Light and Sound are a fundamental part of life. In the Healthcare track, attendees will explore extraordinary examples of how new light and sound technologies such as VR/AR are being used to detect and treat illnesses, improve the quality of life, and to help people with visual and auditory impairments.


Blindness and visual impairment – corrective, restorative and rehabilitative approaches

Two panel sessions that discuss the needs of the blind and visually impaired community and emerging technologies for visual correction, restoration, rehabilitation, and assistance.


Tuesday 10:30 – 12:30 – Convention Center, Highland DG


Overview (10:30 – 11:30)

Mikael Totterman, Clerio Vision, Non-Invasive Refractive Vision Correction

Krystel Huxlin, Ph.D, Flaum Eye Institute, University of Rochester, Vision Training as a tool for Restoration and Rehabilitation

Third panelist TBD


Retinal Diseases (11:30 – 12:30)

Ajay Kuriyan, M.D., M.S., Flaum Eye Institute, University of Rochester,  Surgical Treatment of Retinal Disease

Jeffrey Wells, Second Sight, The Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System

David Williams, Ph.D., Center for Visual Science and Institute of Optics, University of Rochester, Pairing Advanced Biological and Optical Approaches to Treat Blinding Retinal Diseases

Access and Corrective Technologies for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Moderator:  Ron Pettengill, MotionSavvy

Tuesday 3:00 – 5:00

Convention Center, Highland DG

The State of Assistive Technologies Today

This segment will explain the mechanics of deafness, explore the current assistive technologies available today and address cultural issues surrounding cochlear implants

Prof. Robert Pollard, RIT National Technical Institute for the Deaf and University of Rochester Medical Center

Ian DeAndrea-Lazarus, University of Rochester Medical Center

Suzanne Johnston, Speech Pathologist

Amanda Picioli RIT, National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Tuesday 3:00 – 4:00

Design Solutions and Considerations for Assistive Technologies and Where We Go from Here

Intelligent design is critical to the creation of usable technology for the Deaf community.  In this panel we will discuss issues of usability and natural mimicry of natural systems.

Ron Pettengill, MotionSavvy

Shawn Boling, Eagle Cap Development Group

Prof. Daniel Phillips, RIT

Prof. Wendy Dannels, RIT NTID

Tuesday, 4:00 -5:00



Rochester as a Center of Excellence for Assistive Technologies: a Cluster Approach.

This town hall style meeting will explore ways of making Rochester a hub for assistive technologies including those for the deaf, blind, and people with other special needs.

Ron Pettengill, MotionSavvy

Prof. Dan Phillips, RIT

Prof. Wendy Dannels, RIT NTID

Richard Notargiacomo, RIT Venture Creations

Shawn Boling, Eagle Cap Development Group

Joe Kells, Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Mike Giardino, Director of Aviation – Greater Rochester Airport

Tuesday 5:15 – 6:15 – Convention Center, Highland DG

Medical Applications of Virtual Reality

A panel discussion on the use of virtual and augmented in medical education, diagnosis, treatment, and patient care.

Gregory DeAngelis, Ph.D, University of Rochester (moderator)

Dave Mitten, M.D., University of Rochester.  Enhanced Physical Exam of the Patient and Education

Charles Duffy, M.D.,  University of Rochester.  Helping Patients with Dementia

Benjamin Crane, M.D., University of Rochester.  Treating patients with vestibular impairments

Cali Fidopiastis, Ph.D, Design Interactive, Virtual Rehabilitation.

Wednesday, 10:30 – 11:30 – Convention Center, Highland EF


Audiovisual Processing in Neurodevelopmental Disorders

A panel discussion of a major issue that is in desperate need of innovative assistive devices to ameliorate it.

John Foxe, Ph.D, University of Rochester Medical Center

Sophie Molholm, Ph.D, University of Rochester Medical Center

Wednesday 11:30 – 12:30 – Convention Center, Highland EF


Light and Sound in Medical Imaging and Therapy

Two panel sessions

Wednesday, 3:00 – 5:00 – Convention Center, Highland EF


Panel 1 – Ultrasound Technologies (3:00 – 4:00)

Prof. Diane Dalecki, University of Rochester Department of Biomedical Engineering, Ultrasound technologies for non-invasive therapies.

Prof. Kevin Parker, University of Rochester, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ultrasound Elastography

Stephen McAleavey, University of Rochester, Ultrasound Innovations–Robotics in Ultrasound


Panel 2 – Biophotonics and Optical Technologies (4:00 – 5:00)

Jay Eastman, Ph.D, Optel, (Moderator)

Cristina Canavesi, Ph.D, LighTopTech, Optical Coherence Microscopy and Optical Biopsy

Thomas Foster, University of Rochester Medical Center, Department of Imaging Sciences, Photodynamic Therapy

Craig Fitzgerald, Navitar, Miniaturizing Microscopes for Medical Diagnostics.


Harvesting the Healing Power of AI and Big Data

In this talk, we discuss two directions: first, leveraging electronic medical data including unstructured forms and videos to build robust algorithms for disease diagnosis and medical training, and second and more interestingly, utilizing social media data to detect and alter user unhealthy behaviors such as drinking, smoking, drug-use, and eating disorder.

Prof. Jiebo Luo, University of Rochester

Thursday 10:30 – 11:00 – Convention Center, Highland DG


Deep Learning in Medicine – Augmented Dermatologic Analysis

Deep learning in healthcare will augment professional decisions, and help patients take charge of their own health. In this session, we will discuss vision science in medicine, and demonstrate a new deep learning app for dermatologic diagnosis and patient triage.

Rob Phipps, VisualDx

Thursday 11:00 – 11:30 – Convention Center, Highland DG


Fighting Cancer with Video Games and Lasers

Microscopic 3-D computed imaging: saving lives with math, physics and video games

Prof. Scott Carney, University of Rochester

Thursday 11:30 – 12:00 – Convention Center, Highland DG


The Future of Vision Correction

Prof. Wayne Knox, University of Rochester

Thursday, 12:00 – 12:30 – Convention Center, Highland DG


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Reality Focus: Solutions for Visual Acuity and Aesthetic for Prescription Eyeglass Wearers When Using AR and VR Devices

We’ll take a look at the challenges and issues faced by people needing prescription eyewear correction when wearing smart devices and VR goggles.

William Fruit and Amy Ahl, Rochester Optical

Tuesday, 4:00 – 5:00 – Convention Center, Highland AK


Integrated Photonics Sensors – Building the Interface between the Digital and Real Worlds

This talk will focus on a Rochester-led effort within AIM Photonics to develop integrated photonic sensors for use in consumer, healthcare, defense, and industrial markets.

Skip Warren, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics

Wednesday 11:30-12:30 – Convention Center