Director, US Navy's Mixed Reality Lab, USN - SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific
Ms. Heidi Buck joined the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, Pacific (SSC Pacific) in 2002 after receiving her Master’s Degree from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in Electrical Engineering with a focus in Signal and Image Processing. She spent 13 years of her career at SSC Pacific working on computer vision systems to support the warfighter, focused primarily on automatic target recognition systems. In January 2015 she founded the Battlespace Exploitation of Mixed Reality (BEMR) Lab, a space for innovative thinkers to leverage low cost commercial sector technology in the mixed reality (virtual and augmented reality) space for collaboration between warfighter, researcher, government, industry and academia. The lab has received national attention, including visits from the Secretary of Defense, Congressmen, Fortune 500 CEOs, military leaders and numerous other VIPs. In less than three years the lab handled visits and demonstrations to nearly 8000 people, including numerous STEM and outreach events.
The talk will highlight two recent live-fire exercises testing an augmented reality heads up display as part of a topside ship gunnery system to include a discussion of the challenging problems the Navy faces with using augmented reality in such unique working environments.