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Johannes Burge

Assistant Professor

Post-doctoral fellow

PhD in Vision Science

BA in Psychology, Minor in Mathematics

Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania

Center for Perceptual Systems, UT Austin

Vision Science Program, UC Berkeley

Stanford University

Natural Scenes

Vision systems

Computation

Email: jburge [at] sas.upenn.edu

Office: Goddard Room 426

Lab:    Richards, 4th Floor

Department of Psychology

University of Pennsylvania

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News

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July, 2017:

Paper published in biorXiv. Congratulations Arvind!

     Iyer AV, Burge J (2017). 


     The effect of depth variation on disparity tasks in natural scenes.


     biorXiv, doi: http://doi.org/10.1101/162222 [ html | pdf ]

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July, 2017:

Uploaded new code repository for precisely sampling stereo-image patches from natural stereo-images! See the BurgeLab Github repository: http://github.com/burgelab/StereoImageSampling

July, 2017:

Paper published in biorXiv. Congratulations Priyank!

    Jaini P, Burge J (2017).

     Linking normative models of natural tasks with descriptive models of neural response.

     biorXiv, doi: http://doi.org/10.1101/158741 [ html | pdf ]

June, 2017:

David White has joined the lab as a neuroscience graduate student. Welcome David!

May, 2017:

Arvind, Ben, Johannes, and Seha all presented at VSS! Two talks and two posters for the lab and a good response to everything. Not a bad showing!

May, 2017:

Johannes presented at the University of Nevada, Reno in Reno, NV.

April, 2017:

"The effect of depth variation on disparity tasks in natural scenes" has been submitted!

April, 2017:

"The lawful imprecision of human tilt estimation in natural scenes" has been submitted!

April, 2017:

Johannes presented at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY.

March, 2017:

Johannes presented Seha's work on "The lawful imprecision of human tilt estimation in natural scenes" at SUNY Optometry in New York City.

February, 2017:

Ben and Seha were awarded talks, and Arvind was awarded a poster at VSS! Congratulations!

February, 2017:

Johannes presented at Cosyne on Linking Normative and Subunit Models of Neural Response

February, 2017:

Paper published in PLoS Computational Biology. Congratulations Priyank!

     Burge J, Jaini P (2017).

     Accuracy Maximization Analysis for sensory-perceptual tasks: Computational improvements, filter robustness,

     and coding advantages for scaled additive noise.

     PLoS Computational Biology, 13(2):e1005281. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1005281 [ html | pdf ]

July, 2017:

Paper published in Information Display

     Burge J (2017).

     Accurate image-based estimates of focus error in the human eye and in a smartphone camera.

     Information Display, 33(1): 18-23 [ pdf ]

January, 2017:

Johannes presented on Depth variation, binocular contrast differences, and disparity estimation in natural scenes at the Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in Breckenridge, CO.

January, 2017:

David White joined the lab as a rotation student. Welcome David!

December, 2016:

"Accurate focus error estimation from individual images in the human eye and in a smartphone camera" has been submitted

December, 2016:

Uploaded new code repository for filter learning via Accuracy Maximization Analysis!

See the BurgeLab Github repository: http://github.com/burgelab/AMA

November, 2016:

"Linking normative models of natural tasks and descriptive models of neural response" has been submitted

October, 2016:

Paper published in Journal of Vision

     Burge J, Mccann BC, Geisler WS (2016).

     Estimating 3D tilt from local image cues in natural scenes

     Journal of Vision, 16: 13, 1-25 doi:10.1167/16.13.2 [ html | pdf ]

October, 2016:

Paper published in arXiv

     Green JD, Burge J, Stansberry JA, Meinke B (2016).

     Cameras a Million Miles Apart: Stereoscopic Imaging Potential with the Hubble and James Webb Space Telescopes

     arXiv:1610.07483 [ html | pdf ]

September, 2016:

Johannes presented on 3D tilt estimation at the PRISM conference just outside of Marburg, Germany

May, 2016:

Seha presented a poster at VSS titled "Human tilt estimation in local patches of natural stereo-images"

May, 2016:

Ben presented a poster at VSS titled "External vs Internal determinants of human speed discrimination with natural images movies"

May, 2016:

Johannes presented a poster at VSS titled "Local cues for half-occlusion detection in stereo-images of natural scenes"

May, 2016:

Presented at special VSS symposium: "Realism or Artifice as an experimental methodology" with Tony Movshon, David Brainard, Roland Fleming, Jenny Read, and Wendy Adams, organized by Peter Scarfe

April, 2016:

Presented at NETI mini-conference at UT Austin on the coding advantages for multiplicative neural noise

April, 2016:

"Accuracy Maximization Analysis: Computational improvements, priors, and coding advantages for scaled additive noise" has been submitted

March, 2016:

"Local image matching to estimate global surface orientation and distance" has been submitted

February, 2016:

Arvind presented a poster at Cosyne titled "Weber's Law for disparity discrimination is predicted by the statistics of natural stereo images"

February, 2016:

Johannes presented a poster at Cosyne on "Optimal estimation of motion-in-depth from stereo natural-image movies"

December, 2015:

Three abstracts submitted to VSS 2016

September, 2015:

Vijay Singh, a Physics PhD from Emory University, has joined the lab as a post-doctoral researcher! He is one of the two inaugural postdocs in the Computational Neuroscience Initiative (CNI) at Penn.

