[vslist] UK vision meeting, call for papers

Helen Walkey H.C.Walkey at city.ac.uk
Thu May 20 08:16:01 GMT 2004


Meeting of the Colour Group of Great Britain:

Applied Vision Research Centre,
The Henry Wellcome Laboratories for Vision Sciences,
City University,
Northampton Square,
London, UK,
Thursday 11th November 2004

The human visual system functions over a range of light intensity  
spanning approximately 10 log units. Operation over such a large range  
is possible largely through processes of adaptation. Much of this is due  
to the dual nature of the human retina; we have two types of  
photoreceptor, cones that operate at higher light levels and rods that  
operate at very low light levels. Mesopic vision describes the transition  
region from cone vision (photopic vision) to rod vision (scotopic  
vision), in which signals from both rods and cones contribute to the  
visual response. Many changes occur in this transition region that affect  
visual performance. Colour vision deteriorates as a result of reduced  
cone photoreceptor signals. The involvement of rod signals causes the  
spectral sensitivity of the eye to change, which has consequences for the  
measurement of luminance. At present there is no measure of luminance  
that reflects the spectral sensitivity of the eye in the mesopic range.  
Changes in pupil size alter the optics of the eye, resulting in changes in  
the quality of the retinal image. Differences in the operational  
characteristics of rods and cones lead to changes in spatial and temporal  
resolution as well as absolute sensitivity. Although the rod and cone  
systems are generally considered to operate independently, it is well  
known that many observed effects can only be explained in terms of rod- 
cone interactions. Work environments where the visual system has to  
perform, at least in part, under mesopic conditions are not uncommon.  
Some examples are: driving road vehicles/driving trains/flying  
aeroplanes at low light levels, security services/police surveillance work  
at low light levels, construction work at low light levels (some  
roadworks are now carried out at night). Little attention has been paid  
to understanding how visual performance changes under mesopic  
conditions. This one-day symposium aims to address the question of  
whether visual performance data can be used to describe mesopic light  
levels, and to explore the properties of vision at low light levels in order  
to gain a better understanding of the limits of visual performance in the  
mesopic range.  


Abstract submission:
Abstracts for oral or poster presentations are welcome. The deadline for  
submitting abstracts will be Monday 16th August 2004.  

To submit an abstract, send a document as an email attachment to  
Dr. Helen Walkey 
Email h.c.walkey at city.ac.uk.  

Abstracts should be no more than 350 words in length. Files should be,  
by preference, in MS Word format with a file name consisting of the first  
author's surname followed by their first initial. Please put "Abstract CG  
Nov 04" as the subject of the email and include the following details in  
the body of the message: title, forename, surname, institution, address,  
telephone number, fax number and preference for an oral or poster  

Registration will be required for non-presenters at this meeting. The  
deadline for registration will be Friday 29th October 2004. Registration  
forms will be available from 

General information: 
Further information about the meeting will be available, shortly, from  

or by contacting 
Vanessa Clarke, Research Administrator 
Applied Vision Research Centre, City University, Northampton Square,  
London, EC1V 0HB. 
v.clarke at city.ac.uk 

Helen Walkey 
(Scientific contact for the meeting) 

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