Brian A. Wandell is the first Isaac and Madeline Stein Family Professor. He joined the Stanford Psychology faculty in 1979 and is a member, by courtesy, of Electrical Engineering, Ophthalmology, and Graduate School of Education. Wandell is the founding director of Stanford’s Center for Cognitive and Neurobiological Imaging, and the Deputy Director of the Stanford Neuroscience Institute. His research centers on vision science, spanning topics from visual disorders, reading development in children, to digital imaging devices and algorithms for both magnetic resonance imaging and digital imaging. He authored the vision science textbook Foundations of Vision. He has served as a consultant and technical advisor for a number of corporations, and he founded, a company that provides data and computational management for reproducible research. In 2007 he was named Electronic Imaging Scientist of the Year by the SPIE/IS&T, and he was awarded the Tillyer Prize from the Optical Society of America in 2008. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011 and given the Oberdorfer Award (2012) and Proctor Medal (2021) from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. Wandell was elected to the US National Academy of Sciences in 2003.

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Human neuroimaging with MRI; image systems simulation for the analysis of human vision and the design of digital cameras.

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Section 52: Psychological and Cognitive Sciences