[visionlist] Developments in Vision Enhancement Technology and Their Evaluatio n

Odom, J odomj at rcbhsc.wvu.edu
Tue Mar 15 18:36:24 GMT 2005


Developments in Vision Enhancement Technology and Their Evaluation  

Topical Meeting:  Friday June 3 - Saturday June 4, 2005  

The interface between assistive technology, civilian technology and military
technology represents a fruitful area for technology research, development
and transfer.  Numerous devices are being introduced or planned to assist
those who are visually impaired or blind. These devices range from optical
devices to silicon retinas to genetic modification. Those who are normally
sighted face challenges in situations, which limit the usefulness of vision.
Situational impairments are especially dangerous in driving and occupational
environments. Suggested improvements range from auditory warning signals to
geographical information systems to new strategies for refraction.  Lastly,
in combat situations there are numerous demands to enhance the sensory
capabilities of military personnel. Head mounted displays and night vision
goggles represent two widely used military innovations.  The evaluation of
vision enhancement technology is crucial to its implementation. New devices
may not improve function. Federal regulations require evaluation of new
technology to guarantee equal access for those with disabilities and to
monitor claims for new devices to aid patients. 
The meeting will comprise two full days, Friday June 3, 2005 and Saturday
June 5, 2005 It will consist of Invited Presentations, Free Presentations,
Posters (depending on the number of submissions), Panel Discussions and
exhibits.  All presentations at the meeting are eligible for inclusion in a
special issue of Modern Optics under the editorship of Vasudeyan
Lakshminarayanan. By attending this meeting, you will be able to participate
(by presentation and/or discussion) in a small, in-depth, topical meeting
that will permit the interaction of federal and private agencies, industry
and academic researchers. The invited speakers are listed below:

Invited Speakers
Eli Peli
	Schepens Eye Institute; Boston, MA
Robert Massof
	Wilmer Eye Institute; Baltimore, MD
Vasudevan Lakshminarayanan
	University of Missouri; St. Louis, MO
Joe Dvorak
	Motorola Corporation; Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Gislin Dagnelie
	Wilmer Eye Institute; Baltimore, MD
Eberhart Zrenner
	University of Tübingen: Tübingen, Germany
Darren Burton
	American Foundation for the Blind Technology and Employment Center;
Huntington, WV
Bruce Drum
	Federal and Drug Administration; Washington, DC
Jack Wood
	Georgia Institute of Technology: Atlanta, GA
Paul Mogan
	National Aeronautical and Space Administration: Kennedy Space
Center, FL

The meeting topic reflects plans to create a multi-university National
Science Foundation Industry / University Cooperative Research Center, the
Vision Enhancement Technology Center (VETC) with West Virginia University as
the lead institution and Georgia Institute of Technology as a partner.  
The meeting is supported in part by assistance from the US Army, the
National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration and WVU Eye Institute.



Topics: Three broad topics will be discussed. These are:
	1. Vision Enhancement Technology in military, civilian, medical, and
low vision applications.
	2. Transfer of technology from one realm to the other
	3. Regulatory requirements for and strategies to evaluate vision
enhancement technology.

Conference Dates: Friday, June 3, 2005 - Saturday, June 4, 2005
Conference Location: West Virginia University Eye Institute
			  Stadium Drive 
			  Morgantown, WV 26506-9193

Presentation Submission Deadline: May 1, 2003 submitted electronically via
e-mail or media
	Abstract Format: Microsoft Word for Windows or Rich Text Formats

Registration:  
Before May 1: $150 for the full conference, including dinner Friday night
and breaks and lunches Friday and Saturday.
After May 1:    $200 for the full conference, including dinner Friday night
and breaks and lunches Friday and Saturday.

Hotels:   The two closest hotels to the conference site are:
	Hampton Inn: 	$66.00-$95.00 	and 	Euro-Suites:
$79.00-$130.00
	The Radisson: ($65.00 - $300.00) has shuttle service available to
the WVU Eye Institute.

Travel by air:  Flights to Morgantown are available from Pittsburgh, PA on
US Airways.

Travel by car:  Morgantown is conveniently located at the intersection of
Interstate 68 and 79. 
	Driving directions are available upon request.

To submit an abstract or paper e-mail the abstract or mail media to:
	J. Vernon Odom, Ph.D., Professor of Ophthalmology
	West Virginia University Eye Institute 
	Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center of West Virginia University
	1 Stadium Drive
	P.O. Box 9193
	Morgantown, WV 26506-9193
	Work Telephone:  +1 304 598 6959 	FAX:  	+1 304 598 6928
	Electronic-Mail:       	jodom at wvu.edu or odomj at rcbhsc.wvu.edu 

For Exhibition or Sponsorship Information Contact:
	Cindy Williams
	West Virginia University Eye Institute
	Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center of West Virginia University
	1 Stadium Drive
	P.O. Box 9193
	Morgantown, WV 26506-9193
	Work Telephone:   +1 304 598 6967   	 FAX:	+1 304 598 6928
	Electronic-Mail:  williamsc at rcbhsc.wvu.edu

Registration Forms: contact Dr. Odom, Ms. Williams, or download at
www.vetc.org  
Supported by the US Army, NSF and WVU Eye Institute. Speaker support by NASA









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