[visionlist] PhD position: Exploring perceptual organisation with psychophysics and fMRI


[visionlist] VSS 2016 | Call for Nominations to the VSS Board of Directors Reminder

Vision Sciences Society

VSS 2016

Sixteenth Annual Meeting

May 13-18, 2016 St. Pete Beach, FL

Nominations
are open for two 4-year positions on the Vision Sciences Society Board of
Directors. The Board’s responsibilities include scheduling the Annual Meeting,
implementing and monitoring VSS policies, budget oversight, and other
organizational activities. The Board meets twice a year, during the Annual
Meeting and in late January.Any regular VSS member in good standing may be nominated, with the exception
of individuals now on the board, or who have served on the board within the
last four years. Nomination Procedures

Each nomination must be endorsed by 3 regular VSS members. One person should
email the nomination to Shauney Wilson
with a cc: to the other two nominators. The other two nominators should
indicate their endorsement by forwarding the nominating email to Shauney Wilson.
Please include a recent vita and a short paragraph describing the qualifications
of the nominee, as well as an assurance that the nominee is willing to serve.
With their consent, nominees may remain on the nominee list for three years. 


[visionlist] INCF is recruiting Scientific Funding Officer

Dear visionlist members

The International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility is recruiting a Scientific Funding Officer to identify and obtain funding to develop INCF’s international coordination activities in neuroinformatics and support its international network of Nodes gain funding for their national activities. The role also involves supporting INCF’s seed funding award process. The ideal candidate will be a motivated and able person with expertise in international funding coordination from a background in scientific funding, for instance working in a funding agency in a Program Officer role, or in a university grants office handling international proposals. 

The full advertisement can be found here: http://ift.tt/1ScYVRO deadline April 15.

Please forward to suitable contacts in your network.

Thanks and best wishes

Linda


[visionlist] WD Wright and Palmer Awards 2016


Re: [visionlist] [cvnet] Update on my case with the FTC

Dear Aaron,
As a friend and colleague, I can only express how sad I’m for this unfair outcome, you should try to do a crowdfunding and share that with the community, it may help a little… It is sad not only for you but also for science…
Best,
Simone

Il 25/feb/2016 03:43, “Aaron Seitz” ha scritto:

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I truly appreciate those of you who have shared in my journey with the FTC (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, feel free to skip the rest, or here’s some information: http://ift.tt/1Oi9d1j). I originally brought this situation to the scientific community because Universities, funding agencies, and our individual intentions to more directly contribute to people’s health and wellbeing, etc., are increasingly motiving scientists like myself to translate research from lab to market-place.  However, the paths to best translate knowledge from research labs into effective use in the public sphere are difficult to navigate; I’m hoping lessons can be learned and processes changed based on my situation.

A short version of my situation: colleagues and I started a company to sell, at low cost on iTunes, the vision training protocols based on my lab’s scientific work.  FTC sued, saying that our claims are not justified because no research without a randomized, double-blind control, could be the basis of a health claim.  We countered, with your help through public comments  (http://ift.tt/1j6WYIq) to say that the scientific standard was inappropriate and the punishment was too severe. Unfortunately the FTC effectively ignored the public comments about this situation  ( FTC response at: http://ift.tt/1T8pyZy) and made no alterations to the original settlement.  I now need to complete payment of $75,000 (my share of the $150,000 settlement) to the FTC and will be subject to the 20 year “consent decree” for which essentially any commercial activity that I’m involved with needs to be reported to and reviewed by the FTC and adhere to a randomized double blind control. Ironically, this strict standard only applies to me, whereas Lumosity in their 10 year agreement has the standard of “blinded to the extent possible.”  Irrespective of changes in the scientific community of accepted inferential approaches, I will have a different bar to reach if I want to continue to translate research to the public sphere.

My hope still is that my situation can be used as a lever to promote positive policy change to improve the process and, to be frank, make sure that others don’t end up in a situation like mine. 

This has been a difficult journey and I appreciate all of those who have shown interest, concern and support.

Best,

-Aaron 

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Professor of Psychology

Director of UCR Brain Game Center

University of California, Riverside

900 University Ave.

Riverside, CA 92521

Ph:   (951) 827-6422

Fax:  (951) 827-3985

Email: aseitz@ucr.edu

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Re: [visionlist] [cvnet] Open Access responses

Hi Simon,

I fully share your reaction and your interpretation of the responses from our Vision Science journals to the results of Alex Holcombe’s survey. Clearly, there is a mismatch between what folks in the Vision Science community are wanting, and what we are getting, and it seems that the folks in charge of our journals are, by and large, not sure what to say about it at the moment.  

I will say, however, that the “holding” statements from JOV and Psychonomics are entirely reasonable.  Any official changes are going to have be the product of discussion among the appropriate governing bodies.  We cannot expect any official changes to happen over night in response to the Vision Science community’s stated wishes for change.

