V-VSS Coffee Breaks

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Looking for a place to meet virtually with friends, network with VSS colleagues, or meet with the many students and early career researchers who are attending the conference?

Gather.town is back!

Gather.town will let you create and name your own avatar. Your avatar can walk around the beach at the virtual TradeWinds, play games near the tiki hut, or meet with others in one of the many seating areas.

Our virtual beach will remain open during V-VSS. You can arrange to meet friends in advance, or check the list of current Gather.town participants at any given moment. Find someone you’d like to chat with and send them a message or just follow the path to their location.

V-VSS speakers are encouraged to head to Gather.town during the coffee breaks after their sessions for more discussions. VSS speakers are encouraged to attend one or more Gather.town coffee breaks to talk with participants about their work.

Just click the Gather.town link and you’re in! The Gather.town link is available on the V-VSS Schedule of Events and below for registered attendees of VSS and V-VSS. When you first enter Gather.town, follow the brief tutorial for some basics about the site, and name your avatar so we can find you!

How to setup multi-user eye tracking experiments in VR and collect data

Wednesday, June 1, 2022, 2:30 – 3:30 pm EDT, Zoom Session

Organizers: Matthias Pusch, WorldViz; Andrew Beall, WorldViz

WorldViz VR will teach participants how to set up and perform Multi-User eye tracking studies in VR using Python and a GUI based configurator. We will explain drag and drop methods for adding 360 videos and 3D models, and demonstrate analytics methods with associated templates. At the end of this session participants will know how to insert their own 3D geometry or 360 video in VR scenes, generate 3D visualizations of the scene and gaze path, extract gaze intersects, view an interactive session replay, save out raw data, and modify the template using their own target objects and parameters. We will also show how you can easily customize and add unique metaverse level avatars and perform interactions across remote locations or local LAN in an eye tracking study.

LabMaestro Pack&Go: a new tool for running MATLAB/Psychtoolbox experiments online

Thursday, June 2, 2022, 2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT, Zoom Session

Organizers: Lindsey Fraser, VPixx Technologies; Amanda Estephan, VPixx Technologies

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Last year at V-VSS 2021, VPixx Technologies introduced a new software tool under development: LabMaestro Pack&Go, a solution for conducting MATLAB/Psychtoolbox experiments online.

In this virtual satellite talk, VPixx Staff Scientists will present the current status of Pack&Go and demonstrate its use. We will show how to upload local MATLAB experiments, recruit participants and send invitations, collect and store data, and download results files and experiment metadata. Results from an online MATLAB experiment conducted during the in-person VSS 2022 conference will be presented as an example. This talk will also cover specific concerns related to end-to-end latency, network timing and data security.

Data Visualization Micro-Talk Event

Thursday, June 2, 2022, 5:00 – 6:00 pm EDT, Zoom Session

Organizers: Jeremy Wilmer, Wellesley College; Sarah Kerns, Wellesley College

A whirlwind tour of data visualization insights from VSS members: share a tool, a research result, an effective graph, an ineffective graph. The event features a series of “micro-talks” where speakers give 2-minute presentations. 

2022 VSS Satellite Events

Thursday, May 12

Computational and Mathematical Models in Vision (MODVIS)

Thursday, May 12, 2022, 9:00 am – 6:30 pm EDT, Horizons

Friday, May 13

Computational and Mathematical Models in Vision (MODVIS)

Friday, May 13, 2022, 9:00 – 11:30 am EDT, Horizons

Visibility: A Gathering of LGBTQ+ Vision Scientists and Friends

Friday, May 13, 2022, 8:30 – 9:30 pm EDT, Beachside Decks

Saturday, May 14

Data Visualization Micro-Talk Event

Saturday, May 14, 2022, 12:45 – 2:15 pm EDT, Sabal/Sawgrass

Sunday, May 15

Canadian Vision Science Social

Sunday, May 15, 2022, 12:30 – 2:15 pm EDT, Sabal/Sawgrass

How to setup multi-user eye tracking experiments in VR and collect data

Sunday, May 15, 2022, 12:45 – 2:15 pm EDT, Blue Heron

FoVea Workshop: Working during a Pandemic

Sunday, May 15, 2022, 7:30 – 9:00 pm EDT, Beachside Decks

Monday, May 16

INCF/MathWorks Psychophysics Working Group

Monday, May 16, 2022, 2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT, Sabal/Sawgrass

LabMaestro Pack&Go: a new tool for running MATLAB/Psychtoolbox experiments online

Monday, May 16, 2022, 3:15 – 4:30 pm EDT, Horizons

phiVis: Philosophy of Vision Science Workshop

Monday, May 16, 2022, 3:30 – 5:30 pm EDT, Blue Heron

LabMaestro Pack&Go: a new tool for running MATLAB/Psychtoolbox experiments online

Monday, May 16, 2022, 3:15 – 4:30 pm EDT, Horizons

Organizers: Lindsey Fraser, VPixx Technologies; Amanda Estephan, VPixx Technologies

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Last year at V-VSS 2021, VPixx Technologies introduced a new software tool under development: LabMaestro Pack&Go, a solution for conducting MATLAB/Psychtoolbox experiments online.

