Invited talks

These are invited talks to scientific, clinical or industry audiences. For talks to the general public, click here. For conference presentations, click here.
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  1. Control theoretic models of ocular accommodation
    Talk to OSA (Optica) student chapter at University of Murcia, 17th November 2022.

  2. Stereoscopic vision in humans and animals
    Seminar at National Eye Institute; Bethesda, Maryland, USA; 19th October 2022.

  3. Stereoscopically sensitive behaviour without correspondence
    Invited talk at From Animals to Animats: the 16th international conference on the Simulation of Adaptive Behaviour; Cergy-Pontoise, France; September 2022.

  4. Stereoscopic vision in humans and animals
    Invited talk at the 10th Visual and Physiological Optics meeting; Downing College, Cambridge; August 2022 (originally scheduled for August 2020).

  5. Stereoscopic vision in the praying mantis
    Plenary lecture at International Congress for Neuroethology; Lisbon, Portugal, July 2022 (originally scheduled for July 2020).

  6. Depth perception and stereopsis
    summer course on Computational Neuroscience: Vision at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York, USA, July 2022 (originally scheduled for July 2020). 3 hours of talks.

  7. Modeling the neural control of ocular accommodation
    talk at Center for Visual Science Symposium on Active Vision at University of Rochester, New York, USA; May 2022 (originally scheduled for May 2020).

  8. Stupid stereo algorithms that still work.
    Royal Society Discussion Meeting on New approaches to 3D vision; online; Nov 2 2021. Video is available on YouTube.

  9. How does stereopsis contribute to immersion, interaction and learning in XR?.
    Panel member at OSA Incubator on Perception in Immersive Technologies; online; Aug 31 2021.

  10. Stereo vision in humans and insects
    Talk for Helmholtz Institute colloquium series, Utrecht, the Netherlands; Feb 28 2020.

  11. Insect stereopsis: behavior and neurophysiology
    Talk to IO-CSIC OSA student chapter, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid, Spain; Dec 2019.

  12. Cues to depth perception
    Talk at workshop on New Approaches to Enhancing Human Perception; Newcastle, UK; June 29 2019.

  13. Psychophysics and depth perception
    Lectures at Training school on Vision, Psychophysics and Modelling for EU Innovative Training Network “RealVision”, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK; June 26, 2019.

  14. Measuring stereo vision in children: challenges and solutions.
    Talk at 8th Iberian conference on perception, Madrid, Spain; June 20, 2019.

  15. 3D vision, with Dr Emily Cooper
    Summer course on Vision: a platform for linking circuits, perception and behavior, at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York, USA; Jun 18 2019. 2 hours of talks.

  16. Two eyes, one view of the world: how our brains handle binocular vision
    Lecture at Newcastle Academic Medicine Conference 2019, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK; May 4, 2019.

  17. Goal-directed behaviour with reference to praying mantis predation
    Talk / panel discussion at neuromorphic engineering workshop at Capo Caccia; May 2nd, 2019.

  18. Insect stereopsis: behavior and neurophysiology
    Talk at Sixth workshop on Natural Environments, Tasks and Intelligence at the University of Texas at Austin, USA ; April 28, 2019.

    Giving talk at ICN2022

  19. The neural basis of depth perception: how binocular disparity is encoded in the primary visual cortex
    Talk at International Graduate School in Neuroscience conference at Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum, Germany; April 10, 2019.

  20. Computations underlying insect stereopsis
    Seminar at Institute of Neuroinformatics, University of Zurich, Switzerland; November 30th 2018.

  21. How insects see in 3D.
    At the Commercial UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) Show, ExCel, London, UK; November 14th 2018.

  22. Stereopsis in insects: The praying mantis versus human observers.
    Optical Society of America webinar on Optical properties and visual characteristics of animal eyes; November 15th 2018.

  23. Human vision and visual cues.
    3 hours of lectures Training School on Immersive Imaging of the European Union Innovative Training Network on Immersive Visual Technologies for Safety-critical Applications; Zagreb, Croatia; November 7th 2018.

  24. Stereoscopic depth perception in the praying mantis.
    At Vision / Action: A symposium in celebration of Lance Optican; Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, San Diego, USA; November 2nd 2018.

