Dr Andrew Schofield

Reader in Psychology

School of Life & Health Sciences

Aston University

Birmingham, B4 7ET                                                                           

    Dr Andrew Schofield

Phone:+44 (0)121 204 3313 

Email: a.schofield@aston.ac.uk

Room: SW410d

Research Group

Basic and Applied Neurosciences Group

The Centre for Vision and Hearing Research 

The Aston Laboratory for Immersive Virtual Environments (ALIVE) 

Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA)

I joined the Department of Psychology as a Reader in October 2018 having previously been a Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham.

I have been working in the field of Visual Perception for nearly 30 years but have always combined this with a strong interest in Computer Vision and Machine Learning including Neural Networks.  

  • BEng, Brunel University, 1990
  • PhD, Communication and Neuroscience, Keele University 1994
  • Diploma in Psychology, Open University, 1996
  • PGCert Learning and teaching in Higher Education, University of Birmingham, 2001
  • 2016 – 2018: Deputy Director of Education, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham.2006-2018: Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham.
  • 1999-2006: Lecturer, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham.
  • 1996-1999: Research Fellow, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham.
  • 1995-1996: Senior Scientific Officer, Forensic Science Service.
  • 1993-1995: Research Fellow, Dept of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Brunel University.
Second year Research Methods and Advances Statistics.

My research focuses on human visual perception with applications in computer vision and robotics. I also study changes in visual perception in older adults.

My main focus is on the perception of visual texture (second-order vision) and how this enables humans to distinguish between changes in illumination from changes in the material properties of surfaces. This is combined with an interest in shape-from-shading, the role of shadows in object perception, and depth perception.

In Computer Vision the same mechanisms that we think are used by humans to separate illumination and material changes can be used by machines for the same purpose (intrinsic image extraction). Here I am also interested on how human edge and surface processing can be modelled with machine learning and deep neural networks to aid in the reconstruction of 3D shape from 2D images.

Older adults find it harder to see visual texture than younger adults and this may lead to difficulty in judging the shape of uneven surfaces such as steps. Here I am interested in how step markings might be manipulated to influence toe clearance in older adults.

I am a member of the Basic and Applied Neurosciences Group https://www2.aston.ac.uk/lhs/research/centres-facilities/basic-and-applied-neurosciences. The Centre for Vision and Hearing Research https://www2.aston.ac.uk/lhs/research/centres-facilities/cvhr, The Aston Laboratory for Immersive Virtual Environments (ALIVE) https://www2.aston.ac.uk/lhs/research/centres-facilities/alive and the Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA) https://www2.aston.ac.uk/lhs/research/centres-facilities/archa

Reconstructing 3D structure from single images: a perceptual reconstruction approach. 2019-2022, EPSRC, ~£1,500,000 FEC, Joint with Computer Science at Surrey and Psychology at Southampton.

Visual Image Interpretation in Humans and Machines, 2014-2017, EPSRC Network, ~£140,000 joint with Computer Science at Bath.

  • Austyn Tempesta (University of Birmingham)
  • Krishna Perumal (University of Birmingham)
  • Hannah Broadbent (Joint ESRC Midlands Graduate School studentship with University of Nottingham).
  • Timmion Skervin (External advisor, Liverpool John Moores University).
  • Fellow Higher Education Academy
  • Member Applied Vision Association
  • Member British Machine Vision Association
  • Member Vision Sciences Society