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Russell L. Woods, Ph.D.

TitleAssistant Professor of Ophthalmology
InstitutionSchepens Eye Research Institute
DepartmentOphthalmology
AddressSchepens Eye Research Inst.
20 Staniford St.
Boston MA 02114
Phone617/912-2589
Fax617/912-0112
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 current student opportunities
Available: 05/19/14, Expires: 05/31/15

Most people with low vision (vision impairment) report that they have difficulty watching video on TV, computer, hand-held devices and at the cinema. To provide assistance, we are developing image enhancement methods based around electronic magnification. To develop and to demonstrate the benefit of these methods, we conduct vision and behavioral studies. Those behavioral studies involve both people with low vision and people with full sight, often with simulated vision impairment. Depending on expertise and interests, the student could work on a project that developed an image enhancement method or related components (software development) or on a project that assessed vision (visual psychophysics) or the benefit of a method (behavior).

Available: 05/20/14, Expires: 05/31/15

Unilateral visual-spatial neglect, which affects about 3 million people in the USA, is a debilitating cognitive impairment that frequently occurs as a result of stroke, traumatic brain injury and brain surgery. It presents as a deficit of attention to visible objects on one side and produces profound problems with activities of daily living.

We have invented a possible treatment for spatial neglect that we need to test in a preliminary (pilot) study.

Available: 06/10/14, Expires: 05/30/15

Most people with low vision (vision impairment) report that they have difficulty watching video on TV, computer, hand-held devices and at the cinema. To provide assistance, we are developing image enhancement methods based around electronic magnification. To develop and to demonstrate the benefit of these methods, we conduct vision and behavioral studies. Those behavioral studies involve both people with low vision and people with full sight, often with simulated vision impairment. Depending on expertise and interests, the student could work on a project that developed an image enhancement method or related components (software development) or on a project that assessed vision (visual psychophysics) or the benefit of a method (behavior).


