Colloquium: Hong Hua

    Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Meinel 307

    "Advances in Augmented Reality Displays"


    An augmented reality display, which enables the ability to overlay computer-generated imagery on a person’s real-world view, has long been portrayed as a transformative technology to redefine the way we perceive and interact with digital information. With the rapidly increased bandwidth of wireless networks and the miniaturization of electronics, a significant research and market drive is to realize an eyeglass-style, unobtrusive AR display that integrates the functions of a wearable display, mobile devices and miniature GPS technologies within the volume of a pair of eyeglasses. Such an AR display will make access to wireless networks, video display, 3-D contents and location-specific information easier than ever, and has the potential to revolutionize many fields of practices and penetrate through the fabrics of life. In this colloquium address, I will provide an overview on the historical developments of AR displays, discuss the major technical obstacles to the development of lightweight AR glasses and review various optical approaches and recent technological advancements. I will further present a few display technologies that have been recently developed in my research group and discuss potential impacts of such technologies.

    Speaker Bio(s): 

    Hong Hua is currently an associate professor with the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona. Prior to her current position, Hua was an assistant professor with the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2013, a Beckman Research Fellow at the Beckman Institute of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign between 1999 and 2002 and a postdoctoral research for 10 months at the University of Central Florida. Hua received her Ph.D. degree in optical engineering at the Beijing Institute of Technology in China in 1999. She is an expert in wearable display technologies and virtual reality and augmented reality, with more than 100 publications as well as numerous invited talks. Hua has served as a conference chair or co-chair as well as a program committee member for a number of IEEE, the Optical Society (OSA) and SPIE conferences. She is an IEEE member, an OSA senior member, a member of the Society for Information Display and an SPIE fellow. She was a recipient of an NSF CAREER Award and a nominee for a 2010 UA at the Leading Edge Award. She and her students shared several “Best Paper” awards in various IEEE and SID conferences.