OSA Incubator on Visual Perception in AR/VR

04 April 2020

This OSA Meeting will be held as scheduled.

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OSA Incubator on Visual Perception in AR/VR

23 Jul - 25 Jul 2020
OSA Headquarters
Washington, District of Columbia, United States



  • Rigmor C. Baraas, University of South-Eastern Norway, Norway
  • Francisco Imai, Apple Inc., United States
  • Ali Ozgur Yontem, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom


Recent developments in the technology for augmented reality, virtual reality and mixed reality have significantly advanced how display technology can be used. However, the interaction between novel displays and human perception remains a largely open space to explore. The objective of this incubator will be to enable two-way discussions on how perception science can inform the design and implementation of AR/VR/MR displays and on how AR/VR/MR displays can be used as tools to build experiments to understand human perception. Additional discussions will focus on how different AR/VR/MR applications are concerned with different aspects of producing a “good” viewing experience, in particular the temporal, spatial and chromatic aspects of a display.

Through invited talks, panels, moderated discussion periods and informal networking, this incubator will also explore the bounding limits of this technology: Is human perception intrinsically limited such that the display technologies do not need to deliver information above a certain quality, and hence, the design constraints could be relaxed. Or alternatively, is the sensitivity of the human perception way beyond what we can develop for these technologies and therefore, further novel solutions need to be developed?

Meeting Schedule

The program, including breakfasts and lunches, will be held at OSA Headquarters, 2010 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20036. Dinners, which are also included in the registration fee, will be held at local restaurants. All times are approximate; please check back for a detailed agenda.

  • Dinner, location to be determined, at 18:00


  • Breakfast begins at 8:00 at OSA Headquarters

  • Program begins at 8:30, lunch is included onsite

  • Dinner, location to be determined, begins at 18:00


  • Breakfast begins at 8:00 at OSA Headquarters

  • Program begins at 8:30, lunch is included onsite

  • Adjourn

Are you interested in attending?

A limited number of spots have been set aside at this invitation only meeting for interested individuals to apply for. Please send a brief letter of interest along with a CV to the hosts at osaincubator@osa.org.
Additional Information

This page will provide you with information on receiving a letter of invitation if required for your visa as well as additional logistical and area information.