The 29th CVS Symposium - Engineering the Eye IV Restoring Vision will be held August 22 - 24, 2014 in Goergen Hall.

The symposium will bring vision restoration researchers together with low vision specialists who study the importance for daily living of such visual capabilities as: foveal versus peripheral vision, motion versus form perception, and high luminance cone versus low luminance rod mediated vision.  It will examine vision restoration in light of the variety of disorders that damage vision and the type of information that partially or totally blind patients need to function normally. It will also consider the role played by central visual pathways in restoring vision, limitations to recovery resulting from alteration of early visual development, and the importance of cortical plasticity in refinement of visual perception as patients adapt to their visual prosthesis. The conference will also provide an opportunity for students and post-docs to present their work in poster sessions, and will make competitive travel fellowships available to the best of the students and post-docs who wish to attend and present their work.

CVS organizes a symposium in alternate years on a theme of current importance in vision research. These meetings, of which there have so far been 28 bring in about 20 authorities to speak on topics related to a theme of current interest. The last two were “Computational Foundations of Perception and Action” (2012) and “Photons and Neurons” (2010). Attendance numbers between 100 and 250. Evening sessions are devoted to general discussion of the issues raised by the day’s talks. We usually provide about 20 travel fellowships to pre- and postdoctoral students from within the United States and abroad. Students and fellows are active in these meetings and benefit greatly from meeting and discussing vision with a wide range of scientists in vision and related disciplines.