August, 2015:

Two abstracts submitted (and accepted!) to Cosyne 2016

August, 2015:

Paper published in Nature Communications

     Burge J & Geisler WS (2015).

     Optimal speed estimation in natural image movies predicts human performance

     Nature Communications, 6: 7900, 1-11 doi:10.1038/ncomms8900 [ html | pdf ]

August, 2015:

Seha Kim, a Psychology PhD from Rutgers University, has joined the lab a post-doctoral researcher!

July, 2015:

Arvind Iyer, a BioEngineering PhD from USC, has joined the lab a post-doctoral researcher!

July, 2015:

Benjamin Chin, a 1st year graduate student, will do a rotation in the lab for the summer and fall!

June, 2015:

Priyank Jaini, from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur, has joined the lab for the summer!

May, 2015:

Presented at VSS on how an ideal observer predicts human speed discrimination w. natural images

May, 2015:

Paper published in Journal of Vision

     Sebastian S, Burge J, Geisler WS (2015).

     Defocus blur discrimination in natural images with natural optics

     Journal of Vision, 15(5):16, 1-17 [ html | pdf ]

March, 2015:

Paper published in Journal of Vision

     Bonnen K, Burge J, Yates J, Pillow JW, Cormack LK (2015).

     Continuous psychophysics: Target-tracking to measure visual sensitivity

     Journal of Vision, 15(3):14, 1-16 [ html | pdf ]

January, 2015:

"Estimating 3D surface orientation in natural scenes from image gradients" has been submitted

November, 2014:

Book chapter published in The Cognitive Neurosciences

     Geisler WS, Burge J, D'Antona AD, Michel MM (2014)

     Characterizing the effects of stimulus and neural variability on perceptual performance

     In Gazzinga & Mangun (Eds.) The Cognitive Neurosciences, 5th Edition. 363-374. Cambridge: MIT Press [ pdf ]

November, 2014:

"Optimal speed estimation in natural image movies predicts human performance" has been submitted

November, 2014:

"Continuous psychophysics: Target-tracking to measure visual sensitivity" has been submitted

October, 2014:

"Defocus blur discrimination in natural images with natural optics" has been submitted

September, 2014:

U.S. Patent granted on method for imaged-based defocus estimation in digital imaging systems

     Application No.:      13/965,758

     Filing Date:              August 13, 2013

     Title:                        Focus Error Estimation in Images

     Reference No.:        5934 US

     File No.:                  93331-001910US-882167

August, 2014:

Three abstracts submitted to the OSA Fall Vision Meeting

July, 2014:

First day in the office at the University of Pennsylvania!

May, 2014:

Presented on estimating 3D surface orientation from image cue gradients at the Vision Sciences Society

April, 2014:

Vijay Singh, a Physics PhD from Emory University, has joined the lab as a post-doctoral researcher! He is one of the two inaugural postdocs in the Computational Neuroscience Initiative (CNI) at Penn.

March, 2014:

UT Austin OTC Tech report profiles algorithm for estimating focus error in cell phone cameras

    See the 'Press' page for a link to the article


Presented on 3D surface tilt estimation from image cue gradients at the CoSyNe annual meeting

February, 2014:

Paper published in Journal of Vision

     Burge J & Geisler WS (2014).

     Optimal disparity estimation in natural stereo-images

     Journal of Vision, 14(2):1, 1-18 [ html | pdf ]

Optimal focus error estimation performance determined for individual images in a popular smart phone.

    See the 'Patents' page for a technical document demonstrating performance

Presented on using natural image movies to determine optimal processing for speed estimation at the Annual Interdisciplinary Conference (AIC) in Jackson Hole, WY

December, 2013:

Patent published on method for optimally estimating focus error in individual images.

Patent Publication No. US-2013-0329122-A1

October, 2013:

Image published in Nature, News & Views article

     "Through the eyes of a mouse" Nature, 502:156-158

     Download article: [pdf] Download original image: [pdf]

September, 2013:

"Characterizing the effects of stimulus and neural variability on perceptual performance", a chapter

for the next edition of the Gazzaniga text book series, has been submitted

August, 2013:

Accepted tenure-track faculty position at the University of Pennsylvania!

Starting date: July 1, 2014

May, 2013:

Paper published in Journal of Neurophysiology

     Scholl B, Burge J & Priebe NJ (2013).

