Bilkent University
Department of Computer Engineering


The past, present, and future of head-mounted display (HMD) designs


Ozan Cakmakci

University of Central Florida USA

Head-mounted displays present a relatively mature option for augmenting the visual field of a potentially mobile user. Ideally, one would wish for such capability to exist without the need to wear any view-aided device. However, unless a display system could be created in space, anywhere and anytime, a simple solution is to wear the display. We review in this talk the fundamentals of head-mounted displays including image sources and HMD optical designs. We further point out promising research directions that will play a key role towards the seamless integration between the virtually superimposed computer graphics objects and the tangible world around us.

Ozan Cakmakci received his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Michigan State University in 1999. Ozan has worked at BMW Research, Munich, Germany; Starlab Research in Brussels, Belgium and the human-computer interaction group at the University of Joseph Fourier in Grenoble, France. Ozan is currently a graduate student at the ODALAB at the college of optics/CREOL in Orlando, Florida. He is interested in the research question of building natural extensions to our minds and bodies. He views ubiquitous and wearable computing, augmented reality, human perception and optics as a set of tools and approaches to prototype towards this research question. Current focus in on designing a head worn display that is capable of mutual occlusions. Link:


DATE: December 23, 2004, Thursday @ 12:30