2017 ~ Present| Section - VVN


GOALS: We will leverage advances in high-resolution 2D displays, modulators, and micro-optics to prototype 3D displays. In particular, we will emphasize light field displays that will allow viewers to naturally perceive 3D scenes with normal visual cues such as parallax, vergence, and focus accommodation. Our intent is to prototype displays that allow viewing from any orientation without requiring special glasses or causing unpleasant artifacts that have consistently hindered the widespread adoption of 3D games and video.

METHODS & TECHNOLOGIES: Light field technology; photography & video; 3D graphics & visualization; micro- & nano-fabrication; optics; radiometry & photometry; mechanical design; electronics; machine vision; optoelectronic instrumentation; computer graphics; high resolution displays; CUDA/GPU programming; applied mathematics for optimal sparse sampling of high dimensionality spaces; physiology of human visual perception.

RESEARCH/DESIGN ISSUES: Practical stereo ā€“ so called ā€œ3Dā€ ā€“ displays have been on the commercial market for some time, but true three dimensional displays that operate at video frame rates remain a topic of vigorous research due to severe technical challenges. We will leverage progress in this area to prototype novel displays based on a combination of micro-electromechanical, micro-optic, and electro-optic technologies informed by sound applied mathematical thinking.

MEETING TIME: Mon, 9:05-9:55

ADVISORS: Michael Knotts, Kevin Nielson, Heyward Adams (GTRI - ESOL), Jin-Cheol Ha (GTRI-ATAS)

GRAND CHALLENGES: Enhance Virtual Reality and Engineer the Tools of Scientific Discovery

MAJORS, PREPARATION AND INTERESTS: Majors: Electrical, Mechanical, Computer, & Chemical Engineering; Materials Science & Engineering; Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Applied Physics, & Chemistry; Human-Computer Interaction, & Computational Media. Interests: optics, chemistry of photopolymers & electrochemistry, liquid crystals, image processing, photography, graphics & visualization, micro-fabrication, micro-electromechanical systems, display electronics, mathematics of image processing, geometrical projection, graphics programming 

CONTACT: Dr. Michael E. Knotts, mknotts@gatech.edu