VISTA's mission is to advance vision science through computational and biological research perspectives, and to produce applications that generate positive health, societal, technological and economic impacts for Canada and the world.


Science to Applications (VISTA) is a collaborative program funded by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF, 2016-2023) that builds on York’s world-leading interdisciplinary expertise in biological and computer vision. In collaboration with over 50 academic, public, and for-profit partners from around the world, VISTA will propel Canada as a global leader in the vision sciences by integrating visual neuroscience with computer vision to drive innovation.

The central scientific question that drives VISTA is ‘How can neural and/or machine systems be integrated to provide adaptive visual behavior in real-world conditions’. Answering this question will provide fundamental advances to vision science and exciting, widespread applications for visual health and technologies. Our overarching aim is to advance visual science through research that spans computational and biological perspectives and results in real-world applications.

Research Applications

Utilizing InnovationYork and our Commercialization Manager, VISTA aims to produce numerous patents, inventions, licences and companies to positively impact industry, healthcare and society. Click here to find out more about the VISTA Staff.

Associated Research Units

The foundation for VISTA is York University’s large, internationally recognized, interdisciplinary group of biological and computational vision scientists led by the Center for Vision Research (CVR). VISTA integrates the strengths of CVR with four other synergistic Institutes and Centers.

Sensorium: The Centre for Digital Arts and Technology

York U Centre for Aging Research (YU-CARE)

Innovative Computing @ Lassonde

Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Society

Centre for Integrative and Applied Neuroscience

Associated Faculties