Polarization Vision and the Development of Retinal Network Models. Neuronal Information Transfer Functions from Cones and Horizontal Cells to Bipolar Cells
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VICTORIA UNIV (BRITISH COLUMBIA)
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The visual system has an extraordinary processing capability. Often the vertebrate visual system surpasses man-made imaging devices in flexibility and performance. Using knowledge of retinal physiology and retinal information transfer schemes will lead to the development of very flexible and high performance imaging devices. The overall objective of the program is to move towards the development of polarization chip technology for use in imaging devices in autonomous vehicles performing under extreme optical conditions. To fulfill this aim, a collaboration was started between Dr. Craig Hawryshyn, an expert in polarization vision and Dr. Maarten Kamermans, an expert in retinal circuitry. This team examined the information transfer function and the retinal processing of polarization information, in order to develop mathematical models of polarization vision. The experiments dealing with polarization vision were conducted in Kingston Canada, while those regarding the transfer functions from photoreceptors to horizontal cells and bipolar cells were performed in Amsterdam The Netherlands.
- Anatomy and Physiology