Renvision Workshop

Italian institute of technology (IIT) - Genoa, 26th July 2016

The RENVISION final workshop will be held on 26th July 2016 at the Italian Institute of technology (IIT) in Genoa (Italy). Understanding the neurobiological principles beyond retinal functionality is essential to develop successful artificial computer vision architectures. The project “Retina-inspired ENcoding for advanced VISION tasks  (RENVISION)” , funded by the European Union FP7 FET (Future Emerging technology) proactive program Neuro-Bio-Inspired Systems Call 9, investigate pan-retinal signal processing at high spatio-temporal resolution, through neuroscientific, optical and computational approaches involving advanced pattern recognition and machine learning technologies. The project sheds a new light on how the output of retinal processing allows solving complex vision tasks. The workshop will be organized as a one day meeting and it will represent a strong opportunity to present, discuss and promote the results obtained within the RENVISON project and it will also promote discussions and clustering actions with other EU projects, such as VISUALIZE. The participation to the scientific sessions listed in the following program is free of charge and abstracts for the poster session can be submitted.  


08:45 - 09:00 Welcome

09:00 - 09:15

09:15 - 10:05

10:05 - 10:35

RENVISION introduction, V. Murino (Coordinator)

 "What the mouse´s eye tells the mouse´s brain – The functional diversity of retinal ganglion cells" K. Franke (Invited Speaker)

 "High resolution electrophisiological platform for pan-retinal studies" L. Berdondini, A. Maccione 

10:35 - 10:55 Coffee break

10:55 - 11:25

11:25 - 12:15

12:15 - 13:00

"Herding cats or how to sort spikes and classify cells with high density MEA"  S. Pirmoradian, M. Sorbaro, M. Hennig

"Seeing with eye movements : Image-recurrence-sensitive cells in the retina", Vidhyasankar Krishnamoorthy

Discussion (chairman Berdondini L.)

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch


14:50 - 15:20       

15:20 - 15:50        

 "Reading the population code of the retina" O. Marre (Invited Speaker)

"Pan-retinal characterization of Light Responses from Ganglion Cells in the Developing  Mouse Retina" G. Hilgen, E. Sernagor

"Retinal data analysis: from single to population level", D. Pamplona, B. Cessac, P. Kornprobst 

15:50 - 16:10  Coffee break

16:10 - 16:40        

16:40 - 17:30        

"Modeling Retinal Activity: from Spike Trains to Visual Features"
Matteo Zanotto, Riccardo Volpi, Vittorio Murino, Diego Sona

"Using Non-Negative Matrix Factorization for the  Analysis of simulateneously recorded retinal ganglion cells",
A. Onken, S. Panzeri, M. Molano (Visualize project, Invited Speaker)

17:30 - 18:30

Discussion (chairman Sona D.)



At the following link you may find indications on how to reach IIT:

Address: Via Morego 30, 16163 Genova. Phone: 010.71781 (reception)

Parking place cannot be guaranteed. If you are planning to come with your car, please note that beside the IIT parking for visitors on the right side of the building, there is a public parking lot at the beginning of via Morego. You may leave your car there and use the IIT shuttle that leaves every 10/15 minutes and takes you uphill to IIT (about 8 minutes ride). Service runs from 8:00 to 10:10 and for the way back from 17:10 to 19:40.

Please note that there is also another IIT shuttle leaving the BRIN Subway station at 7:45, 8:45 and 9:45 (way back from IIT to BRIN subway station leaving at 17:25, 18:25 and 19:25.) The ride is of about 20 minutes.

Invited Speakers

  • Olivier Marre (Vision Institute, Paris)
  • Katrin Franke (Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience, Tübingen)
  • Stefano Panzeri (Italian Institute of technology IIT, Rovereto)
  • Arno Onken (Italian Institute of technology IIT, Rovereto)
  • Manuel Molano (Italian Institute of technology IIT, Rovereto)
  • Vidhyasankar Krishnamoorthy (University Medical Center, Goettingen)


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