Designing and assessing near-eye displays to increase user inclusivity [SCIEN Talk]

Designing and assessing near-eye displays to increase user inclusivity
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Packard 101
Emily Cooper (Psychological and Brain Sciences Department, Dartmouth College)
Abstract / Description: 

Recent years have seen impressive growth in near-eye display systems, which are the basis of most virtual and augmented reality experiences. There are, however, a unique set of challenges to designing a display system that is literally strapped to the user's face. With an estimated half of all adults in the United States requiring some level of visual correction, maximizing inclusivity for near-eye displays is essential. I will describe work that combines principles from optics, optometry, and visual perception to identify and address major limitations of near-eye displays both for users with normal vision and those that require common corrective lenses. I will also describe ongoing work assessing the potential for near-eye displays to assist people with less common visual impairments at performing day-to-day tasks.


Emily Cooper is an assistant research professor in the Psychological and Brain Sciences Department at Dartmouth College. Emily's research focuses on basic and applied visual perception, including 3D vision and perceptual graphics. She received her B.A. in Psychology and English Literature from the University of Chicago in 2007. She received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of California, Berkeley in 2012. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University, she joined the faculty at Dartmouth College in 2015.