2017 Election to the VSS Board of Directors

VSS board members Anthony Norcia and Norma Graham will be stepping down this year. Four candidates, selected by an independent Nominating Committee, will compete in pairs for the two open positions. The voting pairs are set by the committee to ensure that specific expertise is represented on the Board of Directors.

Each newly elected Director will serve a four year term on the VSS Board of Directors. Responsibilities of the Board includes scheduling the Annual Meeting, implementing and monitoring VSS policies and budget, fundraising, and other VSS-related activities.

You must be a Regular VSS member to vote. Voting will close on Friday, April 28, 2017 (11:59 pm latest time zone on earth).

To vote, please Log in to your myVSS Account.

Candidates for Position One

Jenny Read

Newcastle University

Jenny Read is Professor of Vision Science at the Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University, United Kingdom. She uses psychophysical and computational methods to examine visual perception, especially binocular or stereoscopic vision. She is also interested in clinical and industrial applications of vision science.

Read has a undergraduate and DPhil degrees in theoretical physics from Oxford University. She then obtained a Training Fellowship in Mathematical Biology from the Wellcome Trust, during which she worked in Julian Jack’s lab and took an MSc in neuroscience, both also at Oxford. She then spent four years in the USA as a postdoctoral fellow in Bruce Cumming’s lab at the National Institutes of Health, National Eye Institute, Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research. She moved to Newcastle in 2005 with a University Research Fellowship from the Royal Society, Britain’s national academy of science.

Current projects include modelling how visual cortex encodes binocular information, developing a new 3D vision test for children (http://research.ncl.ac.uk/asteroid/), and uncovering how insects see in 3D (http://www.jennyreadresearch.com/research/m3/).

Website: http://www.jennyreadresearch.com/
CV: Jenny_Read_CV.pdf

Laurie Wilcox

York University, Toronto

Laurie Wilcox is a Professor of Psychology and a member of the Centre for Vision Research at York University, Toronto. She is also cross-appointed to the graduate program in Biology. She completed her MA and PhD degrees at the University of Western Ontario, and a Post-doctoral fellowship with Robert Hess at McGill University in Montreal. Wilcox joined the faculty at York University in 1996.

The primary focus of Wilcox’s research program is human stereoscopic depth perception. Using psychophysical methods, she has investigated the neural mechanisms that underpin binocular disparity processing. In addition to her research on fine and coarse disparity processing in adults, Wilcox has studied how these abilities develop in children with typical and atypical vision. She has also evaluated the role that eye movements play in processing depth from large disparities, and the impact of retinal motion on stereoacuity. Wilcox has a long-standing interest in how disparity signals are interpolated to form transparent planes and opaque illusory surfaces and, in particular, how monocularly occluded regions influence this process. In recent work, she has studied the impact of context (perceptual organization) on perceived depth magnitude and shown that the object-based interpretation of image fragments can dramatically degrade their perceived relative depth.

In addition to her fundamental research program, Wilcox has been actively involved in understanding the factors that influence the viewer experience of stereoscopic 3D film and high frame rate projection, in collaboration with industry partners including IMAX, and Christie Digital. She is also collaborating with Qualcomm to evaluate approaches to visually lossless compression and with DRDC to assess requirements for binocular vision in aircrew. Wilcox serves on the review committee for VSS, the organizing committee for Stereoscopic Displays and Applications, and is a member of the Natural Science Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Biological Systems and Functions evaluation group. Her research has been supported by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, and grants from NSERC, the Ontario Centres of Excellence, and a New Media Initiative grant (partnership between NSERC and the Canada Council of the Arts).

Website and CV: www.Wilcoxlab.yorku.ca

Candidates for Position Two

Wendy Adams

University of Southampton, UK

Wendy Adams is a Professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of Southampton, UK. She received her BSc in Psychology from the University of Sheffield, UK in 1994 and stayed at Sheffield to complete a PhD in binocular vision with John Frisby in 1998.  She was a postdoctoral research fellow with Marty Banks at the University of California, Berkeley, and then with Pascal Mamassian at the University of Glasgow. In 2004 she joined the faculty at Southampton.

