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Professor Sophie Wuerger Ph.D.

Professor Psychology


Personal Statement

I am a professor of visual neuroscience and I try to understand how signals from the retina map into higher-order appearance mechanisms, using behavioural methods, electrophysiology and functional brain imaging.

Understanding the computations the visual brain performs allows us to develop appearance models mimicking the human visual system which are useful in industrial, technological and medical applications.

After obtaining a Ph.D. at New York University in visual neuroscience with Michael Landy and John Krauskopf, I continued as a post-doctoral researcher at NYU with John Krauskopf and Larry Maloney, before joining the Institute of Ophthalmology (UCL) as a postdoc to work with Michael Morgan.

In 2001, I was awarded a Senior National Research Council Fellowship to work at NASA Ames (CA) on computational vision models. Since then I have held visiting professorships at the University of Regensburg and at the Computer Vision Centre at the University of Barcelona and an honorary professorship at the University of Science & Technology, Liaoning, China.

Prizes or Honours

  • Geoffrey J Burton Lecturer (Applied Vision Association, UK, 2019)
  • Honorary Professor (University of Science & Technology, Liaoning, China, 2014)
  • Senior NRC Fellow at NASA Ames, CA. (National Research Council, USA, 2001)

Funded Fellowships

  • Visiting Professor at the University of Barcelona (Spanish Government, 2010)
  • Wellcome Trust Sabbatical Award (Wellcome Trust, 2008)
  • Visiting Professor at the University of Regensburg (Wellcome Trust, 2008 - 2009)