I am a child of the redwoods who is dedicated to experiencing as much of the world as life makes opportune, and to do what I can to ensure as many folk have full access to this wonderful world as well.
Computer Vision Engineer
Phd, Computer Engineering, UC Sana Cruz
BS, Computer Science, Harvey Mudd College
The ability to navigate safely and confidently is a fundamental requirement for independent travel and access to many settings such as work, school, shopping, transit and healthcare. Navigation is particularly challenging for people with visual impairments, who have limited ability to see signs, landmarks or maps posted in the environment.
Bilateral field loss due to maculopathy creates a scotoma that extends in depth — a volume scotoma. Morevoer the size of the scotoma depends on whether observers turn their eyes to track a target as it comes closer. This project investigates how the volume scotoma affects the ability to track oncoming targets in these individuals, and in controls with a simulated volume scotoma.