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  1. Saunders DR, Woods RL. Direct measurement of the system latency of gaze-contingent displays. Behav Res Methods. 2014 Jun; 46(2):439-47.
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  2. Burke TR, Duncker T, Woods RL, Greenberg JP, Zernant J, Tsang SH, Smith RT, Allikmets R, Sparrow JR, Delori FC. Quantitative fundus autofluorescence in recessive stargardt disease. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2014; 55(5):2841-52.
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  3. Saunders DR, Bex PJ, Rose DJ, Woods RL. Measuring information acquisition from sensory input using automated scoring of natural-language descriptions. PLoS One. 2014; 9(4):e93251.
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  4. Duncker T, Greenberg JP, Ramachandran R, Hood DC, Smith RT, Hirose T, Woods RL, Tsang SH, Delori FC, Sparrow JR. Quantitative fundus autofluorescence and optical coherence tomography in best vitelliform macular dystrophy. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2014; 55(3):1471-82.
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  5. Satgunam PN, Woods RL, Bronstad PM, Peli E. Factors affecting enhanced video quality preferences. IEEE Trans Image Process. 2013 Dec; 22(12):5146-57.
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  6. Greenberg JP, Duncker T, Woods RL, Smith RT, Sparrow JR, Delori FC. Quantitative fundus autofluorescence in healthy eyes. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2013; 54(8):5684-93.
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  7. Han P, Saunders DR, Woods RL, Luo G. Trajectory prediction of saccadic eye movements using a compressed exponential model. J Vis. 2013; 13(8).
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  8. Saunders DR, Bex PJ, Woods RL. Crowdsourcing a normative natural language dataset: a comparison of Amazon Mechanical Turk and in-lab data collection. J Med Internet Res. 2013; 15(5):e100.
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  9. To L, Woods RL, Goldstein RB, Peli E. Psychophysical contrast calibration. Vision Res. 2013 Sep 20; 90:15-24.
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  10. Haun A, Woods RL, Peli E. Electronic magnification and perceived contrast of video. J Soc Inf Disp. 2012 Nov 1; 20(11):616-623.
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  11. Satgunam P, Woods RL, Luo G, Bronstad PM, Reynolds Z, Ramachandra C, Mel BW, Peli E. Effects of contour enhancement on low-vision preference and visual search. Optom Vis Sci. 2012 Sep; 89(9):E1364-73.
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  12. Delori F, Greenberg JP, Woods RL, Fischer J, Duncker T, Sparrow J, Smith RT. Quantitative measurements of autofluorescence with the scanning laser ophthalmoscope. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2011; 52(13):9379-90.
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  13. García-Pérez MA, Alcalá-Quintana R, Woods RL, Peli E. Psychometric functions for detection and discrimination with and without flankers. Atten Percept Psychophys. 2011 Apr; 73(3):829-53.
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  14. Woods RL, Satgunam P. Television, computer and portable display device use by people with central vision impairment. Ophthalmic Physiol Opt. 2011 May; 31(3):258-74.
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  15. Lovie-Kitchin JE, Soong GP, Hassan SE, Woods RL. Visual field size criteria for mobility rehabilitation referral. Optom Vis Sci. 2010 Dec; 87(12):E948-57.
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  16. Woods RL, Colvin CR, Vera-Diaz FA, Peli E. A relationship between tolerance of blur and personality. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2010 Nov; 51(11):6077-82.
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  17. Woods RL, Giorgi RG, Berson EL, Peli E. Extended wearing trial of Trifield lens device for 'tunnel vision'. Ophthalmic Physiol Opt. 2010 May; 30(3):240-52.
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  18. Vera-Diaz FA, Woods RL, Peli E. Shape and individual variability of the blur adaptation curve. Vision Res. 2010 Jul 9; 50(15):1452-61.
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  19. Apfelbaum HL, Gambacorta C, Woods RL, Peli E. Inattentional blindness with the same scene at different scales. Ophthalmic Physiol Opt. 2010 Mar; 30(2):124-31.
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  20. Woods RL, Apfelbaum HL, Peli E. DLP-based dichoptic vision test system. J Biomed Opt. 2010 Jan-Feb; 15(1):016011.
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  21. Peli E, Woods RL. IMAGE ENHANCEMENT FOR IMPAIRED VISION: THE CHALLENGE OF EVALUATION. Int J Artif Intell Tools. 2009 Jun; 18(3):415-438.
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  22. Luo G, Woods RL, Peli E. Collision judgment when using an augmented-vision head-mounted display device. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2009 Sep; 50(9):4509-15.
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  23. Giorgi RG, Woods RL, Peli E. Clinical and laboratory evaluation of peripheral prism glasses for hemianopia. Optom Vis Sci. 2009 May; 86(5):492-502.
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  24. Apfelbaum HL, Apfelbaum DH, Woods RL, Peli E. Inattentional blindness and augmented-vision displays: effects of cartoon-like filtering and attended scene. Ophthalmic Physiol Opt. 2008 May; 28(3):204-17.
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  25. Pult H, Murphy PJ, Purslow C, Nyman J, Woods RL. Limbal and bulbar hyperaemia in normal eyes. Ophthalmic Physiol Opt. 2008 Jan; 28(1):13-20.
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  26. Fullerton M, Woods RL, Vera-Diaz FA, Peli E. Measuring perceived video quality of MPEG enhancement by people with impaired vision. J Opt Soc Am A Opt Image Sci Vis. 2007 Dec; 24(12):B174-87.
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  27. Lichtenstein L, Barabas J, Woods RL, Peli E. A Feedback-Controlled Interface for Treadmill Locomotion in Virtual Environments. ACM Trans Appl Percept. 2007 Jan; 4(1):nihms15080.
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  28. Goldstein RB, Woods RL, Peli E. Where people look when watching movies: do all viewers look at the same place? Comput Biol Med. 2007 Jul; 37(7):957-64.
