[visionlist] CFP: IROS 2017 Workshop on Agricultural Robotics: learning from Industry 4.0 and moving into the future

CALL FOR PAPERS

 

Workshop on Agricultural Robotics: learning from Industry 4.0 and moving into the future

Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017

IROS 2017 Vancouver, Canada

 

http://ift.tt/2rIoQKI

agrob2017@easychair.org

 

Agriculture provides humans with food and raw materials although with a large impact on the environment. Precision farming is a promising pathway to increase the sustainability of farming by increasing farm profitability, reducing manual labor, and reducing environmental impact. In particular, it is expected that robotized precision farming solutions allowing high precision targeted interventions will increase yield and create a more viable ecological solution. Whilst robotics is moving out of the labs into industrial settings, many recent advances in robotics have not yet found their way into the agricultural domain. Agriculture demands high levels of intelligence, mobility, autonomy, manipulation and robustness. While subsets of those characteristics have been targeted by the industrial-, field- and space-robotics communities no all-encompassing solutions have yet been reported. The successes of intelligent robots in semi-structured and semi-controlled industrial settings give rise to optimism about robots working in uncontrolled agricultural environments.

Learning from Industry 4.0, agricultural robots will need to employ attributes such as modularity, cyber-physical capabilities, decentralized decision making and Internet of Things (IoT) implementations, which also comprise the key features of the ongoing 4th industrial revolution.

 

This workshop aims at stimulating discussion towards addressing requirements of agricultural robotics systems, learning from the experiences of industrial robotics and emphasizing on the needed future steps and research directions for the envisioned future farming.

 

We warmly welcome contributions in two formats: papers which will be presented over a poster session during the workshop, and discussion questions. All papers will undergo a peer review process by the organizing committee. The accepted papers will be archived in an online proceedings (with doi) for future reference. Discussion questions are short questions that will be directed to the panel of invited speakers during the workshop, to trigger further discussions.

 

** TOPICS (non inclusive) **

 

Robotized precision farming.

Farming sustainability, profitability and viable ecological solution.

Repurposing of industrial-, field- and space-robots for agriculture.

Analogies between Industry 4.0 and agricultural applications.

Modular structured agricultural systems.

Cyber-physical system agricultural production monitoring.

Decentralized decision and computation for agricultural applications.

Internet of Things on agriculture sensoring devices.

Novel perception for agricultural robots including passive and active methods.

Long-term autonomy and navigation in unstructured environments.

Adaptive sampling and informative data collection.

Deployment strategies and user interfaces for end-users.

 

** INVITED SPEAKERS **

 

Prof. Qin Zhang, Washington State University, USA

Dr. David Michael Ball, Bosch Deepfield Robotics, Germany

Prof. Volker Krüger, Aalborg University Copenhagen, Denmark

Dr. Jim Ostrowski, Blue River Technology, USA

 

** KEY DATES **

 

Papers:

31 Jul 2017 Paper submission deadline

14 Aug 2017 Notification of acceptance

 

Discussion Questions:

14 Sep 2017 Discussion question submission deadline

 

** ORGANIZERS **

 

Tsampikos Kounalakis, Aalborg University, Denmark

Frits van Evert, Wageningen University, Netherlands

David Michael Ball, Robert Bosch Startup Deepfield Robotics, Germany

Gert Kootstra, Wageningen University, Netherlands

Lazaros Nalpantidis, Aalborg University, Denmark

 

CONTACT: agrob2017@easychair.org

MORE INFO: http://ift.tt/2rIoQKI

 


[visionlist] **Correction** Fall Vision Meeting–Abstract Deadline JULY 17th, 2017

**Correction** 

Abstract deadline is July 17th, 2017.  The early-bird registration is September 5th, 2017

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2017 FVM second call for abstracts

 

The 17th Annual Optical Society Vision Meeting is scheduled to take place at the Katzen Art Center at American University in Washington, DC, from the 13th to the 15th of October 2017. 

http://ift.tt/2uis05p

 

This is a reminder that the abstract submission is open:

http://ift.tt/2uis05p

 

**new**  Please note that the  abstract submission deadline has been extended to  JULY 17th, 2017.

 

The online registration is here: 

http://ift.tt/2uis05p

The early-bird registration deadline is September 5th, 2017. Information about registration and hotels are available on the meeting website. 

