Keynote: The AR/VR Renaissance: opportunities, pitfalls, and remaining problems

The first keynote for ACM MMSys 2017 is confirmed and will be held by Prof. Henry Fuchs, the Federico Gil Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering at UNC Chapel Hill.

The AR/VR Renaissance: opportunities, pitfalls, and remaining problems | Prof. Henry Fuchs | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States

Abstract: Augmented and virtual reality are hailed today as “the next big thing,” the next personal computing platform, logical successors to the previous three generations of PCs, laptops, and mobile.  Others worry that today’s AR and VR systems are not yet sufficiently advanced for mass adoption, that they are more like the 1990s Apple Newton than the 2007 Apple iPhone — exciting proofs of concept, but not yet useful nor cost-effective for most consumers. This talk will review the historical development of AR and VR technologies, and survey some representative current work, sample applications, and remaining problems. Current work with encouraging results include 3D scene capture and 3D reconstruction of dynamic, populated spaces; compact and wide field-of-view AR displays; low-latency and high-dynamic range AR display systems; and near-eye lightfield displays that may reduce the vergence-accommodation conflicts that plague current AR and VR display designs.

fuchs2014aBio: Henry Fuchs (PhD, Utah, 1975) is the Federico Gil Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering at UNC Chapel Hill, coauthor of over 200 papers, mostly on rendering algorithms (BSP Trees), graphics hardware (Pixel-Planes), head-mounted / near-eye and large-format displays, virtual and augmented reality, telepresence, medical and training applications. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, recipient of the 2013 IEEE VGTC Virtual Reality Career Award, and the 2015 ACM SIGGRAPH Steven Anson Coons Award.