[visionlist] Two postdoc positions at UBC, Vancouver

Two fully-funded postdoc positions are available at the University of
British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. The successful candidates will join the
Visual Performance and Oculomotor Mobility Lab (https://ift.tt/2rcLnwO),
directed by Miriam Spering.


The lab offers excellent facilities for studying visual
perception and motor control, with access to an exceptionally wide range of
world-class facilities, including eye trackers (such as a binocular
dual-Purkinje image eye tracker, several Eyelink 1000, Chronos ETD, SMI 120-Hz
eye glasses), motion trackers (Vicon, Ascension, Xsens), haptic devices
(Phantom), KINARM and virtual reality displays (Occulus Rift, one set with an
integrated SMI eye tracker).


Successful applicants will be part of a vibrant, highly
collaborative, multidisciplinary community within Ophthalmology & Visual
Sciences and with collaborators in Computer Science, Neurology, Ophthalmology
and Kinesiology at UBC.


Post-Docs at UBC have full access to medical and dental
benefits (including a family plan), as well as to UBC’s daycare system; UBC
offers excellent on-campus housing for Post-Docs and families, with close
proximity to top schools.


Vancouver is spectacularly situated amidst ocean, mountains
and forests and has consistently been listed as one of the most livable cities
in the world by The Economist. The lab has two locations, one at Vancouver
General Hospital to facilitate our clinical studies, and one on UBC campus.


Applicants should have a strong background in psychology,
neuroscience, or a related discipline. Programming skills in Matlab and an
affinity towards quantitative methods are essential. Experience with Java or
Unity would be a bonus. Applicants are expected to be collaboratively minded
and work highly independently.


One of the positions will be filled with a person interested
in developing an eye-movement based motion sensitivity test for application in
healthy elderly and patients with low vision (in collaboration with the BC
Centre for Visual Rehabilitation). The other position is for someone interested
in developing models of predictive processes based on eye and hand movements.
Methods could include visual psychophysics, eye tracking, motion capture, and
perception and action in Virtual Reality.


Both positions are initially for 1 year, and can be renewed
by 1 year.


Applications should be sent by email to Miriam Spering
(mspering at mail.ubc.ca) before June 30, 2018. Full applications should
include a CV, a statement of research interests, and the names of up to 3
people who could write a letter of reference.


Informal inquiries are highly encouraged, and I will be
available at CAN and VSS for meetings with interested candidates.



Miriam Spering


of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

of British Columbia

W10th Avenue

BC V5Z 1M9


+1 604 675 8871

Web: https://ift.tt/2rcLnwO


[visionlist] VSS 2018 | Spots Still Available for “Meet the Professors”

[visionlist] Early bird registration and abstract submission extension

Dear Colleagues,

As we have received requests for an extension for registration and abstract submission for VSAC 2018, we gladly extend the possibility for early bird registration and to submit abstracts till May 15 (it’s a Tuesday). After that day we will initiate the reviewing process with the Scientific Committee.

Those who payed more than early-brid registration prior to this extension will be reimbursed of the difference.

Kindest regards,
Daniele and Rossana

[visionlist] PS Leading Edge Workshop (May 8-9, 2018): Free Webcast & Call for Papers


Please review the
following information for two important initiatives supported by the
Psychonomic Society’s Leading Edge Workshop Program. You are invited to
for an upcoming webcast of the 2018 Workshop as well as submit a paper
to the associated Special Issue in
Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics.


Time for Action: Reaching for a better understanding
of the dynamics of cognition

A Psychonomic Society Leading Edge Workshop Webcast


The 4th Psychonomic Society Leading Edge Workshop will be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on May 8-9, 2018. Details on the
speakers, the talks, and the preliminary program can be found on the Workshop
Please note that all times listed are local Amsterdam time (CET = GMT+1).  

physical attendance at the meeting is limited to workshop contributors,
anyone is welcome to virtually participate in the meeting
program via Zoom (supported by Computing & Information Service at
Brown University;
Please register to obtain any additional information needed to access the webcasts via this link (http://goo.gl/o7bNQb).
Once you successfully register, you will receive a confirmation email
that includes instructions. Registrants will be able to view and listen
to all talks and discussions, and will also be able to post questions to
presenters via a text window. Program session
assistants and moderators will direct questions from both live and
virtual audience members to the presenters during the discussion.

space in Zoom is limited, so please register early to ensure that you
hold a spot. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to
view a series cutting-edge empirical and theoretical presentations from
this group of exceptional scientists!

Questions? For questions regarding the
scientific program of the workshop, please contact the workshop organizers,
Joo-Hyun Song or
Tim Welsh regarding the workshop. For questions or
concerns regarding the registration for the program via Zoom, please contact
Christine Gamble.


