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Professor Guy Wallis


  • Bio/Profile
  • Prof. Guy Wallis studies visual recognition and visuomotor behaviour. His investigations combine computational modelling with data drawn from behavioural studies. Many of the behavioural studies are conducted in computer controlled, virtual environments. Guy originally trained as an electronic engineering (Imperial College, London) which he followed with a PhD in visual neuroscience (Oxford University, UK). He joined the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences in 1998 after a three year period as a visiting Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Germany. His research has been funded by the Australian Research Council, the Human Frontier Science Program, and the Wellcome Trust, as well as through industrial partnerships with the Construction Training Centre, Australian Coal Association Research Program, Queensland Health, the US Air Force and Boeing.
    • ARC College of Experts (2019-2021)
    • CSIRO CSS Human Research Ethics Committee member (2020-2022)
    • UQ Health and Behavioural Sciences Faculty, HDR Supervision Award (2018)
    • ARC Future Fellowship (2011-2014)
    • ARC QEII Fellowship (2003-2007)
    • UQ Postdoctoral Fellowship (2001-2003)

    Prof. Wallis' scientific investigations have had a lasting impact on the understanding of how visual recognition is achieved in biological systems and has challenged thinking on how everyday visuomotor tasks are regulated.
    His applied work, in partnership with industry and health services, has established novel training programs for health professionals learning advanced surgical skills, has impacted the design of man-machine interfaces for underground and surface mining equipment, and has helped set the deign parameters for equipment intended for training pilots using virtual reality, head-mounted display technology.
    • Doctor of Philosophy (Cognitive Neuroscience), Oxf.
    Bachelor of Engineering, University of London