Sunday, October 27, 2013

University of Koc - Professor Hakan Urey

Professor Hakan Urey was the Principal System Engineer at Microvision until 2001 when he joined the engineering faculty at Koc University. Presently, Prof. Urey, is the Director of the Optical Microsystem Laboratory. Over the past several years Prof. Urey has focused his research on MEMS Scanners and 2D/3D Displays specifically with Pico-projectors. His department has significantly grown over the past couple years and was recently presented the “new product award” for portable 3D laser projection at the 2013 3D Technology Award by the International 3D and Advanced Imaging Society. Microvision over the years has maintained a close partnership with Prof. Urey. Several of his projects have been sponsored by Microvision and the most recent 3D award winning product was made possible through joint research collaboration between the two. There have been a significant amount of shareholders who have questioned Microvision’s ability to innovate in the midst of budget cuts but CEO, Alexander Tokman, has always spoken about individuals and corporations around the world preforming leading edge projects with Microvision’s technology, Prof. Urey’s laboratory is just one of them. Disney and Microsoft research is another great example.

 Due to the success Prof. Urey has achieved over the past several years, the European Research Council has awarded his department a $2.5 million Euro research funding grant. This is the highest funding grant ever received in Turkey from the EC and will be used on the development of augmented reality and three-dimensional applications. Currently, Prof. Urey research group consists of 15 members at the University and an additional 7 post-graduate students which will significantly expand with the additional funding. At this point Microvision has access to a 20+ member research team, headed by a former employee who just received a record grant to grow the program. This partnership is one of many reasons why Microvision’s pico-projection technology continues to be the most advanced in the world.