Meet the Professors

Monday, May 20, 2019, 4:30 – 5:45 pm, Banyan Breezeway

Students and postdocs are invited to the fourth 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.

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. Online registration closes on May 1.

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.

Wendy Adams (University of Southampton, UK) studies visual and multi-sensory perception of depth and surface properties, and how these are shaped by statistical regularities of the environment.

Diane Beck (University of Illinois) studies attention, scene perception, and visual awareness, using both behavioral and cognitive neuroscience methods.

Monica Castelhano (Queen’s University) studies scene perception and complex visual information processing in visual search, visual attention, and visual memory.

Susana Chung (UC Berkeley) studies spatial vision and eye movements and how visual coding is affected by abnormal visual experience due to eye diseases or amblyopia.

Miguel Eckstein (University of California, Santa Barbara) studies visual search, attention, perceptual learning, eye movements and the perception of medical images using psychophysics, computational modeling, neuroimaging and human electrophysiology.

Patrizia Fattori (University of Bologna, Italy) studies the neural mechanisms interlacing perception and hand actions in non-human primates and in humans.

Debbie Giaschi (University of British Columbia, Vancouver) studies motion perception and binocular vision, using psychophysics and functional MRI, with a special focus on the effects of typical and atypical development in children.

*Eileen Kowler (Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ) studies the planning and control of eye movements (saccades and smooth pursuit), with emphasis on the roles of sensory cues and higher level influences, such as prediction, memory and attention.

Terri Lewis (McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada) studies the development of vision in normal infants, the consequences of visual deprivation during infancy, and recovery from amblyopia.

Li Li (New York University Shanghai, Shanghai, PRC) studies the perception and control of self-motion, and how visuomotor control is affected by expertise training, neuro-degenerative diseases, and drugs.

Cathy Mondloch (Brock University) studies face perception and how experience shapes our ability to recognize facial identity and other social cues.

Alice O’Toole (University of Texas, Dallas) studies high level visual perception, face recognition, computational models of face recognition, as well as body and person perception.

Jane Raymond (University of Birmingham, UK) studies how visual processing priorities are determined by attention, motivation and emotion, both in the lab and in ‘real world’ applied situations.

Ruth Rosenholtz (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) studies a range of topics, including peripheral vision, visual search, attention, perceptual organization, and visual clutter, using both behavioral and computational modeling techniques.

Jennifer Steeves (York University) studies the long term consequences of losing one eye on visual and auditory processing. She also studies biomarkers of TMS to early visual cortices.

James Todd (Ohio State University) uses a combination of psychophysics and computational modeling to study the visual perception of material properties (e.g., glass or metal), the visual perception of 3D shape from various types of optical information (e.g., shading, texture, motion and binocular disparity), and the visual control of motor behavior.

*Johan Wagemans (University of Leuven, Belgium) supervises a research program on perceptual organization (understood broadly, incl. shape, object, and scene perception), using psychophysics, modelling, and neuroimaging, and applying it to autism and visual arts.

Takeo Watanabe (Brown University) studies roles of consciousness, attention, reward, aging, sleep and environments in visual perceptual learning and plasticity using brain imaging techniques as well as psychophysics and is a pioneer of decoded online neurofeedback applied to vision and cognition.

Yaffa Yeshurun (University of Haifa) studies tradeoffs between the spatial and temporal domains and the way they are affected by attention.

Cong Yu (Peking University, Beijing) studies perceptual learning using psychophysical methods and neuronal functions in macaque V1 using two-photon imaging.


Please use our online Meet the Professors Registration Form. Online registration closes on May 1.

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