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Dr.  Shin-Tson Wu

Dr. Shin-Tson Wu

Pegasus Professor of Optics & Photonics

Liquid Crystal Displays



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Prior to joining UCF in 2001, Dr. Wu was with Hughes Research Laboratories (Malibu, California) where the first laser was invented. He received his Ph.D. in Laser Physics from University of Southern California (Los Angeles), and BS in Physics from National Taiwan University (Taipei). His research at UCF focuses in five areas: 1. Advanced displays, including quantum dots and sunlight readable LCDs and OLEDs, 2. Wearable displays including augmented reality and virtual reality, 3. Adaptive lenses, 4. Spatial light modulators, and 5. Biosensors.

Dr. Wu is a Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (2012) and one of the first six inductees of the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame (2014).  He is the recipient of 2014 OSA Esther Hoffman Beller medal, 2011 SID Slottow-Owaki prize, 2010 OSA Joseph Fraunhofer award, 2008 SPIE G. G. Stokes award and 2008 SID Jan Rajchman prize. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, OSA, SID, and SPIE. From 2004 to 2008, he was the founding chief editor of the IEEE/OSA Journal of Display Technology

Dr. Wu has co-authored 7 books, over 480 journal papers, and obtained 83 U.S. patents. Several of his patents have been implemented in display and photonic devices.

Awards & Honors

International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) Fellow
IEEE Photonics Society Fellow
Society for Information Display (SID) Fellow
Optical Society of America (OSA) Fellow
2016 Research Incentive Award (College Level)
2016 Excellence in Research Award
2014 OSA Esther Hoffman Beller Medal
2014 Florida Inventors Hall of Fame
2014 Esther Hoffman Beller Medal
2013 OSA Board of Directors (2013 - 2014)
2012 National Academy of Inventors Fellow
2011 SID Slottow-Owaki Prize
2011 Excellence in Research Award
2011 Research Incentive Award (RIA)
2010 OSA Joseph Fraunhofer Award/Robert M. Burley Prize
2010 Pegasus Professor
2008 SID Jan Rajchman Prize
2008 SPIE G. G. Stokes Award
2006 University Distinguished Researcher for 2006
2004 Editor-in-Chief IEEE/OSA Journal of Display Technology
2003 IEEE Outstanding Engineer Award
2000 SID Special Recognition Award
1997 ERSO (Taiwan) Special Achievement Award
1991 Hughes Annual Best Paper Award
1991 Hughes Team Achievement Award

Recent Publications

Daming Xu
"Advanced Blue Phase Liquid Crystal Displays"
A dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central Florida Orlando
H. Chen, Y. Weng, D. Xu, N.V. Tabiryan, and S. T. Wu
"Beam steering for virtual/augmented reality displays with a cycloidal diffractive waveplate"
Opt. Express 24, 7278-7298
Shin-Tson Wu
"Emerging Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality"
Invited seminar (Tianjin University, CA)
Shin-Tson Wu
"Liquid crystal devices for augmented reality and virtual reality"
5th Symposium on Liquid Crystal Photonics (Beijing, China)
Shin-Tson Wu
"Liquid crystals for photonics applications"
BOE (Beijing, CA)
H. Chen, R. Zhu, Y.H. Lee and S. T. Wu
"Correlated color temperature tunable white LED with a dynamic color filter"
Opt. Express 24, A731-A739
R. Zhu, G. Tan, J. Yuan, and S.-T. Wu
"Functional reflective polarizer for augmented reality and color vision deficiency"
Opt. Express 24, 5431-5441
F. Peng, Y. Huang, F. Gou, M. Hu, J. Li, Z.An, and S. T. Wu
"High performance liquid crystals for vehicle displays"
Opt. Mater. Express 6, 717-726
Shin-Tson Wu
"UCF breakthough in extreme-temperature resistant LCD screens"
Channel 9 News
Shin-Tson Wu
"UCF Research Ensures Car LCDs Work in Extreme Cold, Heat"
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