     Binocular integration and disparity selectivity in mouse primary visual cortex

     Journal of Neurophysiology, 109, 3013-3024 [ pdf ]

March, 2013:

Presented on optimal motion estimation in natural image movies at the CoSyNe annual meeting

September, 2012:

"Optimal disparity estimation in natural stereo-images" has been submitted

August, 2012:

"Binocular integration and disparity selectivity in mouse primary visual cortex" has been submitted

June, 2012:

Presented at an inter-disciplinary conference titled "Perception, Representation, and Objectivity: Themes from Tyler Burge" in St. Petersburg, Russia. The conference was centered on my father's

recent book titled "Origins of Objectivity"

February, 2012:

Presented on optimal disparity estimation in natural stereo-images at the CoSyNe annual meeting

January, 2012:

SPIE paper wins the Digital Photography VIII best paper award. Award sponsored by Canon USA, Inc.


Paper published in the Proceedings of the IS&T/SPIE Conference on Electronic Imaging

     Burge J & Geisler WS (2012).

     Optimal defocus estimates from individual images for autofocusing a digital camera.

     Proceedings of the SPIE, 8299, 82990: E1-E12, January: Burlingame, CA [ pdf ]


Presented on optimally estimating focus error for autofocusing a DSLR camera at IS&T/SPIE meetingAlgorithm for estimating focus error covered by The Guardian Observer and Popular Photography

     Autofocus and the importance of 'defocusing'. The Guardian Observer, January 15, 2011

     Study of the human eye could lead to more accurate autofocus technology.Popular Photography, Jan. 20, 2011

November, 2011:

PNAS article covered by Scientific American

     Giving cameras the best autofocus possible, autofocus from the human eye. Scientific American, Nov. 1, 2011

October, 2011:

Paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

     Burge J & Geisler WS (2011).

     Optimal defocus estimation in individual natural images.

     Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108 (40): 16849-16854 [ pdf ]

PNAS article covered by Fast Company, Wired, Science Magazine

     Giving cameras the best autofocus possible, autofocus from the human eye. Fast Company, October 31, 2011

     Psychologists decipher brain's clever autofocus software. Wired.com, October 10, 2011

     Deciphering the brain's autofocus mechanism. Science Magazine, October 7, 2011

September, 2011:

PNAS article covered by Science Daily

     Researchers develop optimal algorithm for determining focus error in eyes and cameras. September 26, 2011

August, 2011:

Uploaded Matlab implementation of new method for dimensionality reduction:

Accuracy Maximization Analysis (AMA)

July, 2011:

Book chapter published in Sensory Cue Integration

     Banks MS, Burge J, & Held R (2011).

     The statistical relationship between depth, visual cues, and human perception.

     In: Sensory Cue Integration (Eds Trommershauser J, Kording KP, Landy M) Oxford University Press

Lecture and one-day workshop on natural scene statistics, statistical methods, and current research at Ludwig Maximilians Universitat in Munich, Germany. Thanks to Paul MacNeilage for having me!

Presented on optimal defocus estimation in model human visual systems at the Imaging Systems and Applications, Optical Society of America conference in Toronto, Canada

April, 2011:

Article published in Journal of Vision

     Cooper EA, Burge J, Banks MS (2011).

     The vertical horopter is not adaptable but it may be adaptive.

     Journal of Vision, 11(3) 20: 1-19. [ pdf ]

February, 2011:

Provisional Patent filed on method for imaged-based optimal defocus estimation in digital imaging systems (Provisional Patent 22084-P069)

October, 2017:

Paper published in Journal of Vision. Congratulations Priyank!

     Jaini P, Burge J (2017). 


     Linking normative models of natural tasks with descriptive models of neural response

     Journal of Vision, 17(12):16, 1-26 [ html | pdf ]

March, 2018:

Paper published in eLife. Congratulations Seha!

     Kim S, Burge J (2018). 


     The lawful imprecision of human surface tilt estimation in natural scenes.

     eLife, 7:e31148, doi:https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.31448 [ html | pdf ]

March, 2018:

Johannes presented at the University of Ulm in Germany!

April, 2018:

Johannes and the Natural Vision Lab awarded an NIH-funded R01 award for 5 years with support from the National Eye Institute and the Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research!

January, 2018:

Johannes awarded an NSF Career Award! (declined due to overlap with the R01)

May, 2018:

NIH-funded postdoctoral position available immediately!

Please see the lab Contact page for details about how to apply

June, 2018:

Paper published in Journal of Vision. Congratulations Arvind!

     Iyer AV, Burge J (2018). 


     Depth variation and stereo processing tasks in natural scenes.


     Journal of Vision, 18(6):4, 1-22 [ html | pdf ]

June, 2018:

Paper posted on bioRxiv. Congratulations Vijay!

     Singh V, Cottaris NP, Heasly BS, Brainard DH, Burge J (2018). 


     Computational luminance constancy from naturalistic images.

     bioRxiv, doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/358671 [ html | pdf ]

August, 2018:

Paper posted on bioRxiv. Congratulations Arvind!

     Iyer AV, Burge J (2018). 


     Model neuron response statistics to natural images.

     bioRxiv, doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/387183  [ html | pdf ]

August, 2018:

NIH-funded postdoctoral position available immediately!

Please see the lab Contact page for details about how to apply