Marina  Bloj

Institution: University of Bradford


About me: My undergraduate degree is in physics, I have completed post-graduate studies in lighting design, human and computer vision, neuroscience and experimental psychology. I was appointed as a Lecturer in Bradford less than a year after completing my doctorate and promoted to Professor in 2012.

In 2006 I completed my New Lecturer award from the EPSRC that allowed me to establish a natural vision laboratory where quantitative manipulations of lighting and scene structure can be made in a room sized lighting booth. This setup has allowed me to determine the accuracy and perceptual validity of computer simulations with particular emphasis on colour and interreflections.

Between 2006 and 2009, I was Principal Investigator on a 3year EPSRC grant, which aimed to generate, validate and display high fidelity computer generated images of real scenes for use in psychophysics, archaeological reconstructions and defense applications. This was a joint project with Prof. Alan Chalmers from the Warwick Digital Lab and two industrial partners: Brightside (now part of the DOLBY group) and INSYS Ltd as well as the UK Ministry of Defense via the Defense Science Technology Laboratory (DSTL). As part of this project I had access to one of the few High Dynamics Range displays available in Europe and carried out the first assessment of the suitability of this new devices for psychophysics and developed a framework that allows for this type of display to be used with standard (non high dynamic range) images.

In 2008 I become an elected member of the University Senate and the Academic Policy and Strategy Committee and took a special interest in Research and Knowledge Transfer issues across the University. From 2009-2014 I served as one of the Senate’s representative on University Council and Court.

Between 2010 and 2014 I was the Associate Dean for Research and Knowledge Transfer and Director of the Institute of Life Sciences Research, School (now Faculty) of Life Sciences – University of Bradford.

Andrew Welchman

Institution: University of Cambridge


About me: I took first class honours in Psychology from the University of Durham and got my PhD with Julie Harris (first Edinburgh, then Newcastle). I held a Humboldt post-doc fellowship in Tuebingen, and was then a BBSRC David Phillips Fellow in Birmingham. Since October 2013 I have been in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge.

I currently hold a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship in Basic Biomedical Science. Other support for the work in my lab comes from grants from the Wellcome Trust and European Commission. 

I am enthusiastic about my work and engage in public understanding of science when I can. I have given a number talks in Schools, as well as giving media interviews. Feel free to contact me to arrange a talk for your School.

Diego Gutierrez

Insititution: Universidad De Zaragoza


About me: Diego Gutiérrez is a full professor at the University of Zaragoza, accredited for a professor since 2013. He is a member of the Aragón Engineering Research Institute, and directs the Graphics and Imaging Lab research group. He regularly collaborates with companies and universities such as Disney, Adobe, NASA, MIT or Stanford. He has received several awards in his career, including the Google Faculty Research Award in 2015. In addition, he received at the beginning of the year the prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant, of the European Research Council, equipped with 1.7 million euros, to study computer image and perception.

Katja Dorschner- Boyaci

Insitution: Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen

About me: Research in my lab focuses on visual perception, aiming to understand the mechanisms by which the brain is able to construct a rich perceptual experience from the inherently ambiguous retinal input. Specifically, we investigate what kind of information the visual system utilizes to estimate object qualities and how this information is extracted and processed by the brain. A special focus here is on the role of image motion in conveying an object’s material properties and shape characteristics. We use a combination of methods including psychophysical experimentation, computer graphics, pattern analysis, and neuroimaging.

Huseyin Boyaci

Institution: Bilkent Universitesi

About me: Research in my lab is focused on visual perception and its neuronal underpinnings. We use behavioral experimentation, neuroimaging (fMRI), and computational modeling to find answers to problems of vision science. I am currently a guest professor at the University of Giessen.

Sylvia Pont


Institution: Technische Universiteit Delft

About me: In 2016 Sylvia Pont was appointed Antoni van Leeuwenhoek professor. She works at the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at TU Delft since 2008. In the light and vision labs, which are part of the π-lab (Perceptual Intelligence lab) facilities, her group works on studies in design, perception, optics and rendering of light and its interactions with material, shape and space. She coordinates the Perceptual Intelligence lab, a collaboration between the Vision and Sound Design groups at Industrial Design Engineering and the Multimedia Computing group at Computer Science. Currently running research projects in her group: 2 PhD projects Perceptual qualities of light and of materials as part of the EU International Training Network project PRISM, 1 PhD project 3D fine art reproduction in collaboration with Design Engineering and 3mE; 1 of 2 PhD projects in the NWO NICAS project material rendering in still lifes in collaboration with Utrecht University and 3mE. Starting up: 2 PhD projects as part of Maarten Wijntjes NWO VIDI project paintings under a magnifying glass. Recently finished: PhD project Ling Xia on Perceptual metrics of light fields (defense October 3, 2016). For more information see my personal website.

She coordinates a Master’s elective course Lighting Design and participates in a range of other courses in Industrial Design, amongst others teaching visual perception (and lighting) of products and research methods. In the past she developed and teached courses on psychophysics, colour, and optics.


Marc Ernst

Insitutition: Universitaet Ulm

About me:  I am the Head of the Department of Applied Cognitive Psychology at the University of Ulm in Germany.


Wendy Adams

Institution: University of Southampton

About me: Wendy Adams joined the University of Southampton’s Department of Psychology in 2004.  She is a Professor of Experimental Psychology, and her research involves human visual perception and multisensory perception.

She received her BSc in Psychology from the University of Sheffield and stayed at Sheffield to complete a PhD in binocular vision with John Frisby.  She was a postdoctoral research fellow with Marty Banks at UC Berkeley and then with Pascal Mamassian at the University of Glasgow.

Wendy is on the editorial board of Attention, Perception & Psychophysics. She has served on the abstract review committees for the VSS and Eurohaptics conferences, and on the grant assessment panel for the UK’s EPSRC. She has received grants from NIH, EPSRC, ESRC, Wellcome Trust and the British Academy.


Anya Hurbert

Institution: University of Newcastle Upon Tyne

About me: My background is in physics, medicine and neuroscience, with my higher education and early career research experience taking place on both sides of the Atlantic. I graduated from Princeton University in 1980 with a BA in Physics, followed in 1981 by a Part III Diploma in Theoretical Physics and in 1982 an MA in Physiology from Cambridge University, where I held a Marshall Scholarship. In 1989, I received a PhD in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from MIT, where I studied with Tomaso Poggio and Peter Schiller, and in 1990, an MD from Harvard Medical School. I then held a Vision Research Fellowship at Oxford University in Andrew Parker’s lab, before joining Physiological Sciences in the Faculty of Medical Sciences at Newcastle University in 1991 as a lecturer.