Professor Guy Wallis

Professor

School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
gwallis@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 56108

Overview

A/Prof. Wallis' research aims to bring his formal training in systems engineering to the study of visual recognition and visuomotor behaviour. He has made extensive use of behavioural studies conducted in computer simulated environments to investigate issues ranging from recognition learning to the visually guided initiation and control of motor behaviour.

Guy is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences. He has a background in electronic engineering and neural networks (from Imperial College, London) combined with a PhD in visual neuroscience from Oxford University. He joined the School in 1998 after a three year period as a visiting Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Germany. Whilst in Germany, he developed his interest in the human visual system by using virtual, computer generated worlds and since his arrival has established a virtual environments lab within the School. His research work and infrastructure to support it, has been funded by the Australian Research Council, the Human Frontier Science Program, and the Wellcome Trust, as well as through indutrial partnerships with the Construction Training Centre, Australian Coal Association Research Program, Queensland Health, the US Air Force and Boeing.

Dr Wallis was one of seven recipients of the 2003 UQ Foundation Research Excellence Awards for early career researchers. He has held a UQ Postdoctoral Fellowship (2001-2003), ARC QEII Fellowship (2003-2007) and ARC Future Fellowship (2011-2015).

Research Interests

  • Visual neuroscience
  • Object recognition
  • Visuomotor control
  • Virtual environments
  • Simulator-based training

Research Impacts

A/Prof. Wallis' work has influenced training programs for health professionals learning advanced surgical skills, the design of man-machine interfaces for underground and surface mining equipment, road signage and railway level crossing design.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Cognitive Neuroscience), Oxf.
  • Bachelor of Engineering, University of London

Publications

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Supervision

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Coelho, C., Tichon, J G, Hine, T.J., Wallis, G and Riva, G. (2006). Media presence and inner presence: The sense of presence in virtual reality technologies. From Communication to Presence. (pp. 25-45) edited by G. Riva, M.T. Anguera, B.K. Wiederhold and F. Mantovani.Amsterdam: IOS Press.

  • Wallis, Guy and Bülthoff, Heinrich (2002). Learning to Recognize Objects. Perceptual Learning. (pp. xx-xx) edited by M. Fahle and T. Poggio.Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.

  • Wallis, G. and Bülthoff, H. H. (2002). Object Recognition, Neurophysiology. The Handbook of Brain Theory and Neural Networks. (pp. 792-796) edited by Michael A. Arbib.Cambridge, Mass, USA: MIT Press.

  • Wallis, G. (2000). Time to learn about objects. Information Theory and the Brain. (pp. 139-163) edited by R. Baddeley, P. Hancock and P. Foldiak.Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision