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3rd International Symposium of Artificial Vision 2017
1. Dezember 2017 - 2. Dezember 2017
“Worldwide about 200 blind patients already received electronic Retina Implant Systems to restore visual functions. It took several groups a more than 20 year long journey of research and development to the present approved products. In the beginning there was a lot of skepticism within the ophthalmic community. Would this work, wouldn’t there be massive complications and many failures? As always with new technologies it needed some courageous people to continue even after several setbacks. Patients already benefit from wearing such devices. Although in the beginning our expectations were higher and we thought that the improvements in vision would be greater, but what was achieved today is an important first step to overcome certain forms of blindness using implantable active microsystems. Others steps will follow to improve the performance of visual prostheses and to achieve better outcomes.
The 3rd International Symposium of Artificial Vision 2017 is planned to provide a platform for researchers working in this field to come together, to present their recent work and to discuss the results and consequences. It is also ment to discuss new approaches and to find ways to foster this field of research in the global scientifi c community. The earlier meetings in Aachen were always planned in between the 2-year interval of the Eye and the Chip Meeting in Detroit, USA. This year the organizers in the US decided to make the Detroit Meeting an annual meeting and we discussed if we should discard the Aachen Meeting. But than we thought that the two meetings are different in several aspects and that the Aachen Meeting should have its place.
This symposium is a fully open, non-invitational meeting. We encourage everyone who is working in the field of Visual Prostheses or Artificial Vision to present your work. We especially encourage young researchers to come to Aachen. For young researchers we will have a number of travel grants available. To get a place in the program I am asking you to send in an abstract via the online abstract submission system not later than by 1st October.
As in the earlier meeting we will have sessions on technology, biophysics, material science, visual system disorders, preclinical testing and clinical trials. The meeting will be supported by RWTH Aachen University, which is one of the leading technical universities in Europe, and the Research Center in Julich, one of the largest Research Centers in Germany with a strong focus on Neuroscience and Technology.
Together with my colleagues Wilfried Mokwa (RWTH), Frank Müller and Andreas Offenhäusser (RC Julich) Icordially invite you to come to Aachen.
Department of Ophthalmology,
University Hospital Aachen
RWTH Aachen University, Medical Faculty”