This year’s meeting includes five invited sessions, three contributed talk sessions, and a variety of contributed poster presentations. We are also pleased to announce two special events this year: Prof. Ken Nakayama from Harvard University will be presented with the 2017 Tillyer Award for distinguished work in the field of vision; and Prof. David H. Brainard from University of Pennsylvania will present the annual Boynton Lecture.

 

Attendees of Fall Vision can attend OSA Frontier in Optics (FiO) meeting (Sept 17-21 in DC) complimentary for one day and vice versa attendees of FiO can attend Fall Vision Meeting complimentary for one day. Details please see http://ift.tt/2tkECvF

 

The invited talk sessions include: (1) Applications of High Resolution Retinal Imaging (2) Myopia Development  (3) Material Perception (4) From Retina to Extra-striate cortex: Forward Models of Visual Input  (5) Lighting, Color Rendering, and Color Vision.

Besides the keynote speaker, the confirmed invited speakers includes:

 

Andrew Pucker, University of Alabama Birmingham

Anya Hurlbert, University of New Castle

Bei Xiao, American University

Brian Wandell, Stanford University

David Huang, Oregon Health and Science University 

David Troilo, SUNY College of Optometry

Don Miller, Indiana University

Greg Schwartz, Northwestern University

Ione Fine, University of Washington 

Kendrick Kay, University of Minnesota

Lorne Whitehead, University of British Columbia

Machelle Pardue,  Georgia Tech 

Manuel Spitschan, Stanford University

Mark Fairchild, Rochester Institute of Technology

Michael Landy, New York University

Noah Benson, New York University

Qasim Zaidi, SUNY College of Optometry

Rigmor Baraas, University of Southeast Norway

Shin’ya Nishida, NTT Japan

Stephen Burns, Indiana University

 

A tentative schedule and description of the invited talk sessions can be found here:

http://ift.tt/2uis05p

 

We look forward to welcoming you in Washington, DC.

Sincerely,

 

The 2017 Local Organizing Committee:

Arthur Shapiro (American University)

Bei Xiao (American University) 


[visionlist] Fall Vision Meeting–Abstract Deadline September 5th

2017 FVM second call for abstracts

 

The 17th Annual Optical Society Vision Meeting is scheduled to take place at the Katzen Art Center at American University in Washington, DC, from the 13th to the 15th of October 2017. 

http://ift.tt/2uis05p

 

This is a reminder that the abstract submission is open:

http://ift.tt/2uis05p

 

**new**  Please note that the  abstract submission deadline has been extended to  September 5th, 2017.

 

The online registration is here: 

http://ift.tt/2uis05p

The early-bird registration deadline is September 5th, 2017. Information about registration and hotels are available on the meeting website. 

This year’s meeting includes five invited sessions, three contributed talk sessions, and a variety of contributed poster presentations. We are also pleased to announce two special events this year: Prof. Ken Nakayama from Harvard University will be presented with the 2017 Tillyer Award for distinguished work in the field of vision; and Prof. David H. Brainard from University of Pennsylvania will present the annual Boynton Lecture.

 

Attendees of Fall Vision can attend OSA Frontier in Optics (FiO) meeting (Sept 17-21 in DC) complimentary for one day and vice versa attendees of FiO can attend Fall Vision Meeting complimentary for one day. Details please see http://ift.tt/2tkECvF

 

The invited talk sessions include: (1) Applications of High Resolution Retinal Imaging (2) Myopia Development  (3) Material Perception (4) From Retina to Extra-striate cortex: Forward Models of Visual Input  (5) Lighting, Color Rendering, and Color Vision.

