Speaker: Professor Christopher Tyler - Professor of Visual Science, City University London & Director, Smith-Kettlewell Brain Imaging Center, Smith-Kettlewell Key Research Institute
Location: Drysdale Lecture Theatre (ELG19), Drysdale Building, City University London, EC1V 0HB
The field of vision science, with a history dating back to classical Greek times, is both deeply theoretical and highly quantitative, with the opportunity to rigorously assess functional hypotheses developed on the basis of optical, morphogenetic, neural and dynamic feedback principles.
Professor Tyler's inaugural lecture will outline principles of operation across the domain of vision science and explore the opportunities for advancing novel approaches to outstanding problems of visual processing and developing significant approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of retinal, cortical and oculomotor disorders of the eye.
Christopher Tyler is the Director of the Smith-Kettlewell Brain Imaging Center at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute. His scientific interests are in the processes of visual perception and visual neuroscience.
He has contributed to the study of the brain processing of form, symmetry, flicker, motion, color, and particularly stereoscopic depth perception and has developed effective tests for the diagnosis of retinal, optic nerve and visual cortical diseases.
Professor Tyler has also studied photoreceptor dynamics, and neural processing in other species such as butterflies and fish. His current work is focused on the effects of traumatic brain damage on eye movements and their brainstem control mechanisms.
Professor Tyler invented the 'random-dot autostereogram', these images were later known as the 'Magic Eye'. The autostereogram allows people to see 3D shapes from a single 2D image without any optical equipment.
18:00: Lecture begins