Meet the Professors

Not updated for 2019


Monday, May 21, 2018, 4:30 – 5:45 pm, Beach Tent

Students and postdocs are invited to the third annual “Meet the Professors” event, Monday afternoon from 4:30 to 5:45 pm, immediately preceding the VSS Dinner and Demo Night. This is an opportunity for a free-wheeling, open-ended discussion with members of the VSS Board and other professors. You might chat about science, the annual meeting, building a career, or whatever comes up.

This year, the event will consist of two 30-minute sessions separated by a 15-minute snack break. Please select a different professor for each session. Space is limited and is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Professors and VSS Board Members

Members of the VSS Board are indicated with an asterisk*, in case you have a specific interest in talking to a member of the board.

David Alais (University of Sydney) uses psychophysical approaches to study how vision combines with touch and sound in multisensory perception and has a long-standing interest in perceptual ambiguity (binocular rivalry and CFS).

Marty Banks (UC Berkeley) studies visual space perception including evaluation of stereoscopic displays such as VR and AR.

Isabelle Bülthoff (Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics) uses human psychophysics to investigate face recognition.

Patrick Cavanagh (Dartmouth College, Glendon College) studies how position is represented in the brain using psychophysics and imaging, focusing on eye movements and object movements that generate large mislocalizations. Also beginning new work on shadows.

Miguel Eckstein (UC Santa Barbara) uses psychophysics, computational modeling, fMRI and EEG to study search, attention, learning, eye movements, the perception of faces and medical images.

Ione Fine (University of Washington) uses behavioral, computational and brain imaging methods to study the effects of early blindness and also does retinal prosthesis research.

Karl Gegenfurtner (Universität Giessen) works on color vision, natural images, and the relationship between perception and action.

Julie Golomb (Ohio State University) studies dynamic visual perception and attention using human behavioral, neuroimaging, and computational techniques.

Jason Haberman (Rhodes College) uses psychophysics and computational approaches to study mechanisms supporting ensemble perception. He is also deeply interested in undergraduate mentorship and best pedagogical practices.

Mary Hayhoe (University of Texas Austin) investigates visual control of action decisions in both real and virtual environments.

Anya Hurlbert (Newcastle University) studies human colour perception, using psychophysics and computational models, with special interests in colour constancy, applications of novel lighting and imaging technologies, and visual art.

Lester Loschky (Kansas State University) studies visual cognition, with an emphasis on interactions between attention and higher level cognition, and between scene perception, event comprehension, and memory.

Julio Martinez-Trujillo (University of Western Ontario) studies the neurophysiological mechanisms of visual attention and memory in humans and non-human primates using electrophysiology and psychophysics.

Jenny Read (Newcastle University, UK) uses psychophysics and computational modelling to understand stereoscopic vision in humans and insects, and to explore clinical and industrial applications.

Allison Sekuler (Baycrest Health Sciences, University of Toronto, McMaster University) uses psychophysics and neuroimaging to study face processing, pattern and motion perception, spatial vision, perceptual organization, visual attention, perceptual learning, aging, and neural plasticity.

Steven Shevell (University of Chicago) studies color vision, using behavioral and computational approaches to understand perception of colored objects. He works also on perceptual resolution of ambiguous neural representations.

Jan Theeuwes (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) studies visual attention, eye movements, working memory and emotion using behavioral and brain imaging methods. He also conducts human factors research in the area of traffic safety.

Bill Warren (Brown University) studies the visual control of action. He pioneered the use of VR techniques to test the visual guidance of locomotion and navigation during natural behavior.

*Michael Webster (University of Nevada, Reno) studies color and form perception and how visual coding adapts to changes in the environment or the observer.

*Laurie Wilcox (York University) studies stereoscopic depth perception. Her research focuses on understanding fundamental mechanisms and on applications to visual displays e.g. virtual reality.

Registration for Meet the Professors is now closed. Please direct any questions to