Kaan Akşit's personal website

Associate Professor of Computational Light at University College London

Optica Senior Member, Optica Display Technology Executive Committee



Kaan Akşit is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science department at University College London, where he leads the Computational Light Laboratory. Kaan received his PhD degree in electrical engineering at Koç University, Türkiye*, in 2014. His M.Sc. degree is in electrical power engineering from RWTH Aachen University, Germany, obtained in 2010. Kaan obtained his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Istanbul Technical University, Türkiye, in 2007. Kaan researches the intersection of light and computation, including computational approaches in imaging, graphics, fabrication and displays. Kaan’s research works are widely known among the optics and graphics community for his contributions to display technologies dedicated to virtual reality, augmented reality, and three-dimensional displays with glasses and without glasses. He worked as a research intern in Philips Research, the Netherlands, and Disney Research, Switzerland, in 2009 and 2013, respectively. In addition, he was a research scientist at NVIDIA, the USA, between 2014 and 2020. He is the recipient of Emerging Technologies best in show awards in SIGGRAPH 2018 and SIGGRAPH 2019, DCEXPO special prize in SIGGRAPH 2017, the best papers in IEEE VR 2017 and ISMAR 2018, and best paper nominee in IEEE VR 2019 and IEEE VR 2021.

Keywords: Computational Light, Computational Displays, Perceptual Graphics

Websites: Personal website, Computational Light Laboratory, Odak Toolkit

Public engagements: High-Beams Seminars, Research Hub

For more details about Kaan’s academic profile such as conflicts, list of talks or academic servies, please visit biography section of this website.


Jan 4, 2023 🙏 We are thankful to Oracle for offering us to rely on their cloud infrastructure support for our computational loads. We had to decline their award as we have purchased new computational resources most recently.
Nov 18, 2022 📰 Our paper, Unrolled Primal-Dual Networks for Lensless Cameras, is published at Optica’s Optics Express. A copy of the manuscript can be found here. This work is a result of a collaboration with Oliver Kingshott, Nick Antipa and Emrah Bostan.
Oct 25, 2022 📰 Our paper, Metameric Inpainting for Image Warping, is published at IEEE’s Transaction on Visualization and Computer Graphics. A copy of the manuscript can be found here. This work is a collaboration between Rafael Kuffner dos Anjos, David Robert Walton, Sebastian Friston, David Swapp, Anthony Steed and Tobias Ritschel.
Oct 19, 2022 🗣️ Kaan helped organizing Optica’s Frontiers in Optics Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality theme for 2022.
Oct 17, 2022 🗣️ Kaan presented an invited talk titled Realistic Image Reconstruction with Multiplane Computer-Generated Holography at Optica’s Frontiers in Optics Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality theme for 2022.


