BVI Seminar Series

Thank you to everyone who attended our BVI Seminar series.

We are currently working on the 2018/19 programme and if you have a topic you would like to share with our audience, please contact with your suggestion.

The first seminar will take place on Friday 12th October 2018.

  • Friday 9th February 2018 - Dr Harriet Allen, University of Nottingham

    What good is depth perception?
    Shape and depth perception is useful for almost every activity of life, including picking up a cup of tea, walking through a door and sitting down to listen to a talk. In this talk Dr Allen will discuss different influences on depth and shape judgements, including the role of prior knowledge, the effect of age, and the effect on results of using the whole range of stereo ability.
  • Friday 23rd February 2018 - Dr Martin Rolfs, Humboldt-University of Berlin 

    Perceptual continuity in active vision
    More than 10,000 times every waking hour, we are using rapid eye movements (saccades) to change where we look, allowing us to see every aspect of the visual scene at the highest resolution. Dr Rolfs will present research investigating how the active visual system bridges the abrupt discontinuities accompanying saccades to shape a seamless perceptual experience of the visual world.

  • Friday 9th March 2018 - Dr Filipe Cristino, Nottingham Trent University 

    The role of eye movements during object recognition
    The use of eye tracking to understand which regions of a visual image are important in guiding behaviour is a well-exstablished technique with a long history of application. Dr Cristino will present data investigatin the role  of  stereo disparity during three dimensional object recognition.

  • Friday 23rd March 2018 - Dr Lauren Sumner-Rooney, Oxford University

    What makes an eye? An exploration of vision in ‘blind’ animals
    Dr Sumner-Rooney will discuss what defines eyes and vision in different animal groups, examine some of the recent advances made in marine invertebrates such as molluscs, and present ongoing work on a unique dispersed visual system that appears in several forms within the echinoderms (sea stars, sea urchins and relatives).

  • Friday 13th April 2018 - Dr Ute Leonards, University of Bristol

    Walking the Walk - the impact of the visual environment on locomotion
    Visual cognition research into human locomotion traditionally concentrates on the role of vision in helping us to avoid obstacles or tripping on uneven terrain. At the same time, locomotion research primarily focuses on the biomechanics between visual perception, cognition and locomotion. In this talk, Dr Ute Leonards will claim that we need to merge these largely separate disciplines.

  • Friday 27th April 2018- Dr Andrew Calway, University of Bristol

    Localisation and Mapping using Computer Vision
    Visual data provides a rich source of information about our surroundings. It is therefore not surprising computer vision techniques, such as 3D modelling, has been used for years to help autonomous systems understand where they are in the world and how they can use that information to navigate. Dr Calways will give an overview of his research in this area over the past 10 years.

    **Please be advised there will be no BVI seminars in May**

  • Friday 8th June 2018 - Dr Andrew Wallace, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh 

    What if it rains? Sensing for vehicle autonomy in bad weather
    The universities of Birmingham, Heriot-Watt and Edinburgh are working together with Jaguar Land Rover to expand research capability to move from enhanced driver assistance towards the central challenge of a fully autonomous car. In this talk, Professor Wallace will give an overview of the several different research tasks that lead to a successful prototype. 

  • Friday 15th June 2018 - Professor Sarah Street, University of Bristol

    British Cinema in Colour: Creativity, Culture and the Negotiation of Innovation
    Unlike the coming of sound, colour did not revolutionise the film industry overnight, and charting the British experience of colour offers fascinating insights into the complex network of issues that accompany the introduction of new technologies. The talk demonstrates the unique contribution of the many British technicians and directors who negotiated their way through the various economic, technical and aesthetic challenges posed by colour. 

BVI Seminars

BVI seminars are held in in Bristol University’s Life Sciences Building. The talk will run for one hour from 4.00-5.00pm and include a Q & A session.

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.

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