Dr. Bernard C. Kress

Fellow Member | Director, XR Hardware at Google
Kress, Bernard C.
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SPIE Membership: 19.2 years
SPIE Awards: Fellow status | 2019 SPIE Community Champion
Area of Expertise: AR/VR/MR and smart glasses, Micro andn Nano Optics, Wafer scale optics, Optical lithography, Volume holography, Diffractive optics
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Bernard has been involved in the field of optics and specifically micro-optics for the past 2 decades, as an associate professor, instructor, author, entrepreneur, engineer, team manager and engineering director.
He has been instrumental in developing new optical technologies that have been included in various industrial, defense and consumer products, in fields such as laser materials processing, optical anti-counterfeiting, biotech sensors, optical telecom devices, optical data storage, optical computing, motion sensors, displays, depth map sensors, and more recently head-up and head mounted displays (smart glasses, AR, VR and MR).
His is specifically involved in the field of micro-optics, wafer scale optics, holography and nanophotonics.
Bernard has published numerous books and book chapters on micro-optics and has more than 50 patents granted worldwide.
He is a short course instructor for the SPIE and is involved in numerous SPIE conferences as technical committee member and conference chair.
He is chairing the SPIE Digital Optical Technologies and the SPIE AR/VR/MR conference series.
He is an SPIE fellow since 2013 and served as an SPIE Board Director from 2016 to 2019. He was elected in 2020 to the presidential chain of the SPIE, and serves currently as its Vice-President (2021).
During the past decade, Bernard has been the principal optical architect on the Google Glass project and the partner optical architect on the Hololens team at Microsoft for the past decade. He is now the Director for XR engineering at Google Labs in Mountain View.

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