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  29. Woods RL, Rashed AL, Benavides JM, Webb RH. A low-power, LED-based, high-brightness anomaloscope. Vision Res. 2006 Oct; 46(22):3775-81.
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  30. Murphy PJ, Lau JS, Sim MM, Woods RL. How red is a white eye? Clinical grading of normal conjunctival hyperaemia. Eye (Lond). 2007 May; 21(5):633-8.
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  31. García-Pérez MA, Giorgi RG, Woods RL, Peli E. Thresholds vary between spatial and temporal forced-choice paradigms: the case of lateral interactions in peripheral vision. Spat Vis. 2005; 18(1):99-127.
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  32. Giorgi RG, Soong GP, Woods RL, Peli E. Facilitation of contrast detection in near-peripheral vision. Vision Res. 2004 Dec; 44(27):3193-202.
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  33. Barabas J, Goldstein RB, Apfelbaum H, Woods RL, Giorgi RG, Peli E. Tracking the line of primary gaze in a walking simulator: modeling and calibration. Behav Res Methods Instrum Comput. 2004 Nov; 36(4):757-70.
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  34. Peli E, Kim J, Yitzhaky Y, Goldstein RB, Woods RL. Wideband enhancement of television images for people with visual impairments. J Opt Soc Am A Opt Image Sci Vis. 2004 Jun; 21(6):937-50.
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  35. Bowers AR, Woods RL, Peli E. Preferred retinal locus and reading rate with four dynamic text presentation formats. Optom Vis Sci. 2004 Mar; 81(3):205-13.
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  36. Nugent AK, Keswani RN, Woods RL, Peli E. Contour integration in peripheral vision reduces gradually with eccentricity. Vision Res. 2003 Oct; 43(23):2427-37.
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  37. Hong X, Thibos LN, Bradley A, Woods RL, Applegate RA. Comparison of monochromatic ocular aberrations measured with an objective cross-cylinder aberroscope and a Shack-Hartmann aberrometer. Optom Vis Sci. 2003 Jan; 80(1):15-25.
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  38. Wong BP, Woods RL, Peli E. Stereoacuity at distance and near. Optom Vis Sci. 2002 Dec; 79(12):771-8.
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  39. Hassan SE, Lovie-Kitchin JE, Woods RL. Vision and mobility performance of subjects with age-related macular degeneration. Optom Vis Sci. 2002 Nov; 79(11):697-707.
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  40. Woods RL, Nugent AK, Peli E. Lateral interactions: size does matter. Vision Res. 2002 Mar; 42(6):733-45.
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  41. Afsar AJ, Woods RL, Pate S, Rogan F, Wykes W. Economic costs of cataract surgery using a rigid and a foldable intraocular lens. Ophthalmic Physiol Opt. 2001 Jul; 21(4):262-7.
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  42. Bowers AR, Lovie-Kitchin JE, Woods RL. Eye movements and reading with large print and optical magnifiers in macular disease. Optom Vis Sci. 2001 May; 78(5):325-34.
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  43. MacKinven J, McGuinness CL, Pascal E, Woods RL. Clinical grading of the upper palpebral conjunctiva of non-contact lens wearers. Optom Vis Sci. 2001 Jan; 78(1):13-8.
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  44. Dundas M, Walker A, Woods RL. Clinical grading of corneal staining of non-contact lens wearers. Ophthalmic Physiol Opt. 2001 Jan; 21(1):30-5.
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  45. Woods RL, Strang NC, Atchison DA. Measuring contrast sensitivity with inappropriate optical correction. Ophthalmic Physiol Opt. 2000 Nov; 20(6):442-51.
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  46. Lovie-Kitchin JE, Bowers AR, Woods RL. Oral and silent reading performance with macular degeneration. Ophthalmic Physiol Opt. 2000 Sep; 20(5):360-70.
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  47. Strang NC, Atchison DA, Woods RL. Effects of defocus and pupil size on human contrast sensitivity. Ophthalmic Physiol Opt. 1999 Sep; 19(5):415-26.
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  48. Afsar AJ, Patel S, Woods RL, Wykes W. A comparison of visual performance between a rigid PMMA and a foldable acrylic intraocular lens. Eye (Lond). 1999 Jun; 13 ( Pt 3a):329-35.
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  49. Woods RL, Tregear SJ, Mitchell RA. Screening for ophthalmic disease in older subjects using visual acuity and contrast sensitivity. Ophthalmology. 1998 Dec; 105(12):2318-26.
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  50. Atchison DA, Woods RL, Bradley A. Predicting the effects of optical defocus on human contrast sensitivity. J Opt Soc Am A Opt Image Sci Vis. 1998 Sep; 15(9):2536-44.
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  51. Atchison DA, Charman WN, Woods RL. Subjective depth-of-focus of the eye. Optom Vis Sci. 1997 Jul; 74(7):511-20.
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  52. Woods RL, Bradley A, Atchison DA. Monocular diplopia caused by ocular aberrations and hyperopic defocus. Vision Res. 1996 Nov; 36(22):3597-606.
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  53. Woods RL. Spatial frequency dependent observer bias in the measurement of contrast sensitivity. Ophthalmic Physiol Opt. 1996 Nov; 16(6):513-9.
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  54. Woods RL, Bradley A, Atchison DA. Consequences of monocular diplopia for the contrast sensitivity function. Vision Res. 1996 Nov; 36(22):3587-96.
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  55. Woods RL, Thomson WD. Effects of exercise on aspects of visual function. Ophthalmic Physiol Opt. 1995 Jan; 15(1):5-12.
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  56. Wood JM, Woods RL, Jack MP. Exercise does not increase visual field sensitivity. Optom Vis Sci. 1994 Nov; 71(11):682-4.
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  57. Woods RL. Reliability of visual performance measurement under optical degradation. Ophthalmic Physiol Opt. 1993 Apr; 13(2):143-50.
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  58. Woods RL, Saunders JE, Port MJ. Optical performance of decentered bifocal contact lenses. Optom Vis Sci. 1993 Mar; 70(3):171-84.
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