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.


Medical Applications of Virtual Reality

Gregory DeAngelis PhD, University of Rochester – Moderator

Dave Mitten MD, University of Rochester – Enhanced physical exam of the patient and education

Charles Duffy MD PhD, University of Rochester – Treating patients with dementia

Benjamin Crane MD PhD, University of Rochester – Treating patients with vestibular impairments

9/13 10:30 – 11:30

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.

Panel 1, Overview and Selected Topics

Mikael Totterman, Clerio Vision, Non Invasive Refractive Vision Correction

Krystel Huxlin MD PhD, Flaum Eye Institute, University of Rochester, Vision Training as a Tool for Restoration and Rehabilitation

“State of the union” on blindness and visual impairment  – where are we and where do we need to be? (Speaker TBD)

Panel 2, Retinal Diseases

Ajay Kuriyan MD, Flaum Eye Institute, University of Rochester, Surgical Treatment of Retinal Disease

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

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

9/12 10:30 -12:30

Improving Communication Between the Deaf and Hearing Communities

Learn about assistive technologies that help the deaf and hard of hearing communicate more easily.

Ron Pettengill, MotionSavvy

Other panelists from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf

9/12 3:00 – 5:00


Audiovisual Processing in Neurodevelopmental Disorders

John Foxe PhD, University of Rochester

Sophie Molholm PhD, University of Rochester

A major problem in need of an innovative solution.

9/13 11:30 – 12:30


Light and Sound Technologies in Medical Imaging and Therapy

Panel 1, Ultrasound Techniques

Diane Dalecki PhD, University of Rochester, Ultrasound technologies for non-invasive therapies

Others to be announced

Panel 2, Optical Techniques

Jay Eastman PhD, Optel, Advanced biophotonic technologies

Others to be announced

9/13 3:00 – 5:00


Deep learning in medicine: augmented dermatologic analysis

Rob Phipps, VisualDx

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.

9/14 11:00 – 11:30


Harvesting the Healing Power of AI and Big Data

Jiebo Luo, University of Rochester

Recent rapid advances in artificial intelligence, machine learning and data science create promising opportunities for improving healthcare and wellness management.

9/14 11:30 – 12:00


Fighting Cancer with Video Games and Lasers

Scott Carney, Ph.D, University of Rochester

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

9/14 11:30 – 12:00