News and Events

Congratulations to Muge Cavdan!

DyViTo would like to congratulate Muge Cavdan, Katja Doerschner and Knut Drewing, who are all part of DyViTo project based at the University of Giessen, on having their fascinating paper accepted for publication in IEEE Transaction on Haptics. The paper is titled “Task and material properties interactively affect softness explorations along different dimensions” and can be found here.

Announcing Roland Fleming as the V-VSS 2021 Public Lecturer

The V-VSS 2021 Public Lecture will be delivered by Roland Fleming, an interdisciplinary researcher who investigates how the brain allows us to see the physical properties of objects. He studied at Oxford and MIT and has worked at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics. He is currently the Kurt Koffka Professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of Giessen in Germany. He has won a number of prizes, including the Elseview-Vision Sciences Society Young Investigator Award in 2013.
Big Data and the Brain: How we Learn to See ‘Stuff’ from Lots and Lots of Examples – Tuesday, May 25, 12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT, Zoom Room   How does the brain learn to see? When we are newborn, we can hardly recognize anything by sight, yet by the time we are adults we have exquisite visual and motor skills. Without touching objects we can make an incredible range of visual judgments about their properties. We can see an object’s 3D shape, work out whether it is soft or hard, fragile or durable, and anticipate how it is likely to respond if we try to squeeze it. Somehow, by looking at and interacting with lots of ’Stuff’, we learn how to recognize it. In this talk, vision scientist Roland Fleming will discuss some of the challenges that objects and materials pose to the visual system, and describe some of the amazing progress researchers have recently made in using deep learning to build artificial visual systems that can see like humans.   About the VSS Public Lecture The annual Public Lecture represents the mission and commitment of the Vision Sciences Society to promote progress in understanding vision and its relation to cognition, action and the brain. Education is basic to our science, and as scientists we are obliged to communicate the results of our work, not only to our professional colleagues but also to the broader public. This lecture is part of our effort to give back to the community that supports us.

A message from TU DELFT

About

From 15 to 19 March 2021 we will organize the second edition of The Skin of Things – a multidisciplinary gathering centered around the perception and depiction of materials. Just like many other conferences we will go on-line, with some regret as the previous Skin of Things was such a nice social event in and around the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

To accommodate this melancholia, we thought of something to make up. Besides being a stage to share (almost) finished work we also invite to share preliminary ideas and work. If you are willing to join and contribute to these ‘Appetizers’, we promise to organize a ‘Grande Bouffe’ when the time comes to meet physically.

Besides looking back and looking forward, we also look sideways by programming exciting contributions from different perspectives. We aim to create a program that includes many different disciplines and views. Below we’ll explain the type of contributions and the daily themes.

Programme

Each day between 15 to 19 March we will have meetings between 15:00 and (approximately) 18:00 Central European Time (CET). Luckily, Daylight Saving Time in the US starts earlier than Europe, so there will be a time difference of 5 (east coast) to 7 hours (west coast). The final program can be downloaded here. For more information please visit: https://theskinofthings2021.github.io/

Congratulations to David H. Brainard

DyViTo would like to congratulate David H. Brainard on receiving the 2021 Edgar D. Tillyer Award. David Brainard is part of DyViTo’s International Advisory Board and a good friend to the project. DyViTo has been fortunate to have him speak at our Consortium Meetings, sharing his vast knowledge with our Early Stage Researchers and consortium as a whole. Established in 1953, the Tillyer Award is presented to an individual who has performed distinguished work in the field of vision, including but not limited to the optics, physiology, anatomy or psychology of the visual system. It honors Edgar D. Tillyer’s important contributions to the advancement of better vision and the optical sciences, and is endowed by the American Optical Company and the Chope Family Bypass Trust. To find out more please click here.

A great piece published about Prof. Marina Bloj

DyViTo is happy to share with you a brilliant piece about Prof. Marina Bloj. A professor of Visual Perception at the University of Bradford and the lead on DyViTo project, Marina Bloj has many achievements under her belt. The piece, which is featured as part of the “13 Academics” series, gives a very interesting insight into her interests, both personal and academic. The article is titled “From cave paintings to CGI: how we see the world and learn from it” and can be found here.

Jacob Cheeseman published the first paper of his PHD

The whole project would like to congratulate Jacob Cheeseman, DyViTo Early Stage Researcher based at the University of Giessen, on publishing the first paper of his PHD titled “Scaling and discriminability of perceived gloss”, published in Journal of the Optical Society of America A. DyViTo would like to extend the congratulations to his co-authors as well as his supervisor Prof. Roland Fleming. It is a wonderful piece of work, and you can find it here.

