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Satellite Events at VSS 2014

Mathematical and Computational Models in Vision (MODVIS)

Wednesday, May 14 - Friday, May 16, Horizons
9:00 am - 5:00 pm Wednesday & Thursday, 9:00 - 11:45 am Friday

Organizers: Jeff Mulligan, NASA Ames Research Center Zyg Pizlo, Purdue University Qasim Zaidi, SUNY College of Optometry

Abstract submission for the third VSS satellite workshop on Computational and Mathematical Models in Vision (MODVIS) is now open.

Submissions will be considered on a first-come first-served basis, until the program is full or the early registration deadline of April 1st has passed, whichever comes first.  The revised submission system is simple and transparent. Registration rates are the same as last year: $80 regular, $40 student on or before April 1st, and $100/$50 after.

MODVIS 2014 will be held immediately prior to the VSS meeting in St. Pete Beach, May 14-16.  More information can be found on the workshop's website:

Cambridge Research Systems Technical Short Courses on Light Measurement and Display Characterisation

Friday, May 16, 8:00 - 11:45 am, Royal Tern

Organizers: Caterina Ripamonti, Tom Robson and Jakob Thomassen, Cambridge Research Systems

Cambridge Research Systems are pleased to announce the availability of two new short courses devoted to practical aspects of vision research. The "Measuring Light and Managing Colour" and "Display Devices and their Characterisation for Vision Research" courses include a mixture of lecture material, demonstrations created with MATLAB and Psychtoolbox, and an opportunity to use a variety of test equipment. The courses will be led by Caterina Ripamonti, Tom Robson and Jakob Thomassen.

The courses will be offered for the first time in 2014 as an official VSS 2014 Satellite event; they are free and open to all VSS attendees. Registration is not compulsory but highly recommended, as spaces are limited.

To register, please email and indicate which courses you would like to attend (you can register for both events).

The short courses will take place on Friday 16th May 2014, at the VSS conference venue: the Tradewinds Island Resorts, St. Pete Beach, Florida. The courses will start at 8am and finish at 12 noon. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

To find out more, please visit:

Interactive Virtual Reality with Oculus Rift and Laptop

Friday, May 16, 9:00 - 11:45 am, Snowy Egret

Organizers: Matthias Pusch and Charlotte Li, WorldViz

In our first satellite event participants will interactively learn how to design and deploy a 3D consumer headset (i.e. Oculus Rift) and laptop-based multi-user interactive environment. The participants will be enabled to seeing each other in a virtual environment represented as avatars, and tossing each other virtual objects (balls). You will learn how to record data, and control key parameters such as visual elements, interaction methods, object speed, etc. using simple scripting.

The application will be created using the Vizard VR Toolkit. Vizard is a powerful Virtual Reality platform to help you create a new breed of visual simulations. With Vizard, users can build applications that provide the best experiences across virtual reality immersive technologies such as displays and sensors.

To register for this event, please fill out the form following below link. Seats will be assigned on a first-come first-serve basis.

Please come to the event prepared with an ethernet plug or dongle on your laptop - Windows operating system is required.

Individual Differences in Vision Brown Bag Lunch, v. 2.0

Saturday, May 17, 12:45 - 2:00 pm, Horizons

Organizer: Jeremy Wilmer

Back this year: A whirlwind tour of the breadth of individual differences related work currently being conducted by VSS members. Bring your lunch. Identify colleagues with common interests and relevant expertise. Featuring "micro-talks" (2 slides, 2 minutes) from a wide range of content areas. 

Cambridge Research Systems '25 Years in Vision Science’ Party

Saturday, May, 17, 8:15 pm, Snowy Egret

Hosted by Cambridge Research Systems

Cambridge Research Systems has been in business since 1989. We would like to host a drinks reception for our customers to jointly celebrate our 25th Anniversary and the launch of our new Display++ stimulus display system. 

The 10th Annual Best Illusion of the Year Contest

Sunday, May 18, 8:00 - 10:00 pm, Pavilion
(Doors open at 7:30 pm)

Organizer: Susana Martinez-Conde, Neural Correlate Society

The Best Illusion of the Year Contest is a celebration of the ingenuity and creativity of the world's premier illusion creators. Contestants from all around the world have submitted novel illusions (unpublished, or published no earlier than 2013), and an international panel of judges has narrowed them to the TOP TEN. At the Contest Gala, the top ten illusionists will present their creations and the attendees of the event (that means YOU!) will vote to pick the TOP THREE WINNERS!

The 2014 Contest Gala will be hosted by world-renowned magician Mac King. Mac King is the premiere comedy magician in the world today, with his own family-friendly show, "The Mac King Comedy Magic Show," at the Harrah's Las Vegas. He was named “Magician of the Year” by the Magic Castle in Hollywood in 2003, and is a frequent guest and host of television specials.

Everybody is invited and families are welcome!