Moving Boundaries Chair
Dr. Sergei Gepshtein is a scientist working in the areas of perceptual psychology, systems neuroscience, and computational neuroscience. His research interests include perception of depth and movement, perceptual organization, planning of multistep actions, and dynamics of cortical neural networks. He is a member of the Center for the Neurobiology of Vision at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, where he studies perception and active behavior from the mechanistic perspective of neuroscience and from a perspective that respects visual experience as a self-contained area of research.
He directs research of Adaptive Sensory Technologies at the Salk Institute with the goal to translate results of basic science for applications ranging from immersive visual technologies and adaptive sighting devices to urban design and forensic science. Recently, he joined the faculty of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, where he directs the Center for Spatial Perception & Concrete Experience: a platform for investigating spatial experience as a natural narrative process. He has developed a curriculum bridging concepts of space originated in different disciplines in sciences and design, and he has used this curriculum to teach undergraduate and graduate classes at NewSchool of Architecture and Design in San Diego and University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
His work has been supported by grants and awards from the National Eye Institute, the National Institute on Aging, the National Science Foundation, Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind, Swartz Foundation for Theoretical Neuroscience, and National Institutes of Natural Sciences of Japan.
He is increasingly involved in research of the built environment and design of immersive media: as a founding member of the World Building Institute, inaugural member of the Freeman Design Leadership Council, and inaugural recipient of the Harold Hay Research Award from the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA). In 2016 he joined the Board of Directors of ANFA, to further the growing understanding of human response to the built environment.