Visiting the APlab at Boston University (BU) – by Annegret Meermeier

First of all, visiting Boston in the fall is a great idea. The parks as e.g. the Charles River Esplanade or my personal favorites the Jamaican Pond and the Arnold Arboretum offer ravishing views in fall. The foliage alone attracts a lot of tourists and when you get there, you know why. Boston is a very nice city with quite a bit of historic charm, lots of students and academic employees, sports and other public events.

Settling into the APlab went smoothly thanks to the very welcoming people who work there. After getting into C++ Coding (which was new to me) I could soon get a hands-on of the Dual Purkinje Eye tracker, the centerpiece of the Boston Lab. The DPI eyetracker can also be coupled to a stimulus deflector, an optico-electronic device that allows real-time image stabilization by shifting the image in the same direction and amount as the eye movements, with a spatio-temporal accuracy of 6 ms and 10″. During my stay I could also help with the testing of a newly developed machine, the digital DPI eye tracker which allows sub-arcminute resolution.
I was able to collect some data of the blind spot borders in 5 subjects, and a lot of data in my own eye, which we submitted as contributions to the VSS 2018.

—  Annegret Meermeier

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Matteo Filippini visits Zeiss

My journey to the Zeiss Vision Science Lab, Tubingen

Period: from 17 September to 04 November 2017.

I’m having the pleasure to work with the Zeiss’s research group here in Tubingen. Although I cannot hide that my first impact was a little confusing, because this actually is my first experience in a foreign country, people here are great to helping you to make you feel like at home.

My project concerns the development of a virtual reality framework useful to study visuo-motor interactions by means of gaze-contingency psychophysical experiments. Although VR applications are not my specialty, I have always wanted to throw myself into and I am really enjoying it. In fact, in Bologna, I am more dedicated to electrophysiology and neural decoding algorithms but, I am already starting to picture some VR application possibly relevant with monkeys! Anyway, for the moment, I just focus on my actual project to give to Annalisa and Katharina the chance to work with these new intriguing methods!

Kick-off Meeting

PLATYPUS held our Kick-Off meeting at the Vision Science Society Conference in Florida in May 2017.

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Back Row (l to r): Frank Bremmer, Adam Morris, Katarina Rifai, Michele Rucci, Claudio Galletti, Svenja Gremmler

Front Row (l to r): Tamara Watson, Markus Lappe, Patrizia Fattori, Anne Meermeier, Annalisa Bosco