VISTA Researchers

Doug Crawford, Scientific Director, Vision: Science to Applications (VISTA)

Distinguished Research Professor in Neuroscience
Canada Research Chair in Visuomotor Neuroscience
Neuroscience Graduate Diploma Program, Faculty of Health
Departments of Psychology, Kinesiology & Health Sciences, Faculty of Health
Department of Biology, Faculty of Science

Affiliations
Member, York Centre for Vision Research,
Brain in Action CREATE/IRTG Program,
Canadian Action and Perception Network (CAPnet)

Areas of interest
Visuospatial Memory, Eye Movements, Visuomotor Control; Neurophysiology,
Neuroimaging, Brain Stimulation, Psychophysics, Computational Modeling

Contact
Email: jdc@yorku.ca
Website: http://www.yorku.ca/jdc

Richard Wildes, Associate Director, Vision: Science to Applications (VISTA)

Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Lassonde School of Engineering

Affiliations
Member, York Centre for Vision Research
Member, Centre for Innovation in Computing @ Lassonde

Areas of interest
Spatiotemporal analysis of visual information; motion analysis, binocular vision

Contact
Email: wildes@cse.yorku.ca
Website: http://www.cse.yorku.ca/~wildes/

Robert Allison

Professor and Interim Vice-Dean
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Lassonde School of Engineering
Graduate Program in Psychology

Affiliations
Member, York Centre for Vision Research
Member, Centre for Innovation in Computing @ Lassonde

Areas of interest
Virtual reality; stereopsis; 3D film

Contact
Email: allison@cse.yorku.ca
Website: percept.eecs.yorku.ca

Michael Brown

Professor
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Lassonde School of Engineering

Affiliations
Member, York Centre for Vision Research

Areas of interest
Computer vision; image processing; computer graphics

Contact
Email: mbrown@eecs.yorku.ca
Website: eecs.yorku.ca/~mbrown

Marcus Brubaker

Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Lassonde School of Engineering

Affiliations
Member, York Centre for Vision Research

Areas of interest
Computer vision; machine learning; computational biology

Contact
Email: mab@eecs.yorku.ca
Websites: http://www.eecs.yorku.ca/~mab

James Elder

Professor
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Lassonde School of Engineering
Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health

Affiliations
Member, York Centre for Vision Research
Director, NSERC CREATE Training Program in Data Analytics & Visualization

Areas of interest
Computer vision; human vision; psychophysics; perceptual organization; segmentation; contour processing; shape representation; natural scene statistics; attentive vision systems; camera calibration/rectification; single-view 3D reconstruction; face detection; person re-identification; crowd analytics; traffic analytics

Contact
Email: jelder@yorku.ca
Websites: www.yorku.ca/jelder; www.elderlab.yorku.ca

Mazyar Fallah

Associate Dean, Research & Innovation, Faculty of Health
School of Kinesiology and Health Science, Faculty of Health
Graduate Programs in Kinesiology and Psychology, Faculty of Health
Graduate Program in Biology, Faculty of Science
Neuroscience Graduate Diploma Program

Affiliations
Centre for Vision Research
Canadian Action and Perception Network (CAPnet)

Areas of interest
Attention, Perception, Cognition, Oculomotor, Vision, Feature Integration, Psychophysics, EEG

Contact
Email: mfallah@yorku.ca
Website: http://www.yorku.ca/vpalab

Laurence Harris

Professor
Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health
Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences, Faculty of Health
Department of Biology, Faculty of Science

Affiliations
Director, York Centre for Vision Research
Associate Member, YU-Care

Areas of interest
Multisensory, vestibular, body representation, psychophysics, orientation, gravity

Contact
Email: harris@yorku.ca
Websites: www.yorku.ca/harris

Denise Henriques

Associate Professor
School of Kinesiology & Health Science, Faculty of Health
Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health

Affiliations
Member, Centre for Vision Research
Associate Member, YU-CARE

Areas of interest
Movement; neuroscience; sensory; vision

Contact
Email: deniseh@yorku.ca
Website: http://www.yorku.ca/deniseh

Kari Hoffman

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health
Department of Biology, Faculty of Science

Affiliations
Member, York Centre for Vision Research

Areas of interest
Perception, learning, memory, neural oscillations, cell assemblies

Contact
Email: khoffman@yorku.ca
Website: http://www.yorku.ca/khoffman

Michael Jenkin

Professor
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Lassonde School of Engineering

Affiliations
Director, York Centre for Field Robotics
Member, York Centre for Vision Research
Member, Centre for Innovation in Computing @ Lassonde

Areas of interest
Visually guided autonomous systems; virtual reality; computer vision

