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Gennady Livitz

Gennady Livitz Gennady Livitz earned a masters degree in electrical engineering from Moscow State Automobile and Road Technical University in Russia. He then worked as a research engineer at the Psychology School of the Lomonosov Moscow State University (MGU) in the Departments of Cognitive Psychology and of Psychophysiology, where he developed an interest in color perception.

After moving to the USA, Gennady worked in the software industry, both as a principal software engineer and system architect for major telecommunication and speech recognition companies and as an independent consultant.

In 2005 Gennady resumed his research career as a PhD student. He joined the Vision Lab at Boston University’s Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems to study the neural mechanisms underlying color perception. Gennady has developed a methodology that uses a conventional computer monitor to induce the perception of so-called “forbidden” color combinations, such as reddish-green, previously reported only under laboratory conditions of “retinal stabilization” that are not characteristic of normal vision. The results of this study were reported at the European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP) in 2008 and at the Vision Sciences Society (VSS) conference in 2009. This work also won a CELEST-sponsored award for student research in experimental neural science of brain and behavior at the Boston University Science and Engineering Day in 2009.

Gennady’s doctoral dissertation will develop a neural model of chromatic induction that accounts for his experimental findings and related data in color perception. Upon graduation Gennady will join a team of scientists and engineers working on the intersection of brain mechanisms and engineering, including bio-inspired visual image processing, data and model visualization, and development of programming environments for neural circuit simulations.

Last updated on May 18, 2011