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Artificial Vision

The International Symposium On Visual Prosthetics

Aachen, Germany, Center for Technology at Europaplatz

Based on several interdisciplinary research programs launched worldwide some 20 years ago, devices have been designed, constructed, assembled, tested, re-designed, re-tested, and now fabricated and approved for human application to bring back vision in blind people. The first patients are already crossing streets using a visual prosthesis.

It is the goal of this international symposium, to bring together scientists and researchers working in this field presenting their research results and discussing ideas and thoughts to advance concepts and devices. Although the scientific community is excited about what has been achieved so far, there must be a discussion about measures to further improve the outcomes of current available technology and the future of visual prosthetics facing technology advances on one hand and biology driven approaches such as stem cells or gene therapy on the other hand.

The Artificial Vision 2013 meeting is the third meeting of its kind in Germany. The first two meetings took place in 2006 and 2009 in Bonn, the city of the Retina Implant Foundation. The meeting now moves to Aachen, one of the German cores where Life Sciences successfully meet Technology and Engineering. RWTH Aachen University is one of the leading Universities of Technology in Europe and Medicine and Technology is one of its major profile areas.

RWTH Aachen University / Forschungszentrum Jülich