  1. Realistic Defocus Blur for Multiplane Computer-Generated Holography
    Kavaklı, KorayItoh, YutaUrey, Hakan,  and Akşit, Kaan
    IEEE VR 2023 (To appear) 2023
  2. HoloBeam: Paper-Thin Near-Eye Displays
    Akşit, Kaan,  and Itoh, Yuta
    IEEE VR 2023 (To appear) Mar 2023
  3. ChromaCorrect: Prescription Correction in Virtual Reality Headsets through Perceptual Guidance
    arxiv Jan 2023
  4. Optimizing vision and visuals: lectures on cameras, displays and perception
    ACM SIGGRAPH 2022 Aug 2022
  5. Metameric Varifocal Holograms
    In 2022 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces (VR) Mar 2022
  6. Unrolled Primal-Dual Networks for Lensless Cameras
    Kingshott, OliverAntipa, NickBostan, Emrah,  and Akşit, Kaan
    Optics Express Dec 2022
  7. Learned holographic light transport
    Kavaklı, KorayUrey, Hakan,  and Akşit, Kaan
    Applied Optics Feb 2022
  8. Beyond blur: Real-time ventral metamers for foveated rendering
    ACM Transactions on Graphics Feb 2021
  9. Sensicut: Material-aware laser cutting using speckle sensing and deep learning
    Dogan, Mustafa DogaAcevedo Colon, Steven Vidal, Sinha, Varnika,  Akşit, Kaan,  and Mueller, Stefanie
    In The 34th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology Feb 2021
  10. Beaming displays
    Itoh, YutaKaminokado, Takumi,  and Akşit, Kaan
    IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics Mar 2021
  11. Telelife: The Future of Remote Living
    Frontiers in Virtual Reality Mar 2021
  12. Patch scanning displays: spatiotemporal enhancement for displays
    Akşit, Kaan
    Optics express Mar 2020
  13. Toward standardized classification of foveated displays
    IEEE transactions on visualization and computer graphics Mar 2020
  14. Optical gaze tracking with spatially-sparse single-pixel detectors
    In 2020 IEEE international symposium on mixed and augmented reality (ISMAR) Mar 2020
  15. Manufacturing application-driven foveated near-eye displays
    IEEE transactions on visualization and computer graphics Mar 2019
  16. Near-eye display and tracking technologies for virtual and augmented reality
    In Computer Graphics Forum Mar 2019
  17. Foveated AR: dynamically-foveated augmented reality display.
    Kim, JonghyunJeong, YoungmoStengel, MichaelAkşit, KaanAlbert, Rachel ABoudaoud, BenGreer, TreyKim, JoohwanLopes, Ward, Majercik, Zander,  and others,
    ACM Trans. Graph. Mar 2019
  18. Matching prescription & visual acuity: Towards ar for humans
    Mar 2019
  19. Steerable application-adaptive near eye displays
    Mar 2018
  20. Focusar: Auto-focus augmented reality eyeglasses for both real world and virtual imagery
    IEEE transactions on visualization and computer graphics Mar 2018
  21. Wide field of view varifocal near-eye display using see-through deformable membrane mirrors
    IEEE transactions on visualization and computer graphics Mar 2017
  22. Membrane AR: varifocal, wide field of view augmented reality display from deformable membranes
    Mar 2017
  23. Near-eye varifocal augmented reality display using see-through screens
    ACM Transactions on Graphics (TOG) Mar 2017
  24. Slim near-eye display using pinhole aperture arrays
    Akşit, KaanKautz, Jan,  and Luebke, David
    Applied optics Mar 2015
  25. From sound to sight: Using audio processing to enable visible light communication
    Schmid, Stefan, Schwyn, Daniel,  Akşit, KaanCorbellini, GiorgioGross, Thomas R,  and Mangold, Stefan
    In 2014 IEEE Globecom Workshops (GC Wkshps) Mar 2014
  26. Connecting networks of toys and smartphones with visible light communication
    IEEE communications magazine Mar 2014
  27. Head-worn mixed reality projection display application
    Akşit, KaanKade, DanielÖzcan, Oğuzhan,  and Urey, Hakan
    In Proceedings of the 11th Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology Mar 2014
  28. Super stereoscopy technique for comfortable and realistic 3D displays
    Optics letters Mar 2014
  29. Dynamic exit pupil trackers for autostereoscopic displays
    Akşit, KaanBaghsiahi, HadiSurman, Phil, Ӧlçer, Selim, Willman, Eero, Selviah, David RDay, Sally,  and Urey, Hakan
    Optics express Mar 2013
  30. Multi-view autostereoscopic projection display using rotating screen
    Eldes, OsmanAkşit, Kaan,  and Urey, Hakan
    Optics Express Mar 2013
  31. Portable 3D Laser Projector using Mixed Polarization Technique
    Akşit, KaanEldes, O.Viswanathen, S.Freeman, M.,  and Urey, H.
    Journal of Display Technology Mar 2012
  32. Heart rate monitoring via remote photoplethysmography with motion artifacts reduction
    Cennini, GiovanniArguel, JeremieAkşit, Kaan,  and Leest, Arno
    Optics Express Mar 2010