SITE VISIT: Sites to See

Science  04 Jun 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5420, pp. 1583d
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5420.1583d

From studying how we perceive motion to teaching computers to pick out airplanes or other objects in a photo, all sorts of work falls under the label of vision research. Hundreds of useful Web links in this area are cataloged at Vision Science, billed as “an Internet resource for research in human and animal vision.”

The site aims to serve the entire community of vision researchers, drawn from disciplines such as neuroscience, cognitive science, and ophthalmology, says Web master Andrew Watson, a scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. The lists of links include software tools, information on buying and using photometers and other lab equipment, and databases of textures and photos of faces—useful for face recognition experiments. Find your way to demonstrations, such as a whole site in Japan devoted to the “waterfall illusion”: Stare at a moving pattern for about 30 seconds and then look away, and stationary objects will seem to be moving backward. Or check out tutorials like The Joy of Visual Perception: A Web Book.

For active researchers, the most popular sections are postings of conferences, jobs, and rosters of colleagues around the world, Watson says. Vision Science also has its own e-mail list and archives another, the Color and Vision Network mailing list, where scientists talk shop.

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