  25. Stereoscopic (3D) vision in humans and insects.
    Psychology seminar, Bangor University, Bangor, UK; October 26th 2018.

  26. Depth perception and stereopsis
    summer course on Computational Neuroscience: Vision at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York, USA; July 18 2018. 3 hours of talks.

  27. Of mantids and men: Stereoscopic (3D) vision in humans and insects.
    Bristol Vision Institute Colloquium, Bristol University, Bristol, UK; July 3rd 2018. 45 minute keynote talk.

  28. Stereoscopic vision in insects.
    McGill University, Montreal, Canada; May 16th 2018.

  29. How insects see in 3D: Stereopsis in the praying mantis.
    Reading University, Reading, UK; April 12th 2018. 50 minute seminar.

  30. Of mantids and men: Stereoscopic (3D) vision in humans and insects.
    Applied Vision Association Spring Meeting, Bradford University, Bradford, UK; March 26 2018. Geoffrey J Burton Memorial Lecture.
  31. The neural basis of stereopsis: understanding how binocular disparity is encoded in primary visual cortex
    GDR-Vision meeting, Lille, France; October 12 2017. Keynote address.
  32. Stereopsis and 3D vision.
    British Congress of Optometry and Vision Science,
    Plymouth University, UK; Sep 4 2017. 1 hr keynote address.
  33. How insects see in 3D.
    Conference on Vision in the Real World, York University Centre for Vision Research, Toronto, Canada; June 27 2017. 45 min talk.
  34. Behavioural studies of stereopsis in the praying mantis
    Bristol University, UK; January 23 2017. Informal talk.
  35. What makes insect vision special?
    Mini-workshop on “Low power and adaptive computer vision for scene understanding” in the Visual Image Interpretation in Humans and Machines network January 27 2017. 1 hr keynote address.
  36. How can insects see in 3D? Behavioural studies of stereopsis in the praying mantis
    Neuroethology seminar, Physiology Laboratory, Cambridge University, UK; December 2 2016. 1 hr talk.
  37. Comparing stereopsis in primates, insects and machines
    Psychology seminar, University College London, UK; November 22 2016. 1 hr talk.
  38. 3D vision in man, mantis and machine
    North East Postgraduate Conference, Newcastle University, UK; November 24 2016. 1 hour talk.
  39. Stereoscopic depth perception in humans and insects
    seminar at Glasgow University, Glasgow, UK; 19 September 2016

  40. ASTEROID: a new clinical stereovision test
    NHS Education Scotland Optometry Conference, Stirling, UK; 18 September 2016

  41. The computation of binocular disparity in man, monkey, mantis and machine.
    Rank Prize Fund Symposium on Seeing The World From More Than One Perspective, Grasmere, UK; 5-8 September 2016. 40-minute talk

  42. How many ways are there to solve stereoscopic vision?
    Irish Machine Vision and Image Processing, Galway, Ireland; 26 August 2016. 1 hour talk.

  43. Depth perception and stereopsis
    Summer School on 3D Displays and the Human Visual System, a training school of the European Training network on Full-parallax Imaging, Gateshead, UK; June 27 2016. 3 hours of talks.

  44. “Head-to-head” (biological/machine vision) talk on binocular / 3D vision, with Miles Hansard, 3rd workshop of the Visual Image Interpretation in Humans and Machines network, 12-13 July 2016, Bath, UK.

  45. Depth perception and stereopsis
    summer course on Computational Neuroscience: Vision at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York, USA; July 20 2016. 3 hours of talks.