On the other hand, one might also ask whether there is a valid distinction between “them” and “us” in this case, since the people doing the reviewing and editing are us (the Vision Science community).  So, any changes that start at a “grass roots” level will be by us.  That is, reviewers and editors of our various Vision Science journals who feel strongly about these issues may want to discuss among ourselves what we want, whether that would involve changes of the sort highlighted by Alex Holcombe’s questionnaire, and, if so, what those changes would concretely involve.  Such discussions are surely the most direct way to start moving towards the changes that the questionnaire shows are desired by us in the Vision Science community.

Best wishes,

Les

On Fri, Feb 26, 2016 at 2:30 PM, Simon Rushton wrote:
I’ve been looking forward to reading the responses from journals.  Now Hoover has posted them (thank you Hoover) I’m not sure how to interpret them.
Just to recap, Alex Holcombe’s survey prompted almost 400 responses.  93% of people indicated that they “want change NOW” and he invited responses from the journals that serve the vision community.
iPerception/Perception have provided a comprehensive response.
JoV and Psychonomics have issued what I guess we’d call “holding” statements.
JEP:HPP; Vision; Multisensory Research; Vision Research and Frontiers: Perception have not responded.  They must be aware of the discussion and survey responses.
I can’t be the only person that is disappointed by such a poor response from our journals (except Perception/iPerception) to an issue on which the community has expressed such a strong view.
simon


[visionlist] Post-doc position in image processing/computer vision

Dear all,

Post‐doctoral position in the field of image registration is available at CRAN (Centre de Recherche en Automatique de Nancy ), UMR 7039 CNRS/Université de Lorraine, 2 avenue de la Forêt de Haye, 54516 Vandoeuvre‐Lès‐Nancy.

Duration: 18 month contract (extensible by another 18 month).

Start date: between February and May 2016
Monthly remuneration is 2914 € gross (2360 € net approximatively).

Project from the French Research Agency (ANR): Multi‐Modal Endoscopy for Inflammatory lesions of the Stomach (Endoscopie MultiModale pour les lésions Inflammatoires de l’Estomac, EMMIE).

Candidate profile:

‐ Candidate with a PhD (doctorate) in image processing/computer vision

OR

‐ Candidate with a PhD (doctorate) in applied mathematics with a significant

experience in the field of image processing/computer vision.

Required skills

‐ Strong scientific capacities, able to conduct innovative research work

‐ Good writing skills with regard to scientific publications

‐ The candidate must be willing and able to program in C++ language (significant

experience in programming)

‐ Familiarity with Matlab

Valued skills

‐ Experience in the field of image registration and/or optical flow.

for details: http://ift.tt/1LpbKqL

Email to: Prof. Christian Daul (Christian.Daul@univ-lorraine.fr)


Re: [visionlist] Sten-Sture Bergström 1930-2016

I’m really sorry. He was a sweet person.

Tiziano

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Il giorno 27 feb 2016, alle ore 02:05, Alan Gilchrist ha scritto:

Dear Colleagues,

I am sad to report that Sten-Sture
Bergström
passed away on February 16. After university studies in biology, zoology,
botany and geography, he began working with Gunnar Johansson in 1957,
presenting his doctoral thesis (1967) entitled “A paradox in the perception of
luminance gradients.” He taught at Uppsala University until 1977 when he became
professor in the department of applied psychology at Umeå,
where he worked until he retired. Bergström developed an elegant theory of
lightness and color perception. Analogous to Johansson’s theory of motion
perception, Bergström argued that light entering the eye is analyzed into
common and relative components. For those who wish to know more, I would
suggest two publications:

Bergström, S. S. (1977). “Common and
relative components of reflected light as information about the illumination,
colour, and three-dimensional form of objects.” Scandanavian Journal of
Psychology 18: 180-186.

Bergström, S. (1994). Color Constancy:
Arguments for a Vector Model for the Perception of Illumination, Color, and
Depth. Lightness, Brightness, and Transparency. A. Gilchrist. Hillsdale,
NJ, Erlbaum: 257-286.

The latter book reflects the work of a group of five people,
informally known as the Trieste Group, that met each year for three days,
beginning in the 1980s to discuss lightness. The other members, besides me,
included Larry Arend, Walter Gerbino, and the late Paul Whittle.

Bergström is survived by his wife Alice, and three children, Lars,
Mats, and Linda.


[visionlist] Sten-Sture Bergström 1930-2016

Dear Colleagues,

I am sad to report that Sten-Sture
Bergström
passed away on February 16. After university studies in biology, zoology,
botany and geography, he began working with Gunnar Johansson in 1957,
presenting his doctoral thesis (1967) entitled “A paradox in the perception of
luminance gradients.” He taught at Uppsala University until 1977 when he became
professor in the department of applied psychology at Umeå,
where he worked until he retired. Bergström developed an elegant theory of
lightness and color perception. Analogous to Johansson’s theory of motion
perception, Bergström argued that light entering the eye is analyzed into
common and relative components. For those who wish to know more, I would
suggest two publications:

Bergström, S. S. (1977). “Common and
relative components of reflected light as information about the illumination,
colour, and three-dimensional form of objects.” Scandanavian Journal of
Psychology 18: 180-186.