Besides the keynote speaker, the confirmed invited speakers includes:

 

Andrew Pucker, University of Alabama Birmingham

Anya Hurlbert, University of New Castle

Bei Xiao, American University

Brian Wandell, Stanford University

David Huang, Oregon Health and Science University 

David Troilo, SUNY College of Optometry

Don Miller, Indiana University

Greg Schwartz, Northwestern University

Ione Fine, University of Washington 

Kendrick Kay, University of Minnesota

Lorne Whitehead, University of British Columbia

Machelle Pardue,  Georgia Tech 

Manuel Spitschan, Stanford University

Mark Fairchild, Rochester Institute of Technology

Michael Landy, New York University

Noah Benson, New York University

Qasim Zaidi, SUNY College of Optometry

Rigmor Baraas, University of Southeast Norway

Shin’ya Nishida, NTT Japan

Stephen Burns, Indiana University

 

A tentative schedule and description of the invited talk sessions can be found here:

http://ift.tt/2uis05p

 

We look forward to welcoming you in Washington, DC.

Sincerely,

 

The 2017 Local Organizing Committee:

Arthur Shapiro (American University)

Bei Xiao (American University) 


[visionlist] TECHNE AHRC Funded PhD Studentship: “Using Depth of Field to Guide Attention and Convey Narrative Structure”


[visionlist] Journal of Vision New policy on Pre-print servers and improved reproduction of mathematical equations

Journal of Vision is pleased to announce a new policy on posting to Pre-Print servers. Specifically, manuscripts may be posted in draft form on a non-peer reviewed preprint server. Authors must update any postings to a preprint server with the journal published version, as soon as it is available, and provide an appropriate link on the archive site to the copy on the journal website. Authors further agree not to post further updated versions beyond the journal published version.

The full policy can be found at: (http://ift.tt/2rY32rt).

Additionally, Allen Press, our production vendor, has implemented the use of LaTeX for mathematical equations in published articles, starting with the June papers. The new process incorporates the features of MathJax (http://ift.tt/1CDPx3l). 

You can see several examples in this article: http://ift.tt/2rYnusa. If you right-click on the equations, you can access the MathJax features, like copying the code and resizing the math. 

We think this is a great improvement over the old way of displaying equations as images.


[visionlist] Fully funded PhD position: Person perception in VR

*Person perception in virtual reality*

The BiomotionLab at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, is seeking
a new PhD student to fill a fully funded position to study perception of
social encounters with individualized, realistically rendered avatars in
immersive virtual environments. We aim to fill the position by September
1, 2017. Students are encouraged to apply who completed an MSc in Vision
Science, Neuroscience, Computer Science or Engineering. The main
prerequisites are: An genuine interest in Social Neuroscience, ample
experience with coding in Matlab and/or Python and at least some
exposure to 3D computer graphics and possibly computer vision.
Experience with Unity3D/C# would be a plus.

The candidate would become a member of the International Research
Training Group “The Brain in Action” which provides interesting
networking opportunities, a highly interdisciplinary research
environment, and the expectation to spend time at a collaborating
University in Germany: http://ift.tt/1wpADum.

Please email your statement of interest, your CV, and any question you
might have about this opportunity to troje@queensu.ca
, using the subject line “phd-1704”.


[visionlist] Envision Announces 2017 Research Fellowship Opportunity


[visionlist] [CfP] NIVAR2017 – Workshop on Natural human-computer Interaction and ecological perception in immersive Virtual and Augmented Reality

Apologies for multiple postings

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NIVAR2017: Workshop on Natural human-computer Interaction and ecological
perception in immersive Virtual and Augmented Reality
(http://ift.tt/2naRHpp)

In conjunction with the 19th International Conference on Image Analysis
and Processing (ICIAP2017), 12th September 2017, Catania Italy
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This workshop is dedicated to studies, methods, algorithms and new
techniques in the multi-disciplinary field of
Human-Computer-Interaction, with a specific focus on vision-related issues.
Papers for this workshop must address relevant topics in the design,
implementation or field study of Human-Computer-Interaction in
virtual/augmented/mixed reality environments.

