Hong Hua, PhD

Professor, Optical Sciences
Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Associate Professor, Computer Science
Email Address: 
Phone Number: 
(520) 626-8703

Research Information

Research Program: 
Cancer Imaging
Research Focus: 

The 3-D Visualization and Imaging Systems laboratory specializes in a wide variety of optical technologies enabling advanced 3-D displays, 3-D visualization systems and collaborative immersive virtual and augmented environments, and novel imaging systems for medicine and surveillance applications. The 3DVIS lab also pursues research projects to gain better understanding of human visual perception and visual artifacts via 3-D displays, and to investigate design principles for effective human-computer interface in augmented environments. Examples of systems and technologies we have been researching include, but are not limited to, head-worn displays (aka head-mounted displays or HMD), multifocal plane fixed-viewpoint volumetric displays, eye movement tracking, eyetracked head-worn displays, head-mounted projection displays, autostereoscopic displays, large-scale heterogeneous display environments for collaboration (SCAPE and Hybrid-SCAPE), multitouch interface and gesture-based interface, endoscopy, microscopy, and panoramic video systems. 

The 3DVIS lab provides students training in a full range of multidisciplinary skills, from creation of novel system concepts and advanced optical system designs (such as freeform optical surfaces, diffractive optical element, aspherics) to system instrumentation, calibration and testing, and programming, as well as user-in-the-loop subjective and objective assessment techniques. The lab has published more than 100 scientific articles (with three paper awards at top scientific conferences) and filed more than 10 patent applications. Graduate students have won many awards and scholarships for their work in the lab.

Professional Information

Positions and Honors: 
  • Beijing Institute of Technology: Excellent Ph.D. Dissertation, 1999
  • IEEE: Virtual Reality Conference Best Paper Award Honorable Mention, 2003
  • IEEE and ACM: ISMAR Best Student Paper Award (co-author), 2008
  • National Academic of Engineering: European Union-United States Frontiers of Engineering Symposium Attendee Nominee, 2010
  • National Science Foundation: CAREER Award, 2007
  • Society for Information Display: Distinguished Student Paper Award (co-author), 2011
  • The University of Arizona: Researcher at the Leading Edge, 2010
Other Experience and Professional Memberships/Affiliations: 
  • Association for Computing Machinery: Virtual Reality Software and Technology Conference, Program Committee, 2009 and 2010
  • ACM: International Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, Conference Registration Chair, 2004-2005
  • IEEE: Member
  • IEEE: Virtual Reality Conference, Program Committee, 2011-present
  • IEEE: International Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, Program Committee, 2008-2011
  • IEEE and ACM/IEEE Computer Society Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee: International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, Program Committee and Area Chair, 2003-present
  • McGraw-Hill: Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, Consulting Editor, 2005-2009
  • OSA: Senior Member, 2012-present
  • OSA: 3-D Display Technology Perception, and Application Incubator Meeting, Co-host, 2012
  • OSA: Joseph Fraunhofer Award/Burley Prize Committee, Member, 2011-present
  • OSA: Frontiers in Optics/Laser Science Symposium on the Future of 3-D Display: The Market Place and the Technology, Chair, 2009
  • OSA: Workshop on Illumination Modeling: Simulation and Perception of Lit and Unlit Optics, Workshop Co-Chair, 2008
  • OSA: Member, 1999-2012
  • Society of Information Display: Member
  • SPIE: Member

Academic Information

Doctorate: 
Beijing Institute of Technology (China)
Undergraduate School: 
BSE, Beijing Institute of Technology (China)