  46. How do we perceive brightness and colour?
    Presentation at the Workshop on High Dynamic Range at European Broadcasting Union, Geneva, Switzerland; June 1 2016. 20 minute talk.
  47. Natural behaviour with artificial stimuli: probing praying mantis vision
    Talk at symposium on “Artifice versus realism as an experimental methodology” at the Vision Sciences Society meeting, Florida, USA; May 13 2016. 15 minute talk.
  48. The neural basis of stereopsis
    Seminar to the Innovative Computing Group at Durham University, Durham, UK; March 3 2016. 1-hour talk.
  49. How many ways are there to build a stereo vision system?
    Workshop on Sensory Encoding by Neural Systems , École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France; November 15 2015. 30-minute talk.
  50. What neural signal underlies human stereoscopic depth perception?
    Psychology seminar at Justus-Liebig-Universität, Gießen, Germany; November 16 2015. 1-hour talk.
  51. Human factors in 3D displays
    International Workshop on Immersive Visual Technologies, Tampere, Finland; October 20 2015. 30-minute talk.
  52. What is stereoscopic vision good for?
    3DTV-CON: immersive and interactive 3D media experience over networks, Lisbon, Portugal; July 10 2015. 1 hr keynote address.
  53. Stereoscopic Vision in an Insect System.
    ViiHM network Binocular Vision Mini-Workshop, Wivenhoe, UK; Mar 31 2015; 1 hr keynote talk.
  54. Visual neuroscience: An Overview
    PROVISION workshop on Trends in Video Analysis, Representation and Delivery, Aachen, Germany; Feb 10 2015; 2 hr lecture.
  55. What is stereoscopic vision good for?
    Stereoscopic Displays and Applications, San Francisco, California; Feb 10 2015. 1 hr keynote address. Video available here.
  56. Computerised tests of stereoscopic vision and binocular function
    British Isles Paediatric Ophthalmology Association Annual Meeting, Birmingham, UK; Sep 18th 2014.
  57. Stereo vision and strabismus.
    Cambridge Ophthalmological Symposium, Cambridge, UK; Sep 5th 2014.
  58. SCNE2014

