Berkeley vision researcher gives Howard Lecture today

American visual scientist Martin Banks has been invited by York’s Centre for Vision Research to give the second Ian P. Howard Lecture today.

Banks is the principal investigator at Bankslab, the visual space perception laboratory at the University of California at Berkeley. He will speak about "Why pictures look right when viewed from the wrong place (and sometimes look wrong when viewed from the right place)".

The lecture takes place at 2pm in the Robert McEwen Auditorium, W141 Seymour Schulich Bldg.  A wine and cheese reception will follow.

Left: Martin Banks

At Berkeley, Banks is a professor of optometry and vision science and an affiliate professor of psychology and bioengineering. He teaches courses in binocular vision and space perception, and quantitative, perceptual and physiological aspects of vision. His research focuses on determining how efficiently human observers use the available stimulus information while performing perceptual tasks. He is interested in applying the results to emerging technologies such as virtual reality.

Banks is the second of four lectures in the 2006-2007 Ian P. Howard Lecture Series in Vision Science. The series was established in December to celebrate the centre’s founder and his research. The next two lectures take place April 13, when Robert Desimone talks about neural synchrony and attention, and May 25, when Takeo Kanade talks about robot vision.