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The Centre for Vision Research (CVR) at York University is an international leader in human and machine vision research. Uniting researchers from psychology, computer science & engineering, biology and kinesiology & health science, work at the centre is highly interdisciplinary and collaborative, rooted in a fundamental research programme that merges techniques in human psychophysics, visual neuroscience and computational theory. Leading-edge facilities include a 3T fMRI scanner, a six-sided immersive virtual reality room, and a wide array of visuo-robotic platforms.

The CVR is home to a rich history of scientific discovery and technological innovation with real-world consequences. Our vision health research tackles the problems of strokes, migraines, brain disorders, autism and visual deficits in Canada's aging population. Vision technology application areas include medical and assistive devices, visual security, search-and-rescue, 3D film, and augmented reality systems used in collaboration with NASA and the aerospace industry.



CVR-VISTA Seminar(zoom)

2pm, Friday, Oct 16

Immersive Neuroscience: A Vision for Bringing Cognitive Neuroscience Closer to the Real World

Jody Culham, University of Western Ontario


Biological Vision

Computer Vision & Graphics

fMRI Neuroimaging Facility




Opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows

NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience in
Vision Science & Applications

VISTA (Vision: Science to Applications)

York CVR-VISTA Vision Science Summer School

York Data Analytics & Visualization Summer School




We welcome collaboration with private and public sector partners


Postdoctoral Fellowship Position in Computer Vision available Elderlab

Five CVR members have been awarded in funding from NSERC 

CVR member, Shayna Rosenbaum, receives funding for rapid research on COVID-19

CVR member, Laurie Wilcox, elected as president (2022) of Vision Sciences Society

Calden Wloka (Tsotsos lab) receives 2019 PhD Dissertation Award from the Canadian Image Processing and Pattern Recognition Society (CIPPRS)

PhD student Gong Chen (Elder lab) receives Best Computer Vision paper award at the 2020 Conference on Computer and Robot Vision (CRV)

CVR members, Laurence Harris & Sarah D’Amour, find perception of hands' dimensions is inaccurate

Postdoctoral Fellowship Positions are available in the Human and Computer Vision Laboratory of James Elder

New website showcases the breadth and depth of AI research, teaching and learning at York University

Astronaut conducts perception of gravity test for York’s Vection Project

CVR member Christine Till awarded President’s Emerging Research Leadership Award

CVR member Richard Murray awarded the 2019 Faculty of Graduate Studies Teaching Award

Researchers from Elderlab invent novel computer vision system for automatic hockey videography

Richard Wildes: "Helping Surgeons Live in the Moment"

James Elder lab develops computer vision system to extract 3D building models from a single image

Laurence Harris' research with Canadian astronaut in space

Centre for Vision Research/Canadian Space Agency Vection project blasting into space

CVR member Michael Jenkin to lead ‘interactive autonomy’ theme in new Canadian Robotics Network

Discover VISTA’s world-class researchers through Research2Reality videos

CVR/VISTA grad students won awards at a space vision and robotics workshop

Four CVR members are appointed to York Research Chairs(YRCs)

York Data Analytics & Visualization Summer School July 3-6, 2018, Application Deadline: March 26

CVR member Graham Wakefield creates extraordinary art installation in Korea

The deadline for CRV 2018 has been extended to Fri Feb 9, 11:59 PST (final deadline)

CVR member Christine Till's research on memory training and implications for impairments in Huntington's Disease

Lassonde Graduate Studies Open House,  Thursday, November 30

The VISTA and Centre for Vision Research kick off the year with a lecture and awards presentation

Software / Systems Engineer (SSE) Position for Intelligent Systems for Sustainable Urban Mobility (ISSUM) project is available 

Renowned vision researcher, Patrick Cavanagh joins Glendon’s psychology department

CVR member James Elder wins major ORF grant to support sustainable urban mobility

CVR member Chris Bergevin organizes two international workshops on the biophysics of hearing

Passings: Martin Steinbach remembered as a leader in vision research

CVR faculty member receives Early Researcher Awards

CVR faculty member Prof. Laurie Wilcox has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Vision Science Society

Prof. Laurence Harris and researchers in Japan discover “safety feature” in our perception of self motion

CVR members close knowledge gap on the ‘plasticity’ of brain cell connections

Call for Papers: 14th Conference on Computer and Robot Vision (CRV 2017), Edmonton, Canada

Laurence Harris- Bodies in (Outer) Space - Canadian Space Agency

CVR member Shayna RosenBaum receives INS Early Career Award

Media coverage of the York tumbling room, sphere room, and large-field graphics display led by Laurence Harris

Postdoctoral Fellowship Position in Computer Vision is available

New Publication in the journal Scientific Reports:  International collaboration yields the Southampton-York Natural Scenes (SYNS) Dataset.

Professor Scott Adler awarded research gift to study C-section births

World leading vision research program receives Canada's premiere grant

York research identifies potential treatment for visual disorders

CVR student Amir Sajad (Crawford lab) interviewed with CBC Radio International

CVR graduate students Benjamin Voloh (Womelsdorf lab) and Nada Elasal (Elder lab) take top two prizes in 3MT(Three Minute Thesis) research competition

Lassonde professor brings high school students' robot to life

Research shows how brain differentiates similar memories