Welcome to VSS 2022!

Eileen Kowler, VSS President

In most other years that might be a routine greeting, but not in 2022. Despite the enormous obstacles put in our path by the pandemic, we are here, in person, 1500 attendees, about to start our conference.  Let’s look at some highlights.

This year VSS features a host of timely and new events. Our Student-Postdoc Advisory Committee, in its second year of existence, continues to create original workshops on topics of particular relevance to younger investigators. This year they are hosting workshops on Open Science (at both VSS and V-VSS) and an important roundtable discussion on Accessibility in Vision Science at V-VSS. Thanks to the SPC for all its contributions this year.

Networking opportunities are at the forefront of VSS 2022. We start off on Friday night with the outdoor opening night reception.  Be on the lookout for our “First-time attendees” tables. If you’re a VSS veteran greeting all your old friends, be sure to stop by and meet some first-time attendees.

Many of you from across the globe have talked about the importance of having a gathering where attendees can meet and share experiences with those of similar backgrounds and life experiences. Celebrating Diversity, a networking event, will give you an opportunity to engage with those with similar backgrounds, as well as sharing your stories, and learning from others. All are welcome. We look forward to seeing you at Celebrating Diversity and learning more about how VSS can best serve its diverse community of participants.  

VSS 2022 also includes three satellite events devoted to networking: Visibility a gathering of LGBTQ+ vision scientists and friends, FoVea (Females of Vision Science), which this year is focusing its VSS satellite on the impacts of the pandemic, and of course the Canadian Vision Science Social, back in person for 2022. 

VSS is happy to announce that this year we were able to award travel grants to 130 student and postdoctoral attendees thanks to funding from Elsevier, and from an R-13 conference grant awarded to VSS by NIH.  This year we also inaugurated the annual John I. Yellott Travel Award (thanks to generous donations from Friends of Jack Yellott), which was given to two early career presenters to honor Yellott’s many foundational contributions to vision science. Thanks as well to our sponsors whose generous contributions were instrumental to supporting many facets of the meeting. 

All VSS registrants are automatically registered for V-VSS (June 1-2), and VSS poster presenters have the opportunity to present their posters virtually at V-VSS. One V-VSS highlight is the Keynote address to be given by Geoffrey Hinton, who will talk about  Coordinate Frames and Shape Perception in Neural Nets. (Not attending VSS this year? You can register to attend V-VSS and have access to all the VSS session recordings, poster PDFs, as well as all the V-VSS sessions and events, through September 30.)   

It is a vast understatement to say that none of this would have been possible – a full and busy VSS 2022 meeting and a separate virtual conference – without the dedication, hard work, creative ideas, energy, insights and commitment to VSS of Meeting Perfect, in particular, Shauney Wilson (President), Shawna Lampkin, Jeff Wilson, Lily Carrick and Lynn Flannery. I am awed by how much this dedicated group of people has been able to accomplish over the past year and especially over the past months. They have been operating under constantly shifting and challenging conditions to organize the meeting, create the many virtual tools and platforms we need, expand and update the VSS website, and work with the board to manage the many operations and activities of the society. VSS is privileged to have this group stand behind our organization and work to make this conference the best possible experience for our members, and the best possible platform for vision science. 

The VSS Board of Directors, Geoff Boynton, Rowan Candy, Jody Culham, Anya Hurlbert, Shin’ya Nishida, Ruth Rosenholtz, Johan Wagemans, and Laurie Wilcox, went above and beyond, taking on more than usual in this unpredictable year in order to create the scientific programs, design the supporting activities and consider at all times what policies and decisions were in the best interests of the members. VSS also acknowledges the work of many volunteers, including our DEI Advisory Committee, Program committee, and Awards committees, I also want to personally acknowledge the advice, wisdom and support of our two past presidents, David Brainard and Laurie Wilcox.

The final acknowledgement and appreciation goes to all of you, the scientists at all career levels who produced the cutting edge, exciting science we’re going to learn about over the next few days and weeks. No scientific meeting can shut out the troubles and conflicts of the world, and we are certainly not aiming to do so. We stand in solidarity with our membership and reaffirm our commitment to global social justice. We are scientists, mentors, educators, students, scholars, colleagues and friends. We are persisting and grateful to be together and have the opportunity to do something we love.

VSS 2022 is happening.  See you at the meeting!

