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Professor Simon K Rushton

School of Psychology

Email
rushtonsk@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 0086
Campuses
Tower Building, 70 Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT
Users
Available for postgraduate supervision

Overview

I am particularly interested in the visual perception during, and for, action.  Most of my research is behavioural and laboratory based, but occasionally it involves brain imaging, computer vision, robotics, or clinical populations.  My research is, or has been funded by ESRC, EPSRC, Wellcome, MRC, Nissan and others.

I teach on the undergraduate degrees and I supervise PhD students.

I am a member of the undergraduate placement team.

Biography

I first did an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Computer Science at Wolverhampton Polytechnic.  During the course of the degree I spent a placement year at a human factors research laboratory (LUTCHI) at Loughborough University.  It was at LUTCHI that I was first introduced to the study of human vision by Ronnie Luo (colour vision) and Steve Scrivener (human inspired computer vision).

After my undergrauate degree I went to Edinburgh University to work as a postgraduate research assistant on a grant on perception and action in Virtual Reality (VR) with John Wann.  While I was there I did a part-time PhD with Hamish Macleod as my supervisor.  My PhD focused on visually guided walking and interceptive timing.  After obtaining a small project (1 year) grant from the MRC, I spent a year between Edinburgh University and Astley Ainslie hospital working with patients with unilateral visual neglect.  During that time I did work with David Johnson, Madeliene Greally and others on the use of VR and exercise as an intervention following brain injury.

After a short period of consultancy at Hewlett Packard's European research laboratory in Bristol, I interupted my PhD for a year.  During that time I worked with a UK-US team at HP on a "skunkworks" project building a head-mounted display (the idea was for something that might be mid-way between the later Google Glass and Microsoft Hololens).

After writing up my PhD I obtained a job in the US.  While I was waiting for my visa to be processed I had the fortune to spend 6-7 months in Surrey working with Mark Bradshaw.  The job in the US was at Cambridge Basic Research (CBR), in Cambridge, MA.  CBR was funded by Nissan and under the scientific direction of Ken Nakayama, Whitman Richards, Sandy Pentland and Warren Seering, profs from Harvard and MIT.  While I was at CBR I also jointly held an EPSRC grant in the UK with Tricia Riddell to look at the potential impact of VR displays on developing visual systems.  Fortunately Tricia and John Bullinaria did all the hard work while I was on the other side of the pond!

CBR closed but Nissan sent me on my way with a cheque to support myself for a year or two at the Centre for Vision Research, York University, Toronto.  I had a couple of enjoyable years there before returning to the UK

 At the end of 2003 I started as a lecturer at Cardiff University and I've remained at Cardiff since.

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  • Johnson, D. A., Rushton, S. K. and Shaw, J. 1996. Virtual Reality enriched environments, physical exercise and neuropsychological rehabilitation. Presented at: ECDVRAT 1996 - The First European Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies, Maidenhead, UK, 8-10 July 1996Proceedings: ECDVRAT 1996 - The First European Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies. Highland Park, NJ: International Society for Virtual Rehabilitation pp. 247-251.
  • Rushton, S. K., Coles, K. L. and Wann, J. P. 1996. Virtual reality technology in the assessment and rehabilitation of unilateral visual neglect. Presented at: ECDVRAT 1996 - The First European Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies, Maidenhead, UK, 8-10 July 1996Proceedings: ECDVRAT 1996 - The First European Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies. Highland Park, NJ: International Society for Virtual Rehabilitation pp. 227-231.

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Teaching

Lecturing
I am the module coordinator for the first year module, "Psychological Research".  I also lecture on the final year vision module, now named, "Sensational Problems in Perception and Action", with Tom Freeman.

Tutorials and project supervision
I take second year tutorials and supervise final year projects.

Postgraduate
I supervise a number of PhD students.  Typically it is joint supervision with a colleague in Psychology, but sometimes beyond, such as in Optometry.

Supervision

Past projects