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Contact: Sally Ann Brown
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313-874-6280
Henry Ford Health System

International vision and driving experts coming to Detroit

DETROIT Autonomous cars, driver distraction, and traffic signals for color-blind drivers are just some of the many topics to be discussed at a meeting of international experts on vision and driving, coming to metro Detroit.

The Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology (DIO) is holding its bi-annual research congress on September 16 18 at The Henry, 300 Town Center Drive, Fairlane Plaza, in Dearborn.

The Eye, The Brain, & The Auto is dedicated to improving the understanding of the relationship between vision and driving. At this collaborative event, the DIO brings together more than 30 authorities from the auto industry and the visual research world.

Lawrence Smythe. Ed.D. principal engineer, Human Engineering, Nissan Technical Center, N.A., Farmington Hills, and Lawrence Burns, Ph.D., are the keynote speakers. Smythe is speaking on the importance of vision research even after the full implementation of autonomous vehicles. Burns' topic is Transforming Personal Mobility.

Panelists for the event are coming from across the U.S., Europe, and Asia include:

Additional topics include:

"This three-day congress provides an exchange of scientific advances," says Philip Hessburg, M.D., medical director of the DIO. "The collaboration created at these congresses helps advance research at a faster pace."

The institute hosts two biennial world research congresses. The Eye and The Chip, produced in alternate years, brings scientists to Detroit to discuss ophthalmology's pursuit of advancements in artificial vision.

The DIO is part of the Department of Ophthalmology at Henry Ford Health System.

A portion of the congress will be video streamed, and multiple presentations will be available on flash drive for purchase.

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To register, or for more information on The Eye, The Brain & The Auto, visit http://www.henryford.com/TheEyeTheBrainTheAuto, or call (313) 824-4710.



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