All talks are in the Class of '62 Auditorium
All breakfasts, breaks, and lunches are in the Medical Center Atrium

Thursday (9/13/12) – Welcome Reception

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm—Reception, Staybridge Suites, 1000 Genesee Street

Friday (9/14/12)

8:00 am - 8:45 am—Breakfast, Registration & Put-up Posters

8:45 am - 9:00 am—Welcome

9:00 am - 11:00 am—Invited Session 1: Interpreting high-resolution images of the living retina

The advent of new in-vivo high resolution imaging technologies has led to exciting new observations about the relationship between structure and function in the human retina. This session will cover new understanding and interpretation being acquired in normal and diseased eyes at resolutions beyond those of conventional instrumentation.

Moderator: Mina Chung, University of Rochester

Confirmed Speakers:
Stephen Burns, Indiana University
Donald Miller, Indiana University
Christine Curcio, University of Alabama, Birmingham

11:00 am - 11:30 am—Break

11:30 am - 1:00 pm—Contributed Color Session (6 @ 15 minutes each)

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm—Lunch

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm—Poster Session

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm—Invited Session 2: Color and the statistical structure of natural images

It is well accepted that biological visual processing is shaped by the statistical structure of the natural environment. In recent years this broad idea has received increased attention as our understanding of image statistics has improved, and has also led to a more informed approach to computer image analysis. This session will focus on the application of these ideas to the area of color vision, with talks that draw from the study of human vision, the study of image analysis, and the study of color image statistics.

Moderator: David Knill, University of Rochester

Confirmed Speakers:
David Foster, University of Manchester
William Geisler, University of Texas, Austin
Michael Webster, University of Nevada, Reno
Todd Zickler, Harvard University

6:30 pm—Dinner, Nixon-Peabody

Saturday (9/15/12)

8:00 am - 8:30 am—Breakfast

8:30 am - 10:30 am—Invited Session 3: Dysfunction of the visual system in neurodegenerative conditions

Several neurodegenerative diseases impact visual function. Targeted assessment of the visual system may therefore reveal alterations that contribute uniquely to earlier detection and better understanding of these conditions. This session will explore how structural and functional observations have improved our knowledge of neurodegenerative disease processes, with a focus on multiple sclerosis and optic neuritis.

Moderator: Ari Green, University of California, San Francisco

Confirmed Speakers:
Steve Feldon, University of Rochester
Randy Kardon, University of Iowa
Laura Frishman, University of Houston
Netta Levin, Hadassah University Hospital, Israel

10:30 am - 11:00 am—Business Meeting

11:00 am - 12:30 pm—Poster Session & Break

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm—Lunch

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm—Invited Session 4: 3D displays and perception

3D technology is being incorporated into movies, televisions and personal electronics. What are the technical issues behind crafting content for a human 3D experience? How does our visual system interpret and respond to images created with 3D technology? Our speakers will explore this topic with an emphasis on the science behind human stereoscopic perception.

Moderator: Laurie Wilcox, York University

Confirmed Speakers:
Martin Banks, University of California, Berkeley
Jenny Read, Newcastle University
Inna Tsirlin, York University
Ali Kazimi, York University

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm—Break

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm—Presentation of Tillyer Medal: Introduction by Jay Neitz, University of Washington
Tillyer Lecture by Dr. Gerald H. Jacobs

6:00 pm—Tillyer Banquet, Rochester Museum & Science Center

Sunday (9/16/12)

8:00 am - 8:30 am—Breakfast

8:30 am - 10:30 am—Invited Session 5: Signal suppression: mechanisms and functional roles

Signal suppression via divisive inhibition is ubiquitous in visual processing (and appears to be present in other parts of the brain as well), consistently providing good accounts for a wide range of psychophysical and neurophysiological data. Familiar examples are found in contrast gain control and other adaptation phenomena. This symposium aims to draw together different views and perspectives on these topics from neurophysiology, psychophysics and brain imaging.

Moderator: Lynn Olzak, Miami University

Confirmed Speakers:
Michael Rudd, University of Washington
John Foley, University of California - Santa Barbara
C.C. Chen, National Taiwan University
Tim Meese, Aston University

10:30 am - 11:00 am—Break

11:00 am - 12:30 pm—Contributed Vision Session (6 @ 15 minutes each)

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm—Lunch & Poster Removal

1:30 pm - 1:45 pm—Young Investigator Award

1:45 pm - 3:45 pm—Invited Session 6: Controlling the Motion of Attention

Under normal circumstances, the eyes scan the visual environment seemingly automatically, in order to bring the images of objects of interest to the fovea. It has been suggested that the map that determines where the eyes go next is one and the same as the map of attention. But under unnatural laboratory conditions, it is possible to dissociate attention and eye movements. Attention may be directed to the periphery while eye movements are voluntarily inhibited (covert attention); eye movements can be directed to a location other than the most salient location (the anti-saccade task); in multiple object tracking, the nature of the task makes it impossible to fixate all of the locations that must be attended; and results from change blindness demonstrate that where the eyes are pointing can be dissociated from what information is taken in. The speakers in this symposium explore the relations between attention and eye movements, and possible mechanisms for their control.

Moderator: Tania Pasternak, University of Rochester

Confirmed Speakers:
Mary Hayhoe, University of Texas, Austin
Steve Heinen, The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute
James Brockmole, University of Notre Dame
Eileen Kowler, Rutgers University

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm—Final Remarks