Sep 2018
İTÜ Game and Interaction Technologies Graduate Program Seminar Announcement

İTÜ Game and Interaction Technologies Graduate Program - Seminar Series 

Seminar Information:

 "From Vision-Realistic Rendering to Vision Correcting Displays"   
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Brian Barsky, University of California, Berkeley   
Date: 28 September 2018, Friday, 11:00 a.m.
Place: İTÜ Electrical-Electronics Faculty Ömer Korzay Auditorium

Seminar Summary:
Present research on simulating human vision and on vision correcting displays that compensate for the optical aberrations in the viewer's eyes will be discussed.  The simulation is not an abstract model but incorporates real measurements of a particular individual’s entire optical system.   In its simplest form, these measurements can be the individual's eyeglasses prescription; beyond that, more detailed measurements can be obtained using an instrument that captures the individual's wavefront aberrations.  Using these measurements, synthetics images are generated.  This process modifies input images to simulate the appearance of the scene for the individual.   Examples will be shown of simulations using data measured from individuals with high myopia (near-sightedness), astigmatism, and keratoconus, as well as simulations based on measurements obtained before and after corneal refractive (LASIK) surgery. 
Recent work on vision-correcting displays will also be discussed.  Given the measurements of the optical aberrations of a user’s eye, a vision correcting display will present a transformed image that when viewed by this individual will appear in sharp focus. This could impact computer monitors, laptops, tablets, and mobile phones. Vision correction could be provided in some cases where spectacles are ineffective.  One of the potential applications of possible interest is a heads-up display that would enable a driver or pilot to read the instruments and gauges with his or her lens still focused for the far distance.  This research was selected by Scientific American as one of its ten annual "World Changing Ideas.”    

Short Biography of the Speaker: 
brian    Brian A. Barsky is Professor of the Graduate School at the University of California at Berkeley, USA where he is Professor Emeritus of Computer Science and Vision Science, and Affiliate Professor Emeritus of Optometry.  He is also a member of the Joint Graduate Group in Bioengineering, an interdisciplinary and inter-campus program, between UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco and he is affiliated with the the Berkeley Center for New Media, Berkeley Institute of Design, and Arts Research Center.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (F.A.A.O.) and a Warren and Marjorie Minner Faculty Fellow in Engineering Ethics and Professional/Social Responsibility.  He holds degrees from McGill University, Cornell University, and the University of Utah.