VSS Board Candidates

Election to the VSS Board of Directors

Two positions on the Board of Directors are to be filled by this election. Pascal Mamassian and Zoe Kourtzi will be stepping down this year.  

Each newly elected Director will serve a 4-year term on the VSS Board of Directors. Responsibilities of the Board include scheduling the Annual Meeting, implementing and monitoring VSS policies and budget, fundraising, and other VSS-related activities.  

The four candidates were selected by an independent Nominating Committee from all the candidates nominated by VSS members. The four candidates compete in pairs in two separate lists set by the Nominating Committee. These lists are created in order to minimize the likelihood to over-represent one of the topics of VSS

You must be a Regular VSS member to be eligible to vote. Voting will close on May 1, 2012 (11:59 pm latest time zone on earth). See below for a list of the current board members.

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Candidates for Position One

Maria Concetta Morrone

University of Pisa, Italy

Maria Concetta Morrone is Professor of Physiology at the School of Medicine of Pisa University.  She graduated in Physics from Pisa University in 1977 and did her post-graduate training in Biophysics at the Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa).  She has held research positions at the University of Western Australia, the Scuola Normale Superiore, the CNR Institute of Neuroscience, and was appointed Professor in Psychophysiology in the Psychology Faculty at S. Raffaele University (Milan). From an initial interest in biophysics and single-cell physiology, where she made many important contributions, Concetta moved to psychophysics and visual perception.

Over the years the research has spanned most areas of vision research, including spatial vision, development, plasticity, attention, color, motion, robotics, vision during eye movements and more recently multisensory perception and action. Her research employs the technique best suited to the particular research question, encompassing psychophysics, electro-physiology, functional brain imaging and computational modeling. During the course of her career she has established various laboratories in Perth, Pisa, and Milan, all with state-of-the-art technology and all still active and productive. She is currently Chief Editor of Seeing and Perceiving, which she has revamped to specialize in multi-sensory perception. She is also a founding editor of the Journal of Vision, and for 10 years was Section Editor (Computational Vision) of Vision Research. She has been actively involved in VSS since its inception and has served on the VSS Nominating Committee. In 1992 she organized the 15th ECVP in Pisa, and has served on the scientific advisory committees of many others.

Website and CV: http://www.pisavisionlab.org/index.php/people/faculty/morrone

Frank Tong 

Frank Tong

Vanderbilt University

Frank Tong is an associate professor in the Psychology Department and Vision Research Center at Vanderbilt University. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology at Queen�s University in Canada (1995) and his PhD in experimental psychology at Harvard University (1999). He completed a 1-year postdoc at UCLA before taking on the position of assistant professor at Princeton University (2000-2004). He and his lab moved to Vanderbilt University in 2004, where he has continued to pursue research in visual perception and neuroscience.

Tong�s research spans a wide range of vision science, with a strong focus on the bases of orientation perception, motion perception, binocular rivalry, face and object recognition, visual attention and awareness, and visual working memory. His research relies on visual psychophysics, fMRI, and computational approaches to analyze cortical signals and underlying visual processes. He is perhaps best known for his work on binocular rivalry and visual awareness, decoding of feature-selective responses in the human visual cortex, and the application of fMRI decoding to isolate top-down processes of attentional selection and visual working memory. His research has been recognized by multiple awards, including Young Investigator Awards from the Cognitive Neuroscience Society (2006) and the Vision Sciences Society (2009), the Scientific American 50 Award (2005) for top innovations in science, and the Troland Award in Psychology from the National Academy of Sciences (2010). He has served on multiple review panels, including the advisory panel for the 5-year Strategic Plan of Strabismus, Amblyopia and Visual Processing in the National Eye Institute.

