The 8th annual Optical Society of America Vision Meeting, sponsored this year by the Center for Visual Science at the University of Rochester, is a low cost, high quality meeting designed to focus discussion on key issues in vision science. The meeting will be held at the University of Rochester Medical Center on October 24, 25, and 26, 2008. Rochester, located in Western New York, is an internationally recognized center for vision and imaging science and provides a scenic and natural setting for a variety of outdoor activities. Frontiers in Optics, the Annual Meeting of the Optical Society of America, will immediately precede the OSA Vision Meeting.

As in past years, the Optical Society of America will offer a one-day "free pass" to all OSA members who are pre-registered for the OSA Vision Meeting to attend the OSA Annual Meeting on Thursday, October 23 (where there will be additional vision-related sessions). The rates for non-OSA members can be found on the OSA Annual Meeting registration page. If you will be pre-registering for the OSA Vision Meeting then you are eligible for special half-price OSA membership. The membership form will become available to you when you pre-register for the OSA Vision Meeting. If you are not pre-registering for the OSA Vision Meeting then please visit http://www.osa.org/join/ for information on becoming an OSA member.

The local organizing committee is chaired by David Williams, University of Rochester, and the program committee is chaired by Alex Wade, Smith-Kettlewell Research Institute.

The registration fee is $100 for students/postdocs and $300 for all others. (Note that the registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks for all 3 days) Friday and Saturday banquets are an additional fee of $50 per dinner.

The main strength of the OSA Vision Meeting is its small size, which allows for engaging scientific discussion among colleagues. Another advantage of this format is that there will be no parallel sessions, allowing every participant to attend all of the talks they want to hear. The meeting is organized around 6 workshops, each with 4 speakers and a format designed to promote active discussion of key issues in vision science. Each workshop will end with 30-40 minutes of general discussion of the issues presented. We expect to schedule 2 contributed talk sessions (6 talks in each) from the contributed abstracts. In addition, we would like to encourage all registrants to submit a poster presentation to the meeting. All of the abstracts accepted for this year's meeting (including the invited ones) will be published in the online Journal of Vision.

Some topics on which we encourage abstract submissions include (but are not limited to):

  • Infant Vision
  • Emmetropization/Myopia
  • Color Vision
  • Aging and Vision
  • Noninvasive Assessment of the Visual System
  • Circuitry of the Visual System
  • Spatial Vision
  • Retinal Disease
  • Rod Inputs to Vision
  • Visual Transduction
  • Photoreceptive Ganglion Cells
  • Low Vision
  • Visual Development

This year's meeting will include a Festschrift in honor of Dr. Walter Makous, who will be retiring in 2008. A special symposium and banquet will take place on Friday afternoon (October 24). Watch the meeting website for additional details.

This year's OSA Vision Meeting will celebrate Dr. Brian Wandell (Stanford University) as the 2008 recipient of the Tillyer Award.  There will be a presentation by Dr. Wandell followed by a banquet on Saturday, October 25. The Tillyer Award was established in 1953 through an endowment from the American Optical Co. It is presented not more than once every two years to a person who has performed distinguished work in the field of vision, including (but not limited to) the optics, physiology, anatomy, or psychology of the visual system. Past winners include: Don MacLeod (2006) John Krauskopf (2004), George Sperling (2002), John D. Mollon (2000), David R. Williams (1998), John G. Robson (1996), Jacob Nachmias (1994), Horace B. Barlow (1992), Vivianne C. Smith & Joel Pokorny (1990).

The Young Investigator Award is an OSA Vision Meeting tradition and will be awarded to the student or postdoc who gives the best presentation at the meeting. Poster and paper presentations will be considered equally and invited speakers are not eligible. The winner of the award will receive a copy of the book "Visual Perception, Fundamentals of Vision: Low and Mid-Level Processes in Perception" courtesy of Elsevier and a cash prize of $300 from OSA. Past winners include Jessica Morgan & Farran Briggs (2007), Katie Mancuso (2006), Daniel Gray & Joseph Carroll (2005), Jennifer Williams (2004), Xu Cheng (2003), Jun Yan (2001), Heidi Hofer (2000), and Gokhan Malkoc (1999).