2021 Board of Directors Election

VSS board members David Brainard and Michael Webster will be stepping down this year. Four candidates, selected by an independent Nominating Committee, will compete in pairs for the two open positions.

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 current Regular Member to vote. Voting closes on April 20, 2021 (11:59 pm latest time zone on earth).

To vote, please Log in to your MyVSS Account and go to the 2021 Board of Directors Election section.

Candidates for Position One

Anya Hurlbert

Newcastle University  Website, CV

Anya Hurlbert is Professor of Visual Neuroscience and Dean of Advancement at Newcastle University in England. She studied Physics as an undergraduate at Princeton University and Physiology for an MA at Cambridge University as a Marshall Scholar. There she was inspired by the traditional and Marrian approaches to vision and subsequently took up computational vision for her PhD research with Tommy Poggio in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. She earned an MD from Harvard Medical School, before doing postdoctoral research as a Wellcome Trust Vision Research Fellow at Oxford University. In 1991, she moved to Newcastle University, where she co-founded the Institute of Neuroscience in 2003, serving as its co-Director until 2014.

Hurlbert’s research focuses on colour perception and its role in visual cognition, with an emphasis on understanding colour constancy through computational models and psychophysics, and the links between colour, illumination and affect. Her research interests in applied areas include digital image processing and lighting, machine learning for biomedical image analysis, and the interplay between vision science and art. She actively promotes public engagement with science, through multiple programmes and exhibitions, and devised an interactive installation at the National Gallery, London, for its 2014 summer exhibition Making Colour.

Hurlbert has substantial experience of conference organising, including stand-alone colour vision conferences, and symposia within ECVP, the British Association Annual Festival of Science, and other conferences. She has regularly attended VSS since its inception, acted as abstract reviewer since 2010, and served twice on the Young Scientist Award Committee. She is former Chair of the Colour Group (GB), member of the Visiting Committee for Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT and Scientist Trustee of the National Gallery (London), and currently an editorial board member of Current Biology and Journal of Vision and member of the Scientific Consultative Group of the National Gallery and the Optoelectronics Committee of the Rank Prize Funds.

Sophie Wuerger

University of Liverpool  Website, CV

Sophie Wuerger is Professor of Vision Science in the Department of Psychology at the University of Liverpool. Her research concerns the role of colour signals for a range of perceptual tasks, including appearance mechanisms in HDR, using primarily psychophysical methods, but also EEG and fMRI. She is interested in applying her research in colour vision to improve display technologies and the communication of colour information.
Sophie received her Ph.D. in the Department of Experimental Psychology at New York University under the supervision of Mike Landy, followed by postdoctoral positions with John Krauskopf (NYU), Larry Maloney (NYU), and Michael Morgan (UCL). In 2001, she was awarded a Senior National Research Council Fellowship to work at NASA Ames (CA) on colour vision models. Since then she has held visiting professorships at the University of Regensburg and at the Computer Vision Centre at the University of Barcelona and an honorary professorship at the University of Science & Technology, Liaoning, China. In 2003, she joined the Department of Psychology at the University of Liverpool as a faculty member.

Sophie has served on the VSS Abstract Review Board for many years and more recently on the Young Investigator Award committee, as well. She was one of the organisers of ECVP (European Conference of Visual Perception 2015) at Liverpool and is an active member of the Colour Group UK, the Applied Vision Association (UK), and the Women-in-Vision UK group. She has been involved in numerous science outreach activities including the Tate Gallery at Liverpool, which included a large-scale experiment in the COLOUR CHART: REINVENTING COLOUR, 1950 TO TODAY exhibition.

Candidates for Position Two

Shin’ya Nishida

Kyoto University  Website, CV

Shin’ya Nishida is a Professor at the Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University, Japan, and Visiting Senior Distinguished Scientist at NTT Communication Science Laboratories, Japan. He received B.A, M.A., and Ph.D in Psychology from Kyoto University. His research focuses on visual motion perception, material perception, time perception, haptics, and multisensory integration. He is also interested in leveraging vision science for innovation of media technologies. He was/is on the editorial boards of Journal of Vision (from 2007), Vision Research (from 2008 to 2017), and Multisensory Research (from 2017). He was President of Vision Society of Japan (from 2014 to 2018), and is Member of Science Council of Japan (from 2017). He served as Rank Prize Lecturer at European Conference on Visual Perception 2017.

Galit Yovel

Tel Aviv University  Website, CV

Galit Yovel is a Professor of Psychology in the School of Psychological Sciences and the Sagol School of Neuroscience at Tel Aviv University. Her research concerns the cognitive and neural mechanisms of person recognition. Her lab has employed multiple techniques including fMRI, EEG, TMS (separately and simultaneously), various behavioral paradigms, Eye Tracking, and recently also Virtual Reality and computational modelling with deep neural networks. Her work goes beyond the study of faces and has also examined the roles of body and motion in person recognition. In recent years, her research has also highlighted the critical contribution of conceptual and social processes to person recognition.

Galit received her BA degree in Psychology and Philosophy from Tel Aviv University. She completed her MA and PhD studies in Psychology at the University of Chicago under the supervision of Jerre Levy and Ken Paller (Northwestern University). She then joined the laboratory of Nancy Kanwisher in the department of Brain and Cognitive Science at MIT as a post-doctoral associate, where she used functional MRI to study the neural mechanisms of face perception. In 2005, she joined the School of Psychological Sciences at Tel Aviv University as a faculty member. At Tel Aviv University, she was the head of the MRI center (2015-2017) and is currently the head of the School of Psychological Sciences (2017-2021). Galit presented her work in VSS annually since 2004 and is serving on the VSS Abstract Review Board and the YIA committee.

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
David Brainard 2021 Color and lightness, Material perception, Spatial vision, Psychophysics, Computational models
Michael Webster 2021 Color and lightness, Spatial vision, Face perception, Adaptation and plasticity, Psychophysics
Laurie Wilcox 2022 Binocular vision, Depth perception, Psychophysics, Spatial vision, Visual displays
Johan Wagemans 2022 3D perception, Object recognition, Perceptual organization, Psychophysics, Scene perception
Jody Culham 2023 Perception and action, Object recognition, Reaching and grasping, Neuroimaging
Eileen Kowler 2023 Eye movements, Attention, Visual search, Perception and action
Ruth Rosenholtz 2023 Visual search and attention, computational models, psychophysics, peripheral vision, perceptual organization, texture, vision applied to HCI and driving
Geoffrey Boynton 2024 Visual Attention, Visual Prosthetics, functional MRI, and Computational Neuroscience
T. Rowan Candy 2024 Visual Development, Clinical, Binocular Vision, Visual Optics, Eye Movements