Μodern photonics and quantum optics technology has in recent years made impressive progress in creating novel classical as well as non-classical states of light. Such states have been used to advance spectroscopy, develop new light-based technologies and probe inanimate matter with increased precision. An exciting new direction has been the use of such novel light sources to study living matter, from the cellular level of photoreceptors, to the level of human vision. 

The 1st Quantum Vision workshop aims to highlight and explore the recent advances that merge photonics and quantum optics with the physiology of human and animal vision. The workshop will facilitate interactions and inspire collaborations between researchers from a broad range of disciplines, such as: quantum optics, biophysics, visual perception and neuroscience, optometry, opthalmology, and even machine vision and human-machine interfaces.

The workshop will take place in the historic town of Heraklion, a vibrant city boasting a modern academic environment comprised of the University of Crete, the nearby Foundation for Research and Technology, and the Hellenic Mediterranean University, along with numerous possibilities for exploring a rich cultural heritage, from the pre-Minoan civilization of 3000 BC, through the Venetian and Ottoman era, to modern times

The workshop is organized by the University of Crete and the University of Waterloo. We acknowledge support by European Union and Greek national funds through the Operational Program Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, under the call "RESEARCH-CREATE-INNOVATE" (project "Retina Photonics"), and by the Transformative Quantum Technologies program at the University of Waterloo.

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