In this satellite talk, VPixx Staff Scientists will present the current status of Pack&Go, and demonstrate its use. We will show how to upload local MATLAB experiments, recruit participants and send invitations, collect and store data, and download results files and experiment metadata. Specific concerns related to end-to-end latency, network timing and data security will be addressed.

We will also present results from an online MATLAB experiment hosted throughout the conference. We encourage VSS attendees to complete this experiment on a laptop available at our Exhibitor’s Booth during normal booth hours.

phiVis: Philosophy of Vision Science Workshop

Monday, May 16, 2022, 3:30 – 5:30 pm EDT, Blue Heron

Organizers: Kevin Lande, Department of Philosophy & Centre for Vision Research, York University; Chaz Firestone, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University

The past decade has seen a resurgence in conversation between vision science and philosophy of perception on questions of fundamental interest to both fields, such as: What do we see? What is seeing for? What is seeing? The phiVIS workshop is a forum for continuing and expanding this interdisciplinary conversation. Short talks by philosophers of perception that engage with the latest research in vision science will be followed by discussion with a slate of vision scientists.

Conversations between philosophers of vision and vision scientists have enriched research programs in both fields. On the one hand, the latest generation of philosophers of vision are deeply immersed in the scientific literatures on natural scene statistics, visual short-term memory, ensemble perception, contour integration, amodal completion, visual salience, multi-sensory integration, visual adaptation, and much else. On the other hand, vision scientists have found a great deal of value in responding to and thinking together with philosophers about the mechanisms and effects of perceptual constancies, attentional selection, object perception, and perceptual uncertainty, to name just a handful of topics. These conversations are not only intrinsically interesting for everyone involved, they have been fruitful sources of research and collaboration. However, opportunities for dialogue are all too rare, often occurring only through chance interactions or one-off workshops. The phiVis satellite is meant to be a platform to extend these discussions. Our first event took place at the 2021 V-VVS and drew nearly 300 attendees. Join us this year, in person, for phiVis 2!

Program:

  • Mohan Matthen (University of Toronto), with comments from Viola Störmer (Dartmouth)
  • Nico Orlandi (University of California, Santa Cruz), with comments from Frank Tong (Vanderbilt)
  • Jacob Beck (York University) and Sam Clarke (University of Pennsylvania), with comments from Stella Lourenco (Emory)

This event is supported by York University’s Vision: Science to Applications (VISTA) program, Centre for Vision Research, and Department of Philosophy, as well as the Johns Hopkins University Vision Sciences Group.

INCF/MathWorks Psychophysics Working Group

Monday, May 16, 2022, 2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT, Sabal/Sawgrass

Organizers: Vijay Iyer, MathWorks & Malin Sandström INCF

The planned INCF/MathWorks Psychophysics Working Group aims to be an international group facilitating regular and active coordination among users and developers of various open access software tools for conducting psychophysics experiments while building upon the MATLAB software platform from MathWorks. The planned working group intends to conduct one of its regular meetings annually at the VSS meeting, allowing communication with and participation by the broader vision science community.

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FoVea Workshop: Working during a Pandemic

Sunday, May 15, 2022, 7:30 – 9:00 pm EDT, Beachside Decks

Organizers: Diane Beck, University of Illinois; Mary Peterson, University of Arizona; Karen Schloss, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The pandemic has impacted all aspects of our life and will likely continue in some form for a while. These impacts have been particularly disruptive for women (e.g., Augustus, 2021). We will break into small, facilitator-led groups to discuss the ways in which the pandemic has impacted our work in the past and how it might continue to impact our work in the future, as well as discuss possible accommodations and solutions. What have others tried? What has worked? What has not? Participants will have the opportunity to choose affinity groups (e.g. graduate students, early career researchers, parents and caregivers, BIPOC researchers, LGBTQ2S researchers) ahead of time on our registration form. As part of our commitment to intersectionality, we have partnered with SPARK and Visibility to provide facilitators and affinity tables to discuss intersectionality issues.

FoVea is a group founded to advance the visibility, impact, and success of women in vision science (www.foveavision.org). We encourage vision scientists of all genders to participate in the workshops.

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