EPIC Meeting on AR/VR at Sony

18-19 October 2018

Stuttgart, Germany

Hosted by Sony


The EPIC Meeting on AR/VR at Sony aims to bring together the entire optical systems value chain to discuss current optical technological challenges and successes for Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Mixed Reality (MR). This is an emerging market where novel photonic approaches can offer advantages in performance, efficiency, size and cost reduction. Advances needed in AR/VR represent an opportunity for companies who offer core competencies in: photonic nanostructures, opto-electronic design and engineering (ie. camera field of view—aspheres will help to meet FOV needs while keeping cameras compact), diffractive optics, optical sensors (motion sensors—opportunities for IR and optical gyroscopes). The purpose of this event is to find B2B collaborations between suppliers, component and instrument designers and manufacturers and AR/VR system integrators.


18 October 2018, Thursday

12:00 – 13:00 Registration & Lunch @Sony
13:00 – 13:05 Welcome by Jose Pozo, CTO, EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium
13:05 – 13:15 Welcome by – Markus Zumkeller, Director Technology & Engineering EU, Sony (GERMANY)

SESSION 1: Setting up the scene

13:15 – 13:45  AR for the consumer: the challenges to overcome (a focus on displays and optics) – Zine Bouhamri, Technology & Market Analyst – Displays, Yole Développement (FRANCE)
13:45 – 14:00 B2C market data for virtual reality hardware – Markus Kick, Strategic Insights Manager,  GfK Retail and Technology (GERMANY)
14:00 – 14:15 Research 4.0 – virtual spray nozzle test rig – Thilo Dauch, Research Assistant, KIT (GERMANY)
14:15 – 14:30 What AI can do for AR and VR – Dobro Duszynski, Head of Business Development, MicroscopeIT (POLAND)
14:30 – 14:45 Scalable and cost-effective manufacturing of optics and their efficient precision assembly to optical system for AR / VR systems – Tobias Muller, Head of Business Unit Optic, Fraunhofer IPT (GERMANY)

14:45 – 15:30 Coffee break

SESSION 2: Customized optic solutions for AR/VR

15:30 – 15:45 Panoramic VR with aspheric, non-fresnel lenses – Marek Polcak, CEO & Co – Founder, VRgineers (CZECH REPUBLIC)
15:45 – 16:00 Micro-optics for AR / VR projection technology – Peter Schreiber, Senior Optics Engineer, Fraunhofer IOF (GERMANY)
16:00 – 16:15 Advanced structures for AR / MR? – Brian Bilenberg, Founder & CTO, NILT (DENMARK)
16:15 – 16:30 Augmented reality design with optical design software – Dmitriy Vorontsov, Application Engineer, Light Tec (GERMANY)
16:30 – 16:45 Enabling materials for AR devices – Jukka Perento, VP Operations, Inkron (FINLAND)
16:45 – 17:00 Additive manufacturing for the production of micro-optics – Michael Thiel, Co-Founder, Nanoscribe (GERMANY)
17:00 – 17:15 Q&E – quick & easy to lightweight optics – Ruth Houbertz, CEO & Managing Director, Multiphoton Optics (GERMANY)
17:15 – 17:30 Summary and closing words of the day – Jose Pozo, CTO, EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium

17:30 – 18:00 Bus transfer from Sony to the Goldberg Restaurant
18:00 – 22:00 Dinner @the Goldberg Restaurant

19 October 2018, Friday

08:00 Departure by bus from the Best Western Plus Hotel Fellbach-Stuttgart to Sony
08:30 – 09:00 Welcome coffee @Sony
09:00 – 09:05 Recap and introduction to the 2nd day of the event – Jose Pozo, CTO, EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium

09:05 – 09:30 Keynote: Photonics in Sony’s novel display technologies – Hiroki Kikuchi, Deputy Senior General Manager and Distinguished Engineer, Sony (JAPAN)

SESSION 3: Advances in AR/VR systems

09:30 – 09:45 AR accessible to the masses  – Olaf Kraft, Head of Sales, Jenoptik (GERMANY)
09:45 – 10:00 SCHOTT RealViewTM High refractive index glass wafer for Augmented Reality – Boris Eichhorn, Senior Manager New Venture, SCHOTT (GERMANY)
10:00 – 10:15 Shared interactive experiences in AR / VR by real-time 3D imaging analysis – Alonso Ybanez Zepeda, Business Unit Technical Director, Fogale Nanotech (FRANCE)
10:15 – 10:30 Nature-inspired optics for a 28-mm Deep, 90deg FOV VR headset – Ruben Mohedano, Business Development Manager, Limbak (SPAIN)
10:30 – 10:45 Photonic IC modules for AR / VR – Douwe Geuzebroek, VP Marketing & Sales, LioniX International (THE NETHERLANDS)
10:45 – 11:00 Mass-manufacturable printed optics and electronics for high-tech applications – Paul Hartmann, Institute Director, JOANNEUM RESEARCH (AUSTRIA)

11:00 – 11:45 Coffee break

SESSION 4: AR/VR components

11:45 – 12:00 Innovative components for Innovative systems to address augmented reality – Stephanie Le Calvez, Head of Display Lab, CEA-LETI (FRANCE)
12:00 – 12:15 Advanced OLED microdisplays for virtual and augmented reality applications – Uwe Vogel, Division Director Microdisplays and Sensors / Deputy Director, Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP (GERMANY)
12:15 – 12:30 Advanced passivation of micro-LEDs for the next generation AR displays – Jouko Lang, CTO, Comptek Solutions (FINLAND)
12:30 – 12:45 Custom CMOS image sensors: what we can do for AR / VR – Renato Turchetta, CEO, IMASENIC (SPAIN)
12:45 – 13:00 All wavelengths – lasers for hologram manufacturing for AR glasses – Thomas Renner, Board of Management / Vorstand (CSO), TOPTICA Photonics (GERMANY)
13:00 – 13:15 Novel semiconductor light sources for new generation augmented reality displays – Chrisian Velez, CEO, Exalos (SWITZERLAND)

13:15 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:00 Company visit @Sony
15:00 End and departures


The meeting venue: Sony Europe Limited, Zweigniederlassung Deutschland. Stuttgart Technology Center (Hedelfinger Str. 61. 70327 Stuttgart, Germany).

The dinner venue: Goldberg Restaurant & Winelounge  (Guntram-Palm-Platz 1, 70734 Fellbach – next to the recommended hotel – The Best Western Plus Hotel Fellbach-Stuttgart).


The recommended hotel (Best Western Plus Hotel Fellbach Stuttgart,Tainer Straße 9, 70734, Fellbach) , from / to which we will organize the bus transfers is already fully booked.

We recommend you to book your accommodation at the nearby 3 star hotel City Hotel Fellbach, Bruckstraße 3, 70734 Fellbach, which is within 10 min. walking distance from the Best Western and the dinner venue – Goldberg Restaurant, via booking.com or directly.



EPIC Events Manager Neringa Norbutaite: neringa.norbutaite@epic-assoc.com


EPIC members and invited companies: 250 EUR (excluding VAT);  non-members: 450 EUR (excluding VAT). By registering, you agree that we can use your data to inform you of details concerning this event.

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