Eileen Kowler
VSS President, 2021-2022
May, 2022

Undergraduate Meet and Greet

Thursday, June 2, 2022, 12:30 – 1:30 pm EDT, Zoom Session Log In to Set Timezone

Join other undergraduates as well as graduate students and professors.  Select among several break-out rooms to join to discuss a variety of topics about the conference, career options, or scientific interests.

Undergraduate Meet and Greet

Monday, May 16, 2022, 2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT, Pirate Island

Enjoy free snacks and refreshments while you meet other undergraduates.  We’ll also have a few graduate student and faculty mentors who will be happy to answer any questions about the conference, career options, or scientific interests.

Meet the Professors

Monday, May 16, 2022, 3:30 – 5:00 pm EDT, Banyan Breezeway

Students and postdocs are invited to the 7th annual “Meet the Professors” event. This year’s event will have a different format than usual, with short, 10-minute meetings in small groups. Chat about science, VSS, career issues, or whatever comes up. Or just meet and connect with a new VSS colleague.

Space will be limited and assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Each student/postdoc will meet with five professors. If you would like to attend Meet the Professors, please complete this registration form. Registration will close on April 27 or when all spaces are filled. See below for this year’s professors.

Members of the VSS Board are indicated with an asterisk*.

Marisa Carrasco (Julius Silver Professor of Psychology and Neural Science, New York University) investigates how different types of attention –spatial, feature, temporal, presaccadic– affect perceptual performance and alter appearance in a variety of tasks –e.g., contrast sensitivity, acuity and texture segmentation– across the visual field, using psychophysical, neuroimaging, neurostimulation and computational modeling. She also investigates how attention benefits perceptual learning.

Angela Brown & Del Lindsey (Professors, Ohio State University) study color vision, with special emphasis on the naming and understanding of colors, across languages and cultures, using computational and psychophysical approaches. We also study sensory visual development over the life span, from premature to elderly. “Come chat about vision science with a vision science couple.”

Radoslaw Cichy (Researcher, Freie Universität Berlin) studies visual cognition for a variety of angles, including spatio-temporal mapping, deep neural network modelling, and recently also the developmental perspective.

Bevil Conway (Senior investigator, NEI) runs a lab that studies how the brain turns sense data into perceptions and thoughts, often using color as a tool. He’s an artist and taught high school and college.

Emily Cooper (Assistant professor, University of California, Berkeley) uses visual psychophysics and modelling to study 3D vision in natural environments and applies this work to augmented reality system design.

Danny Dilks (Associate Professor, Emory University) studies two broad topics: i) face, place, and object processing, from infancy to adulthood – using psychophysics, fMRI, and TMS; and ii) cortical plasticity in adulthood – using psychophysics and fMRI.

Isabel Gauthier (Researcher, Vanderbilt University), studies object recognition usually in the visual modality but sometimes with other modalities. She is interested in individual differences, for both domain-general and domain-specific abilities, and uses converging evidence from several tools, including behavior, functional and structural brain imaging.

Bill Geisler (Professor, UT Austin) studies psychophysics, modeling, natural-scene statistics, and primate neurophysiology of early and mid-level vision.

Karl Gegenfurtner, (Professor of Psychology, Giessen University in Germany) is mainly interested in color vision and eye movements, using mainly behavioral methods, with a bit of computation and neuroscience added to the mix.

Anya Hurlbert* (Professor of Visual Neuroscience, Newcastle University, UK) studies colour perception, using behavioural and computational techniques, including in applied areas of lighting technology, visual art, digital image processing and medical diagnostics.

Krystel Huxlin (Professor, Associate Chair for Research in Ophthalmology, University of Rochester) studies humans and animals to understand how vision can be restored after visual cortex damage, and the mechanisms underlying such recovery. She uses a range of approaches that include perceptual training, imaging, cell biology, electrophysiology and modeling.

Dominique Lamy (Researcher, Tel Aviv University) mainly studies visual attention, unconscious vs. conscious processing and the relationships between visual awareness, attention, implicit memory and working memory. She mainly uses behavioral methods

Pascal Mamassian (Researcher, CNRS & Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris) is studying visual perception in healthy human adults using psychophysics and computational modelling (mostly Bayesian), and is currently interested in motion perception, time perception, sequential effects in perception, and confidence judgments.

