AVA Spring Meeting and AGM in Farnborough

03 Apr 2017 archived

Meeting report

A report of this meeting was written by organiser Eric Liggins and submitted to the International Ergonomics Association (IEA) visual ergonomics newsletter in December 2017 by Craig Aaen-Stockdale. The report is included here:

AVA Spring Meeting 2017, Qinetiq, Farnborough, UK

The Applied Vision Association (AVA) is a UK-based charity with over 500 members. Its aim is to support and disseminate vision research, which it does through a range of funding opportunities, and by holding two scientific meetings per year.  The Spring 2017 Meeting was held in Farnborough in April and featured a varied programme, including three fascinating and thought-provoking keynote speakers.

David Foster (Manchester University) gave the Geoffrey Burton Memorial Lecture, in which we were invited to consider some of the fundamentals of what is involved in “seeing” in the real world.  David explored what is possible in practice, and how that falls short of what is predicted by controlled laboratory experiments.  Kathy Mullen (McGill University) described the way colour and luminance contrast interact.  Lex Toet (TNO Netherlands) described ways in which colour night vision systems could be made a reality.

Speakers from a range of academic and industrial institutions contributed the remainder of the programme, which was always varied and never dull!  We heard about drivers mis-judging gaps in traffic when a motorcycle is approaching (Robbins et al.), about an insect-inspired navigational aid for visually-impaired people (Amos et al.), along with some important studies of fundamental visual performance, presented by leading researchers in those fields.  The oral presentations were accompanied by an eclectic set of posters, a good lunch, and plenty of time for conversation in pleasant surroundings.

Details of future meetings and AVA membership can be found at http://www.theava.net/

Eric Liggins, Qinetiq

Details of the conference

Conference Dates: April 3 2017

Meeting times:

Start 12:00 midday  (coffee and registration from 11:00)

Finish 18:00 approx.

Lunch is included.  Refreshments afterwards.

The meeting programme is here: /perch/resources/avaspring2017schedulev4.pdf

…and the abstract booklet is here: /perch/resources/ava-spring-meeting-abstracts-v2.pdf

Reduced rate registration ends 18:00 on Monday 27th March!

Deadline for abstracts: 24th February 2017 *** expired ***

Deadline for registration without abstract submission: 29th March 2017

The AVA spring meeting will be held this year at Farnborough in Hampshire, UK, at the Cody Technology Park campus. The aim of this meeting is to encourage collaboration and communication between those working on applied and basic aspects of vision, whether it be in academic, business or other settings. All are encouraged to submit an abstract. Research on all aspects of vision is welcome.

The meeting will be held over one day and will include the following keynote addresses:

David Foster (University of Manchester) – The Geoffrey J Burton Memorial Lecture: "Hyperspectral Imaging and Visual Inference".

Kathy Mullen (McGill University, Montreal) – The CRS Lecture: "The perceptual combination of colour and luminance contrast".

Alexander Toet (TNO, Netherlands) – "Colour night vision: system development and observer evaluation studies".

 

Please submit abstracts to ava.spring2017@gmail.com

 

Farnborough is about 40 minutes from London by train, and well connected to the road network via the M3. Cody Technology Park is a multi-occupancy hi tech campus situated next to Farnborough Aerodrome, occupying land that was formerly the Royal Aircraft Establishment, and historically the home of British aviation. The meeting is being hosted by QinetiQ Ltd.

Directions are here:

https://www.qinetiq.com/contact/pages/officedetails.aspx?siteid=14

A more detailed map with building plans is here: /perch/resources/location-and-buildings-map-ava-spring-meeting.pdf

Abstracts will be peer-reviewed & published in the journal Perception (so long as presenting authors attend the meeting) and should cover previously unreported research involving any aspect of vision in humans, animals and machines. Abstracts must be in the standard format for ECVP/Perception, examples can be seen at: http://www.perceptionweb.com/P.html References should be given in the body of the abstract in full, but without the title. e.g. (Rayner et al, 2001, Vis Res, 41, 943-954) Unless otherwise stated (at the end of the abstract), it will be assumed that the first author will be the presenting author.
Note that no copyright agreement needs to be signed, but it is the authors responsibility to disclose or sort out any conflict of interest or the clearing of any copyright issues that might arise.

The organizers will try to accommodate preferences for a talk or poster but the number of submissions that this meeting is expected to attract means that this might not always be possible.

Please register in good time to ensure smooth booking-in at the Farnborough site reception.

EARLY BIRD registration at the prices below until 6pm on 27th March.

Prices increase by £10 after that date.

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These buttons will take you to a paypal check out. If you do not have a paypal account, simply click 'Check Out as a Guest'. 

You should receive a receipt from paypal that lists the amount you have paid and that it is for the meeting. This is usually sufficient for expenses, but if you require more, or do not receive the receipt, contact us. 

We look forward to seeing you on 3rd April!

The AVA gratefully acknowledges the support of Cambridge Research Systems and QinetiQ for this meeting.