the deadline for
poster submission for the “Interactive Eye
Gaze” two-day event at the University College London on 12th and 13th of
February 2018 has just been EXTENDED until the 8th of December.
Event Topic: In
the real world, our eyes both encode useful information from
the environment and signal one’s perceptual states to others.
This event aims to bring together researchers from different backgrounds to
discuss novel theoretical and methodological frameworks that can channel the
complexity of the dual function of eye gaze in the real world into a coherent
approach. We hope that this discussion will outline clear directions for future
research and help advance cognitive theories of human social interactions.
Day 1: Conference
February 12th, 2018 –
Interactive Eye Gaze: A Window to Typical and Atypical Social Behaviours
This conference day will give
an overview of state-of-the-art research on social attention and interactive
eye gaze. With a diverse group of speakers, this conference will explore how
both seeing (encoding) and being seen (signalling) can influence social
cognition in adults with and without autism spectrum conditions, with an emphasis
on how social attention differs between the lab and the real world.
Submit a poster here until 8th
of December 2017: http://ift.tt/2irq6iI
February 13th, 2018 –
Interactive Eye Gaze: Methodological Advances from the Lab to the Real World
This methods workshop day is
specifically aimed at postgraduate students and early career researchers coming
from a variety of backgrounds but with a common strong interest on social eye
gaze. During this workshop, experts in the field of interactive eye gaze will
discuss the utility and challenges of novel eye-tracking methods targeting the
signalling function of eye gaze. Attendees will learn about advanced methods to
design experiments that capture the signalling function of gaze, as well as
techniques to analyse complex datasets generated by interactive eye-tracking.
There will be opportunities for a “Meet the Expert” sessions!
Prof. Alan Kingstone – Brain,
Attention & Reality Lab, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Dr. Daniel Richardson –
EyeThink Lab, University College London, London
Dr. Megan Freeth – Department
of Psychology, University of Sheffield, Sheffield
Dr. Leo Schilbach – Research
Group for Social Neuroscience, Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Munich
Dr. Victoria Leong – Baby-LINC,
University of Cambridge, Cambridge
Dr. Nathalie George – Social
and Affective Neuroscience Lab, Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Epiniere,
Jamie Ward – Social Neuroscience Lab, Institute of Cognitive
Neuroscience, UCL, London
Registration: Registration fees are £25 for the conference day and
£10 for the workshop day (early bird fees available). Please, note that you can
choose to attend one or two days. Places are limited and registration will
close when all places are filled. Travel bursaries are not available. Register
here until 8th of February 2018: http://ift.tt/2AtAdKJ
workshop will take place in room 642, at the UCL Institute of Education,
20 Bedford Way, WC1H0AL London.
Indu Dubey (University of Reading),
Canigueral (University College London),
Alexandra Georgescu (University College London) and
Antonia Hamilton (University College London).
an event sponsored by the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience & the
Experimental Psychology Society.
Contact: For further information please contact us
at the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing you
in London in February 2018!
Indu, Roser, Alexandra and
We are excited to announce the open-sourcing of maplab, an open, research-oriented visual-inertial mapping framework for creating, processing and manipulating multi-session maps.
On the one hand, maplab can be seen as a ready-to-use visual-inertial mapping and localization system. On the other hand, maplab provides the research community with a collection of multi-session mapping tools that include map merging, visual-inertial batch optimization, and loop closure. Furthermore, it includes an online frontend that can create visual-inertial maps and also track a global drift-free pose within a localization map. Maplab has been developed at ETH’s Autonomous Systems Lab and served as a basis for numerous research-projects in visual-inertial localization and mapping.
A preprint discussing the system architecture, several use-cases, and evaluations of the system on public datasets is available
on arXiv: http://ift.tt/2kcKFQz
Matlab is made available under the permissive Apache2 license and can be downloaded from:
A video demonstrating some of its capabilities is available at:
We are happy to share this with you all, and look forward to your feedback.
Maplab Team @ ASL ETH Zürich
Juan Nieto | Deputy Director
Autonomous Systems Lab | ETH Zürich, LEE J 219
Leonhardstrasse 21 | Zürich 8092, Switzerland
Ph: +41 44 633 87 49 | http://ift.tt/2kcKGUD
Thank you Jack for your original piece and to all the others who have shared their thoughts and memories about Tom Cornsweet on CVNet. Tom’s daughter (Carrie) is in the School of Psychology here with me at the University of Waikato (New Zealand) working in the Clinical area and I have been forwarding her a lot of the messages about her father from the vision community. She has very much appreciated hearing the tributes and acknowledgements of the high esteem held by her father in his field. Carrie is very grateful and is collecting these messages to pass onto her own children.
Thanks again to all those who have contributed,
On Wed, Nov 22, 2017 at 10:50 AM, Jack Yellott wrote:
Vision scientists will be sorry to learn that Tom Cornsweet died on November 11 2017, at age 88, in Prescott Arizona, his home for many years. His death followed a long illness and was not unexpected. After earning a Ph.D. from Brown in 1955, Tom taught at Yale and the University of California, Berkeley, and finally the University of California, Irvine, where he held appointments in the departments of Cognitive Sciences, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Ophthalmology. He retired from UCI in 1999, but remained active in applied research and development on ophthalmic instruments, as he had been throughout his career—his early work on eye tracking and image stabilization at the Stanford Research Institute (now SRI International) in the 1960s and 70s led eventually in 1973 to the first commercially viable automated refracting device, the Acuity Systems 6600 Auto-Refractor. Altogether he obtained 40 patents. His final official position, from 2013-2015, was Chief Scientist at Brien Holden Vision Diagnostics, where he continued to develop ophthalmic instruments of his own invention.
In basic vision science Tom is probably best known today for his discovery of the remarkable brightness phenomenon known generally as the Cornsweet Illusion (or sometimes the Craik O’Brien Cornsweet Illusion, acknowledging earlier investigators). He described and analyzed this effect in his classic 1970 textbook, Visual Perception, which has always been widely regarded as a model of scientific exposition. This is especially true of its treatment of color vision—even today it remains arguably the best starting point for understanding color matching phenomena—and also for clarifying the distinction between visual phenomena, like color matching, where genuine scientific explanation is possible, and other phenomena, such as color appearance, where the private nature of subjective experience makes it unclear how the usual tools of science can be applied. Along with scientific hardware—lenses and such—Tom had a great passion for rigor in scientific thinking, which he shared (indeed, insisted on) with his students (Davida Teller being best known) and colleagues. Those fortunate to work with him always found it a uniquely valuable experience—one is tempted to say even ennobling. He will be greatly missed as a scientist and as a friend.
Cognitive Sciences Department
University of California, Irvine______________________________