Plenary Speakers

Plenary Speakers

See Through Optical Architectures for Wearable Displays,
Bernard Kress, Optics Lead, Advanced Technology Team, Google Glass Project, Google [X], USA
Abstract: HUDs (Head Up Displays) and HMDs (Helmet Mounted Displays) have been with us for a few decades, providing exceptional optical performances for specialized defense applications. On the other hand, consumer electronics HMDs (Head Mounted Displays) have been lingering as personal gadgets for a mere decade. But recently, major companies have launched consumer compelling head mounted display solutions integrating both hardware, operating system as well as content, unlocking the decade long consumer HMD status-quo. As a result, we are witnessing today a fragmentation of the HMD market into various categories which have their very own specificity in terms of functionality, hardware and content. Such fragmentation is responsible for defining new distinct market segments such as consumer near to eye displays, social smart glasses, gaming headsets, as well as professional (engineering and technical) HMDs, specialized (medical, law enforcement, firefighting) HMDs and of course the previously existing defense market. We will be reviewing the different type of optical hardware used in such devices.

Bio: For over 20 years, Bernard has made significant scientific contributions as researcher, professor, consultant, advisor, instructor, and author, making major contributions to digital micro-optical systems for consumer electronics, generating IP, and teaching and transferring technological solutions to industry. Many of the world’s largest producers of optics and photonics products have consulted with him on a wide range of optics and photonics technologies including; laser materials processing, optical security, optical telecom/datacom, optical data storage, optical computing, optical motion sensors, pico- projectors, light emitting diode displays, optical gesture sensing, three dimensional remote sensing, digital imaging processing, and biotechnology sensors. Bernard has generated more than 30 international granted patents. He has published four books, a book chapter, 102 refereed publications and proceedings, and numerous technical publications. He has also been Involved in European Research Projects in Micro-Optics including the Eureka Flat Optical Technology and Applications (FOTA) Project and the Network for Excellence in Micro-Optics (NEMO) Project. Bernard is currently the Optics Lead in the Advanced Technology Team at Google Glass Project

Ramesh Raskar,Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, The Media Lab, MIT, Camera Culture Group, USA

Bio: Ramesh Raskar is an Associate Professor at MIT Media Lab. Ramesh Raskar joined the Media Lab from Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories in 2008 as head of the Lab’s Camera Culture research group. His research interests span the fields of computational photography, inverse problems in imaging and human-computer interaction. Recent projects and inventions include transient imaging to look around a corner, a next generation CAT-Scan machine, imperceptible markers for motion capture (Prakash), long distance barcodes (Bokode), touch+hover 3D interaction displays (BiDi screen), low-cost eye care devices (Netra,Catra), new theoretical models to augment light fields (ALF) to represent wave phenomena and algebraic rank constraints for 3D displays(HR3D). In 2004, Raskar received the TR100 Award from Technology Review, which recognizes top young innovators under the age of 35, and in 2003, the Global Indus Technovator Award, instituted at MIT to recognize the top 20 Indian technology innovators worldwide. In 2009, he was awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship. In 2010, he received the Darpa Young Faculty award. Other awards include Marr Prize honorable mention 2009, LAUNCH Health Innovation Award, presented by NASA, USAID, US State Dept and NIKE, 2010, Vodafone Wireless Innovation Project Award (first place), 2011. He holds over 50 US patents and has received four Mitsubishi Electric Invention Awards. He is currently co-authoring a book on Computational Photography.

In-Situ Laser Diagnostics in Gas-Phase Synthesis of Functional Nanomaterials,
Christof Schulz, Institute for Combustion and Gas Dynamics – Reactive Fluids,University Duisburg Essen, Germany
Abstract: Laser-based in-situ diagnostics based on laser-induced fluorescence and incandescence are used to characterize reaction conditions such as temperature, species concentration, and particle size with high spatial and temporal resolution to understand and optimize the gas-phase synthesis of functional nanomaterials.

Bio: Prof. Dr. Christof Schulz studied Chemistry at the University of Karlsruhe from 1988-94. He received his PhD at the Physical Chemistry Institute at the University of Heidelberg in 1997 with a thesis on the “Development and application of a laser-induced fluorescence method for the quantitative measurement of nitric oxide in internal combustion engines”. From 1997-2004 he headed the group on “Laser diagnostics in combustion processes” in the same institute where he also received his Habilitation in 2002. During this time he was for several subsequent research periods at Stanford University, from 2000-02 as Visiting Scholar and from 2002-04 as Consulting Associate Professor. In 2004 he assumed the Chair for Combustion and Gas Dynamics at the University of Duisburg-Essen where he currently leads a group of 45 scientists. Christof Schulz was supported by the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes from 1991-94. In 2014 he received the Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation, DFG. In 1999 he received the Freudenberg Award of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and the 1. Prize of the BMW Scientific Award. He is member of the editorial boards of the journals Progress in Energy and Combustion Science, Combustion and Flame, and Proceedings of the Combustion Institute. Since 2007 he is deputy director of the Center for NanoIntegration Duisburg-Essen (CeNIDE). Since 2008 he is a scientific director of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Technology (IUTA) in Duisburg. Since 2009 he is also the director of the NanoEnergyTechnologyCenter (NETZ) in Duisburg. Since 2007 he is member of the board of the German Section of the Combustion Institute and since 2012 he is member of the board of the international Combustion Institute. Since 2010 he is the director of the Center for Nanointegration Duisburg-Essen (CeNIDE). Since 2008 he serves as an elected member of the review board “Energieverfahrenstechnik” of the German Research Foundation, DFG.