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MODVIS 2014 will be held at the VSS conference venue (the Tradewinds Island Resorts in St. Pete Beach, FL) May 14 - May 16. We hope you will consider participating; we are providing this heads-up concerning the dates so that those of you who are interested can take them into consideration when making travel plans. The organization will be essentially identical to the previous two workshops. Purdue Conferencing Office will set up the MODVIS 2014 web site with the registration and abstract submission. We are already working with them to improve the abstract submission system. We expect to open the registration and abstract submission sometime later this fall.

We are pleased at this time to be joined on the organizing team by Qasim Zaidi, of the SUNY College of Optometry. Qasim has been a presenter and active participant at both of the past MODVIS workshops, and brings a lot of good ideas on how to make the workshop better.

We look forward to working with Qasim on MODVIS 2014.

For those of you wishing to stay at the Tradewinds resort for the workshop, we suggest booking your room early. The VSS rate seems to be applicable before the start of VSS proper (including the night of Tuesday the 13th), but our information from VSS is that there is no block of rooms set aside for the 13th. Bookings made now can be cancelled up to 48 hours before arrival without penalty.

Why do we need yet another conference?

MODVIS 2014 is a small workshop dedicated to the investigation of formal models in vision research.

We intend this to be a very special workshop, one that fills a critical niche. Specifically, we hope that it will:

  1. Help move our field forward, because substantial progress in any field is not possible without formal theories. Modeling work at VSS and similar conferences is scattered among the diverse parallel sessions, making it nearly impossible to keep up with new developments. Our proposed format will bring a diverse group of modelers together.
  2. Facilitate interactions among theoretically-minded researchers. A discussion among modelers always goes beyond phenomena and effects. Many papers at ordinary meetings rarely go beyond the data. Our intent is to focus on the role of mechanisms (vision algorithms).
  3. Encourage people to present their formal theories and models in some detail (presentations may be slightly longer than at VSS). We all would like to see more equations and cost functions and to be able to discuss the stability and complexity of our models. Time will be available to do this within the sessions and on the beach between them. Models used in only one part of the field could prove to be very useful in another.
  4. Attract machine vision people interested in human vision, again, because our current knowledge of human vision has finally reached the point where our models can actually be used by seeing machines.
  5. Keep us up-to-date with modeling across all specialized areas within vision. This will be beneficial for those of us who teach. Note that one could offer a graduate seminar in vision every year based on the talks that will be presented at the kind of conference we are proposing.
  6. Help integrate vision into a single field: We think that solving the obvious binding problem in our field should be possible, and even helpful, for solving the binding problem in the brain.


Jeffrey B. Mulligan
NASA Ames Research Center

Zygmunt Pizlo
Purdue University

Qasim Zaidi
SUNY College of Optometry

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The modest registration fee will cover the cost of the meeting space and light refreshments.

Pre-registration fees (before April 1st):
Regular: $80
Student: $40

Late/on-site registration fees (on or after April 1st):
Regular: $100
Student: $50

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