Bay Area Vision Research Day (BAVRD) 2019

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September 13, 2019

The Bay Area Vision Research Day (BAVRD) is a one-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 31st annual BAVRD.


This year's Bay Area Vision Research Day will take place at the International House on the UC Berkeley campus.

BAVRD is ADA accessible. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Disability Access Services by phone at 510.643.6456 (voice) or 510.642.6376 (TTY) or by email at

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Speakers and Abstracts

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


Start (PST)End (PST)Speaker
8:30 AM8:40 AMSign in/Log on
8:40 AM8:45 AMIntroductions
8:45 AM9:00 AMOpening Remarks: Dr. Flanagan
9:00 AM9:30 AM PMPresentation: Glenn Yiu
9:30 AM10:00 AMPresentation: Jennifer Li & Sara Thomasy
10:00 AM10:30 AMPresentation: Shruthi Karnam
10:30 AM11:00 AM Presentation: Rachel Kuperman
11:00 AM 11:15 AMBreak
11:15 AM11:45 AMPresentation: Sam Cooler
11:45 AM12:15 PMPresentation: Brittany Williams
12:15 PM12:45 PMPresentation: Ramkumar Sabesan
12:45 PM1:15 PMPresentation: Diana Do
1:15 PM1:35 PMBreak
1:35 PM1:45 PMLightning Talk: Pabita Dhungel
1:45 PM1:55 PMLightning Talk: Kamran Binaee
1:55 PM2:05 PMLightning Talk: Naren G Kumar
2:05 PM2:15 PMLightning Talk: So Goto
2:15 PM2:25 PMLightning Talk: Nikhil Bhatla
2:25 PM2:35 PMLightning Talk: Kartik Chandra
2:35 PM2:45 PMBreak
2:45 PM3:15 PMPresentation: Santani Teng
3:15 PM3:45 PMPresentation: Joy Geng
3:45 PM4:15 PMPresentation: Tim Sweeny
4:15 PM5:00 PMKeynote Lecturer: Martin Banks
5:00 PM5:30 PMBreak
5:30 PM7:00 PMSocial! Lightning talk winners.

Continuing Education Credits

ODs can receive 6 miscellaneous CE credit hours for attending BAVRD. Please be sure to sign in and sign out to receive CE credit hours for attending BAVRD.


Parking will be limited on campus.We do not offer parking passes for general BAVRD registrants. We strongly encourage people to use public transportation, or ride share options such as Uber and Lyft, to our conference which will be held at UC Berkeley’s International House. There will be limited first-come first-serve parking spots available at the Maxwell Parking Garage (also known as Stadium Parking Garage) near the International House. These parking spots must be paid for by the hour. Please reference UC Berkeley’s resources on parking for more information
Please note: We are not able to reimburse any parking tickets or costs for parking. All registrants are responsible for organizing and paying for their own transportation and parking costs.


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