Researcher

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Fields of Research (FoR)

Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance

Biography

My research is concerned with understanding how we perceive real-world and virtual environments. Our brain infers information about the physical properties of objects in the environment through neural signals it receives from our six senses. I seek to identify specific patterns in sensory information that are critically important for explaining optimal perception and action in real-world scenarios. I have particular strengths in research...view more

My research is concerned with understanding how we perceive real-world and virtual environments. Our brain infers information about the physical properties of objects in the environment through neural signals it receives from our six senses. I seek to identify specific patterns in sensory information that are critically important for explaining optimal perception and action in real-world scenarios. I have particular strengths in research topics on visual and vestibular neurophysiology, including the development of future technologies in head-mounted display virtual reality (HMD VR).


Education

  • 2005 PhD in Psychology, The University of Sydney
  • 1998 BSc (Honours-I), The University of Sydney

Research Goals

  • Explain / predict the experience of cybersickness in HMD VR.
  • Determine the image properties for the perception of surfaces and materials.
  • Understand multi-sensory mechanisms for the perception of self-motion.
  • Explore the role of eye movements and retinal motion in perception of form and motion.
  • Develop psychophysical approaches for artificial intelligence to automatically assess morphological structures seen in ophthalmic images.

 Current Student Projects (PhD and Honours)

  • Perception of surface shape and translucency in natural scenes.
  • Perception of shape and materials in virtual environments.
  • The illusory experience of self-motion perception (vection).
  • Improving the perception of corneal nerve morphology in ophthalmology and clinical optometry.
  • Galvanic Vestibular Stimulation (GVS) for HMD VR.
  • Using HMD VR to understand multisensory integration.

Supervision Opportunities/Areas

I am happy to discuss supervision of summer research projects, honours and postgraduate projects in any of the above areas.


Advice for prospective students

If you have ever wondered why the world appears the way that it does and would like to conduct research to figure out how our brain provides you with this experience, then please feel free to contact me.


Courses I teach

VISN1101 Vision Science Perspectives (Term 1)

OPTM3201 Ocular Imaging and Applied Vision Science (Term 1)

VISN5512 Sensory Processes and Movement (Term 1)

OPTM7218 Research Project (Term 1, 2, 3)


Outreach

I have successfully engaged with industry including transnational corporations and other academic institutions though our laboratory:

Sensory Processes Research Laboratory

I also actively engage in educational outreach activities, which you can read about at MyEducation portfolio:

https://myeducationportfolio.unsw.edu.au/profile/888

 


My Grants

  • 2023 Kim J., Palmisano, S., Iwasaki, S. Enhancing sensory perception and balance control in HMD-based VR. ARC Discovery Project (DP230100303)
  • 2021 Palmisano, S., Kim, J. Unleashing the potential of VR: reducing sickness in head-mounted displays. ARC Discovery Project (DP210101475)
  • 2014 Kim, J. Image constraints on the perception of surfaces and materials. ARC Future Fellowship (FT140100535)
  • 2010 Anderson, B.L., Kim, J., Fleming, R. The perception of surfaces and materials. ARC Discovery Project (DP1097229)
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Location

School of Optometry and Vision Science
Level 3, Room 3.006
North Wing, Rupert Myers Building


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Contact

+61 2 9065 1218
+61 2 9313 6243

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