Department Seminar: Looking at People 11/28 12-1pm

Professor Niko Troje

York University

Looking at People

Date: Wednesday November 28th 12-1pm

Location: LAS 3033

Lunch will be provided.


I will present an overview about my work on visual perception of other people. In the first part of my talk I will concentrate on the nature of visual representations with examples from face recognition, biological motion, body shape and whole body kinematics. The work involves both human and computer vision. I will demonstrate how sophisticated the human visual system is when it comes to people perception, and I will talk about the consequences this has for realistic computer animation.

In the second part of my talk, I want to speak about current and future projects that compare people perception and social communication mediated through the pictorial space of computers screens with the experience of other people in the visual space that opens in front of our eye in the real word. I will talk about our usage of virtual reality technology to create comparable experimental conditions in both cases.


Nikolaus Troje received his PhD in Biology from Albert Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Germany, in 1994. Subsequently, he conducted research at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen and later at Ruhr University in Bochum, both in Germany. In 2003, he joined Queen’s University as a Canada Research Chair in Vision and Behavioural Sciences with appointments in the Department of Psychology, the Department of Biology, the School of Computing, and the Department of Electrical Engineering. He is also the founder and director of the BioMotion Lab. In the summer of 2018 he moved his lab to York were he joined the Centre of Vision Research as a core member of the CFREF VISTA program and a nominee for a Tier I Canada Research Chair.

Dr. Troje studies several aspects of both human vision and computer vision. He is specifically interested in people perception and in space perception, with a focus on characterizing the nature of perceptual representations. He published 150 papers and book chapters and received several prestigious awards for his work, including the Humboldt Research Award and the NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Fellowship.

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