Program Overview

Oct 20-23, 2022

University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

Award lectures

  • 2021 Tillyer Award Lecture: David Brainard, University of Pennsylvania

  • 2022 Tillyer Award Lecture: Mary Hayhoe, UT Austin

  • Boynton Award Lecture: Andrew Stockman, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

Invited sessions

Vision restoration

From prosthetics to optogenetics to gene therapy, new approaches to the technologies and therapies used to restore lost vision have accelerated in the last decade. In this session, experts will provide an overview of the extent to which high-quality vision can be restored based on what we know now, and what might be possible to achieve in the near future.

Myopia and myopia control

Myopia is an ocular condition where the focal length of the eye’s optics is too short to appropriately focus distant objects and often comes with sequelae of ocular and retinal complications. It is a condition that is on the rise globally and is at epidemic levels, especially in East Asian countries. The goal of this session is to discuss the mechanisms and theories that drive this condition as well as treatments that are being deployed to address myopic development.

Neural network models of the visual system

Research into network models of visual processing has seen exceptional progress over the past decade, driven largely by advances in machine vision systems based on deep neural networks which now equal or exceed human performance on a variety of tasks. However, the correspondence between machine vision systems and human visual cortex is still unclear and while there appear to be homologies early in the hierarchy, computations and capabilities clearly diverge at later stages. In this session we explore similarities and differences between machine and human visual systems from early visual cortex though to high level representations of objects and semantic information and ask how a constructive dialog between computer science and human neuroscience can benefit both fields.

Studies of the visual cortex with sub-millimeter resolution

Understanding the circuits that process information in early visual cortical areas is essential for the study of vision. This field has benefited from impressive advances in imaging that enable study of single cells and local circuits that mediate feedforward and feedback information in early visual areas. This session will focus on optical and physiological approaches that have enabled insights in the structural and functional architecture of the early visual cortex.

The eye as a window to systemic and neurodegenerative health

The retina can serve as an easily accessible biomarker of vascular and neural health far beyond the eye. This potential is being realized with advances in imaging and analysis approaches, including machine learning. This symposium will explore markers of systemic and neurodegenerative disease revealed in the eye.

Contributed sessions

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