Congratulations Ruben Pastilha on your publication

DyViTo would like to warmly congratulate Ruben Pastillha, an Early Stage Researcher based at the University of Newcastle, on having his work published in the Journal of Vision. Ruben’s work on temporal illumination perception is fascinating! Well done to him, his co-authors including his supervisor Prof. Anya Hurlbert. You can read the article here.

DyVito Virtual Consortium Meeting

DyViTo consortium members were looking forward to a physical meeting in beautiful Zaragoza, however due to current travel restrictions it was decided that a virtual meeting would be necessary. We would like to thank the team at the University of Zaragoza for organising a very special event for our consortium members and friends of the project. We had a vast array of speakers, from Tamy Boubekeur, our Adobe industry partner, to Ana Serrano and Petr Kellnhofer. Our Early Stage Researchers were also able to present their work to the consortium, which is always the highlight of the day. Blog post on the way, stay tuned!

Color Technical Goup webinar

DyViTo is excited for the webinar organised by the Color Technical Group. The topic is Visual Perception of Materials and the speaker will be Roland Fleming, who is one of the DyViTo supervisors. For more information and to sign up please click here.

EUROHAPTICS 2020 Best Paper Award

DyViTo would like to congratulate Muge Cavdan and the team at Giessen University who have been awarded the best paper for their work on “From Hate to Love: How Learning Can Change Affective Responses to Touched Materials”. If you would like to read it, please click here.

Congratulations to Cehao Yu

DyViTo would like to congratulate Cehao Yu, our ESR based at the University of DELFT, on having his paper ‘The Influence of Material Colors on the Effective Color Rendering through Mutual Illumination’ accepted as an interactive poster for the upcoming Color and Imaging Conference (CIC28). This year the conference will be held online, from 4th till 9th November.

London Imaging Meeting 2020 (LIM2020) paper accepted

Congratulations to Cehao Yu who has had his paper “Spatial and Angular Variations of Colour Rendition due to Inter-reflection” accepted as a Work-in-Progress Poster Session of the London Imaging Meeting 2020 (LIM2020). LIM2020 is set to proceed online, September 29 – October 1. There will be two short courses and a free tutorial on September 29; the technical program will take place the following two days.

ISBC2020 virtual presentation by Amna Malik

Congratulations to Amna Malik, hosted by University of Bilkent, who successfully narrated her presentation on “Effect of expectations on perception of dynamic material properties”. Read the abstract and watch the full presentation on our blog.

DyViTo’s ESR Ruben Pastilha talks Neuroscience

Ruben Pastilha, DyViTo Early Stage Researcher based at the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, has spoken to Gulme News about his PhD, neuroscience and importance of keeping a sociable lifestyle. Read about it here or watch the full interview on Gulmenews YouTube channel.

DyViTo Digital Network Meeting

DyViTo would like to thank all our researchers, beneficiaries and partners who have enthusiastically participated in DyViTo’s first digital consortium meeting. DyViTo would like to recognise the efforts of our excellent researchers, who presented their work brilliantly through video-conferencing. We would like to thank our industry partners for joining us and giving us an insight into the effects of COVID-19. A big thank you to all our supervisors who are looking after their team’s productivity and emotional well-being.

DyViTo Network Meeting – Cancellation

Amidst COVID-19 outbreak, DyViTo has decided to cancel the network wide meeting that was to be held in Cambridge next week. In response to the virus, we are going to do our best to provide digital platforms to ensure our ESRs, supervisors and partners still get the support they need while they endeavour to continue their research. As we all grapple with a remote working environment, we are going to approach our workdays creatively and enthusiastically, taking it one month at a time.

DyViTo would like to thank all our consortium members who are going out of their way to ensure staff safety without compromising research standards. We would like to extend this thanks to all key workers across Europe, and worldwide, who put themselves last in order to put us first.

We will do our best to chronicle and update you on how research will progress during these uncertain times.

DyViTo will follow all advice set-out by the Government in order to protect not just ourselves but the more vulnerable within our communities.

DyViTo Network Meeting – Cambridge

DyViTo is happy to announce that our next consortium wide Network Meeting will be held in Cambridge in March 2020. We look forward to updating you soon.

Secondment start at the Yorkshire Game Festival

DyViTo would like to wish Baran Usta, Muge Cavdan and Jacob Cheeseman good luck for their secondment at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, UK. They will be participating in the Yorkshire Game Festival, a five-day extravaganza celebrating games culture, design and production, with special guests, workshops, master classes, and a fun-packed weekend for gamers of all ages.

