Personal profile

Contact Details

Room: VS34
Telephone (office): +44 (0) 121 204 4130
Telephone (ALIVE): +44 (0) 121 204 5045


Born in 1964, Tim had a brief career as a telecommunications engineer with British Telecom, then graduated from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in 1989 with a first-class joint honours degree in Computer Science and Psychology. He studied for a PhD under the supervision of Mark Georgeson at the University of Bristol and completed his thesis entitled 'Feature Coding in Human Pattern Vision' in 1993. He then worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham for three years investigating optic flow and complex motion with Mike Harris. He took up an appointment at the Department of Vision Sciences as a Lecturer in 1996, was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2003, Reader in 2008 and Professor in 2011 when he also became the director of Aston University's Centre for Vision and Hearing Research. Since then he became director of the Aston Laboratory for Immersive Virtual Environments (ALIVE) for which he and the lab received funding from HEFCE, The Wolfson Trust, The Eranda Foundation, The Cadbury Trust and the Eveson Trust. He has been on the executive committee of the AVA for over 20 years (Chairman from 2008-2012) and has been a regular organizer of the AVA Christmas Meeting since 1996. He is one of four chief editors for the journals Perception and i-Perception and has over 70 full publications. He has held funding from The Wellcome Trust, The Leverhulme Trust, BBSRC and EPSRC.

If you are looking for one of my papers and can't locate it, then do send me an email ( marked REPRINT REQUEST. I will be happy to send you a pdf. 

Research Interests

  • Spatial vision
  • Contrast gain control
  • Binocular vision
  • Depth perception
  • Psychophysical methods
  • Complex motion and optic flow

Teaching Activity

Vision Science and Research Methods (Optometry): Second-year undergraduate module leader/lecturer.

Elective studies (Optometry): Third-year module leader/lecturer/supervisor.

Advanced Visual Science (Optometry): Ophthalmic doctorate module contributor/lecturer/supervisor.

Cognitive Neurosciences (Psychology): MSc contributor/lecturer/supervisor.

Postgraduate Tutor (School of Life and Health Sciences): Administrator/Module leader.

Evidence based practice and research methods (Optometry, Singapore): Module leader.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Pattern Vision in Human Vision, University of Bristol

Award Date: 1 Mar 1993

BSc, Joint Honours in Computer Science and Psychology, Newcastle University

Award Date: 3 Jul 1989

HNC Electronics Engineering, Notingham Trent University

Award Date: 1 Jul 1986

External positions

Chief Editor for the journals Perception and i-Perception, The journals: (1) Perception, (2) iPerception

2008 → …

Member, Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Applied Vision Association, Applied Vision Association

1 Mar 1996 → …


  • BF Psychology
  • Visual perception
  • Psychophysics
  • Virtual reality
  • Computational modelling