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Vision Seminar


Talks are typically alternate Mondays, 12:15-1:15 pm, in Barchi Library (140 John Morgan Building), but see below for occasional exceptions.

Students (and postdocs): We encourage you to have lunch with a speaker or two during the year. Please contact the speaker's host (in advance, if possible).

Fall 2009

September 14:
Nicole Rust
Concurrent increases in selectivity and invariance
produce constant sparseness across the ventral visual pathway

University of Pennsylvania
Host: Larry Palmer


October 5:
Steve Fliesler
State University of New York at Buffalo
Retinal Degeneration in a Cholesterol Deficiency Syndrome: What We've Learned from Animal Studies.
Host: Gus Aquirre


October 26:
Dawei Dong
Florida Atlantic University/Visiting Professor University of Pennsylvania
Confucius said: watching the past for seeing the future
--- the efficient coding of natural images

Host: Michael Freed


November 9:
Andrew Stockman
University College London
Human scotopic (rod) sensitivity regulation

Host: David Brainard


November 23:
Okihide Hikosaka

Subcortical mechanisms of motivational behavior - Beyond dopamine neurons
National Eye Institute
Host: Josh Gold


December 7:
Alyosha Molnar

How Retinas are like Radios: robust signaling in the retina despite distortion and variation
Cornell University
Host: Michael Freed



Spring 2010


January 11:
Vadim Arshavsky

G protein signaling in photoreceptors
Duke Eye Center
Host: Noga Vardi


January 25:
Alan Stocker
Characterization and Validation of Bayesian Observer Models

University of Pennsylvania
Host: Larry Palmer


February 8:
Joe Hollyfield
Identification of an inflammatory signal generated by oxidative damage to membrane lipids that is sufficient to cause AMD-like lesions in mice
Host: Daniel Chung


February 22:
Michael Landy

Visual texture: Discrimination, pattern identification and
cortical coding

New York University
Host: David Brainard


March 15:
Anitha Pasupathy
Representing shapes in V4, two objects at a time

University of Washington
Host: Nicole Rust


April 5:
David Brainard

Bayes, Color, and the Cone Mosaic

University of Pennsylvania
Host: Josh Gold


April 19:
Claire Mitchell

Pressure, Pannexins and Purines Produce Problems in Retinal Ganglion Cells

University of Pennsylvania

Host: Alan Laties


April 26 :
Marc Sommer

Circuits for spatial perception in the primate brain

University of Pittsburgh
Host: Marc Schmidt


Past Seminars:

2008 2009 Vision Seminar Schedule

2007 2008 Vision Seminar Schedule

For scheduling and other information please contact Noga Vardi (email or phone 215-898-4520)

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