Contact
Email: jenkin@cse.yorku.ca
Website: www.cse.yorku.ca/~jenkin

Matthew Kyan

Associate Professor
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Lassonde School of Engineering

Affiliations
Member, Centre for Vision Research

Areas of interest
Biologically inspired models for learning & pattern recognition; multimedia signal processing; rich-media search, summarization & retrieval; knowledge-assisted visualization; immersive environments and mixed reality

Contact
Email: mkyan@cse.yorku.ca
Website: http://eecs.lassonde.yorku.ca/faculty/matthew-kyan/

Shayna Rosenbaum

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health
Department of Biology, Faculty of Science

Affiliations
Member, Centre for Vision Research
Associate Member, YU-Care
VISTA York Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience and Memory
Associate Scientist, Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest
Member, Board of Trustees, Ontario Science Centre
Member, New College of Artists, Scholars and Scientists, Royal Society of Canada

Areas of Interest
Medial temporal lobe, prefrontal cortex, patient-lesion method, functional neuroimaging, spatial memory, episodic memory, decision-making

Contact
Email: shaynar@yorku.ca
Website: www.yorku.ca/shaynar/contact.html

Lauren Sergio

Professor
School of Kinesiology and Health Science, Faculty of Health
Graduate Program, Department of Psychology

Affiliations
Member, York Centre for Vision Research
Associate Member, YU-Care
Neuroscience Graduate Diploma Program
York University Sport Medicine Team
Research Affiliate, Southlake Regional Health Centre

Areas of Interest
Motor control, eye-hand coordination, MRI, neurophysiology, cognitive-motor integration, aging, concussion, elite skill

Contact
Email: lsergio@yorku.ca
Website: www.yorku.ca/lsergio

Jennifer Steeves

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health
Department of Biology, Faculty of Science

Affiliations
Director, York MRI Facility
Member, York Centre for Vision Research

Areas of Interest
MRI, TMS, scene perception, eye enucleation, monocular vision

Contact
Email: steeves@yorku.ca
Websites: http://www.steeves.lab.yorku.ca; http://www.yorku.ca/steeves

Dale Stevens

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health

Affiliations
Member, Centre for Vision Research
Associate Member, YU-Care

Areas of Interest
Cognitive neuroscience, cognitive aging

Contact
Email: stevensd@yorku.ca
Website: https://sites.google.com/site/canlabyorku

John Tsotsos, FRSC FCIAR

Distinguished Research Professor of Vision Science
Canada Research Chair in Computational Vision
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Lassonde School of Engineering

Affiliations
Member, York Centre for Vision Research
Member, York Centre for Field Robotics
Member, Centre for Innovation in Computing @ Lassonde
Adjunct Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto
Adjunct Professor, Department of Opthalmology and Vision Sciences, University of Toronto

Areas of Interest
Computational vision; human vision; visual attention; visual cognition; active perception; mobile robotics; artificial intelligence

Contact
Email: tsotsos@cse.yorku.ca
Website: http://www.cse.yorku.ca/~tsotsos

Graham Wakefield

Assistant Professor
Canada Research Chair (Tier II)
Department of Computational Arts; Department of Visual Art & Art History, School of Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD)
Graduate Program in Computer Science & Engineering, Lassonde School of Engineering
Graduate Program in Visual Arts, AMPD
Graduate Program in Film, AMPD

Affiliations
Member, Centre for Vision Research
The Living Architecture Systems Group (SSHRC Partnership, http://livingarchitecturesystems.com)
Member, Sensorium (http://sensorium.info.yorku.ca)

Areas of Interest
Interactive generative art; virtual reality; augmented reality; software engineering; artificial life; data visualization; sound synthesis & computer music; live coding

Contact
Email: grrrwaaa@yorku.ca
Websites: http://worldmaking.github.io; http://www.artificialnature.net

Laurie Wilcox

Professor
Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health

Affiliations
Member, York Centre for Vision Research
Graduate Program in Biology, Faculty of Science

Areas of Interest
Stereopsis; depth perception; 3D; displays; image quality

Contact
Email: lwilcox@yorku.ca
Website: http://wilcoxlab.yorku.ca

Thilo Womelsdorf

Associate Professor
Department of Biology, Faculty of Science

Affiliations
Member, York Centre for Vision Research
Adjunct Research Professor, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Western University

Areas of Interest
Cognitive neuroscience

Contact
Email: thiwom@yorku.ca
Website: attentionlab.ca/doku.php

Jianhong Wu

Distinguished Research Professor
Canada Research Chair in Industrial and Applied Mathematics (Tier I)
Laboratory for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (LIAM)
Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Faculty of Science

