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  • Intent to Present deadline
  • June 28, 2019
  • Abstract Submission deadline
  • July 15, 2019
  • Registration deadline
  • July 22, 2019
  • Symposium
  • August 1, 2019


Symposium Date: August 1, 2019
Location: RIT Campus, Louise Slaughter Hall and Sustainability Institute

RIT students will have the opportunity to present their research and innovative ideas at the 28th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. The free, public event showcases research and creative projects undertaken during the past year by undergraduate students in all colleges and institutes on campus. All RIT undergraduate students are eligible and encouraged to participate.

Keynote Speaker

Jason BabcockJason Babcock received a B.S. in Imaging and Photographic Technology from RIT in 2000, an M.S. in Color Science from RIT in 2002, and an M.S. from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU in 2005. In 2006 he founded Positive Science, a company that develops eye-tracking software and hardware for vision research. He's a recent graduate of RIT's Venture Creations business incubator, and 2018 third-place winner in Rochester's Luminate optics and photonics accelerator program at NextCorps.

Fun Facts:

In 1997, just after freshman year at RIT, Jason was one of four RIT students to fly aboard NASA's KC135a "Vomit Comet". With guidance from ITP's director, Andrew Davidhazy, the team designed an experimental high-speed imaging system to capture fluid dynamics of an exploding water balloon in zero gravity. He and the team spent two weeks at NASA's Johnson Space Center training for the experiment. In zero gravity, he did vomit, and has the whole event is on video!

In 1999 he discovered the world of vision research and eye-tracking methods in Dr. Jeff Pelz's Multidisciplinary Vision Research Laboratory (MVRL) at the Center for Imaging Science. This experience started a life-long passion for building image processing software and hardware to study eye movements and visual perception.

In 2005, just after completing a master's at NYU, he worked with Dr. Karen Adolph's team to build the first wearable eye-tracking system to research how infants look at the world when they are learning to walk.

In 2010 he traveled to Easter Island, one of the 7 wonders of the world, to collect eye-tracking footage in the most remote and mysterious island in the South Pacific Ocean. Also known as "Rapa Nui", the island is famous for the giant head sculptures called Moai.

For over 20 years, Babcock has been developing and building eye-tracking tools with many research labs, the Army, and universities around the world. In addition to building mobile eye-tracking systems for studying adult and infant vision, the company also develops custom systems for eye tracking animals.


Start Time End Time Event Location(s)
8:00am 8:30am Check-In & Continental Breakfast SLA 2210-2240
8:30am 9:00am Welcome Remarks SLA 2210-2240
9:15am 10:30am Oral Presentation Session 1 SLA & SUS classrooms
10:30am 11:30am Poster Presentation Session 1 & Coffee Break SUS Galleria
11:30am 12:30pm Oral Presentation Session 2 SLA & SUS classrooms
12:30pm 1:45pm Lunch & Keynote Speaker University Gallery &
SLA 2210 – 2240
1:45pm 3:00pm Oral Presentation Session 3 SLA & SUS classrooms
3:00pm 4:00pm Poster Presentation Session 2 & Afternoon Break SUS Galleria
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