2018 Election to the VSS Board of Directors

VSS board members Preeti Verghese and Andrew Watson 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 include 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 May 1, 2018 (11:59 pm latest time zone on earth).

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Candidates for Position One

Diane BeckDiane Beck

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Diane Beck is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is also a member the Neuroscience Program and the Co-Chair of the Intelligent Systems theme at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, at the University of Illinois. She uses behavioral and cognitive neuroscience methods (fMRI, transcranial magnetic stimulation, electrophysiology and optical imaging) to understand the processes underlying visual attention, scene and object recognition, and visual awareness.

She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, working with Steve Palmer and Irv Rock.  She was a postdoctoral fellow at University College London with Nilli Lavie and then at Princeton University with Sabine Kastner. In 2005, she joined the faculty at the University of Illinois.  She leads a Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) from the Office of Naval Research (ONR), combining human behavior and fMRI, monkey physiology and computer vision. Her work has received funding from ONR, the NEI, and NIMH. She serves on the abstract review committee for VSS and is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Vision. She is a founding member of the newly formed Females of Vision et al (FoVea), a group dedicated to promoting women in vision science.

Website: http://becklab.beckman.illinois.edu/
CV: http://becklab.beckman.illinois.edu/files/2018/03/BeckCV.03.18.pdf

Eileen KowlerEileen Kowler

Rutgers University

Eileen Kowler is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Rutgers University.  She received her doctoral degree from the University of Maryland, followed by a NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship at NYU.  She has been at Rutgers since 1980, where she maintains affiliations with the Department of Psychology and Center for Cognitive Science.

Kowler’s research focuses on the planning and generation of eye movements and their role in visual tasks. Visual tasks require that we be able to maintain the line of sight on selected, useful locations with minimal overt effort devoted to the planning or control of the eye movements themselves.  Kowler and collaborators have shown how accomplishing this goal requires the active integration of eye movement planning with concurrent visual and cognitive processes, such as attention, prediction and memory. The research includes studies using combinations of psychophysical and oculomotor methodologies to study the role of anticipation and visual cues in smooth pursuit, the interactions between attention and eye movements, strategies of visual search, saccadic and perceptual localization, and mechanisms of saccadic adaptation. Kowler has written review articles on eye movements, including a 25 year review for the 50th anniversary issue of Vision Research.

Kowler has served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Vision (2013-2017) and Oculomotor section editor of Vision Research (1995-2004).  Her research has been supported by grants from AFOSR and NIH. She was Principal Investigator of an NSF IGERT training grant, which created new avenues for interdisciplinary graduate training that integrates human vision with computer science, and has continued working on training innovations for graduate education through the Rutgers School of Graduate Studies.  She is a fellow of the Society of Experimental Psychologists, has been involved with VSS since its inception, serving on the Abstract committee, Nominating committee and the Young Investigator Award committee, and received the Davida Teller award in 2013.

Website: http://ruccs.rutgers.edu/kowler
CV: http://ruccs.rutgers.edu/cv-kowler

Candidates for Position Two

Zhong-Lin LuZhong-Lin Lu

Ohio State University

Zhong-Lin Lu is College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Professor of Psychology, Optometry, and Translational Data Analytics, and Director of the Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences and the Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Brain Imaging at the Ohio State University.

Lu obtained a B.S. in theoretical physics from the University of Science and Technology of China in 1989 and a Ph.D. in physics at New York University in 1992. This was followed by a four-year post-doc in Cognitive Science at University of California, Irvine. He joined the Department of Psychology at University of Southern California as an Assistant Professor in 1996, and was promoted to Professor of Psychology and Biomedical Engineering in 2004 and William M. Keck Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience in 2006. He was co-Director of the Dana and David Dornsife Cognitive Neuroscience Imaging Center at USC before he joined the Ohio State University in 2011.

The goal of Lu’s research is to construct computational brain models for perception and cognition – models sufficiently computational such that they can be represented in a computer program or mathematical theory. Psychophysical experimentation, physiological investigation, clinical testing, and computational modeling are all essential ingredients and tools in his research. His research topics include (1) computational & psychophysical study of visual and auditory perception, attention, and perceptual learning, (2) functional brain imaging study of sensory and attentional processes, second language learning, memory, and human decision making, and (3) visual deficits in dyslexia, amblyopia & Alzheimer’s disease.

Lu’s work has been supported by National Institutes of Health, Air Force Office of Scientific Research and National Science Foundation. He is a fellow of the Society of Experimental Psychologists and the Association for Psychological Science and served as the Associate Editor of Psychological Review (2010-2015) and guest editor for three special issues of Vision Research. He is a member of the Abstract Review Board of the Vision Sciences Society.

Google Scholar Profile: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=dBz3AIEAAAAJ&hl=en
CV: https://psychology.osu.edu/sites/psychology.osu.edu/files/vita0326_2018.pdf

Johan WagemansJohan Wagemans

University of Leuven, Belgium

Johan Wagemans is a Professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of Leuven, Belgium, since 1994. He received his BA, MSc and PhD in Psychology at the same university, with additional international experience at Radboud University (Nijmegen, The Netherlands), University of Virginia (postdoc with Michael Kubovy) and Paris (IEA, Institut d’études avancées). He is currently Director of the Laboratory of Experimental Psychology and Head of the Department of Brain & Cognition.

Wagemans has initially worked on symmetry perception, perception of shape and invariants under transformations, and grouping by proximity. Afterwards, he has gradually expanded his research program in perceptual organization (e.g. grouping, figure-ground, multi-stability, local-global, part-whole), 2D and 3D shape perception, motion perception (e.g. coherent motion, biological motion), object recognition, scene and event perception (e.g. causality perception). Most of his research employs behavioral paradigms and psychophysical techniques but together with his collaborators he has also conducted computational modeling studies and studies addressing the neural levels (e.g. psychopharmacology, fMRI, EEG, brain damage). Most of his research addresses fundamental questions aimed at understanding basic visual functions but in the last 10 years he also developed tests for mid-level vision in patient populations (made freely available) and other more applied lines of research on visual perception in autism and visual perception in relation to visual arts and sports. He is currently funded by a long-term structural grant from the Flemish Government (Methusalem) aimed at reintegrating Gestalt psychology into contemporary vision science and neuroscience.

Wagemans has only been able to develop such a broad research program in collaboration with a large group of PhD students and postdocs (several of whom ended up in good positions elsewhere). In addition to training young researchers, he values service to the scientific community. He has extensive experience as a reviewer and has served on many education and research committees and editorial boards. Currently, he is editor of Cognition, Perception, i-Perception, and Art & Perception. He has edited The Oxford Handbook of Perceptual Organization (2015).

Website: http://www.gestaltrevision.be/en/home
CV and publication list: http://www.gestaltrevision.be/en/about-us/principal-investigator

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
Andrew Watson 2018 spatial vision, motion perception, psychophysics, computational models, visual displays
Preeti Verghese 2018 visual search and attention, eye  movements, motion, binocular vision
Eli Brenner 2019 perception and action, eye movements, reaching and grasping, color, cue combination, motion perception, psychophysics
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
Jeffrey Schall 2020 visual search, eye movements, attention
Michael Webster 2021 color and lightness, spatial vision, face perception, adaptation and plasticity, psychophysics
Laurie Wilcox 2021 binocular vision, depth perception, psychophysics, spatial vision, visual displays