Asia-Pacific Conference on Vision (APCV 2012) - Call for Abstracts
Date: July 13th - 15th, 2012
Location: Incheon, Korea
Official web site:
Following previous events, the APCV 2012 will provide a forum for scientists from all parts of the world to meet each other and to share and lively debate recent findings on various topics of vision, including neural, psychophysical, computational, clinical and applied aspects of vision.
The conference venue is conveniently located just 30 minutes away from the Incheon International Airport and an hour from the major attractions of Seoul, the capital of the peninsula for over 600 years.
Preliminary Program Overview:
The program of the APCV 2012 offers four types of podium for scientific discussion: Keynote lectures, Symposia, Talk and Poster sessions. The organizing and program committees thank the 3 keynote and 30 symposium speakers, who are specialized in various research methodologies (psychophysics /single cell/brain imaging/brain stimulation/computational modeling) from diverse regions all over the world (32 institutions in 9 countries), for their enthusiastic support and contributions to the conference.
Now the program committee seeks for participation from those who want to share their recent findings with the Asia-Pacific regional and world community of vision science in the two remaining types of podium, talk and poster sessions. Hence, we announce the call for abstract submission (deadline is March 31). For details, please visit the conference web page,
Below, we provide brief sketches of the program.
▶  Keynote Lectures :
The Keynote Lecture series will feature three leading vision scientists, who enthusiastically accepted our invitation to deliver a 90-minute lecture on recent advances in their work on visual systems.
“Your Wandering Mind: Neuronal Correlates and Behavioral Consequences”
Dr. John Maunsell, Alice and Rodman W. Moorhead III Professor of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School, will discuss how he could track down the footprints of wandering mind by recording simultaneously from dozens of neurons in visual cerebral cortex.
“Probing Visual Processing Outside of Conscious Awareness”
Dr. Randolph Blake, Centennial Professor of Psychology/Opthalmology at Vanderbilt University and Professor of Brain & Cognitive Sciences at SNU, will reveal how he uses binocular rivalry to peek behind the curtain of visual awareness to probe unconscious visual processing.
“Feature-based Attention in Health and Disease”
Dr. Jason Mattingley, Foundation Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience of the Queensland Brain Institute and the School of Psychology at the U of Queensland, will conclude the keynote series by taking us to a panoramic vista point where we can view the differential landscapes of healthy and dysfunctional minds through multiple windows of metric provided by psychophysics, brain stimulation and neuroimaging.
▶  Symposia :
Each of six accepted symposia consists of a set of thematically focused oral presentations on a particular topic, with an organizer promoting lively discussion and integration.
“Seeing biological motion through different eyes”
Songjoo Oh (SNU, Korea) will kick off the first symposium of the conference with Ian Thornton (Swansea U, UK), Masahiro Hirai (Aichi Human Service Center, Japan), Jejoong Kim (Duksung Women’s U, Korea) and Frank Pollick (U of Glasgow, UK). They will the nature and development of biological motion processing ability in the normal population, in clinical settings and as a function of domain-specific expertise.
“The Brain in Action”
Joris Vangeneugden (Italian Institute of Technology, Italy) organized this symposium by bringing James C. Thompson (George Mason U, USA), Ayse Pinar Saygin (UCSD, USA) and Anthony Atkinson (Durham U, UK) to the conference. They will discuss recent advances in our understanding of the neural underpinnings of action perception, which were achieved by applying various imaging/stimulation techniques in both humans and monkeys on a network of ‘action perception’ areas such as pSTS, premotor, EBA, OFA and FFA.
“Adaptation and Aftereffects”
By putting together the contributions from David Whitney (UC Berkeley, USA), Yoko Mizokami (Chiba U, Japan) and Fang Fang (Peking University, China) with their own ones, Ikuya Murakami (Tokyo University, Japan) and Arni Kristjansson (U of Iceland, Iceland) co-organized a podium for active discussion on neural mechanisms of visual adaptation and aftereffects and their behavioral consequences.
“Mechanisms of Motion Perception”
Duje Tadin (Rochester U, USA) organized a symposium on one of the most heavily studied sub-modalities of vision. The speakers for this symposium include Bart Krekelberg (Rutgers U, USA), Sang-Hun Lee (SNU, Korea), Shin’ya Nishida (NTT, Japan) and Alan Stocker (U of Pennsylvania, USA). They will present recent advances in our understanding of motion perception from psychophysics, neurophysiology, computational modeling and neuroimaging.
“New Perspectives on Ecological Optics”
This symposium will examine the contributions of Gibson's theory of ecological optics to current research efforts as they explore the ongoing challenges posed by such key Gibsonian concepts as "affordance" and "optical invariants," as well as the role of vision in controlling movement, Gibson's paradigmatic example. Nam-Gyoon Kim (Keimyung U, Korea) organized this symposium, and the speakers include Jeffrey Saunders (Hong Kong University), Zsolt Palatinus (U of Connecticut, USA), Endre Kadar (U of Portsmouth, UK) and Namhun Kim (UNU of Science and Technology, Korea).
“Across the Surface of Conscious Visual Awareness”
Chai-Youn Kim (Korea U, Korea) will conclude the symposium series of APCV 2012 by presenting a forum on conscious visual awareness with three other speakers: Sheng He (U of Minnesota, USA), Won Mok Shim (Dartmouth College, USA), Joel Pearson (U of New South Wales, Australia), Naotsugu Tsuchiya (Monash University, Australia). The speakers at this symposium will explore various paradigmatic phenomena for manipulating conscious visual awareness and various factors influencing our becoming consciously aware of visual stimuli. The neural correlates of conscious visual awareness will also be discussed, too.
To promote informal communication and friendship among vision scientists from the hosting and visiting countries, two social night events (reception party and banquet) and coffee/tea breaks will be sprinkled over in between the scientific sessions.
Abstract Submissions :
The abstract must be written in English (see the templates for Word), and should be no longer than 250 words. Abstract submissions should be made via the APCV official web site,, no later than March 31, 2012. Each of the symposium speakers is also expected to register and submit an abstracts albeit the abstract will not be reviewed.
Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the abstract review committee consisting of experts recommended by seven member communities covering diverse areas of vision studies. Accepted abstracts will appear in the conference program and will be published with i-Perception.
Each submission will indicate a preference in either oral or poster format. The program committee will do the best in an effort to reflect the indicated preferences, but please be advised that you may be asked to contribute in poster presentation by the committee, even if your preference is oral presentation. Any person may present just one submission but may be a co-author on more than one.
Detailed instructions of oral and poster presentations will be available soon.
Important Dates :
Deadline of abstract submission: March 31, 2012
Acceptance notification: April 15, 2012
Deadline of early-bird registration: May 15, 2012

We look forward to seeing you in Incheon, Korea!

Choongkil Lee (Seoul National University, Korea)
 Organizing Committee Chair

Sang-Hun Lee (Seoul National University, Korea)
 Program Committee Chair