Microsoft HoloLens research grant recipients revealed

This past summer, Microsoft put out a call for grant proposals with the goal of getting some creative and innovative uses for its HoloLens in the pipeline. On Wednesday, the company announced the recipients of its academic research grants, the total of which is five, as well as the five runner-ups. Says Microsoft, "It's so exciting to see the academic community respond to Microsoft HoloLens with such enthusiasm, and we suspect this is only the beginning."

According to Microsoft, the submissions were above and beyond what it expected to receive, and not just in terms of volume. The variety of institutions and quality of the submissions were both notable, says Microsoft, and they spanned many topics: education, art, medicine, and more. Things like using Microsoft's HoloLens for fixing vision problems to using augmented reality for education were proposed.

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Ultimately, only five were chosen:

Golan Levin, The Frank-Ratchye STUDIO, Carnegie Mellon University: Open-Source Investigations in Mixed Reality

Emily Cooper, Wojciech Jarosz and Xing-Dong Yang, Dartmouth College: Augmenting Reality for the Visually Impaired with Microsoft HoloLens

Joseph Gabbard and Doug Bowman, Virginia Tech: Collaborative Analysis of Large-scale Mixed Reality Data

Andy Mingo, Tawny Schlieski, Nikki Dunsire, Shelley Midthun, J Bills, Clackamas Community College & Intel, HoloLens Curriculum for Trade-based Education

Allen Yang, Professor Claire Tomlin, and Shankar Sastry, University of California, Berkeley: Immersive Semi-Autonomous Aerial Command System (ISAACS)

The winners will get $100,000 in funds, as well as a pair of HoloLens Development Edition headsets. Because choosing the winners proved more difficult than anticipated, Microsoft is also giving the five runner-ups a pair of HoloLens DE units. Those runner-ups are:

Lori C. Walters, Eileen Smith, Fran Blumberg, Robert Michlowitz, Alexia Mandeville, University of Central Florida: Memory Lens: A Dynamic Tool for Capturing Societal Memory

Wen Liu, The University of Kansas: Stroke Rehabilitation

Preeti Gupta, American Museum of Natural History: DinoLens: Seeing an Unseen Past

Pamela Jennings, Center for Design Innovation: CONSTRUKTS: Augmenting design processes with interactive holograms using the Microsoft HoloLens

Carol LaFayette and Frederic I. Parke, Texas A&M University: Extending the range of human senses: Ultraviolet and ultrasonic perception with Microsoft HoloLens

SOURCE: Windows Blog