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OPD2024 WEEK: EPIC Technology Meeting on Photonics for XR: through emerging technologies and challenges at Microsoft

May 27 @ 8:00 am May 28 @ 5:00 pm EEST

EPIC Technology Meeting on Photonics for XR: through emerging technologies and challenges at Microsoft

This technology meeting will bring together experts, innovators, and enthusiasts in the field of photonics and extended reality (XR) technologies.

Photonics plays an indispensable role in shaping the landscape of XR technologies, from enabling immersive experiences to making product lighter and more efficient.

This event promises to be an informative and inspiring event that will shed light on the critical role of photonics in advancing XR technologies. Attendees can expect to gain valuable insights, connect with industry leaders, and explore the future possibilities of XR on a technology side.

Photonics Finland members interested in joining to this event will enjoy the same fee as EPIC-members thanks to the partnership between both associations. See more information from the Event website.

The event is structured into four engaging sessions, each focusing on a specific aspect of photonics in XR: optical design and simulation fundamentals, techniques, and tools for optimizing XR optics; the role of photonics in creating realistic and immersive visual experiences, while exploring the advancements in display technologies; examine and discuss the new challenges for the integration of photonics components into XR systems, including topics like miniaturization, power efficiency and performance optimization. We also will discuss the market adaptation and future trends, to give an overview of potential applications in industries such as healthcare, education, gaming, and more.

As a Technology Meeting, this event is intentionally designed to bring together executives, industry leaders, engineers, researchers, and technical experts, with a primary emphasis on fostering strategic partnerships, collaboration, and knowledge exchange in the realm of photonics and extended reality (XR) technologies. Unlike traditional commercial events, this forum prioritizes high-level discussions and collaborative opportunities.

This meeting will be organized in combination with Optics & Photonics Days (OPD), organized after this meeting (28-30 May), which offers an extra opportunity to meet, exchange knowledge, and network with companies and experts in the field of photonics and optics, but also to explore products and services at OPD Exhibition that is held during the conference.

Benefit now of this very special “Photonics Week” in Finland by starting with the EPIC Technology Meeting on Photonics for XR, and continue with OPD2024 – The annual main event for Optics and Photonics in Finland!


27 May 2024, Monday

Welcoming words:

KEYNOTE: Microsoft – Birgit Päivänranta, Senior Director, Mixed Reality (Finland)

13:30 – 15:30 SESSION 1: XR Product and System Integration

  • Optofidelity– Thomas Kerst, Chief Metrology Officer (Finland)
  • AddOpticsIntegrated Prescription (Rx) for Waveguide Powered AR Devices –Frank Marsman, Head of Business Development (The Netherlands)
  • MagicLeap– Kristina Uhlendorf, Optical Engineer (Germany)
  • Varjo– Evgeny Shirko, Head of Optics (Finland)
  • Eulitha –Displacement Talbot Lithography: A High-throughput, High-fidelity Optical Lithography Solution for Manufacturing AR Waveguides – Kelsey Wooley, Director for Marketing and North American Operations (United States)

15:30 – 16:15 Networking coffee break

16:15 – 18:15 SESSION 2: Photonics Components in XR Technology

  • TriopticsPrescription Lens Measurement (AR/VR)– Philipp Beer, R&D Engineer (Germany)
  • TriLite TechnologiesEnabling Industry-leading Customers to Build High-volume Consumer AR Devices with Outstanding User Experience– Jörg Reitterer, CTO (Austria)
  • Fraunhofer FEP– Uwe Vogel, Head of Division Microdisplays and Sensors (Germany)
  • Porotech– Tongtong Zhu, CEO & Founder (United Kingdom)
  • SCHOTTScaling Reflective Waveguide Production– John Edward Freiermuth, Director of Business Development Augmented Reality (Switzerland)

28 May 2024, Tuesday

08:45 – 10:30 SESSION 3: Optical design & simulation for XR

  • KEYNOTE: LightTrans– Stefan Steiner, CTO (Germany)
  • Pandao– Oliver Faehnle, Co-Founder (Switzerland)
  • Dispelix– Ismo Vartiainen, CTO (Finland)
  • IMECEmpowering Innovation with Novel Designs and New Materials– Bruno Figeys, Principal Member of Technical Staff (Belgium)
  • Jabil Optics– TBA.

10:30 – 11:15 Networking coffee break

11:15 – 12:45 SESSION 4: Market Requirements & Content Providers in the XR Space

  • KEYNOTE: STMicroelectronics– Bharath Rajagopalan, Director of Strategic Marketing
  • YOLE group– Raphael Mermet-Lyaudoz, Technology and Market Analyst (France)
  • Hensoldt– Tobias Sorg, Innovation Manager (Germany)

18:30 – 21.00 – Networking reception with OPD participants at Helsinki City Hall