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Virtual Vision Futures Conference

June 14 - 17, 2021


  • A multidisciplinary range of talks by early career researchers, trainees, and artists situated in the science, philosophy, and art of biological and machine vision.
  • Practical workshops on sharing your research and advancing your career
  • A space for networking and socializing (including game rooms) on Gathertown

Who: Participants at all career stages. Focus on presentations from early career researchers, students, trainees, and artists
Where: Zoom + non-zoom networked virtual platform


Please fill out the registration form:
Attendance is free, but registration is required.

Conference Schedule (Table)
  • All times in EST
  • Lunch @ Gathertown: Discussions with presenters, networking and informal hang-out opportunities, and game rooms.
8:30 - 9:20 AM 9:30 - 11:10 AM11:20 - 1 PM1 - 2 PM2 - 4 PM
Monday, June 14IRTG 1IRTG 2 & VVF 1VVF 2 & VVF 3Lunch @ GathertownWorkshop 1
Tuesday, June 15IRTG 3IRTG 4 & VVF 4VVF 5 & VVF 6Lunch @ GathertownWorkshop 2
Wednesday, June 16IRTG 5IRTG 6 & VVF 7VVF 8 & VVF 9Lunch @ GathertownWorkshop 3
Thursday, June 17IRTG 7IRTG 8 & VVF 10VVF 11Lunch @ GathertownSocial @ Gathertown
(Ends at 3:30 PM)

Please note that presentation times have been adjusted:

  • Early presentation session: 8:30 – 9:20am
  • First parallel session: 9:30 – 11:10am
  • Second parallel session: 11:20am – 1pm

  • Please update your Zoom software:
    • Open the desktop zoom application
    • Click on your photo / avatar at the top right-hand corner of the window
    • Click on “check for update”
    • If an update is available, follow the instructions
  • Please make sure to join the meeting a few minutes early so the session can start on time
  • Please stay for the entire session
  • VVF talk structure: 15 minute talk and 5 minutes for Q&A
  • IRTG talk structure: 10-12 minute talk and 3-5 minutes for Q&A
  • If your talk is intended to satisfy the BBCS requirement, please make sure that your supervisory committee members attend your talk

Gathertown is a virtual meeting space that (almost) replicates the experience of walking around a conference as an avatar. You can join group discussions, catch up with people you know or meet new people, or participate in games.

Getting Into Gathertown
Passcode: 3291


Basic Gathertown Instructions: Download the PDF here.
Our VVF Gathertown Help Page contains a troubleshooting & FAQ section and links to detailed instructions about certain features.

Technical Support

  • Our technical support assistant will be available to assist you with Gathertown or other technical issues you may have during the conference. Email with a description and (if possible) screenshots of your issue.
  • You can also get technical support at the Help Desk in the space's Information Room or by sending a message to the space's chat window.
  • Our VVF Gathertown Help Page has a Gathertown troubleshooting & FAQ section at the bottom.

Having Connection Issues?

  • Gathertown recommends these system specifications:
    • 2.4GHZ dual core
    • 8GB RAM
    • 10 Mbps download speed
    • 3 Mbps upload speed
  • Lag increases as you connect to more Gathertown video streams. When connecting with 20 or more Gathertown video streams, Gathertown will be heavier on your system.
  • Download, install, and use the Gathertown Desktop which may help performance: (
  • Turn off HD video or smooth movement
    • When you're in our Gathertown space, go to Settings > User Tab > Use HD Video Quality or Smooth Movement then turn one or both of the settings off.

Instructions for Using Gathertown

  1. Gather is available to Chrome and Firefox users. It may not work, or work as well, on other browsers.
  2. After you click our Gathertown link and enter the password, you'll see a screen where you can enter your name (use your full name so others can find you easily) and specify audio/visual preferences.
  3. Next, when you enter the room, there's a tutorial (takes less than a minute) to familiarize yourself with Gather Town. It covers:
    1. Moving around using your keyboard.
    2. Muting and unmuting yourself.
    3. Interacting with objects.
  4. Once you enter the space itself, you can move around the room with your mouse cursor/pointer. You can't walk through walls, but you can walk through people by holding down G on your keyboard while you move.
  5. You'll find a toolbar on the bottom of the screen with a few icons:
    1. Note that there's a little lag as people move in and out of conversations, so be patient.
    2. Share screen allows you to share the screen with those in your circle of interaction. You can use this function, or you can use a document/slide deck in the shared google folder that you can each open and edit together like a whiteboard.
    3. Minimap gives a broader view of the room you're in. You can enter other rooms and use Minimap to see what’s there.
    4. Use the avatar icon in the toolbar to switch your avatar’s appearance.
  6. Click on the participant list to see who's in the room. To locate participants, click on their names and use “locate”. Follow the line that locates where they are.
  7. If you're totally surrounded by people or furniture and cannot move, hit space bar to “unblock” and it'll move you a few spaces away.
  8. Use two fingers up and down on trackpad to see the videos of people in your circle of interaction.
  9. Conversations with more than 20 users tend to lag, so if you experience such delays, break your conversation into 2 smaller groups.

Navigating our Gathertown Space

  • Information Room: You can find information resources about the conference and get technical support here.
    • Help Desk: If you have a Gathertown issue or an issue with our space, go to the Help Desk to speak with our technical support assistant.
    • Map Poster: View this poster to see a full-scale map of our space.
    • Information Poster: View this poster to see this information handout.
    • Today's Agenda Poster: View this poster to see today's schedule for talk sessions and other events happening in our space.
  • Talk Session Rooms: There are five talk session rooms with five speakers in each one. Each talk session room is dedicated to a specific topic. Check out Today's Agenda Poster in the Information Room to see today's scheduled talk sessions.
  • Lounge Room: You can meet with other attendees when a scheduled event happens here.
  • Game Rooms: You can play all sorts of games (poker,, and more) with other attendees here.

General Behaviour

Attendees are expected to respect each other and behave in a generally civil fashion. Attendees should respect common-sense rules for public behaviour, personal interaction, courtesy, and respect for all meeting participants.


The VVF organizing committee prohibits discrimination against other meeting participants because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, religion, national origin, ancestry, or different abilities.

Harassment-Free Environment

VVF is dedicated to providing its members and meeting attendees a harassment-free experience. Harassment in any form, including but not limited to, harassment based on national origin, race, religion, sex, gender, or any other status protected by laws in which the conference or program is being held, will not be tolerated. Harassment includes the use of abusive or degrading language, intimidation, stalking, harassing photography or recording, inappropriate contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Enforcement Policy

Violations of any of the above policy should be reported immediately to any of the VVF organizing committee representative. (Dr. Joel Zylberberg, Dr. Denise Henriques, Dr. Mary Bunch, Dr. Erez Freud)

This code was adopted from the VSS code of conduct.