Congratulations to Professor Roland Fleming – VSS 2020 Public Lecturer

DyViTo Project is happy to announce that the VSS 2020 Public Lecture will be delivered by Roland Fleming, one of our supervisors at the University of Giessen. Professor Fleming is an interdisciplinary researcher who investigates how the brain allows us to see the physical properties of objects.

VSS 2020 Public Lecturer announcement

DyViTo start to 2020

DyViTo would like to welcome everyone to what will be a very exciting year for the project. We already have some exciting events happening, which you can read all about here. Keep visiting the website or follow us on Twitter for the most up to date news!

DyViTo wishes everyone a great upcoming year

DyViTo Project has had a very productive 2019 and we are looking forward to the 2020. All our beneficiaries, ESRs, partners and friends would like to wish you a good start to the new year.

DyViTo Consortium members in Turkey, 2019.

DyViTo in Cappadocia

The DyViTo Workshop has started and people have been taking advantage of the wonderful weather in sunny Cappadocia to explore the area. Follow us on Twitter to keep up to date!

Cappadocia from below. Photo credit: Olga Ovsepyan

Welcome Onno Kampman!

DyViTo would like to welcome Onno Kampman to the project. Onno will be working with Andrew Welchman and Zoe Kourtzi at the University of Cambridge. We wish him all the best in his new role.

Secondments for University of Giessen

It has been a busy time for the University of Giessen. Amna Malik, from Bilkent University, has recently completed her secondment there. Mao Ruiquan, from the University of Zaragoza, is currently undertaking his secondment. Although it was Amna’s first visit, this isn’t the first time that Mao has been to there. The team has hosted a DyViTo event in March of this year. To find out more, have a look at the blog post.

Second secondment for University of Southampton

Muge Cavdan will be starting her secondment at the University of Southampton, working with Prof. Wendy Adams. This is a second secondment happening there, Sina Mehraeen was the first. Good luck to Muge, we hope she enjoys her time there.

ECVP 2019 is in full swing

ECVP 2019 in Leuven is in full swing and our ESRs have been busy taking advantage of everything the conference (and the city) has to offer. Keep up with them by checking out our Twitter @DyViTo_Project

VSAC 2019 has started!

The Visual Science of Art Conference (VSAC) has started in Leuven.   Organized as a satellite conference to the visual planet of the European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), VSAC invites people that connect visual perception and the arts. Anya Hurlbert from University of Newcastle, will be a keynote lecturer addressing how illumination is depicted within paintings, and how this can affect our interpretation of those paintings. Jacob Cheeseman, University of Giessen, will be presenting a poster on scale ambiguities in material recognition. We wish them both the best of luck.

Welcome on board Veronica!

DyViTo would like to welcome Veronica Pisu to the project. Veronica will be working with Wendy Adams at the University of Southampton.

Congratulations to Muge Cavdan

DyViTo would like to congratulate Muge Cavdan for winning the Best Student Paper at the World Haptics Conference 2019 in Tokyo.

Conference updates

The summer has been a busy period for the Early Stage Researchers. Baran Usta has recently returned from the High Performance Graphics Conference in Strasbourg. Jacob Cheeseman will be attending the VSAC 2019 to present his poster.

Congratulations Ruben

DyViTo would like to congratulate Ruben Pastilha (University of Newcastle) for winning the runner-up Talk Prize at the International Colour Vision Society Meeting 2019 which was held in Riga, Latvia. Read more here.

ECVP abstract book has been published

The full abstarct book is available to be viewed. Visit our blog to read the abstracts submitted by our ESRs or view the full book to read the abstracts that include DyViTo Supervisors abstracts and those from friends of the project.

DyViTo secondment at National Science and Media Museum

The first secondment at the National Science and Media Museum has started. Ellen De Korte (University of Bradford) has officially started her 8 week placement at the museum.

Ellen De Korte in WonderLab at the National Science and Media Museum

DyViTo ESRs – Conferences, Presentations and Publications

DyViTo is very happy to announce that Muge Cavdan has had her paper accepted to the World Haptics Conference which will be happening in Tokyo this year and will be published in July. She will also be joining Ellen De Korte (University of Bradford), Jacob Cheeseman (Giessen University) and Cehao Yu (Delft University) at the ECVP Conference in Leuven.

