Discover VISTA’s world-class researchers through Research2Reality videos

Screenshot from "What You See is What You Get"
Screenshot from “What You See is What You Get”

York University’s collaborative and interdisciplinary vision research program – Vision: Science to Applications (VISTA) – will launch a series of videos produced in partnership with Research2Reality (R2R) to amplify the work of VISTA researchers.

The project is expected to feature more than 10 videos, as well as blog posts and an Instagram feature of VISTA researchers and graduate students in R2R’s “Meet the Researcher” series. Research2Reality shines a spotlight on world-class scientists engaged in innovative and leading-edge research in Canada.

Three videos in the York VISTA series features have been released to date, with more planned for release. The videos include:

• VISTA Scientific Director Doug Crawford (Faculty of Health, Faculty of Science) speaking on the topic of “What You See Isn’t Always What You Get”

• VISTA Associate Director Rick Wildes (Lassonde School of Engineering) speaking on “The Eyes Have It … But What Is It?”

• Professor Lauren Sergio (Faculty of Health) speaking on “Getting the Brain and Body Working Together”

Future videos will feature research in artificial intelligence (AI) with Professor James Elder (Lassonde School of Engineering), and more, and will be available online at Research2Reality.

Doug Crawford
Doug Crawford

“It’s critical for researchers to communicate their results to the people who ultimately fund and benefit from the work,” said Crawford. “We chose R2R as one way to do this because of their professionalism. We had a great time working with them.”

York University’s world class expertise in vision research was recognized by the government of Canada in 2016 with the nation’s most prestigious research grant. VISTA is supported by a $33.3-million Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF). The investment funds research across a wide range of applications of vision science, from basic visual function, to computer vision and object recognition, and more.

VISTA works to integrate the biological and computational vision research of five York faculties, five research centres, and over 50 partners to produce technologies that will help people live healthier, safer, and more productive lives. VISTA aims to be the world’s premier nexus for transdisciplinary, translational vision research.

For more on this project and its researchers, visit the VISTA website.

Research2Reality was co-founded by Molly Shoichet from the University of Toronto, who is currently the first Chief scientist for Ontario. Shoichet co-founded R2R with award-winning film producer Mike MacMillan.

R2R aims to celebrate the success and impact of researchers who are shaping the new frontiers of science.