Hong Hua, a professor of optical sciences with a joint appointment in electrical and computer engineering, has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. This distinction is granted to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation with a tangible impact on quality of life.
Hua is a leading researcher of augmented reality systems whose optical designs have advanced the sophistication of head mounted displays. She is also spearheading a solution to the vergence-accommodation conflict, which arises from elements of head mounted displays that do not properly provide cues to the eye for focusing on near and far distances. As a result, more than a dozen of her technologies have been licensed for commercialization. And in one case, her inventions are helping legally blind and low-vision people to see by use of a camera paired with the head mounted display system.
“Achieving this honor is not only a professional distinction to me,” said Hua, “but also a special inspiration that keeps me to continue the pursuit of making tangible impacts on quality of life and nurture the minds of innovation among students through academic mentoring.”