Affiliations
Member, Centre for Vision Research
Director, York Institute for Health Research
Member, Centre for Innovation in Computing @ Lassonde

Areas of Interest
Delay differential equations; dynamical systems; neural networks; disease modelling; data analytics

Contact
Email: wujh@mathstat.yorku.ca
Websites: http://liam.lab.yorku.ca;

Scott Adler

Associate Professor, Director of Visual and Cognitive Development Project

Affiliations

Areas of interest

Contact
Email: adler@yorku.ca
Website: http://babylab.cvr.yorku.ca/

Joseph DeSouza

Associate Professor, Systems Neuroscience
Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health

Affiliations
Member, Centre for Vision Research

Areas of interest
My specific research interests lie within the realms of converting multisensory signals of vision, audition and touch into motor movements of the eyes, hand & body and how these mechanisms are modulated by various mechanisms of short and long term cognitive control, attention and suppression. I use a cognitive and systems neuroscience approaches using the technologies of functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), magnetoencephalography (MEG), eyetracking and electrophysiology.

Contact
Email: DeSouza@yorku.ca
Website: http://www.braindetective.com/

Richard Murray

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health

Affiliations
Centre for Vision Research
Cognitive Science Program
Graduate Program in Biology

Areas of interest
human visual perception; psychophysics; computational modelling; light, shape, surfaces

Contact
Email: rfm@yorku.ca
Website: www.yorku.ca/rfm

Frances Wilkinson

Professor Emerita
Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health

Aijun An

Professor
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Lassonde School of Engineering

Costas Armenakis

Associate Professor and Program Director, Geomatics Engineering
Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering, Lassonde School of Engineering

Burton Ma

Associate Professor
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Lassonde School of Engineering

Areas of interest
Computer-aided surgery

Contact
Email: burton@cse.yorku.ca
Website: http:///www.eecs.yorku.ca/~burton

Petros Faloutsos

Professor
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Lassonde School of Engineering

Affiliations
Scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
Member of the ACM and the Technical Chamber of Greece
Founder of the first computer graphics lab at UCLA

Areas of interest
Computer graphics;Autonomous agents for computer games and virtual world applications;Motion Control;Facial Animation;Interactive graphics and games on mobile devices; Micro-processor architectures for accelerating virtual world applications;Real-time photorealistic rendering;Medical robotics and visualization.

Contact
Email: pfal@cse.yorku.ca
Website: http://www.cse.yorku.ca/~pfal/

Hui Jiang

Full Professor
iFLYTEK Endowed Professor
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Lassonde School of Engineering

Affiliations
Director of the iNCML Lab

Areas of interest
• Machine Learning / Pattern Classification
• Deep Learning / Neural Networks
• Natural Language Processing (language modelling, paraphrase, question and answering)
• Speech and Audio Processing (enhancement, recognition, human-machine dialogue)
• Computer Vision (object detection and cross-domain adaptation)

Contact
Email: hj@cse.yorku.ca
Website: https://wiki.eecs.yorku.ca/user/hj

Hossein Kassiri

Associate Professor
Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Lassonde School of Engineering

Affiliations
Director of Integrated Circuits and Systems Lab (ICSL)
Co-Founder and CTO of Braincom Inc.

Areas of interest
Implantable brain neural interfaces
Analog and Mixed Signal IC Design
Low Power Sensory microsystems
VLSI Implementation of biomedical signal processing algorithms
Wirelessly-Powered Medical devices

Contact
Email: Hossein@eecs.yorku.ca
Website: http://electronics.eecs.yorku.ca/hossein

Gunho Sohn

Associate Professor of Geomatics Engineering
Dept of Earth & Space Science & Engineering, Lassonde School of Engineering

Affiliations
Centre for Research in Earth and Space Science (CRESS)
NSERC CREATE DAV Program
Advanced Disaster Emergency and Rapid Response Simulations (ADERSIM)

Areas of interest
Computer vision; photogrammetry; machine learning; 3D augmented city modeling; unmanned aerial/ground vehicles; indoor SLAM; single-view 3D reconstruction; corridor mapping; structure from motion; object tracking; remote sensing; urban dynamics analytics; airborne laser point cloud analytics; indoor positioning; mobile augmented reality

Contact
Email: gsohn@yorku.ca
Website: www.yorku.ca/gsohn

Nima Tabatabaei

Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Lassonde School of Engineering

Affiliations

Areas of interest
The focus of my research is on the design and development of thermal and optical imaging technologies and devices with applications in medical diagnosis and screening. Optics-based medical devices are of particular interest to me due to their intrinsic ability of revealing malignancies in early stages as early diagnosis of diseases improves the effectiveness of treatments, promotes prevention rather than medical intervention, and is probably the only approach for us to win the war on cancer. However, one of the major challenges in optical imaging of endogenous tissue contrast is poor detection specificity due to background signals from the healthy tissue. The HBO Lab’s vision is to overcome this shortcoming by separating excitation and detection channels (i.e, Hybrid methods). In this scenario, crosstalk between the channels takes place by energy conversion at malignant sites that are selectively sensitive to the excitation. The hybrid imaging technologies currently under development at professor Tabatabaei's lab include thermo-photonic lock-in imaging (TPLI), truncated-correlation photothermal coherence tomography (TC-PCT), and photothermal optical coherence tomography (PT-OCT).