Adams has broad research interests across human visual and multisensory perception. Current work explores the perception of 3D shape and material properties, e.g. how vision and touch interact to create our representation of surface curvature, glossiness or roughness. She also studies the statistics of our environment, as in the recently released Southampton-York Natural Scenes dataset. Her work shows how known statistical regularities in 3D scene structure and the illumination field are exploited to optimise perception. Other projects are investigating the role of stereopsis in rapid recovery of scene category and 3D layout, and in breaking camouflage. Another line of research explores face processing – in particular – the extent to which low-level stimulus properties can explain some previous reports of apparent high-level effects (e.g. emotion recognition) that occur outside of awareness. Her research uses human psychophysics and computational (e.g. Bayesian) modelling.

Adams is on the editorial board of Attention, Perception & Psychophysics. She has served on the abstract review committees for the VSS and Eurohaptics conferences, and on the grant assessment panel for the UK’s EPSRC. She has received grant funding from NIH, EPSRC, ESRC, Wellcome Trust and the British Academy.

University website: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/psychology/about/staff/wendya.page
Personal website: https://syns.soton.ac.uk/wendy_research
CV: https://syns.soton.ac.uk/wendy/Adams_CV_2017.pdf

Mike Webster

University of Nevada, Reno

Michael Webster is a Foundation Professor in Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Nevada, Reno. He received a BA in Psychology from UCSD in 1981 and a PhD in Biological Psychology from UC Berkeley in 1988, followed by 6 years as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cambridge. He arrived at UNR in 1994, and helped build a graduate program which now has a strong thematic focus and faculty in vision and visual cognition. At UNR he also founded and co-directs both the BS and the PhD training programs in Neuroscience, and is the PI and Director for the Center for Integrative Neuroscience (funded by an NIH COBRE award), which supports junior faculty and core facilities for neuroimaging.

Webster’s research spans mechanisms of color and spatial vision and face perception, using a variety of approaches including psychophysics and modeling, measurements and analyses of image statistics, and in recent collaboration with others, EEG, fMRI, and adaptive optics. A primary focus of his work is on understanding the nature and consequences of visual adaptation to both natural and unnatural variations in the environment or the observer, and what these adaptation states reveal about visual representations. These studies include probing visual aftereffects for naturalistic stimuli (e.g. for faces or blur), and developing models to simulate and test the consequences of very long-term adaptation states.

Webster’s work has been supported continuously by the National Eye Institute. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and was a Topical Editor for JOSA A (2003-2009) and Chair of OSA’s Vision and Color Division (2003-2005). He is on the Editorial Board of Vision Research (since 2008), the Program Committee for Human Vision and Electronic Imaging (since 2012), and the Board of Directors for the International Colour Vision Society (since 2016). He has been actively involved in VSS since its inception, co-moderating the very first talk session in 2001 and participating as one of the longest serving members of the Abstract Review Board (2001-2015). For the last two years he has also served on the Selection Committee for the Davida Teller Award.
Website: http://wolfweb.unr.edu/~mwebster/
CV: http://wolfweb.unr.edu/~mwebster/assets/pdfs/WebsterCV.pdf

Current Board of Directors

The names, term-end dates and areas of expertise are listed below. Terms end immediately after the VSS meeting of the year listed.

Board Member Term Ends Expertise
Norma Graham
2017 Spatial vision, psychophysics, computational modeling of behavior and of neural systems, color and light, natural images, attention, perceptual learning.
Anthony Norcia 2017 Binocular vision, 3D perception, visual development, psychophysics and neuroimaging.
Andrew Watson 2018 Spatial vision, motion perception, psychophysics, computational models, visual displays.
Eli Brenner 2019 Perception and action, eye movements, reaching and grasping, color, cue combination, motion perception, psychophysics.
Preeti Verghese 2018 Visual search and attention, eye movements, motion, binocular vision.
Jeffrey Schall 2019 Visual search, eye movements, attention.
Jeremy Wolfe 2019 Visual search, visual attention, scene perception, visual memory.
David Brainard
2020 Color and lightness, material perception, spatial vision, psychophysics, computational models.
Lynne Kiorpes
2020 Visual development, Amblyopia, Developmental disability, Neurophysiology.