specs in resolution, FOV, size and weight.  AR and VR technologies offer the ability to enhance new optical architectures, and new fabrication techniques would allow such technologies to be manufactured at lower costs leading to wide-spread adoption in the consumer electronic markets. 

For over 20 years, Bernard has made significant scientific contributions as a researcher, professor, consultant, advisor, instructor and author in the field of micro-optics, diffractive optics and holography for research, industry and consumer electronics. He has been involved in half a dozen start-ups in the Silicon Valley on optical data storage, optical telecom, optical position sensors and display (picos, HUDs and HMDs). Bernard holds 28 international granted patents and 30 patents applications. He has published more than 100 proceeding papers and 18 refereed journal papers. He was the Principal Optical Architect working on the Google Glass project. Currently, he is working on the Next generation HoloLens optical architectures at Microsoft.