Satellite Events

VSAC - Visual Science of Art Conference

VSAC will start just the 26 and end the 27th of August 2016. VSAC will take place in COSMOCAIXA.

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The Illusion's Night (the 30th of August, starting about 7 p.m):

A traditional ECVP event, it consists of a variety of installations that challenge our ideas of how we perceive reality.  

The event will take place on the 30th of August in the nearby Universitat Pompeu Fabra communication campus, which is near the main ECVP conference centre building. It will start about 7 p.m. To participate, please follow our SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

  • All installations (“illusions”) must have an author, who must be registered for ECVP2016.
  • To enter the call, authors should submit a pdf file to the address with a short description of the installation and a justification of why they think the work is appropriate for ECVP2016’s Illusions Night. 
  • The file must also include a suitable title, other contributors, affiliations and funding acknowledgements. If possible pictures or diagrams with clear indications of the physical dimensions and requirements of the work should be included in the pdf.

Given the physical limitations of the exhibition room, a list of selected contributions will be published shortly after the deadline. Please download our Pamphlet to promote this event in your institution (ECVP16_Illusions_Night.pdf)


Tutorials (SEPEX) in the CosmoCaixa venue (Saturday 27th)

On Saturday the 27th of August, we organize two tutorials which are free for ECVP delegates. Due to a limited capacity of the room, please send a email to the organizer of the tutorial you want to attend.

  1. SEPEX tutorial: fitting psychometric functions in R (from 11 to 13h; hall Gamma) by Daniel Linares.  The response of humans, other animals and neurons in a classification task with a binary response variable and a stimulus level as continuous explanatory variable is often modelled using psychometric functions. Psychometric functions can be easily fitted in the R free language using a variety of tools. In the tutorial, I will illustrate these different tools with an emphasis on the quickpsy package. 

  2. SEPX tutorial on Computational Neuroscience (15h to 17h; hall Gamma) by Matthis S Keil. The aim of the tutorial is to convey the basics of simple neuron models.  Specifically, I will present the membrane potential equation and explain how to solve it numerically.  Subsequently, it will be shown how model neurons can be connected to each other in order to simulate (small) neuronal networks.  Further concepts, such as receptive fields, spiking mechanisms, learning, or temporal low-pass filtering, will also be briefly discussed.  Programming will be done with Matlab.

Contact the organizers (danilinares at and matskeil at if you intend to attend this tutorial or require further information.


Pre-ECVP Symposia in the CosmoCaixa venue (Sunday 28th)

Large-Scale Models of Brain Activity (9 - 11h)

Organizer: Gustavo Deco (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

  • "Large-scale models of wakefulness and sleep" by Gerald Hahn
  • "A brain network for mental Imagery and simulation" by Raphael Kaplan:
  • " The Virtual Epileptic Patient: Whole-brain modeling in Epilepsy " by Viktor Jirsa
  • "Whole brain Models: Lessons from the Human Connectome" by Gustavo Deco


Visual Neurosciences and Computer Science (11-13:30)

Organizer: Xavier Otazu (Computer Vision Centre / Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

  • "How neuroscience can help computer vision and vice-versa" by Thomas Serre (Brown University, USA)
  • "Visual neuroscience and image processing: a positive feedback story" by Jesús Malo (Universitat de València, Spain)



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