Call for Papers
Time for Action:
Reaching for a better understanding
of the dynamics of cognition

A Special Issue of
Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics
Submission Deadline: November 15, 2018


Guest Editors:
Joo-Hyun Song,
Brown University, and Tim Welsh,
University of Toronto


The overarching goal of this special issue is to provide a dedicated space for empirical and review papers that advance the
understanding of how
cognition and action systems are integrated and operate synergistically.
This knowledge of how humans efficiently interact and navigate in
environments is vital for generating a comprehensive understanding of
human behavior and will help shape the design of everyday objects and
training and working environments. 

is evident that the products of our cognitive processes are expressed
through our actions. Historically, the transformation of sensory
inputs into action has been treated as a set of relatively
unidirectional processing events with the results of low-level sensory
and earlier perceptual processes informing higher-order cognitive
processes until a decision is made to respond, at which point
the action system receives its instructions. Given this
compartmentalized approach, it may not be too surprising that there has
been relatively little interaction between researchers in cognitive and
motor domains. Thus, until recently, a deeper understanding
of human behavior has been hindered because little attention has been
paid to the broader context of action and how action processes are
embedded in the larger canvas of visual attention, memory, learning,
decision-making and interpersonal interaction. 

seek contributions from researchers across multiple areas, including
but not limited to, psychology, neuroscience, kinesiology, and
human-computer interactions, to share and critically evaluate their
cutting-edge theoretical, empirical, and translational developments.
Submissions could be in the format of empirical pieces reporting new
results from original research, targeted reviews,
or interesting viewpoints. The special issue will have a broad scope
encompassing experimental, theoretical, computational, and clinical
studies, as well as methodological approaches. Authors who are
interested in submitting a review or viewpoint paper are
highly recommend to submit a pre-submission inquiry of approximately
one page to the guest editors by August 1, 2018. If you have any
question about a possible submission, please contact one of the guest

All submissions will undergo normal, full peer review, maintaining the same high editorial standards for regular submissions to
Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics.

Submit a Manuscript
Submission Deadline: November 15, 2018
should include a cover letter indicating that the submission is for the
special issue, “Time for Action: Reaching for a better understanding of
the dynamics of cognition”.

Because this is a
journal special issue, not an edited book, the deadline is firm; our
intention is to publish the special issue 6-8 months after the
deadline. Revisions invited by the guest editors will be expected
within two months of receipt of the editorial decision letter and

Questions? Please contact the guest editors, Joo-Hyun Song
or Tim Welsh, for this special

[visionlist] Final CfP & Deadline Extension: Symposium on Events, Riga, Dec. 2018

Final Call for papers & Deadline Extension[Due to several requests we’re extending the deadline for abstract submission to May 15, 2018]13th International Symposium of Cognition, Logic and CommunicationEvents and Objects in Perception, Cognition, and Language.https://ift.tt/2KmhCTj 8 and 9, 2018 Laboratory for Perceptual and Cognitive Systems, Faculty of Computing, University of LatviaSpeakers include (alphabetically):Paul Dekker (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)Michael Glanzberg (Northwestern University, USA)Robert Goldstone (Indiana University, USA)Chris Sinha (Hunan University, China)Alexis Wellwood (University of Southern California, USA)Amanda Woodward (University of Chicago, USA)Jeff Zacks (Washington University in St. Louis, USA)Program Committee (alphabetically);Michael Glanzberg (Northwestern University, USA)Nora Newcombe (Temple University, USA)Susan Rothstein (Bar-Ilan University, Israel)Alexis Wellwood (University of Southern California, USA)Jurģis Šķilters (University of Latvia, Latvia)Jurģis Strautmanis (University Childrens Clinical Hospital, Latvia)The symposium is organized by Laboratory for Perceptual and Cognitive Systems, Faculty of Computing, University of Latvia in collaboration of and with support by the Baltic Child Neurology Association, Robert Blumberg (the honorary consul of the Republic of Latvia in Illinois), Modris and Vallija Galenieks, the software company Accenture, and the University of Latvia Foundation.The conference will include the Robert Blumberg Distinguished Lecture, founded and supported by Robert Blumberg, the honorary consul of the Republic of Latvia in Illinois.Call for PapersObject and event perception are core features of human cognitive processing. Further, these core human cognitive abilities may be reflected differently in language and in perception. This symposium aims to integrate perspectives from different areas (including psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, computer science, AI, and philosophy). The symposium will focus primarily on the following topics, but is not limited to them:Events and objectsEvents in space and timeEvent perception from a developmental perspective Developmental origins of event and object perceptionNeural principles of event and object perceptionPerception of causality Relations between objects and events Typology of events and objects Events in semanticsDeadlines:Abstracts of no more than 250 words are to be submitted by May 15 (lpcs@lu.lv). (Abstracts should contain a brief description of relevant theory, research design and methods, and results.) Authors will be notified in the second half of May.https://ift.tt/2FuXUFS

[visionlist] Postdoc: Empirical/Computational visual cognition at Penn State University

The laboratory of Brad Wyble at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for an NSF-funded postdoctoral position. The key aim of our research is to understand the neural mechanisms of visual attention that extract meaningful representations from visual input.The lab’s multi-disciplinary approach is centered on computational neuroscience, with models informed by experiments involving psychophysics, EEG, virtual reality and eye tracking. 

