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William B. Thompson

William Thompson is a Professor in the School of Computing at the University of Utah. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Southern California in 1970. His current research lies at the intersection of computer graphics and visual perception, with the dual aims of making computer graphics more effective at conveying information and using computer graphics as an aid in investigating human perception. This is an intrinsically multi-disciplinary effort involving aspects of computer science, perceptual psychology, and computational vision. He has also made contributions in the areas of visual motion perception and in the integration of vision and maps for navigation.

Roland W. Fleming

Roland Fleming is the Kurt Koffka Junior Professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of Giessen. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT in 2004. His primary research interest is human visual perception of surfaces and objects, especially the perception of materials and 3D shape. To study this he uses a combination of computer graphics, image analysis, neural modelling and behavioural experiments.

Sarah H. Creem-Regehr

Sarah Creem-Regehr is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Utah. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Virginia in 2000. Her primary areas of research are in perception and action, spatial cognition, and space perception. She uses multi-disciplinary approaches in cognition and neuroscience, including the study of perception in computer graphics and virtual environments. She has active collaborations with computer scientists on both basic and applied problems in visual perception.

Jeanine K. Stefanucci

Jeanine Stefanucci is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Utah. She received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Virginia in 2006. Her research can be characterized as an embodied approach to understanding perception, which focuses on how a person's bodily states, including emotional states, modulate their perception of the layout of the environment. She conducts this research in both real and virtual environments. She also applies her findings to research on emotion dysregulation disorders, specifically phobias.