Lab News

Technical Manager Position Available

The Visual Cognition Lab is looking for a new Tech Manager! Training can start as early as May with official transferring of duties in August. Training will happen on campus, during the weekends.
Basic skills for the next manager:
  1. Self-motivated
  2. Willingness to take initiative
  3. Ability to work independently
  4. Excellent communication skills
  5. Excellent problem solving skills
  6. Experienced with Mac OS X
  7. Basic understanding of network connections
  8. Working knowledge of any cloud storage services (ie. DropBox)
Responsibilities include:
  1. Provide support as a first point of contact for troubleshooting technical issues in a timely manner
  2. Provide technical support for software installation
  3. Troubleshooting and fixing hardware and software issues
  4. Assist in improving and maintaining performance and reliability of computers, network, and data storage
  5. Provide any hardware or software upgrades as you see necessary
  6. Maintaining/debugging the participants sign up system website
Application Steps:
  1. Take a look at our Orientation page to see if our lab philosophy matches yours and to get a rough idea on how our lab operates.
  2. Send an email to with “VCL Tech Manager” in the subject line, and make sure to include the following information:
    1. Your resume/CV highlighting relevant roles and experiences
    2. A list of relevant course you have taken so far



The 2016 IEEE VIS Conference will be taking place October 23-28 in Baltimore, Maryland. Our principal investigator, Dr. Ronald Rensink, will be giving a talk on improving empirical research on understanding visual information.

New Science Of Magic Article


Boston Globe has recently published an article on the science of magic. Read it here!

VSS 2016

VSS 2016
The Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS 2016) was held at the Tradewinds Island Resorts on May 13-18, 2016. Our lab was represented by Dr. Ronald Rensink and Madison Elliott.

VIVA: 2016 Summer Student Workshop Series

Summer 2016 Andrew Wade Program

VIVA will be offering Visual Analytics workshops again this summer, both at SFU Burnaby starting May 24th and at UBC starting May 25th. Registrations are open now: apply here!

What is the Visual Cognition Lab?

We investigate visual intelligence – the way in which the human visual system uses the light entering the eyes to create a variety of perceptual experiences.

VIVA: 2016 Student Workshop Series

2016 Andrew Wade VIVA

VIVA’s visual analytics workshops are back in January! Learn how to enhance your analysis using your visual intelligence. This 8-week workshop series will walk you through the process. Registrations are open: apply here!

SportsHack 2015


We are very proud to announce that our very own Lisa Shiozaki and Taj Darra combined their powers and data designing skills to win the top spot in the Vancouver Data Science pre-competition! They presented their analytics work on November 25 at Michael Smith Laboratories. Congratulations guys!

More information on the competition here.

We might know the answer

The UBC Visual Cognition Lab is exploring Ouijas as a tool to tap into the unconscious mind. Help us help you discover what you don’t think you already know!

Get in touch with research!

The UBC Visual Cognition Lab is always seeking people who want to contribute to their exciting research. Learn about science and earn cash as a participant! Visit