AVA Christmas meeting 2018 at Birkbeck, University of London

17 Dec 2018 archived

We will be celebrating the twenty third year of AVA (Applied Vision Association) Christmas meetings in 2018. The meeting will be on Monday, December 17th, at the Clore Management Centre, Birkbeck, University of London.

Birkbeck is very easy to get to. It is located on Malet St, London, WC1E 7HX (it's at the rear of the British Museum). Kings Cross, St Pancras and Euston rail stations are just a few minutes walk away. The Clore Management Centre (number 2 on the map) faces the Birkbeck main building (number 1 on the map) on Torrington Square. Russell Square is the nearest tube station, although several others are also nearby (Goodge St, Warren St, Tottenham Court Road, Euston Square, Holborn). The reception and lecture theatre are on the lower ground floor of the Clore, so please take the stairs to the right once inside the building, or use the lift on the left.


We have three fabulous keynote speakers and an art exhibition from Dr Shelley James:

Dr Jenny Bosten, the 2018 recipient of the David Marr medal. School of Psychology, University of Sussex.

"Calibrating colour perception to visual environments.”

About Jenny: My research interests lie in visual perception, particularly in colour vision, individual differences and spatial information processing. In colour vision I am interested in visual polymorphisms, their genetic determinants, and minority phenotypes including anomalous trichromacy and tetrachromacy. I am interested in how colour perception may be tuned genetically or developmentally to the colour statistics of natural scenes. I use a combination of psychophysical and genetic methods to explore the structure, function and biological basis of the human visual system.

Dr Ute Leonards. Reader in Neuroscience, School of Psychological Science, University of Bristol.   

"The impact of the visual environment on locomotion."

About Ute: My research interests fall into two big areas, sensory neurosciences and human-robot-interaction. What unifies them for me is my focus on human vision. Why vision? Because what we see guides our movements, shapes our experiences and thoughts, influences how we interact with others, and ultimately defines who we are. Who we are defines what we see and how we see it.

I have a long history of working with other disciplines. For example, I have been working with neurologists, neuropsychologists and psychiatrists to study the mechanisms underlying visual perception, attention and action in the context of a person’s individual characteristics and the environment they live in. 

More recently, and my main research area, I have been collaborating closely with colleagues in biomechanics, computer vision, civil engineering and humanities to understand how patterns in the visual environment impact our movements, health and wellbeing.

Dr Annette Allen. Division of Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology,  University of Manchester. 

"Redesigning visual displays to understand melanopsin’s contribution to vision."

About Annette: My research combines my expertise in the development of bespoke lighting/display architecture with anatomical, physiological and behavioural assays of vision. A direct impact of that research is improved insight into how ambient/artificial lighting and displays can be used to optimise visual experience and/or regulate the subconscious effects of light over the course of the day.

Dr Shelley James will have an exhibition of some of her work on engaging visual art.

About Shelley: Shelley trained in textiles and started her career as a design consultant for international brands including Visa International, Shell and Cancer Research UK. She became fascinated by depth perception and developed new glass- and print-making techniques to create compelling illusions of depth and movement. She holds a PhD from the Royal College of art and is Artist in Residence at the Bristol Eye Hospital, Associate Artist and visiting lecturer at King's College and London Universities. Current projects include collaborations with the Bristol Vision Institute to explore the impact of patterns in the urban environment on walking behaviour, Sir Roger Penrose on the optical properties of quasiperiodic lattices and Professor Richard Wingate to develop an interdisciplinary Synthetic Anatomy at King's College, London.


Shelley will present a selection of optical toys during the break.

The meeting:

Registration opens at 10am, with the first talk session starting at 11am. The meeting should end around 5:30, with a drinks reception after.

If you would like to offer a talk or poster:

The local organiser is Dr Alex Shepherd, Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck. Email: a.shepherd@bbk.ac.uk. Telephone: 0207 631 6212. Please send abstracts directly to her, by midnight November 11th, 2018. No more than 500 words and please include authors, affiliation, whether you are offering a talk or a poster, and who would be presenting. You will be notified of acceptance within two to three weeks.

Abstracts will be published in the journal Perception.


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Registration is by paypal. You do not need a paypal account to use this – simply choose the option to pay by card on the next screen.

You should receive a receipt from paypal (worth checking your spam folder) but if you do not please email treasurer@theava.net. If you need a further receipt, please contact the meeting organiser. 

We welcome you to Birkbeck for the 23rd AVA Christmas meeting!

The AVA committee.