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Harris lab: depth, shape, pattern

Welcome to the lab, hosted by  the School of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of St Andrews.  We study vision at the interface between neuroscience, psychology and computer vision. Our research starts from the idea that vision is a dynamic process, linking an organism to its environment, and the group studies a number of aspects of vision in the environment. In my Lab, experiments with human observers (using behavioural and eye movement measures) are used to explore the basic processes underlying our perception of, and interaction with our world. We also use computational techniques to model visual systems and visual environments. Our main areas of interest are binocular vision and the perception of objects and layout, we are also interested in vision for driving and the perception of camouflage and animal patterning. Our work is closely allied to Human Computer Interaction and has application in the areas of autonomous control, virtual reality, ubiquitous computing, computational biology and behavioural ecology. Details of people in the lab, projects and publications can be found on this site.


Julie Harris has an emerging interest in university Research Culture: how research success is influenced by the environment in which we all work to conduct and support research.  Research Culture is an emerging theme in universities (see how The Wellcome Trust is pushing forward the agenda for scientific research). We hope to influence university policy and practise to grow a strong and fair research culture for all.

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If you are interested in working with us, in a postdoc or PhD student position, please contact me ([email protected]).

We have close links to other Vision Labs in St. Andrews, and to members of the Perception and Performance Group, the St. Andrews Perception Lab and the St. Andrews HCI group.  the Fife-Tay Vision Group and the Scottish Vision Group. We are also members of the Institute of Behavioral and Neural Science in St Andrews.