Hong Hua

Hong Hua

Professor of Optical Sciences
Hong Hua Headshot

Meinel 741
Wyant College of Optical Sciences
The University of Arizona
1630 E. University Blvd.
P.O. Box 210094
Tucson, AZ 85721-0094


Additional Affiliations

  • Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Associate Professor of Computer Science


  • Xu Teli Visiting Chair Professor: Beijing Institute of Technology, 2012-present
  • Associate Professor: The University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences, 2009-present
  • Assistant Professor: The University of Arizona, Optical Sciences Center/College of Optical Sciences, 2004-2009
  • Assistant Professor: University of Hawaii, Mānoa; Department of Information and Computer Sciences; 2003
  • Beckman Research Fellow: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology; 1999-2002
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate: University of Central Florida, CREOL: The College of Optics and Photonics, 1999

Professional Affiliations and Activities

  • Association for Computing Machinery: Virtual Reality Software and Technology Conference, Program Committee, 2009 and 2010
  • ACM: International Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, Conference Registration Chair, 2004-2005
  • IEEE: Member
  • IEEE: Virtual Reality Conference, Program Committee, 2011-present
  • IEEE: International Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, Program Committee, 2008-2011
  • IEEE and ACM/IEEE Computer Society Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee: International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, Program Committee and Area Chair, 2003-present
  • McGraw-Hill: Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, Consulting Editor, 2005-2009
  • OSA: Senior Member, 2012-present
  • OSA: 3-D Display Technology Perception, and Application Incubator Meeting, Co-host, 2012
  • OSA: Joseph Fraunhofer Award/Burley Prize Committee, Member, 2011-present
  • OSA: Frontiers in Optics/Laser Science Symposium on the Future of 3-D Display: The Market Place and the Technology, Chair, 2009
  • OSA: Workshop on Illumination Modeling: Simulation and Perception of Lit and Unlit Optics, Workshop Co-Chair, 2008
  • OSA: Member, 1999-2012
  • Society of Information Display: Member
  • SPIE: Member

Awards and Honors

  • Beijing Institute of Technology: Excellent Ph.D. Dissertation, 1999
  • IEEE: Virtual Reality Conference Best Paper Award Honorable Mention, 2003
  • IEEE and ACM: ISMAR Best Student Paper Award (co-author), 2008
  • National Academic of Engineering: European Union-United States Frontiers of Engineering Symposium Attendee Nominee, 2010
  • National Science Foundation: CAREER Award, 2007
  • Society for Information Display: Distinguished Student Paper Award (co-author), 2011
  • The University of Arizona: Researcher at the Leading Edge, 2010

Specific Research Interests

  • Stereoscopic displays.
  • 3-D displays.
  • 3-D visualization.
  • Visual perception.
  • Augmented reality.
  • Virtual reality.
  • Optical engineering.
  • Lens design.
  • Optical imaging.
  • Endoscopy.
  • Microscopy.
  • Human-computer interaction.

Research Summary

The 3-D Visualization and Imaging Systems laboratory specializes in a wide variety of optical technologies enabling advanced 3-D displays, 3-D visualization systems and collaborative immersive virtual and augmented environments, and novel imaging systems for medicine and surveillance applications. The 3DVIS lab also pursues research projects to gain better understanding of human visual perception and visual artifacts via 3-D displays, and to investigate design principles for effective human-computer interface in augmented environments. Examples of systems and technologies we have been researching include, but are not limited to, head-worn displays (aka head-mounted displays or HMD), multifocal plane fixed-viewpoint volumetric displays, eye movement tracking, eyetracked head-worn displays, head-mounted projection displays, autostereoscopic displays, large-scale heterogeneous display environments for collaboration (SCAPE and Hybrid-SCAPE), multitouch interface and gesture-based interface, endoscopy, microscopy, and panoramic video systems. 

The 3DVIS lab provides students training in a full range of multidisciplinary skills, from creation of novel system concepts and advanced optical system designs (such as freeform optical surfaces, diffractive optical element, aspherics) to system instrumentation, calibration and testing, and programming, as well as user-in-the-loop subjective and objective assessment techniques. The lab has published more than 100 scientific articles (with three paper awards at top scientific conferences) and filed more than 10 patent applications. Graduate students have won many awards and scholarships for their work in the lab.


  • Ph.D., Beijing Institute of Technology (China), 1999
  • B.S.E., Beijing Institute of Technology (China), 1994