The ideal applicant will have a PhD in psychology, neuroscience, computer science, or a related field, a background that includes computer programming experience, and an interest in understanding the foundational mechanisms linking vision, attention and memory. We are looking for a postdoc interested in conducting research that involves a tight coupling of neural decoding and computational models of neural function related to these topics. Applicants with other interests will be considered as well. The lab’s ongoing research and recent publications are detailed at http://wyblelab.com. 

The position is funded for two years, with a possible extension to three years. Salary and benefits follow NSF/NIH guidelines. Applicants should submit an application online at  https://psu.jobs/job/77797 and should include as attachments a CV, several reprints, and a 1-2 page statement of research interests. This statement should describe the candidate`s goals for research and training during a postdoctoral position, including previous experience. Applicants should arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent separately to wyblepostdoc@gmail.com. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Please feel free to contact Brad Wyble (bwyble@gmail.com) if you have any questions prior to applying.  

We encourage applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds. Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and diversity of its workplace

[visionlist] Two PhD fellowships: Optometry & Vision Science and Lighting Design (Norway)

TWO PhD FELLOWSHIPS at UC Southeast Norway (Kongsberg)

The National Centre for Optics, Vision and Eye Care at UC Southeast Norway Kongsberg invites applications for two 3-year fixed term fully funded PhD fellowships, one in the field of optometry and vision science and one in lighting design.

Application deadline: June 15th, 2018.
Expected starting date: As soon as possible after August 15th, 2018.
Salary: NOK 436 900 per year.

(PhD 1) The aim of the “Refractive error development” project is to investigate the role of ocular and retinal structural differences in myopia, emmetropia and hypermetropia and to specify how this variation contributes to the development of refractive errors. The candidate will be trained to use in-house high resolution in-vivo retinal imaging techniques (AOSLO confocal, dark-field and split-detector imaging), electrophysiology and experimental psychophysics if needed. The PhD project will be supervised by professor Rigmor C. Baraas. For further information concerning the position please contact her on rigmor.baraas@usn.no

Link to online announcement and application:

(PhD 2) The aim of the “Healthy lighting design for sensitive population groups at high latitudes (Norway)” is to analyse different aspects that provide healthy lighting for chosen sensitive population group (relevant in Norway). If possible, to propose a lighting design solution that may be experimentally tested (virtual and real-time experiments) and effects of which could be statistically studied. Both daylight and artificial lighting will be included into the scope of the project. The PhD project will be supervised by associate professor Veronika Zaikina. For further information concerning the position please contact her on veronika.zaikina@usn.no.

Link to online announcement and application:

UC Southeast Norway has 18 000 students and 1500 employees. The university college is organized in four faculties, with facilities, degree programmes and R&D activities on eight campuses.

The National Centre for Optics, Vision and Eye Care on the Kongsberg campus encompasses teaching, clinical and research facilities for bachelor, master and PhD education in optometry & vision science and lighting design. New facilities were completed in 2015, funded through a strategic commitment by USN in collaboration with the optometry and eye care industry in Norway, and represent one of the best equipped eye care and vision science facilities for teaching and research in Northern Europa. The clinic includes 24 fully-equipped examination rooms for comprehensive eye examinations covering eye health and visual function and including specialized equipment for examining children’s vision, for examination and follow-up of the visually impaired, and for examination of the anterior segment disease and for specialized special contact lenses fitting. There are also three pre-examination rooms with equipment for visual field testing and imaging of the anterior and posterior segments of the eye (fundus cameras, optical coherent tomography instruments (OCT), corneal tomography), as well as equipment for biometric measurements of the eyes. The main eye clinic accepts external patients. There are seven research laboratories with specialized equipment for research in the themes: (1) Lighting Design including 3D visualisation tools; (2)Anterior segment, dry eyes and special contact lenses; (3) Visio-motor, children and vision, including equipment for measuring eye movements and visual-motor function; (4) Visual ergonomics, including equipment for measuring muscle tension and blood flow in muscles; (5) Posterior segment and visual field, including several types of OCT instruments (Topcon, Zeiss Cirrus, Heidelberg Spectralis), as well as perimetry and microperimetry; (6) Colour and contrast vision, retinal electrophysiology, high-resolution retinal imaging, including experimental psychophysics set-ups, as well as electroretinograms (ERG) equipment, adaptive optics floodlight ophthalmoscope (AO flood) and adaptive optics scanning light ophthalmoscope (AOSLO). Additional equipment includes several types of autorefractors and ocular biometers.

Rigmor C. Baraas, PhD
Director, National Centre for Optics, Vision and Eye Care

Tel: +47 31 00 89 62/ +47 92 83 66 59

University College of Southeast Norway
Hasbergsvei 36
3616 Kongsberg