Website: http://www.psy.vanderbilt.edu/tonglab/web/Home.html

CV: http://www.psy.vanderbilt.edu/tonglab/people/frank/Tong_CV_2012_03_forWeb.pdf

Candidates for Position Two

Anthony Norcia

Stanford University

Tony Norcia is a Research Professor in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University. He received his Bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of Minnesota in 1975 and his Ph.D. in Physiological Psychology from Stanford in 1981. He did post-doctoral work under Lorrin Riggs at Brown. He then spent 28 years at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute before joining the Stanford faculty in 2010. At Stanford, he serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Cognitive and Neurobiological Imaging. He is a Fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and is a winner of the Walt and Lilly Disney Amblyopia Research Award from Research to Prevent Blindness. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of Vision Research and the Journal of Vision.  He has been an active member of the VSS Abstract Review Committee since the inception of VSS.

Norcia�s research centers around two overarching themes: the relationship between neural activity and conscious visual perception, and the role that visual experience plays in determining the course of visual development. He focuses on early and mid-level visual processes that underlie the perception of objects and the layout of surfaces in the environment. 

In adults, his group relates perceptual judgments and performance to neural activity through a novel imaging approach that combines the high temporal resolution of electroencephalography (EEG) with the high spatial resolution of functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI).  What distinguishes the approach is the application of computational methods from the field of non-linear systems analysis. Studies of normal and abnormal visual development are central to his research where the goal is to learn about vision and its relationship to the brain by watching how structure and function evolve during normal development, and how they break down when visual experience is abnormal.  Development and disease are powerful natural occurring experiments that often provide insights that are not apparent when studying the intact normal adult. The line of research has recently been extended to vision in Autism Spectrum Disorders. His group develops algorithms for EEG/MEG source localization that are based on recent advances in the field of convex optimization and his group is also developing methods for simultaneous EEG/fMRI. Norcia also works on brain-based methods for image-quality assessment for display system design and for visual display enhancement. 

Website: http://www.stanford.edu/group/svndl/cgi-bin/drupal/

CV: http://www.stanford.edu/group/svndl/cgi-bin/drupal/node/57

Andrew Welchman

University of Birmingham, UK

Andrew Welchman is a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in the School of Psychology, University of Birmingham. His fascination with human vision was sparked when he interviewed for a undergraduate place at Durham University: he saw a search coil eye tracker used to study reading, and was immediately hooked on the mixture of cognition, biology, movement and engineering that comes together in vision science. He worked with Julie Harris for his PhD on perceptual filling-in and visual completion (awarded 2001). He moved to Heinrich B�lthoff�s lab at the MPI for Biological Cybernetics (Germany) on a Humboldt fellowship where he worked on Bayesian modelling and fMRI of depth cue integration. He won a BBSRC fellowship in 2005 that took him to Birmingham. He works on the problems of cue integration for 3-D perception and the multisensory control of action. Andrew�s active research interests include binocular vision, motion estimation, perceptual rivalry and ambiguity, brain imaging (fMRI, TMS), computational modelling and movement control.

Andrew served on the Applied Vision Association committee for four years, and currently coordinates a large European Training Network. He is a program committee member for the ACM Symposium on Applied Perception (since 2007), and was on the organizing committee for the 12th Rhythm Perception and Performance Workshop. Last year he chaired VSS� first career development event. His outreach experience includes talks in high schools and international press interviews. He is involved in panel review for the BBSRC, Wellcome Trust and European Commission.

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


Marisa Carrasco


Visual attention, visual search, perceptual learning, spatial vision; psychophysics and neuroimaging

Barbara Dosher


Visual memory, visual attention, perceptual learning; psychophysics and computational modeling

Miguel Eckstein


Visual search, attention, eye movements, spatial vision, perceptual learning, natural images, computational modeling

Karl Gegenfurtner


Color vision, eye movements, perception and action, natural scenes, visual cognition; psychophysics and computational modeling 

Mary Hayhoe


Eye movements, visual memory, attention, natural tasks, perception and action

Zoe Kourtzi


Shape processing, object recognition, perceptual learning, brain imaging

Pascal Mamassian


3D perception; binocular vision; motion; ambiguous and rivalrous perception; multisensory perception; perception and action; psychophysics and computational modeling

Julio Martinez


Attention, visuomotor transformation, motion; neurophysiology, psychophysics and brain imaging

Frans Verstraten


Motion, adaptation, attention, face perception, binocular vision, rivalry, visual problem solving, illusions, action