Masters students

Current

Yizhou Chen
Yizhou Chen

April – August 2017
For his MSc in Computer Games Engineering, Yiz is working on replicating a psychology experiment inside a Virtual Reality environment.


Nur Endah Safitri
Nur Endah Safitri

April – August 2017
Endah is working on a new type of art installation using 3D vision for her MSc in Computer Games Engineering.


Gediz Morgil
Gediz Morgil

Jan – May 2017
Gediz is doing an MSc in Mechatronics. For his project, he aims to build robot arms that can mimic a praying mantis strike, co-supervised by Dr Harriet Grigg in the School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering.

Mathias Peuvrier
Mathias Peuvrier

Feb – Jun 2017
Mathias is doing an MSc in Neuroinformatics. His project uses video data on mantis strikes collected by Jeffrey Wu over the summer of 2016. Mathias is examining techniques such as PCA for describing how strikes vary within and between individuals.


Former

Jimmy Tampin
Jimmy Tampin

Jan – Jun 2015
Jimmy did an MRes in Animal Behaviour, with a project entitled Spatial Vision in the Praying Mantis, examining how the optomotor response in this insect is affected by motion noise at different spatial frequencies relative to the signal.

Geoffrey Bissianna
Geoffrey Bissianna

Jan – Jun 2015
Geoffrey was an Animal and Human Behaviour student at the Universite de Rennes 1 in France who did his MRes project with us. He studied the strike rate of praying mantids to stimuli of different size and binocular disparity.

Publications with Bissianna G

Nityananda V, Bissianna G, Tarawneh G, Read JCA (2016)
Small or far away? Size and distance perception in the praying mantis.
Philosophical Transactions B 371(1697) pii: 20150262



Chris Heath
Chris Heath

Mar – Jun 2015
Chris is doing the MRes in Neuroscience. His project is co-supervised by me and Prof Alex Thiele. He is examining the effect of alcohol on a visual attention task.





Sindre Henriksen

Sindre Henriksen

2013 – 2017
Sid is on the joint PhD scheme funded by the UK Wellcome Trust and the US National Institutes of Health. He did his Master’s project in my lab, a study of the temporal dynamics of disparity extraction combining computational modelling and psychophysics. Sid was awarded a distinction and won the Newcastle Biomedicine MRes International Student prize. He is currently doing his PhD work at the US National Institutes of Health with his co-supervisor, Bruce Cumming.



Judith Nicolas

Judith Nicolas

Jan – Mar 2014
Judith, a student at the Universite de Rennes 1 in France, did her project with us. She studied the tracking response of mantids to stimuli moving on a camouflaged background, and investigated the use of 3D glasses on mantids.

Publications with Nicolas J

Nityananda V, Tarawneh G, Rosner R, Nicolas J, Crichton S, Read JCA (2016)
Insect stereopsis demonstrated using a 3D insect cinema
Scientific Reports 6 18718



Nicholas Menghini

Nicholas Menghini

April – August 2013
As the project for his MSc in Computer Games Engineering, Nicholas continued Zhixin Shi’s work from last year, on a new type of art installation which exploits 3D vision. He’s now a programmer for game developer Sumo Digital.



Mike Gousis

Michail Gousis

April – August 2013
As the project for his MSc in Computer Games Engineering, Mike examined ways of using a smartphone’s front camera to figure out how far away the user is holding it from their face.


Paul Hands

Paul Hands

2013
Paul is doing a 4-year CASE MRes+PhD studentship sponsored by EPSRC and BSkyB, supervised by me and by Chris Johns at BSkyB. For his MRes project, Paul examined at depth distortions in oblique viewing of 3D TV.


Lisa Hindmarsh

Lisa Hindmarsh

2013
Lisa (nee Hindmarsh, now Jones) is doing a BBSRC-funded MRes+PhD supervised by me, Candy Rowe and Claire Rind. Her MRes project examined visual tracking responses in the praying mantis Sphrodromantis lineola as a function of stimulus contrast and motion.

Publications with Jones L

Nityananda V, Tarawneh G, Jones L, Busby N, Herbert W, Davies R, Read JCA (2015)
The contrast sensitivity function of the praying mantis Sphodromantis lineola
Journal of Comparative Physiology A 201(8) 741-50


Zoltan Derzsi

Zoltán Derzsi

Feb – May 2013
Zoltán is on Newcastle’s 4-year Wellcome Trust doctoral training scheme, and did one of his three short MRes projects in my lab. He worked on temporal factors affecting brightness perception, motivated by temporal multiplexing in 3D displays.



Renos Georgiou

Renos Georgiou

April – August 2012
Renos did an MSc in Medical Sciences and worked on the effects of (small amounts of!) alcohol on visual perception.

Publications with Georgiou R

Read JCA, Georgiou R, Brash C, Yazdani P, Whittaker R, Trevelyan A, Serrano-Pedraza I (2015)
Moderate acute alcohol intoxication has minimal effect on surround suppression measured with a motion direction discrimination task
Journal of Vision 15(1):5 1-14


James Burridge

James Burridge

April – August 2012
As part of his MSc in Computer Games Engineering, James developed a game on a 3D Android smartphone.



Zhixin Shi

Zhixin “Cross” Shi

April – August 2012
Cross worked on a new type of art installation using 3D vision for his MSc in Computer Games Engineering.


John Grady

John Grady

Aug 2010 – March 2011

John is on the Wellcome Trust 4-year PhD programme in Systems Neuroscience: From Networks to Behaviour. John certainly lived up to the title of the programme: having done patch-clamp recording and immunohistochemistry for his previous project, in his work with me he studied inhibitory mechanisms in visual perception, and went on to do his PhD work in multiple sclerosis.

Publications with Grady J

Serrano-Pedraza I, Grady J, Read JCA (2012)
Spatial frequency bandwidth of surround suppression tuning curves
Journal of Vision 12(6):24 1-11



Louise Hogg

Mar-Jul 2010

As part of her M.Res. degree in Biomedicine and Biosciences, Louise did a project in my lab, examining surround suppression in moving grating stimuli. She went on to do her PhD at Bristol.

Publications with Hogg EL

Serrano-Pedraza I, Hogg EL, Read JCA (2011)
Spatial non-homogeneity of the antagonistic surround in motion perception
Journal of Vision 11(2):3 1–9