International Artificial Vision Experts Coming to Detroit


Experts from around the world will be coming to metro Detroit to collaborate and discuss their advances and challenges regarding artificial vision from Sept. 24-26. The Eye and The Chip, the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology’s (DIO) 10th Congress on Artificial Vision, will be held at MotorCity Casino Hotel, bringing scientists from across the U.S., Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East.

Experts will be sharing their research and progress, including retinal implants in human studies, wireless chip development, sub-retinal devices, and implants for the visual cortex in the brain.

“This Congress is the world’s leading meeting on artificial vision,” says Dr. Philip Hessburg, medical director of the DIO. “Gathering these experts together enables the exchange of scientific advances among international researchers. The collaborative relationships created help advance research at a faster pace.”

The DIO traditionally hosts the two biennial world research congresses, alternating with the eye, brain, and auto related to vision and safe driving.

“Since there have been so many advances in the artificial vision field in the past 12 months, we decided to host The Eye and The Chip again this year,” adds Dr. Hessburg. “The researchers who attended in 2016 were insistent that we not wait two years before reconvening.”

The Grosse Pointe Park-based DIO is a division of Henry Ford Health System’s Department of Ophthalmology. A flash drive of the presentations is included and registration information can be found here.