SPIE.Digital Optical Technologies 2021

A conference dedicated to the emerging digital trends and perspectives in optics. Digital optical technologies include optics designed by digital means, fabricated by digital means, with functionalities enhanced or altered by digital techniques (computational optics or dynamic optics).

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SPIE.Digital Optical Technologies

21–25 June 2021, CEST (Central European Summer Time) time schedule

Digital Optical Technologies focuses on the components, systems design, and applications of emerging digital optical technologies in all social, academic, medical, and industrial areas. The conference reflects trends in recent technologies such as 3D sensors, immersive multimedia, novel displays, light sources and imaging systems.

This includes

  • Novel optics for augmented, mixed and virtual reality systems
  • Digital optics for image formation
  • Computational optics for display and imaging
  • Switchable, tunable, and digitally reconfigurable optics
  • Digital optics for sensing

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The program features two plenary lectures together with the SPIE.Optical Metrology and five collocated special events.

SPIE.Digital Optical Technologies Plenary

Hiroki Kikuchi is Corporate Distinguished Engineer and Deputy Senior General Manager of Sony Group Corporation R&D Center. He received his M.S. in applied physics from the University of Tokyo in 1992. Since he joined Sony, his research fields were solid state laser, nonlinear optics, deep-UV laser microscope, laser projection display, volumetric light field display and augmented reality glasses. From 1997 to 1998, he studied at Ginzton Laboratory, Stanford University as visiting researcher.

In 2003, he received Sony Outstanding Engineer Award for the development of MEMS-based laser projector which was demonstrated at Aichi Expo as the world largest 2005-inch laser projection display. In 2010, his research of 360-degree volumetric display was exhibited at SIGGRAPH Emerging Technologies. In 2013, he received Sony Technology Award for the development of 4K Ultra-short-throw laser projector. He is currently in charge of photonic and display device technologies as research manager in Sony Group R&D Center. He is also leading several industry-academia partnerships in optical technology field.

Photonics to Inspire Kando (emotion) 3R: Reality, Real-time, and Remote Technologies

Sony is leveraging its "3R Technology" - Reality, Real-time, and Remote - to inspire Kando (emotion) value creation. Immersive, large-screen displays give us a sense of reality as if we are traveling around the world while we're at home. Sensors for automotive provide real-time feedback to the drivers to provide safety and comfort. AR/MR/VR technology connects people who are separated remotely and enriches their communication.

Photonics is one of the core technologies of Sony and is the foundation of the core devices which create the val-ues of Reality, Realtime and Remote. In this talk, Sony's unique photonic device technologies are introduced, in-cluding micro-display, AR/MR/VR, light field displays and laser devices. The prospects for the evolution of these technologies will also be presented.

Monday, 21 June 2021, 12:30 - 13:30 CEST

Peter de Groot, PhD is the Executive Director of R&D at Zygo Corporation, a world leader in the design and manufacture of optics and metrology systems. In addition to 140 patents for optical measuring instruments and techniques, Peter has published 180 technical papers, tutorials, and book chapters in physics, education, optics and metrology. He is an honorary professor at the University of Nottingham, a Fellow and Director of the SPIE, an SPIE Kingslake award winner, and an active contributor in the optics community.

Optical Sociology: How Organizational Culture Impacts Advances in Optical Metrology

Optical instruments have long played a role in manufacturing, and strong arguments favor accelerated adoption of fast, non-contact measurements of surfaces, shapes and positions as an enabler for industry 4.0. High-precision techniques such as optical interferometry have advanced considerably and have found applications ranging from semiconductor wafer lithography to automotive engine production.

Even though there are clear benefits, there are obstacles to the more widespread adoption of optical techniques for dimensional measurements. Many of these obstacles are technical--such as vibration sensitivity and metrological traceability; but others reflect the cultural gaps between academia, makers of optical instruments, standards organizations and end users. In this talk, I propose that understanding these cultural differences can assist in advancing optical methods for the most critical needs of data-driven manufacturing.

23 June 2021 • 16:30 - 17:30 CEST

The Special Events are:

Collocated-Special Focus: Keynote Session II
22 June 2021, 08:45 - 10:15 CEST

Collocated: Future & Emerging Technologies-Open on Disruptive Ideas and Optical Technologies for Health I
22 June 2021, 11:00 - 12:50 CEST

Collocated-Special Focus: Keynote Session III
23 June 2021, 14:00 - 15:30 CEST

Collocated-Special Focus: Keynote Session IV
24 June 2021, 09:00 - 09:45 CEST

Collocated: Future & Emerging Technologies-Open on Disruptive Ideas and Optical Technologies for Health II
24 June 2021, 10:30 - 12:50 CEST

Program schedule at a glance

Session 1: Digital Optics for AR, VR and MR Systems
Session 2: Novel Materials and Processes for Digital Optics in AR
Session 3: Digital Optics for Sensing
Session 4: Computational Optics for Display, Imaging and Sensing
Session 5: Digital Optics for Image Formation
Session 6: Switchable, Tunable and Digitally Reconfigurable Optics
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Conference Chairs

  • Bernard C. Kress, Microsoft Corporation, San Francisco, USA
  • Christophe Peroz, Magic Leap, Inc., Plantation, USA

About the Organizers

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, was founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies.

Serving 255,000 constituents from 183 countries, the not-for-profit society advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publica-tions, patent precedent, and career and professional growth.

The SPIE international office is located in Bellingham, Washington and the SPIE Europe office is located in Cardiff, Wales.

Find more information on the SPIE website.


SPIE Europe Office
2 Alexandra Gate
Ffordd Pengam, Cardiff, CF24 2SA
Tel.: +44 29 2089-4747
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