Bay Area Vision Research Day (BAVRD)


September 24-25, 2020

The Bay Area Vision Research Day (BAVRD) is a two-day research conference devoted to bringing the vision research community of the Bay Area together in order to present and to discuss new and exciting findings in the fields of ophthalmology, optometry, biology, neuroscience, visual psychophysics, and computer vision. What distinguishes BAVRD from other conferences is that it is primarily organized and run by graduate students from the Vision Science Graduate Group at the University of California, Berkeley. This year marks the 32nd annual BAVRD.


Registration is now closed. If you were unable to register, but would like to see a recording of the talks, please contact us at


This year's Bay Area Vision Research Day will be a two-day virtual event. Registered attendees will receive more information via email on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.

Poster Presentations

Every year the Bay Area Vision Research Day holds a poster session where we encourage researchers throughout the Bay to present novel data, or unpublished data recently presented related to the study of Vision. The deadline for poster submission is now closed.

Featured Speakers and Abstracts

We are in the process of adding abstracts now. Check back soon for the full list of speakers and abstracts.

Postdoctoral Speakers and Abstracts

Poster Presentation Abstracts


Day 1: Thursday Sept. 24th

ThemeStart (PST)End (PST)Speaker
9:00 AM9:10 AMOpening Remarks
Technology and Vision Science9:10 AM9:45 AMGordon Wetzstein
9:45 AM10:05 AMPost Doc Talk: Gareth Hastings
10:0510:40 AMNicolas Davidenko
10:40 AM11:00 AMChristy Sheehy
11:00 AM11:10 AMBreak
Genetics and Molecular Biology11:10 AM11:30 AMPostdoc Talk: Michael Telias
11:30 AM11:50 AMThuy Doan
11:50 AM12:10 PMPost Doc Talk: Antónia Stefanov
12:10 PM12:30 PMYan Zhang
12:30 PM12:50 PMMatilda Chan

Day 2: Friday Sept. 25th

ThemeStart (PST)End (PST)Speaker
Neural Development1:00 PM1:35 PMMarla Feller
1:35 PM1:55 PMPost Doc Talk: Audrey Wong-Kee-You
1:55 PM2:30 PMKalanit Grill-Spector
2:30 PM3:00 PMBreak
Visual Processing3:00 PM3:35 PMJustin Gardner
3:35 PM3:55 PMPost Doc Talk: Lanya Cai
3:55 PM4:25 PMBruno Olshausen
4:25 PM5:25 PMSocial Hour


We'd like to thank the following sponsors for their support.

Please note that the live talks will not have closed captions, but a recording with closed captions will be sent out to all registered participants after the event.