Graduate Students
Faculty & Staff

Andrew Herbert, Co-Director of the MVRL, is chair of RIT's Psychology Department, and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology. He graduated with a B.Sc. in Biology from McGill University in Montreal, and completed an M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Western Ontario in Psychology. In the last couple of years, Andy has been doing research on the perception of faces and facial expressions. This includes work with various students on the relative salience of different facial expressions, and stems from work completed by Dr. Paula Beall (now at the University of Denver). Paula completed her Ph.D. with me examining a modified Stroop task to assess the automaticity of facial expression processing.

Reynold Bailey is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science. He received his Masters and Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. His research interests are in the field of computer graphics and include non-photorealistic rendering and applied perception in graphics and visualization. Reynold is currently working on developing novel strategies for subtly directing viewer gaze about a scene. His work has potential applications in computer graphics, data visualization, psychological research, medical image analysis, and training.

Joseph Baschnagel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. His degree is in clinical psychology and his current research focuses on studying attentional and emotional aspects of nicotine addiction. This includes studying the effect of nicotine on attentional and emotional processes in both smokers and non-smokers and assessing cue-reactivity to smoking cues in both general smoking populations and in specific populations where smoking is comorbid with other psychiatric disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder. He is currently collaborating with the Multidisciplinary Vision Research Laboratory here at RIT to incorporate mobile eye-tracking into cue-reactivity paradigms. He frequently uses psychophysiological research methods to study attention and emotion processing; measures such as the startle eye-blink reflex, facial emg, heartrate, and skin conductance responses and often conduct non-clinical studies related to attention and emotion using these tools. For more information see his faculty webpage at

Jeff Pelz, Co-Director of the MVRL, is a Professor in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science. He received his Ph.D. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester in 1995. Jeff's primary research interests include high-level visual perception; how humans extract information from images and the environment, and how that information is used in decision-making and to guide actions.

Kirsten Condry is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. She received her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, in 1999. Following post-doctoral positions at M.I.T. and Harvard, she joined the psychology department at RIT in 2006. Kirsten’s primary research is on basic infant visual perception, including how young infants perceive objects and motion. In the MVRL, Kirsten is studying how 4- to 12-month-old infants understand partly occluded objects, using both eye-tracking and behavioral measures of perception. Other interests include cognitive change in older children and how media (particularly television) influence cognition and development.

Anne Haake is a Professor in Information Sciences & Technology. She has an undergraduate degree in B.A. Biology from Colgate University, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Developmental Biology from the University of South Carolina, and an M.S. in Software Development & Management from RIT. Her research interests are in the areas of Bioinformatics (gene expression analysis; biological databases/user interfaces) and Human Computer Interaction (user-centered design, usability testing, eye tracking).

Lindsay Schenkel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. Her research interests are in the area of social cognition and psychosocial functioning in children and adults with serious mental illness (particularly, bipolar disorder and psychotic disorders). Currently, she is examining the underlying mechanisms associated with emotion identification impairments in children and adults with bipolar disorder using eye tracking methodology (e.g., using eye-tracking to examine visual scanning for emotional faces and videos), and the extent to which these deficits may be related to impairments in social cognition and psychosocial functioning. For more information see her faculty webpage at

Graduate Students
Faculty & Staff

Thomas Kinsman Thomas Kinsman is interested in Pattern Recognition and its application to Human Vision and Computer Vision. To that end, Thomas studies perceptual distance metrics for human perception, data visualization, and machine learning. Thomas has years of experience in the Kodak Research labs, and has expertise in performance optimization, and robust software design.

Terlene Romney is a second year graduate student working under the supervision of Dr. Anne Haake at the MVRL lab, currently pursuing a Masters degree in Human-Computer Interaction. She has received her undergraduate degree in Information Technology and Informatics at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Terlene has gained eye-tracking experience in coursework (4002-744: Eye Tracking: Theory, Methods, and Applications] and as a research assistant to Dr. Haake in a research project involving dermatology and eye-tracking. She is currently involved in her thesis, circumventing eye tracking, biometrics, and interaction input styles..

Rui Li is a Ph.D. student in GCCIS.  His research interests include probabilistic modeling of cognition, content-based medical image retrieval, human computer interaction, machine learning, & computer graphics. 

Sai Mulpuru has an undergraduate degree in B.Tech from National Institute of Technology, India, and is currently doing an M.S. in Imaging Science. His research interests are primarily integrating eye tracking with computer vision, and feature extraction for content based image retrieval systems. His other interests include robotics and glider designing.

Jinwei Gu is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Imaging Science. He joined RIT in 2010 after completing a Ph.D. in the Computer Science Department of Columbia University with Prof. Shree Nayar, Prof. Peter Belhumeur, and Prof. Ravi Ramamoorthi.  His research interests are computational imaging, computer vision and computer graphics. He is particularly interested in understanding and modeling the physics-based image formation mechanism and the intrinsic structure of the visual appearance of various types of natural phenomena, and applying them in:

- Computational Photography for capturing high-quality, information-rich photographs and videos.

- Physics-based Computer Vision for recovering higher-level information such as geometry, material properties, and illumination.

- Data-Driven Computer Graphics for acquiring and recreating realistic visual appearance of natural phenomena.

Preethi Vaidyanathan is a second year doctoral student in imaging science working under the supervision of Drs. Jeff Pelz and Anne Haake at the MVRL lab.

Brandon May is a Ph.D. student in the Center for Imaging Science.  Working with Dr. Nate Cahill of RIT’s School of Mathematical Sciences and Dr. Jinwei Gu of the Center for Imaging Science, Brandon’s dissertation research is focused on the capture and display of complex 3D environments.

Poorna Kushalnagar is a Research Assistant Professor in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science. She received her B.A. from Gallaudet and M.S. (Clinical Neuropsychology track) and Ph.D. (Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience focus) from the University of Houston. She is interested in two research areas: 1) using eye tracking and visual attention data to elucidate the underlying developmental differences in perceptual experiences among individuals with hearing loss, low vision or both, and 2) developing and evaluating applied intervention to improve quality of life among children and adolescents who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Cecelia Ovesdotter Alm is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of English at RIT. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Cecilia's research examines how language users construct meaning, beyond traditional semantics and pragmatics. By applying theory-driven computational modeling and corpus analytic study, her research focuses on the role of affect/subjectivity and multimodality in meaningful language behaviors. She is collaborating with faculty colleagues and students at the Multidisciplinary Vision Research Laboratory on multimodal human-centered computational modeling solutions. For more information, please visit Cecilia’s faculty website at:

Pengcheng Shi has been a Professor and the Director of the PhD Program in Computing and Information Sciences since 2007. He received his Ph.D from Yale University in 1996. His primary research interests are to develop and apply integrative system paradigms to biomedical imaging, image computing and intervention, and inverse physiology in the areas of personalized cardiac physiome, and dynamic, parametric, and multi-tracer PET imaging.