  59. Neuronal encoding of binocular disparity for natural and unnatural image statistics.
    Sensory Coding & Natural Environment Workshop, Goettingen, Germany; Sep 3rd 2014.
  60. Modelling memory in food-hoarding birds, with Dr Tom Smulders.
    Hippocampal Interest Group, Durham University, Durham, UK; Jul 4th 2014.
  61. Neuroscience and High Dynamic Range.
    Joint Digital Video Broadcasting / European Broadcasting Union workshop on High Dynamic Range. Institut fuer Rundfunktechnik, Munich, Germany; Jun 17th 2014.
  62. How mantids solve the correspondence problem.
    Sussex University, Sussex, UK; Jun 9th 2014.
  63. Viewer experience with 3D television.
    Movement Science Group meeting, Clinical Ageing Research Unit, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK; Jun 5th 2014.
  64. Human stereoscopic vision and its neuronal substrate.
    Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan; Apr 21st 2014.
  65. Understanding the Human Vision System .
    Technology Summit on Cinema, Las Vegas, USA; Apr 5th 2014.
    Video of my presentation available at CineTechGeek:
  66. Visual tests for epilepsy.
    Indo-British Neuroscience Symposium, Kolkata, India; Dec 1st 2013.
  67. Altered visual perception in psychiatric / neurological disorders.
    North East Epilepsy Research Meeting, Beamish, UK; September 30th 2013.
  68. Panellist on discussion “3D Movies: Is there enough depth?” at the Stereoscopic Displays and Applications conference, San Francisco, California; 6 February 2013
  69. Relating neurons to perception in stereo vision
    Seminar at Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, University of California at Berkeley; Jan 30th 2013
    Video recording of this seminar.
  70. What do we know about viewer experience with S3D TV?
    Professional conference, 3D Stereo Media 2012, Liège, Belgium; 5 December 2012.
  71. Psychology seminar.
    Birmingham University, UK; November 14th 2012.
  72. Psychology seminar.
    Southampton University, UK; October 10th 2012.
  73. Single vision in children with intermittent exotropia.
    Indiana University School of Optometry, Indiana, USA; September 19th 2012.
  74. Visual cues to depth: how does the human visual system encode variation in disparity across a scene?
    Fall Vision Meeting, Optical Society of America, New York, USA; September 15th 2012.
  75. Human binocular vision: (1) The two eyes, and (2) The visual cortex
    3D Media Training School, Tampere, Finland; Aug 13 2012.
  76. Suppression in strabismus.
    International Society for Eye Research meeting, Berlin, Germany; July 2012.
  77. Why does S3D work?
    Hollywood Post Alliance Tech Retreat, Palm Springs, California; 17 Feb 2012. Mark Schubin’s blog post on the meeting.
  78. Is watching stereo 3d like watching the real world?
    3D Stereo Media 2011, Liège, Belgium; 8 December 2011.
  79. Distortion and impact of the human visual system.
    European Broadcasting Union (EBU) workshop on 3D technologies and human factors, Geneva, Switzerland; 6 October 2011. You can view a short video about the workshop featuring soundbites from the various speakers.
  80. What limits the resolution of stereo depth perception?
    Autumn School in Cognitive Neuroscience, Oxford McDonnell Network for Cognitive Neuroscience, Oxford, UK; 26 September 2011.
  81. Getting the geometry right.
    SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) 2nd International Conference on Stereoscopic 3D for Media & Entertainment, New York, New York; 21 July 2011.
    “The thrills started with the very first presentation, “Getting the Geometry Right,” by Jenny Read…I cannot confirm that everyone in the audience did the same, but as far as I could see, attendees were taking notes frantically almost as soon as she started speaking.” – writeup by Mark Schubin.
  82. Stereo vision with moving eyes
    North East Conference on Vision, Durham; 21 March 2011.
  83. Causes and Treatment of Ocular Misalignments
    with Mr Mike Clarke. Clinical Neurosciences Forum, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK; 20 January 2011.
  84. Suppression and stereopsis: how the visual system adapts to ocular misalignments.
    “A singular view: Binocular vision and strabismus”, Clinical Grand Rounds, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK; 9 December 2010.
  85. Vertical disparity: annoying problem or useful cue?3D Stereo Media 2010, Liège, Belgium; 8 December 2010.
  86. Stereo correspondence and vertical disparities.
    RIKEN Brain Sciences Institute, Tokyo, Japan; 4 August 2009.
  87. How the brain handles vertical disparity.
    Symposium on Stereopsis : computation and neural correlates of conscious perception, International Union of Physiological Societies, Kyoto, Japan; 30 July 2009.
    Published in Journal of Physiological Sciences, 1-11-11.
  88. Stereo correspondence and vertical disparities.
    Osaka University, Japan; 22 July 2009. Link to conference program
  89. The neuronal basis of stereo vision.
    Aston University, UK; 3 June 2009.
  90. The neuronal basis of stereo vision.
    talk to Doctoral Training Centre students at Edinburgh University, UK; 26 May 2009.
  91. Stereo vision in a patient with visual form agnosia.
    Eye Movements and Vision, a symposium in honour of Fred Miles; St John’s College, Oxford University, UK; 3 April 2009.
  92. Stereo vision without the ventral stream.
    Psychology seminar, Glasgow University, UK; 13 February 2009.
  93. The neuronal basis of stereo vision.
    David Bodian Seminar in Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA; 21 November 2008.
  94. Stereo deficits in a patient with damage to the lateral occipital cortex.
    Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research, National Institutes of Health, Washington DC, USA; 14 November 2008.
  95. The neuronal substrate of stereo vision.
    Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences Forum, Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University, UK; June 2008.
  96. The neuronal substrate of stereo vision.
    Brown-bag seminar, Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University, UK; May 2008.
  97. The neuronal substrate of stereo vision.
    Departmental colloquium, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tuebingen, Germany; April 2008.
  98. The Pulfrich effect: a new explanation of an old illusion.
    Psychology seminar, Reading University, UK; March 2007.
  99. Calibrating eye position using vertical disparity.
    Rank Prize Funds mini-symposium on self-calibrating sensory systems, Bowness-on-Windermere, UK; February 2007. 20 minute talk.
  100. The role of primary visual cortex in binocular vision and stereopsis.
    Psychology seminar, Newcastle University, UK; November 2006.
  101. Solving the stereo correspondence problem using position and phase disparity.
    Adaptive and neural computation seminar, Edinburgh University, UK; March 2006. 1 hour talk.
  102. How we see: the neural representation of the visual world.
    National Eye Institute Bench-to-Bedside seminar, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland, USA; January 2004.
  103. Cortical computations supporting stereopsis.
    Excitable cells: models and experiments, a symposium in honour of Julian Jack; Oxford University, UK; September 2003.
  104. Cortical computations supporting stereopsis.
    EU Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience, Obidos, Portugal; September 2003.
  105. Cortical computations underlying stereo vision.
    Mathematical Biology seminar, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada; November 2002.
  106. A Bayesian model of the correspondence problem.
    Perceptual Grouping Workshop, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium; October 2000.