PhD candidate M. Keyvanara wins Mercedes T. Richards & Jane St. Amour Award in Engineering
Maryam is in her third year of PhD studies in computer science under the supervision of Professor Robert Allison. Her research focus is vision including eye tracking in virtual reality, gaze-contingent displays, eye movement analysis and visual perception. She is currently working on perceptual concepts of human vision such as saccadic suppression, change blindness and foveated rendering and their applications in virtual reality.
The award commemorates the life and work of Mercedes Tharam Richards (MSc ’79) who worked in several American universities, finishing her career at Penn State University after joining Penn State’s Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics in 2002. Richards worked extensively in the fields of computational astrophysics, stellar astrophysics, exoplanets and the physical dynamics of interacting binary star systems.
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