ASSC 17 and the 5D Institute Present: Perception and Action in Immersive Worlds


July 16, 2013 (9:00-16:00)

A Satellite Symposium Highlighting the Emerging Interface Between the Realms

of Human Perception and Action and Cutting-Edge Interactive and Immersive Media

5D Institute Logo for ASSC 17 Satellite


This special ASSC 17 Satellite Symposium is made possible through the generous support of:


Sergei Gepshtein, PhD, Center for Neurobiology of Vision, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Alex McDowell, RDI, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California

This one-day symposium will celebrate and promote the rapidly growing interaction between two communities: researchers engaged in the scientific study of human perception and action and practitioners of interactive and immersive narrative media technologies. Leading researchers and artists will discuss human behavior and conscious experience vis-à-vis physical, social, and imagined realities represented in purely virtual worlds, as well as in the 'mixed' worlds that interlace physical and virtual realities.

The symposium will comprise a series of sessions, each featuring two speakers: a scientist and an artist or immersive-reality practitioner. The speakers will first present their approaches and then review both existing and prospective links between their domains of expertise. Following each session, generous time will be devoted to questions from the audience.


Thomas D. Albright

Director, Vision Center Laboratory and Conrad T. Prebys Chair in Vision Research, Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Nonny de la Peña

Fellow, Interactive Media Arts Department, USC; Documentary Filmmaker and Journalist

Sergei Gepshtein

Center for the Neurobiology of Vision, Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Perry Hoberman

Center for Stereoscopic 3D, School for Cinematic Arts, USC

Donald Hoffman

Cognitive Sciences, University of California, Irvine

Michael Kubovy

Department of Psychology, University of Virginia

Greg Lynn

Architecture and Urban Design, UCLA; Principal, Greg Lynn Form

Alex McDowell

Director, World Building Media Lab and Creative Director, 5D Institute, School of Cinematic Arts, USC

Howard Poizner

Institute for Neural Computation, UCSD

About the speakers