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Meet the Professors

Friday, May 21, 8:00 - 9:00 pm EDT, Sandpiper

A session is also scheduled for Tuesday.

Students and postdocs are invited to the fifth annual Meet the Professors event. 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.

Each one-hour session will be divided into two 30-minute Zoom breakouts so that participants will have the opportunity to interact with two different professors within each session. Students may attend both Friday and Tuesday session.


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.

Edward Adelson (MIT) is interested in vision and touch in humans and robots. (Recipient of the 2020 Ken Nakayama Medal for Excellence in Vision Science)

Geoffrey Boynton* (University of Washington) studies the effects of spatial, featural and divided attention on the human brain and behavior, and develops models that simulate the experience of patients with visual prosthetics.

Hakwan Lau (Riken Institute) studies the psychophysics of conscious perception, attention, metacognition, as well as their neural mechanisms. He has previously worked in both Europe and the United States.

Nestor Matthews (Denison University) studies perceptual learning and perceptual expertise in spatial and temporal aspects of vision and attention.

Ipek Oruc (University of British Columbia, Vancouver) studies form vision with an emphasis on face and object recognition using various methodologies ranging from visual psychophysics, neuroimaging to machine learning.

Joo-Hyun Song (Brown University) studies how perception and cognition seamlessly interact with visually-guided action in complex environments.

Miriam Spering (University of British Columbia, Vancouver) studies how vision and eye movements interact and what eye movements can reveal about decision making processes in health and disease.

Gerald Westheimer (UC Berkeley, retired) studied spatial vision and in particular the optical and neural factors involved in resolution and visual and stereoscopic acuity. (Recipient of the 2021 Ken Nakayama Medal for Excellence in Vision Science)