NEW YORK — Dr. Ning Qian, associate professor of neuroscience, physiology and cellular biophysics at Columbia University, presented on visual encoding and decoding during SUNY Optometry’s Schnurmacher Institute for Vision Research colloquium on Friday, March 1.
Dr. Qian’s research focuses on computational and psychophysical studies of visual perception. His lab constructs binocular vision models by analyzing known spatiotemporal receptive-field properties of binocular cells in the visual cortex and applying the models to explain depth perception from horizontal disparity, vertical disparity, interocular time delay, motion field and monocular occlusion.
Dr. Qian received his doctorate in biophysics from Johns Hopkins University.
About the Schnurmacher Institute for Vision Research at SUNY Optometry
The Institute for Vision Research was founded in 1983 in response to the growing need for scientific knowledge about the visual system and methods of improving visual function. The Institute was renamed the Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Institute for Vision Research (SIVR) in 1984 to honor the Schnurmacher’s generosity that made possible the establishment of an Institutional endowment. The scientific researchers associated with the Institute are engaged in a wide variety of vision research projects. The SIVR coordinates a colloquium series and supports collaborative clinical research, small clinical research projects and innovative vision science research.