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Our People

Our members and connections span many areas of research and experience within Durham University. Our research interests revolve around vision and perception, from virtual reality and machine learning to consciousness and attention. 





Research Interests


Dr Soazig Casteau

  • Active vision
  • Saccadic eye movements
  • Attention and working memory
  • Visual psychophysics, cognitive neuroscience
Co-Director Dr George Alex Koulieris
  • Computer graphics
  • Displays
  • Virtual Reality
  • Visual Perception


Core Members

Name Email Research Interests
Dr Christopher Allen  
Dr Amir Atapour-Abarghouei
  • Image Processing and Computer Vision
  • Scene Understanding and Image Analysis
  • Semantic Segmentation and Object Detection
  • Depth Estimation and 3D Reconstruction
  • Machine Learning / Deep Learning
  • Multi-Task Learning and Neural Architecture Search
  • Domain Adaptation and Data Augmentation
  • Text Ranking and Classification
  • Topic Modelling and Sentiment Analysis
  • Robotic Navigation and Autonomy
Dr Anthony Atkinson
  • Social cognitive neuroscience
  • The emotions
  • The perception of faces, emotions, and biological motion
  • The scientific study of consciousness
  • Conceptual issues in evolutionary & cognitive psychological explanation
Dr Ulrik Beierholm

  • Computational Neuroscience,
  • Perception
  • Decision Making
  • Neuroeconomics
  • Machine Learning
Professor Andrew Beresford
  • Painting, sculpture, and visual culture 
Professor Toby Breckon
  • Autonomous sensing
  • Computer vision
  • Image processing
  • Machine learning
  • Robotic sensing
Dr Mike Burt
  • Evolutionary psychology
  • Facial expression recognition
Dr Alexis Cheviet
  • Visual attention
  • Eye-movements in clinical neuropsychology
Dr Dorothy Cowie
  • Sensorimotor development
  • Limb differences
  • Embodied virtual reality
  • Body representation
Dr Hayley Dewe
  • Embodiment
  • Aversive body-threats
  • Aberrant perceptions of the body including dissociation/depersonalization
Dr Nazire Duran  
Professor Amanda Ellison
  • Neuroscientific basis of vision
  • Visuomotor systems
  • Sensorimotor cortical interfacing
Dr Samuel Forbes
  • Infant development
  • Early word learning
  • Developmental cognitive neuroscience
Dr Anna Grubert
  • Visual selective attention
  • Top-down attentional control
  • Memory-guided attentional selection and attentional templates
  • Psychophysical paradigms
  • Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Event-related potentials (ERPs)
Dr Suncica Hadzidedic
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Recommender systems
  • Interactive intelligent systems
  • Affective computing
  • Responsible AI (bias, ethics, explainability, privacy, positive computing)
  • Application domains of interest include: psychology (wellbeing, affect, consciousness), spirituality (meditation, self-awareness, mindfulness), healthcare (mental health, cancer, cognitive impairment), fashion, music, learning environments
Professor Markus Hausmann
  • Biopsychosocial approach to cognitive sex differences
  • Neuromodulatory properties of sex hormones
  • Hemispheric asymmetries and interhemispheric interaction
  • Spatial attention and spatial cognition

Dr Ioannis Ivrissimtzis

  • Computer graphics
  • Surface reconstruction

Professor Bob Kentridge

  • Neuropsychology of awareness
  • Blindsight
  • Colour vision
  • Attention
Dr Alison Lane
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Visuospatial attention 
Professor Effie Law
  • Multidimensional measurement of UX
  • Automatic multisensory emotion recognition
  • Mixed Reality.
Dr Frederick Li
  • Collaborative Virtual Environment
  • Computer Graphics
  • Educational Technologies
  • Graphics Modeling and Transmission
  • Virtual Reality 
Dr Robert Lieck
  • Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence
  • Cognitive Modelling
Professor Gordon Love
  • Vision Science
  • 3D Displays
  • Computer Graphics
  • Adaptive Optics
  • Liquid Crystal Technology
  • Image Processing
  • Optics 
Dr Haemy Lee-masson
  • Social Neuroscience (social cognition and empathy)
  • Social Touch
  • Autism
  • fMRI
  • EEG
  • Affect Computing
  • Machine Learning
Prof Marko Nardini
  • Visual and multisensory perception
  • Perceptual development
  • Cognitive development
Dr Liam Norman
  • Visual summary statistics
  • Consciousness
  • Constancy
  • Human echolocation
  • Psychophysics
  • fMRI
Prof. Nadja Reissland
  • Prenatal to postnatal development
  • Fetal development
  • Premature infant development
  • Maternal stress and depression
  • Mother-infant interaction
Professor Paolo Remagnino
  • Image and Video Analysis
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Machine Learning
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Physical Security
Dr Meike Scheller  
Professor Daniel T. Smith
  • Attention & Memory in Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
  • Neurorehabilitation of visual field defects
  • Visual attention
  • Oculomotor control
  • Goals and motivation in sport 
Dr Sara Spotorno
  • Links between visual attention, perception and memory
  • Real-world scene and object processing
  • Eye movements
  • Cerebral hemispheric functional specialisation
  • Lifespan
  • Healthy and clinical populations
Dr Lore Thaler
  • Human echolocation
  • Visual perception
  • Auditory perception
  • Blindness
  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) 
Dr Kathleen Vancleef
  • Assessment and rehabilitation of visual perception difficulties after a stroke
  • Understanding visual perception difficulties in children with Cerebral Visual Impairment, how we can improve diagnosis, and how to support childrens' development and learning
  • Mid-level visual perception or perceptual organisation
  • Automated assessments and game-based therapy for vision problems
Dr Holger Wiese
  • Face Recognition
  • Face memory, particularly memory biases for own-group faces ('own-race bias', 'own-age bias', 'own-gender bias')
  • Person Categorization and processing of visually derivable facial information (age, gender, ethnicity, attractiveness)
  • Cognitive and neural correlates of ageing in face memory and perception
  • Organization of person-related information in semantic memory