Maria Concetta Morrone (Professor, University of Pisa) research spanned many topics using behavioral, computational modeling and functional Imaging (EEG and MRI) techniques: spatial vision, development, plasticity, attention, color, motion, AI, vision during eye movements and more recently multisensory perception and action

Shin’ya Nishida* (Professor, Kyoto University) studies a range of topics, including motion perception, material perception, time perception, haptic perception, and perception-based display technology, using both behavioral and computational modeling techniques.

Chris Olivers (Head, Experimental and Applied Psychology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) studies multiple aspects of vision, predominantly visual attention and visual working memory, using multiple techniques such as eye tracking, EEG, and fMRI.

Doby Rahnev (Associate Professor, Georgia Tech) studies perceptual decision making, attention, expectation, and visual metacognition, using fMRI, TMS, computational modeling, and psychophysics.

Jenny Read (Professor of Vision Science, Newcastle University) studies visual perception, especially stereoscopic and binocular vision, in primates and insects. Originally trained in physics, she uses a mixture of computational modeling and psychophysics, and collaborates with others to incorporate neurophysiology.

John Reynolds (Professor, The Salk Institute) studies visual perception and visual cognition in humans and non-human primates (macaques, marmosets), where he and his colleagues have recently discovered that traveling waves occur several times each second in the visual cortices, where they improve perceptual sensitivity and border-ownership signals in macaque V4 are organized in a columnar fashion and occur first in the deep layers, positioning them to provide feedback to V1, V2 and the oculomotor system.

Jan Theeuwes (Professor, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands & ISPA Lisbon Portugal) does basic and applied research in the area of attention, emotion, reward learning, eye movements and statistical learning using behavioral and neuroimaging techniques (EEG and fMRI). Before becoming full professor, Jan Theeuwes did applied human factors research in industry.

Galit Yovel (School of Psychological Sciences & Neuroscience at Tel Aviv University). Galit is studying the cognitive and neural basis of person recognition with behavioural, neuroimaging and deep learning models.

Melissa Vo (Researcher, Goethe University Frankfurt) studies top-down guidance in scene search, neural representation and development of scene knowledge, rapid object and scene categorization, as well as action-perception interactions in real-world scenarios using a variety of methods, including psychophysics, stationary, real-world and VR eye-tracking, EEG, as well as computational modeling approaches.

Undergraduate Just-in-Time Poster Submission Policies for V-VSS

  • The student submitting the abstract is the sole author and presents the poster at the session.
  • Names and affiliations of advisors and mentors must be provided on the submission form and will be included in the V-VSS program.
  • The student must be a current VSS member (for 2022).
  • The student must be registered to attend V-VSS.
  • Those who already have an abstract accepted for VSS 2022 or V-VSS 2022 are not eligible to submit to the Just-In-Time session.
  • A student may submit only one abstract to the Just-In-Time session.
  • Abstracts must be work that has not been accepted for publication or published at the time of submission.
  • Poster presenter substitutions are not permitted.

Undergraduate Just-In-Time Poster Submission Guidelines for V-VSS

Call for Abstracts

VSS is pleased to announce the 2022 “Just-In-Time” poster sessions for undergraduate students who are working on independent research projects that are just now reaching the stage of being ready for abstract submission.

VSS welcomes and encourages submissions from a diverse group of eligible students across the globe. To help accomplish this goal we are asking that you share this information with any programs within your institutions that sponsor or promote research for undergraduate students.

Eligibility

The submissions to this session are limited to students who are either:

(1) currently enrolled in a 3-year or 4-year program leading to the bachelor’s degree, or,
(2) earned a bachelor’s degree in a 3-year program and are currently in their first year of study in a program leading to a master’s degree. (Students studying in European universities may fall in this category).

Those who already have an abstract accepted for VSS or V-VSS 2022 are not eligible. A student may submit only one abstract, and the student must be a current member of VSS.

Just-in-time posters for undergraduates will be presented in poster sessions during V-VSS, June 1 and 2. The window for submissions will open on March 21 and submissions will be accepted until May 6. Presenters will be informed of acceptance by May 10.

Session Format

The presentations will have the same format as regular V-VSS posters, and consist of a PDF file containing the poster, with an optional 6-minute explanatory video. Presenters will have the opportunity to interact with V-VSS participants during a two-hour scheduled session.

