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Vision Science Seminar


Vision Seminar


Talks are held on Mondays from 12:15pm - 1:30pm on the dates listed, in Barchi Library (140 John Morgan Building).

We encourage graduate students and postdocs to have lunch with our visitors - please contact Jessica Marcus ( to sign up.


Monday, January 28
Bevil Conway
NIH - NEI Unit on Sensation, Cognition, Action

Color: a tool to understand the organization and operation of the ventral visual pathway

Monday, February 11:
Jude Mitchell

Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, University of Rochester
Neural mechanisms of pre-saccadic attention in the marmoset monkey


Monday, February 25:
Dora Angelaki
Center for Neural Science, NYU
Brain dynamics in a firefly catching task

Monday, March 11:
Christopher Westlake
NIH - Center for Cancer Research Laboratory of Cell and Developmental Signaling

Exposing primary cilium assembly mechanisms

Monday, March 25:
Lindsey Glickfeld
Department of Neurobiology, Duke University

Neural correlates of perception in the mouse visual system

Monday, April 8:
no seminar


Monday, April 22:
Sylvia Pont
Department of Industrial Design, Delft University of Technology
Lighting materials and materializing light


Monday, May 6:
Gautam Awatramani
Department of Biology, University of Victoria
Coarse and fine spatiotemporal coordination of excitation and inhibition underlying high-fidelity direction coding in the retina


Fall 2018

Monday, September 24:
Neena Haider
Department of Ophthalmology, Schepens Eye Institute, Masschusetts Eye and Ear
Gene Identification to Gene Therapy: Development of the First Broad Spectrum Therapy for Inherited Retinal Diseases

Monday, October 8:
Bas Rokers
Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Motion Perception in Three Dimensions

Monday. October 22:
Ilya Monosov
Department of Neuroscience, Washington University in St. Louis
Why Would You Want to Know? Basal Ganglia Networks for Uncertainty Reduction

Monday, November 5:
Ralf Haefner
Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Rochester
Perceptual Decision-making as Hierarchical Probabilistic Inference: From Neural Correlations to Confirmation Bias

Monday, November 19:
Erin Goddard
Department of Ophthalmology, CCD - ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders
Spatial and Feature-selective Attention Have Distinct Effects on Population-level Tuning

Monday, December 3:
Alex Wade
Department of Psychology, University of York
Fly Vision and Its Application to Neurological Disease



Past Seminars:

2017 2018 Vision Seminar Schedule

2016 2017 Vision Seminar Schedule

2015 2016 Vision Seminar Schedule

2014 2015 Vision Seminar Schedule

2013 2014 Vision Seminar Schedule

2012 2013 Vision Seminar Schedule

2011 2012 Vision Seminar Schedule

2010 2011 Vision Seminar Schedule

2009 2010 Vision Seminar Schedule

2008 2009 Vision Seminar Schedule

2007 2008 Vision Seminar Schedule

For scheduling and other information please contact Diego Contreras (email or phone 215-573-8780)

The Vision Seminar is supported by the National Eye Institute through its Vision Training Grant to U. Penn.