Workshop chairs

Dr. Manuela Chessa, University of Genoa, Italy – (DIBRIS) Dept. of
Informatics, Bioengineering, Robotics, and Systems Engineering
Dr. Fabio Solari, University of Genoa, Italy – (DIBRIS) Dept. of
Informatics, Bioengineering, Robotics, and Systems Engineering
Prof. Jean Pierre Bresciani, University of Fribourg – Department of Medicine

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Important dates
– Workshop paper submission deadline: July 7th, 2017
– Workshop camera ready paper submission: July 23, 2017
– Workshop author registration: July 23, 2017

For more info:
Website: http://ift.tt/2naRHpp
Submissions: http://ift.tt/2tde9R5
Emails: Dr. Manuela Chessa (manuela.chessa@unige.it) – Dr. Fabio Solari
(fabio.solari@unige.it)

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Call for papers:

Technical topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

– Natural human-computer interaction in virtual/augmented/mixed reality
environments.
– Ecological validity of virtual/augmented/mixed reality systems and/or
human-computer interaction.
– Hand/ face/body recognition and tracking for human-computer interaction.
– Action and activity recognition for human-computer interaction.
– Vision neuroscience for human-computer-interaction.
– Eye-tracking for human-computer interaction.
– Computational vision models.
– Depth (from stereo and/or other cues) and motion (also self-motion)
perception in virtual/augmented/mixed reality environments.
– Rendering in virtual/augmented/mixed reality environments.
– Misperception issues and undesired effects in visualization devices
(e.g., 3D displays, head-mounted displays)
– Applications based on displays (also S3D), smartphones, tablets,
head-mounted displays.


[visionlist] Research Associate in Visual Developmental Neuroscience

A73423R (ION) Research Associate
in Visual Developmental Neuroscience

We are seeking a Research Associate to work on an exciting new project (funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, BBSRC) to investigate the role of neonatal retinal waves in shaping
functional connectivity in the developing mammalian visual system, both at retinal and central levels.

The general experimental approach consists of chronically silencing the waves during different postnatal periods using pharmacogenetics and investigate the consequences of these early life manipulations on the
structure and function of the mature visual system.

The Research Associate will be in charge of transgenic mouse colonies (with technical support). He/she will be responsible for performing multielectrode array recordings from the retina (in vitro) and the
superior colliculus (in vivo) to investigate light responses and map acuity following wave silencing in early life. He/she will also be in charge of anatomical studies to investigate changes in eye-specific segregation and retino-collicular map precision
and will look at potential changes in various cell markers. Finally, he/she will undertake behavioural studies to look at changes in visual acuity and contrast sensitivity following early life wave silencing.

The ideal candidate will have a background in neuroscience, physics, computer science or mathematics, and a PhD in Neurophysiology or a closely-related discipline. Experience in retinal neurobiology, visual neuroscience
or developmental neuroscience is highly desirable.

He/she should have experience in neurophysiological recordings (in vitro,
in vivo or both) and at least basic experience in neuroanatomical techniques (immunocytochemistry, fluorescence microscopy). Experience in confocal microscopy, programming for data analysis (Matlab, Python, or R) and animal behaviour is highly desirable.

He/she should have good communication skills, demonstrate ability to undertake independent research (including writing research papers), have a solid analytical approach to problem solving and be able to communicate
and write in English.

Finally, the candidate should be willing to co-supervise students and interact with collaborators from other disciplines (computational neuroscience).

The project will take place in the Institute of Neuroscience, at Newcastle University. Dr Evelyne Sernagor, the Principal Investigator, will be in charge of all the
in vitro electrophysiology, neuroanatomy and behavioural experiments. Prof Alex Thiele, the co-Investigator, will be in charge of
in vivo recordings.

Salary: £29,301 – £38,183, depending on previous experience

Closing Date: 30 July 2017

Tenable for 36 months, with a starting date between 1 October 2017 and 1 January 2018

Informal enquiries should be directed to Evelyne Sernagor (evelyne.sernagor@ncl.ac.uk).

For additional details about this vacancy and essential information on how to apply, visit our Job Vacancies web page at
http://ift.tt/1uKytki

Formal applications MUST be made through this link, otherwise they cannot be taken into consideration.


[visionlist] Full-Time Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Vision Science