Bergström, S. (1994). Color Constancy:
Arguments for a Vector Model for the Perception of Illumination, Color, and
Depth. Lightness, Brightness, and Transparency. A. Gilchrist. Hillsdale,
NJ, Erlbaum: 257-286.

The latter book reflects the work of a group of five people,
informally known as the Trieste Group, that met each year for three days,
beginning in the 1980s to discuss lightness. The other members, besides me,
included Larry Arend, Walter Gerbino, and the late Paul Whittle.

Bergström is survived by his wife Alice, and three children, Lars,
Mats, and Linda.


[visionlist] Postdoctoral position in Pattern Recognition, Machine Learning and Computer Vision for the analysis of neuroimaging, biomedical and biological data – BC 71883

Postdoctoral position in Pattern Recognition, Machine Learning and Computer Vision for the analysis of neuroimaging, biomedical and biological data – BC 71883

IIT was established in 2003 and successfully created a large-scale infrastructure in Genova, a network of 10 state-of-the-art laboratories countrywide, recruited an international staff of about 1100 people from more than 50 countries. IIT’s research endeavor focuses on high-tech and innovation, representing the forefront of technology with possible application from medicine to industry, computer science, robotics, life sciences and nanobiotechnologies.

The Pattern Analysis and Computer Vision department (PAVIS) at IIT (http://ift.tt/1pQq6j9) is looking for a highly qualified researcher in the field of Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition, Machine Learning, and Image Analysis with applications to Biomedical Data Analysis.

The main mission of PAVIS is to design and develop innovative image- and video-based intelligent systems, characterized by the use of highly-functional smart sensors and advanced data analytics features. PAVIS also plays an active role in supporting the other research units inside IIT providing scientists in Neuroscience, Nanophysics and other IIT departments/centers with ad hoc solutions.

To this end, the group is involved in activities concerning computer vision and pattern recognition, machine learning, multimodal data analysis, sensor fusion, and embedded computer vision systems. The lab will also pursue this goal by working collaboratively and in cooperation with external private and public partners.

This call aims at consolidating PAVIS expertise in the following research areas:

• Biomedical image analysis;
• Neuroimaging (functional and structural connectome);
• Biological signal/image/video processing;
• Neuronal network structural connectivity and functional activity analysis;
• Animal behavior analysis;
• Multimodal data analysis and data fusion.

>From the methodological standpoint, the ideal candidate should be familiar within one or more of the following subjects: Probabilistic Graphical Models, Topic Models and Bayesian Non-parametrics, Deep Learning, neural networks and autoencoders, Sparse and Dictionary Learning, Kernel methods and manifold learning, graph-based learning, spectral graph theory.
As the activities may be carried out in collaboration with other research units inside IIT, previous multidisciplinary experience is an added value which will be duly considered.
Strong programming skills are required.

Candidates to this position have a Ph.D. in computer vision, machine learning, pattern recognition or related areas, and research experience and qualification should follow the same lines. A keen interest in biomedical issues and applications is of course necessary. Evidence of top quality research on the above specified areas in the form of published papers in top conferences/journals and/or patents is therefore mandatory.

Experience in the preparation and management of research proposals (EU, US, national) and a few years of postdoc experience, either in academia or industrial lab, will also be duly considered.

The scientist is expected to publish his/her research results in leading international journals and conferences. She/he is also expected to contribute to the set-up of new project proposals, participate in funding activities, supervising PhD candidates and collaborate with scientists from different disciplines.

The position is offered for a (renewable) period of 2 years. Salary will be commensurate to qualification and experience and in line with international standard. The workplace is Genova, Italy.
Further details and informal enquires can be made by email to pavis@iit.it quoting PAVIS- BC 71883 as reference number.

Please send your completed application forms along with a curriculum listing all publications (possibly including a pdf of your most representative publications), and a research statement describing your previous research experience and outlining its relevance to the above topics by email to applications@iit.it, quoting PAVIS-PD 71883 as reference number.

Please also send 2 reference letters. This call will remain open and applications will be reviewed until the position is filled, but for full consideration please apply by March 31, 2016.

In order to comply with the Italian law (art. 23 of Privacy Law of the Italian Legislative Decree n. 196/03), the candidate is kindly asked to give his/her consent to allow IIT to process his/her personal data. We inform you that the information you provide will be solely used for the purpose of assessing your professional profile to meet the requirements of Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia.
Your data will be processed by Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, with its headquarters in Genoa, Via Morego 30, acting as the Data Holder, using computer and paper- based means, observing the rules on the protection of personal data, including those relating to the security of data. Please also note that, pursuant to art.7 of Legislative Decree 196/2003, you may exercise your rights at any time as a party concerned by contacting the Data Manager.

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