The multiple paths leading to the pyramid reflect on both a multidisciplinary
approach and the importance of including diversity in conducting scientific research.
The pyramid reflects on “elements” forming a greater whole. The numbers in the back
of the pyramid reflect on our love for mathematics and quantitative assessment.
History of HWDs in ODALab
Funding Highlights (≥500K)
The 1990s The ODALab was created in 1994 when funded by the ONR to investigate depth perception in head-worn displays (HWDs). The research focused on Augmented Reality (AR), with in addition to depth perception studies, the development of hardware for AR such as head-worn displays (HWDs) and tracking probes.
In 1999, the M.I.N.D. Labs and ELF-France Acquitaine provided together the funding required for the development of our first Head-mounted Projection Display (HMPD) and the first most compact projector at the time was designed that can be worn on the head with 6g per eye lenses.
We created content for displays especially in the area of medical imaging and military training - see our MEDIA for the knee-joint video as part of the Virtual Reality Dynamic Anatomy (VRDA) tool – A project first funded by the NIH/NLM as a FIRST AWARD from 1997-2002.
The early 2000’s, the Research in the ODALab expanded to include research in optical imaging, such as in Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT). This area of research has bloomed to an active area of research in the ODALab where we focus on instrumentation development for high lateral-resolution imaging across extended depth-of-focus via Bessel Beam Imaging and Gabor Domain Optical Coherence Microscopy (GD-OCM).
The 2010’s - Recently, research in the ODALab, driven by critical needs, among others, in the applications of AR and medical research has started focused efforts in non-imaging optics, and optical design, fabrication, and testing of freeform optics.
Several national and international sponsors, collaborators and industrial partners participate in the research efforts. Governmental support is given through grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Health (NIH), the NYSTAR Foundation, STRICOM, the US Army Research Office, and the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and private Foundations. Finally many industrial partners have committed to join force with the ODA Lab.
Today, we are partnering with Medical Centers to conduct research related to the Upper Airways [MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando], the Human Eye [URMC], Skin [URMC], and the Oral Cavity [URMC].