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Optics for Metaverse

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Byoungho LEE

Seoul National University, South Korea

The “metaverse” (meta + universe) is a terminology used for explaining a collective virtual shared space, combining virtual reality, augmented reality, and data communication. In this plenary talk, I will describe the scope and dream of the metaverse and optical and image processing technology required for it, especially to achieve the final goal of implementing virtual images indistinguishable from real world. I will explain the current status and topics for further study, which will include 3D sensing, photo-realistic image rendering, and AI-assisted 3D display.

Byoungho Lee received his Ph.D. degree in EECS, University of California at Berkeley in 1993. He has been with Seoul National University since September 1994 as a faculty member. Prof. Lee is a Fellow of SPIE, OSA, IEEE, and SID. He is a Senior Member of the National Academy of Engineering of Korea and a Member of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology. He is currently serving as the President of the Korean Information Display Society and was 2019 President of the Optical Society of Korea. He received many awards including the ‘Jinbojang’ National Science Badge of Korea. His research fields are 3D display, VR/AR optics, and metasurface devices.