Johannes Burge

Email: jburge [at] sas.upenn.edu

Office: Goddard Room 426

Department of Psychology

Vision Science Program, UC Berkeley

Stanford University

Center for Perceptual Systems, UT Austin

Vision systems

Natural Scenes

Computation

PhD in Vision Science   

BA in Psychology, Minor in Mathematics

News

July, 2011:       

August, 2011:   

Post-doctoral fellow

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:       

© 2011 — 2016 Johannes Burge

Uploaded Matlab implementation of new method for dimensionality reduction:

Accuracy Maximization Analysis (AMA)

Book chapter published in Sensory Cue Integration

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 ]

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

Article published in Journal of Vision

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

February, 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 ]

September, 2011:

PNAS article covered by Science Daily

PNAS article covered by Fast Company, Wired, Science Magazine

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

January, 2012:   

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 ]

November, 2011:

PNAS article covered by Scientific American

Algorithm for estimating focus error covered by The Guardian Observer and Popular Photography

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

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

February, 2012:

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

Presented on optimally estimating focus error for autofocusing a DSLR camera at IS&T/SPIE meeting

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"

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

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 ]

August, 2013:   

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

Starting date: July 1, 2014

March, 2013:   

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

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

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]

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 [ pdf ]

Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania

Assistant Professor        

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

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

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

December, 2013:

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

Patent Publication No. US-2013-0329122-A1

March, 2014:

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

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

April, 2014:

Presented on how human speed discrimination with naturalistic movies can be predicted with an ideal observer model at the Natural Environments, Tasks, and Intelligence (NETI) mini-conference at UT Austin

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

May, 2014:

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  1. Teaching

  1. CV

  1. Music

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  1. People

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First day in the office at the University of Pennsylvania!

July, 2014:

Three abstracts submitted to the OSA Fall Vision Meeting

August, 2014:

University of Pennsylvania

Lab:    Richards, 4th Floor

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

October, 2014:

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

November, 2014:

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

November, 2014:

Book chapter published in The Cognitive Neurosciences

November, 2014:

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 ]

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

January, 2015:

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

September, 2014:

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

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 [ pdf ]

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 [ pdf ]

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

July, 2015:

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

July, 2015:

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

August, 2015:

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

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 [ pdf ]

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.

December, 2015:

Three abstracts submitted to VSS 2016

April, 2016:

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

August, 2015:

Two abstracts submitted (and accepted!) to Cosyne 2016

April, 2016:

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

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

March, 2016:

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

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"

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"

September, 2016:

Johannes presented on binocular vision in natural scenes at the Rank Prize Lectures in Grasmere, England

October, 2016:

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

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 [ pdf ]

November, 2016:

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

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 [ pdf ]

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

January, 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 ]

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 [ 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.

February, 2017:

Johannes presented at Cosyne on Linking normative and subunit models of neural response

February, 2017:

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

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.

January, 2017:

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