VSS, May 13-18

Meet the Professors

Monday, May 16, 2022, 3:30 – 5:00 pm EDT, Banyan Breezeway

Students and postdocs are invited to the 7th annual “Meet the Professors” event. This year’s event will have a different format than usual, with short, 10-minute meetings in small groups. Chat about science, VSS, career issues, or whatever comes up. Or just meet and connect with a new VSS colleague.

Space will be limited and assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Each student/postdoc will meet with five professors. If you would like to attend Meet the Professors, please complete this registration form. Registration will close on April 27 or when all spaces are filled. See below for this year’s professors.

Members of the VSS Board are indicated with an asterisk*.

Marisa Carrasco (Julius Silver Professor of Psychology and Neural Science, New York University) investigates how different types of attention –spatial, feature, temporal, presaccadic– affect perceptual performance and alter appearance in a variety of tasks –e.g., contrast sensitivity, acuity and texture segmentation– across the visual field, using psychophysical, neuroimaging, neurostimulation and computational modeling. She also investigates how attention benefits perceptual learning.

Angela Brown & Del Lindsey (Professors, Ohio State University) study color vision, with special emphasis on the naming and understanding of colors, across languages and cultures, using computational and psychophysical approaches. We also study sensory visual development over the life span, from premature to elderly. “Come chat about vision science with a vision science couple.”

Radoslaw Cichy (Researcher, Freie Universität Berlin) studies visual cognition for a variety of angles, including spatio-temporal mapping, deep neural network modelling, and recently also the developmental perspective.

Bevil Conway (Senior investigator, NEI) runs a lab that studies how the brain turns sense data into perceptions and thoughts, often using color as a tool. He’s an artist and taught high school and college.

Emily Cooper (Assistant professor, University of California, Berkeley) uses visual psychophysics and modelling to study 3D vision in natural environments and applies this work to augmented reality system design.

Danny Dilks (Associate Professor, Emory University) studies two broad topics: i) face, place, and object processing, from infancy to adulthood – using psychophysics, fMRI, and TMS; and ii) cortical plasticity in adulthood – using psychophysics and fMRI.

Isabel Gauthier (Researcher, Vanderbilt University), studies object recognition usually in the visual modality but sometimes with other modalities. She is interested in individual differences, for both domain-general and domain-specific abilities, and uses converging evidence from several tools, including behavior, functional and structural brain imaging.

Bill Geisler (Professor, UT Austin) studies psychophysics, modeling, natural-scene statistics, and primate neurophysiology of early and mid-level vision.

Karl Gegenfurtner, (Professor of Psychology, Giessen University in Germany) is mainly interested in color vision and eye movements, using mainly behavioral methods, with a bit of computation and neuroscience added to the mix.

Anya Hurlbert* (Professor of Visual Neuroscience, Newcastle University, UK) studies colour perception, using behavioural and computational techniques, including in applied areas of lighting technology, visual art, digital image processing and medical diagnostics.

Krystel Huxlin (Professor, Associate Chair for Research in Ophthalmology, University of Rochester) studies humans and animals to understand how vision can be restored after visual cortex damage, and the mechanisms underlying such recovery. She uses a range of approaches that include perceptual training, imaging, cell biology, electrophysiology and modeling.

Dominique Lamy (Researcher, Tel Aviv University) mainly studies visual attention, unconscious vs. conscious processing and the relationships between visual awareness, attention, implicit memory and working memory. She mainly uses behavioral methods

Pascal Mamassian (Researcher, CNRS & Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris) is studying visual perception in healthy human adults using psychophysics and computational modelling (mostly Bayesian), and is currently interested in motion perception, time perception, sequential effects in perception, and confidence judgments.

Maria Concetta Morrone (Professor, University of Pisa) research spanned many topics using behavioral, computational modeling and functional Imaging (EEG and MRI) techniques: spatial vision, development, plasticity, attention, color, motion, AI, vision during eye movements and more recently multisensory perception and action

Shin’ya Nishida* (Professor, Kyoto University) studies a range of topics, including motion perception, material perception, time perception, haptic perception, and perception-based display technology, using both behavioral and computational modeling techniques.

Chris Olivers (Head, Experimental and Applied Psychology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) studies multiple aspects of vision, predominantly visual attention and visual working memory, using multiple techniques such as eye tracking, EEG, and fMRI.

Doby Rahnev (Associate Professor, Georgia Tech) studies perceptual decision making, attention, expectation, and visual metacognition, using fMRI, TMS, computational modeling, and psychophysics.

Jenny Read (Professor of Vision Science, Newcastle University) studies visual perception, especially stereoscopic and binocular vision, in primates and insects. Originally trained in physics, she uses a mixture of computational modeling and psychophysics, and collaborates with others to incorporate neurophysiology.

John Reynolds (Professor, The Salk Institute) studies visual perception and visual cognition in humans and non-human primates (macaques, marmosets), where he and his colleagues have recently discovered that traveling waves occur several times each second in the visual cortices, where they improve perceptual sensitivity and border-ownership signals in macaque V4 are organized in a columnar fashion and occur first in the deep layers, positioning them to provide feedback to V1, V2 and the oculomotor system.

Jan Theeuwes (Professor, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands & ISPA Lisbon Portugal) does basic and applied research in the area of attention, emotion, reward learning, eye movements and statistical learning using behavioral and neuroimaging techniques (EEG and fMRI). Before becoming full professor, Jan Theeuwes did applied human factors research in industry.

Galit Yovel (School of Psychological Sciences & Neuroscience at Tel Aviv University). Galit is studying the cognitive and neural basis of person recognition with behavioural, neuroimaging and deep learning models.

Melissa Vo (Researcher, Goethe University Frankfurt) studies top-down guidance in scene search, neural representation and development of scene knowledge, rapid object and scene categorization, as well as action-perception interactions in real-world scenarios using a variety of methods, including psychophysics, stationary, real-world and VR eye-tracking, EEG, as well as computational modeling approaches.