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Satellite Events at VSS 2015

Mathematical and Computational Models in Vision (MODVIS)

Wednesday, May 13 - Friday, May 15
9:00 am - 6:00 pm, Wednesday, Long/Bird/Indian
9:00 am - 7:00 pm, Thursday, Long/Bird/Indian
8:00 - 11:30 am Friday, Horizons

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

The 4th VSS satellite workshop on Computational and Mathematical Models in Vision (MODVIS) will be held May 13-15, 2015, at the Tradewinds resort in St. Pete Beach Florida.  The program is complete, and can be viewed HERE. Abstracts for all talks are available HERE.

Registration rates are the same as last year: $80 regular, $40 student on or before April 1st, and $100/$50 after. More information can be found on the workshop's website:

Perceptual Expertise Network Reunion

Thursday, May 14, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Horizons

Organizer: Isabel Gauthier, Thomas Palmeri, and Magen Speegle, Vanderbilt University and members of the Perceptual Expertise Network

The Perceptual Expertise Network  will be celebrating its 30th workshop by inviting present PEN members, past PEN members, and PEN friends to a day of talks as well as a reunion dinner following the talks. If you want to attend the dinner at 6pm, you will need to register here by April 24th.

David Knill Memorial Symposium

Friday, May 15, 9:00 - 11:30 am, Island Ballroom

Organizer: Wei Ji Ma, New York University

Speakers: Dan Kersten, Paul Schrater, Robert Jacobs, Chris Sims, Krystel Huxlin, Wei Ji Ma

Dave Knill was a beloved scientist, teacher, and VSS regular who suddenly passed away in 2014. Dave also served on the VSS Board of Directors from 2002 to 2007. Dave got his Ph.D. from Brown University in 1990 with a thesis about the perception of surface shape and reflectance. He did a postdoc at the University of Minnesota, after which he held faculty positions at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Rochester, where he was since 1999. Dave left a towering legacy in many areas of vision science and decision-making, from Bayesian modeling to spatial vision to active sensing to multisensory perception to bounded rationality. In this symposium, a few of Dave’s many trainees and collaborators will commemorate his life and work.

To find out more, please visit:

The future of Psychophysical Toolbox and other Psychophysics software
(a lunchtime discussion)

Saturday, May 16, 12:45 - 2:00 pm, Snowy Egret

Organizers: Michael Tarr, Carnegie Mellon University

This meeting is to discuss financial and structural mechanisms to discuss continued support for PsychToolbox, including possible methods for directly support Mario Kleiner’s full-time work on PTB. We can also discuss alternatives to PTB and any other issues related to software development for experimental control and data acquisition.

The application of the SID Information Display Measurements Standard in vision research

Saturday, May, 16, 12:45 - 2:15 pm and Sunday, May 17, 12:45 - 2:15 pm, Horizons East

Organizer: Cambridge Research Systems

The theoretical session will run on Saturday lunchtime from 12:45 - 2:15 pm. This will include an introduction to the complete IDMS, followed by an in-depth discussion of the fundamental measurements that vision scientists should consider making in their own laboratories. The practical session will follow on Sunday lunchtime from 12:45 - 2:15 pm. This will show attendees how to apply aspects of the IDMS by making measurements of their own laptop screen using a new free software Toolbox for MATLAB and instrumentation provided by CRS. The practical session will require attendees to bring a laptop with MATLAB and the latest release of the Psychophysics Toolbox installed (Psychtoolbox-3 - Both sessions are free and open to all registered VSS attendees. Advance registration is not compulsory but highly recommended as space is limited; note that those attending the theoretical session on Saturday will be given preference if they want to attend the practical session on Sunday. To register and find out more, please visit:

WorldViz Vizard Virtual Reality User Meeting

Sunday, May 17, 12:45 - 2:15 pm, Snowy Egret

Organizers: Matthias Pusch, Charlotte Li

New Tools and Methods for Virtual Reality as a Research Tool

Discuss and try the latest hardware and applications in the fast moving Virtual Reality scene.
We will show info about Oculus Rift Crescent Bay, Valve/HTC Vive, and the latest developments in consumer VR components like Wearality and Samsung GearVR.

You will learn how to use those devices with the Vizard VR Toolkit for creating research applications. With WorldViz 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 application form at under the VSS section.

Seats will be assigned on a first-come first-serve basis.