On 5 February 2020, Dr Juno Kim (SOVS) participated in the annual meeting of the Japanese vection research community held in the Research Institute for Electrical Communications (RIEC) at Tohoku University Japan. This is the primary event in Japan where all researchers involved in visual self-motion perception come together from across the country to provide updates on their research projects to other scientists in the field. The diversity in these projects includes studies as diverse as those looking at the role of hearing in visual-vestibular integration for perceiving self-orientation in 3D space.
Each year, one researcher is invited from abroad to give the keynote lecture for the event. For 2020, Dr Kim received a fully funded invitation from Professor Kenzo Sakurai (Tohoku Gakuin University) to deliver the keynote lecture to kick off the two-day intellectual exchange supported by RIEC on the impact of technology in the neurophysiology of human perception and performance.
This event encourages student participation and is aimed at promoting international collaboration. A student from Yamagata University Japan will be supported to visit UNSW Sydney for a period of six months this year. Hiroaki Kiyokawa (the student) will work on a project that will explore how the simulation of different surface reflectance properties in VR affects postural instability. The work will generate insight into how we use visual information to anticipate slips and falls. Hiroaki will commence his stay in April 2020.