Contact
Email: nimatab@yorku.ca
Website: http://www.hbolab.ca/

Ebrahim Ghafar-Zadeh

Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Lassonde School of Engineering

Christopher Bergevin

Assistant Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Science

Affiliations
Associate member at Centre for Vision Research
Member at International Society for Neuroethology
Member at Biophysical Society of Canada

Areas of interest
Biomechanics of the peripheral auditory system
Otoacoustic emissions
Nonlinear dynamics & coupled oscillator models
Neuroethology & comparative approaches to sensory biophysics
Stochastics in life science problems
Scotopic vision

Contact
Email: cberge@yorku.ca
Website: http://www.yorku.ca/cberge/

Hugh R. Wilson

Professor Emeritus of Biological & Computational Vision
Fellow, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (2005-2015)
Director, York Centre for Vision Research (2006-2011)

Affiliations
Centre for Vision Research
Department of Biology
Psychology Department
Math & Statistics Department
Computer Science Department

Areas of interest
form vision, face perception, motion perception, fMRI, neural network modelling

Contact
Email: hrwilson@yorku.ca
Website: http://cvr.yorku.ca/webpages/wilson.htm

Georg Zoidl

Canada Research Chair in Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
Department of Biology, Faculty of Science
Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health
Biology Graduate Program, Faculty of Science
Neuroscience Graduate Diploma Program, Faculty of Health

Affiliations
Affiliated Scientist, Krembil Research Institute & University Health Network, Toronto
Member, York Center for Vision Research

Areas of interest
Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience, Synaptic Plasticity, Sensory Systems, Retina, Learning and Memory, Functional Genomics & Proteomics, Imaging, Animal Models of Human Brain Disorders

Contact
Email: gzoidl@yorku.ca
Website: http://biology.gradstudies.yorku.ca/faculty/g-zoidl/

Jacob Beck

Associate Professor
Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Affiliations
Member, York Centre for Vision Research,

Areas of interest
philosophical theories of perception, cognition, representation, consciousness.

Contact
Email: jbeck@yorku.ca
Website: http://www.yorku.ca/jbeck/

Jimmy Huang

Professor
School of Information Techonology, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Doug Van Nort

Canada Research Chair in Digital Performance
Assistant Professor, Computational Arts // Music // Theatre & Performance Studies
Director, DisPerSion Lab
School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

Janine Marchessault

Professor
Department of Cinema & Media Arts, School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

Ken Rogers

Associate Professor
Department of Cinema & Media Arts, School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

Joel Ong

Assistant Professor
Department of Computational Arts, School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

Mark-David Hosale

Associate Professor
Department of Computational Arts, School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

Donald Sinclair

Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Computational Arts, School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

Gary Turner

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health

Affiliations
Executive member, York University Centre for Aging Research and Education

Areas of interest
Cognitive neuroscience, cognitive aging, cognitive neuro rehabilitation.

Contact
Email: grturner@yorku.ca
Website: http://www.yorku.ca/grturner/index.html

Martin J. Steinbach

Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus
Faculty of Health, York University
Professor of Ophthalmology, Director of Research, Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences, University of Toronto

Affiliations
Senior Scientist, Vision Science Division, Toronto Western Hospital

Areas of interest
Eye movements and visual development in people with disordered vision; ocular motor function in patients having surgical or pharmacological treatment of strabismus; pre and post-treatment measures provide insights as to the sources of information the brain uses to stay informed of the position of the eyes in the orbit; development of visual function in children who have had an eye removed early in life; the effects of total visual deprivation from enucleation with the partial deprivation and binocular competitive effects from strabismus, measuring psychophysical and ocular motor functions; measuring the remaining vision and retraining of eye movement control in patients with macular degeneration.

Jan Hadlaw

Associate Professor

Design Studies, School of Art, Media, Performance, & Design

Affiliations: Robarts Centre

Areas of interest: history of modern technology: representations of science and technology in popular culture; technology and the social imaginary; technology and nationalism; visual display and meaning.

Emailjhadlaw@yorku.ca