Ruben Pastilha (University of Newcastle) has recently returned from presenting “Speed limits on seeing temporal changes in daylight” at this years 19th Annual Vision Sciences Society Meeting which was held in Florida, USA.

Keep checking back with us for more exciting news about the ESR progress.

DyViTo Workshop – November 2019

We are very pleased to invite you to join us in our upcoming workshop, DyViTo: “Dynamics in Vision and Touch – the look and feel of stuff” at Argos in Cappadocia Hotel, Uchisar, Turkey, on November 5th – 8th, 2019.  

The meeting is funded by the European Union Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions grant “DyViTo: Dynamics in Vision and Touch”.
 
This meeting is the second in a series of workshops to be hosted by the member institutions of the DyViTo network. The workshop will have invited talks and poster sessions featuring the latest work on visual, haptic, and multisensory perception of object and material properties. Confirmed speakers for our meeting include:

Registration

The workshop is open to non-network members for participation, but space is limited, so apply early to secure your place! Poster presentations are welcome.

The registration fee is 750 Euros, which will cover meals and lodging, as well as a historical tour of Cappadocia Open Air Museum. Payments will be made by international bank transfer following receipt of an invoice.

To register, please complete this form before the deadline on 30th September: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd0bzg6Y4-ilRVNE6o57l5gYLlFN26KHSoGRz76oswPruJXJQ/viewform

For questions regarding this event, please contact us at this address: dyvitobilkent@gmail.com

DyViTo ESRs at the 2019 ECVP Conference

DyViTo would like to congratulate Cehao Yu, University of Delft, and Ellen De Korte, University of Bradford, on having their submissions accepted. They will be participating in the ECVP conference in Leuven in August 2019.

A warm welcome to our new ESR

DyViTo is happy to welcome Amna Malik, our new ESR in Bilkent University who will be working with Huseyin Boyaci. We are all happy to have Amna on board!

Giessen Workshop has ended

The DyViTo network would like to thank JLU Giessen for hosting a fantastic network meeting. We were privileged to hear presentations from excellent speakers, enjoy poster presentations and in-depth conversations with external partners. Our ESRs had the opportunity to network, present their research and even take in the beautiful Marburg castle.

DyViTo ESRs outside the
Rauischholzhausen Conference Centre

DyViTo in Giessen

The DyViTo network is looking forward to the workshops which the network will be attending from Monday 11th March.

The team in Giessen have booked a wonderful venue,
Rauischholzhausen Conference Centre.

Stay tuned for the news and updates from the workshop.


Rauischholzhausen Conference Centre (Photo credit JLU Giessen)
 

DyViTo Workshops – March 2019

Registration open for network and non-network members

We invite you to attend our upcoming workshop, to be held the 11th-14th of March 2019 at the beautiful Rauischholzhausen Conference Centre located near Giessen, Germany  The meeting is funded by the European Union Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions grant “DyViTo: Dynamics in Vision and Touch”.

This meeting is the first in a series of workshops to be hosted by the member institutions of the DyViTo network. Each workshop will have invited talks and poster sessions featuring the latest work on visual, haptic, and multisensory perception of object and material properties. Confirmed speakers for our first meeting include:

Registration

The workshop is open to non-network members for participation, but space is limited, so apply early to secure your place!

The registration fee is 630 Euros, which will cover meals and lodging, as well as a historical tour of nearby Marburg. Payments will be made by international bank transfer following receipt of an invoice.

To register, please complete this form before the deadline on 31 January: https://goo.gl/forms/Bf0bPYRpXIXC9wyt2

For questions regarding this event, please contact us at this address: dyvitogiessen@gmail.com

Meet the Team

The Training and Network meeting has begun. Make sure you visit our Blog to see our daily activities as well as more information about the Early Stage Researchers, Institutions and Partners.

The DyViTo Project is excited to welcome the wider team to the University of Bradford.

Some of the DyViTo team at The Midland Hotel

Training and Network meeting

DyViTo’s training and networking event will be held from 10th to 14th December 2018 at the University of Bradford.  The week long event will include a day at the National Science and Media Museum, a session on Gender and Diversty in research, presented by Professor Candy Rowe and a presentation on a mass audience participation experiment in colour perception, by Professor Anya Hurlbert and staff from the National Gallery.

More information about the events of each day will be featured on our blog.

Coordinator’s Information Day

This will take place in Brussels on 23rd November 2018 and will cover Project Life Cycle and Horizon 2020 management.

Network Launch Meeting

DyViTo’s Network Launch meeting took place on 25th and 26th June 2018.