BVI Seminar Series

Our full Friday afternoon seminar programme can be found below - we hope you can join us! A chance to learn, be inspired and to network.

BVI seminars feature both internal and external speakers with expertise in the field of vision. All talks are pitched to have broad appeal and are free to attend.

Our next seminar on Friday 31st May, "On the Threshold - The Experience of Space in Photography and Site-specific Installation?", will be presented by Professor Silvio Wolf, Visual Artist and Professor.

It will take place in the Life Sciences Building, Room G13/14.

  • Friday 26th October 2018 - Dr Kristian Moen, Senior Lecturer in Film, University of Bristol

    Watching animation in New York: Kinetic advertising, art and design, ca. 1939
    In the late 1930s, New York witnessed an extraordinary surge of animation. From mechanised exhibits at the 1939 World’s Fair to kinetic displays in Fifth Avenue shop windows, to screenings of abstract animated films at the Guggenheim museum, animation was enlivening exhibition, advertising and art.

    This illustrated talk examines how motion was used in these diverse sites, tracing the new ideas, aesthetic approaches and innovative techniques that circulated around animation in New York’s dynamic visual culture.

  • Friday 2nd November 2018 - Professor Dave Bull, Professor Innes Cuthill, Professor Iain Gilchrist and Cathy Williams

    Welcome to Bristol Vision Institute
    An overview of the research and projects undertaken by Bristol Vision Institute, to include a summary of the events and seminar schedule for 2018/19. Presented by BVI professors, this talk will showcase why BVI is recognised as a world leader in vision research, spanning human and animal vision, artificial vision systems, visual information processing and the creative arts. 

  • Friday 23rd November 2018 - Professor Steve Benford, Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham

    Playing with Sensory Alignment
    Sensory misalignments such as when one can see something but cannot touch or smell it, or can see a movement that is not felt kinesthetically, are typically seen as problematic for immersive experiences, breaking the illusion of presence and even leading to sickness. This talk will explore both the challenges and opportunities of sensory misalignment.
  • Friday 14th December 2018 - Dr Michael Bok, Ecology of Vision Group, University of Bristol

    How do many-eyed animals see the world? Natural models for distributed visual sensor arrays
    Our understanding of animal vision is dominated by examples of creatures that, like us, have a single pair of prominent eyes positioned on the head. However, a great diversity of invertebrates have approached vision with an entirely different strategy - using dozens or hundreds of eyes. This talk will delve into the weird and wonderful world of marine fan worms, sharing insights into how they, like other many-eyed animals, see the world.

  • Friday 25th January 2019 - Dr Tom Pike, School of Life Sciences, University of Lincoln  

    Using virtual reality to explore animal perception and behaviour
    Understanding how animals perceive and interact with the world around them is of fundamental importance for interpreting their behaviour, but also presents some unique challenges. I will be talking about how we have been using virtual reality simulations with humans as model ‘predators’ to address some of these challenges in an ecologically-inspired way.
  • Friday 8th February 2019 - Dima Damen, Associate Professor, University of Bristol   

    A
     fine-grained perspective onto object interactions from first-person views      
    Traditionally, action understanding has been limited to assigning one out of a pre-selected set of labels to a trimmed video sequence. This seminar goes beyond traditional action recognition to a fine-grained understanding of daily interactions and will discuss works that attempt to understand 'when' an object interaction takes place. The speaker will focus on the first-person viewpoint (captured using wearable cameras) as it offers a unique perspective onto objects during interactions.
  • Friday 22nd March 2019 - Dr James Herbert-Read, School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol

    Animal groups as mobile sensor networks
    Mobile sensor networks are a rapidly developing technology with applications in environmental monitoring, surveillance and defence. This talk will present recent work that sets out to test the mobile-sensor network properties of animals groups and discuss how these experiments might provide biologically-inspired solutions to the challenges faced by robotic swarms, as well as answering questions about collective perception and cognition in animal groups.
  • Friday 5th April 2019 - Dr Anna Stoeckl - Researcher, Wuerzburg University, Germany

    Spatial processing in hawkmoth vision - neural mechanisms and behavioural consequences
    Many nocturnal animals rely on vision as their primary sense, despite light levels that can be more than a million times lower than during the day, and high levels of noise. Dr. Stoeckl will introduce an invertebrate model system, where this neural strategy has been investigated in detail: hawkmoths. She will highlight how this neural strategy is implemented in the hawkmoth visual system and present ongoing work on the consequences spatial summation has on the behavioural performance of free flying hawkmoths.
  • Friday 3rd May 2019 - Professor Nick Kingsbury, University of Cambridge, Dept. of Engineering  

    Combining Complex Wavelets with Deep Networks: Aiming to Improve Learning Efficiency for Vision Systems
    In this talk Professor Kingsbury will suggest a number of ways that dual-tree complex wavelets may be incorporated into deep networks, either to generate scatternet front-ends or to produce interesting alternatives to standard convolutional layers, embedded deeper in the network. He will also show how recent ideas on CNN layer visualisation can be extended to include the wavelet-based layers.
  • Friday 17th May 2019 - Professor Chris Harris, Professor of Neuroscience, University of Plymouth

    Do reaction time distributions tell us anything?
    For decades, there has been a programme of research to identify the distribution of choice reaction (response) times with the goal of elucidating human decision making. Numerous models have been claimed to fit observations. In this presentation, Professor Chris Harris will reveal a discovery that shows that all of the above models are equivalent, and that for decades, studies have been inadvertently fitting the same distribution.
  • Friday 31st May 2019 - Professor Silvio Wolf, Visual Artist and Professor

    On the Threshold - The Experience of Space in Photography and Site-specific Installation
    We live immersed in a bulimic state of overexposure to a multitude of often no longer discernible information that constantly stream from the outside world.  Where does the image stand in the relationship between the visible external world and our lightless internal one? Images are formed in our mind and result from the connection of these separate and manifold realms, which are so very close, yet enormously distant.

    Through inherently ambiguous imagery and site-specific installations, Silvio Wolf explores the nature of the Image as a perceptual and psychological Threshold. In this presentation, he will discuss his engagement of the viewer as an active participant in the completion of a work of art by his interpretation, exploring the relation between the tightly connected worlds of inside and outside, present and past, here and elsewhere, and Visible and Invisible so that one would not exist without the other.

  • Wednesday 12th June - Alan Kingstone, Professor and Distinguished University Scholar, The University of British Columbia

    Breaking the Fourth Wall of Cognitive Science: Attention in the lab and in the wild
    The “fourth wall” in theatre is the illusory barrier that allows the audience to believe that the stage is a world apart from theirs. Experiments in social attention, just like in theatre, employ a similarly convenient, illusory barrier between participants and the stimuli they are presented with. This talk presents evidence that when the fourth wall of cognitive science is broken - when the stimuli can look back at the participant - common results can be turned on their head, leading to fundamental new insights and directions for research on eye movements and attention.

BVI Seminar

Please note our next BVI Seminar, on 31st May, will take place in the Psychology Common Room.

A drinks and nibbles reception is held afterwards. 

2018/19 programme

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Seminar Highlights

For details of our previous seminars please click HERE.