Given the just-in-time deadline, some aspects will differ from regular V-VSS submissions. Submissions will be reviewed by members of the VSS Board of Directors and designates. Accepted abstracts will appear in the V-VSS 2022 program. Unlike submissions accepted following the December review, “Just-In-Time” abstracts will not appear in the Journal of Vision. The student who submits the abstract will be listed as the sole author, followed by the names of all those who participated as advisors or mentors.

How to Submit an Abstract

Abstract submissions must be divided into four sections: (1) Objective, (2) Methods, (3) Results, and (4) Conclusion. Each section is limited to 60 words.

For additional information about submission requirements, go to Undergraduate Submission Policies. If you have any questions, please contact our office at .

To submit an abstract, Log in to your MyVSS Account or Create a New MyVSS Account, pay your VSS 2022 student membership, and then click the Submit an Abstract button.

Submission Schedule

Submissions Open: March 21, 2022
Submissions Close: May 6, 2022
Notification of Accepted Abstracts: May 10, 2022

2020-2021 Student-Postdoc Advisory Committee

The Vision Sciences Society announces the 2020-2021 inaugural members of The Student-Postdoc Advisory Committee (SPC)!

The Student-Postdoc Advisory Committee will advise the VSS Board and membership about how events, workshops, meeting structure, and activities can best target the needs of trainee members and attendees. They will be reaching out to trainees to solicit opinions and ideas, as well as organizing special events.

Each year VSS will solicit nominations for new members of the Student-Postdoc Advisory Committee to replace three members who will be rolling off the Committee.

Stacey Aston

Durham University

Stacey Aston is a postdoctoral researcher in Durham University’s Psychology Department. In her research, she studies visual and multi-sensory information integration for human perception and decision making. Stacey joined SPC to have a positive impact on the VSS experience for student and postdoc members. She is sure that the newly formed SPC committee will be a valuable asset to the VSS team as they work to enrich the VSS program with many more development and networking opportunities.

Kathryn Bonnen (Chair)

New York University

Kathryn (Kate) Bonnen is a Simons Society postdoctoral fellow at New York University (NYU). She earned her bachelor’s degrees in computer science and psychology at Michigan State University and received a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to NYU, she was an ARVO/VSS scholar and visiting researcher in the Optometry School at the University California Berkeley. Her research focuses on motion perception, behavioral modelling, binocular processing, and sensorimotor control.

Matthew Boring (Record Keeper)

University of Pittsburgh

Matthew Boring is a fourth year PhD student from the University of Pittsburgh. He studies in Dr. Avniel Ghuman’s Laboratory of Cognitive Neurodynamics to understand how visual representations of objects evolve in the ventral stream and how these representations influence visual attention. Within the Student Postdoc Advisory Committee, Matthew is excited to improve VSS for trainees by establishing channels of communication between students, postdocs, and VSS organizing committees. By better understanding the desires and concerns of trainee members, it will be easier to develop programs that improve the value of VSS to them.

Cristina Ceja

Northwestern University

Cristina Ceja is a graduate student at Northwestern University pursuing a PhD in Psychology. She is interested in exploring the limits of our visual system in perceiving, processing, and updating visual representations. Currently, she studies how the visual system binds features to objects, and the role of visual attention in this binding process. As a member of the Student-Postdoc Advisory Committee (SPC), she looks forward to building on her existing outreach efforts and committee work dedicated to engaging and advocating for trainees.

Björn Jörges

York University

Björn finished his PhD at University of Barcelona and is currently doing a PostDoc at York University, Toronto, in a project funded by the Canadian Space Agency. His research is focused on the role of vestibular cues for visual perception and how we perceive moving objects while we ourselves are moving through the environment. He is furthermore convinced that open and diverse science is better science.

J. Brendan Ritchie (VSS Liaison)

National Institute of Mental Health

J. Brendan Ritchie, Ph.D, is a post-doctoral fellow in the Laboratory of Brain and Cognition at the National Institute of Mental Health (USA), where he is conducting research on the neural basis of visual categorization and category learning. Previously he was a post-doctoral fellow at KU Leuven (Belgium), a research associate at Macquarie University (Australia), and a graduate student at the University of Maryland (USA), where he obtained his doctoral degree. Brendan is excited to be a part of SPC, and wants to help make VSS more responsive to the interests of early career researchers in vision science.

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