[visionlist] 2024 Verriest Medallist Professor Karl Gegenfurtner

Sérgio Nascimento smcn at fisica.uminho.pt
Tue Oct 17 03:46:27 -04 2023

The 2024 Verriest Medal will be awarded to Professor Karl R. Gegenfurtner at
the 27th Symposium of the International Colour Vision Society (ICVS) to be
held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in 2024. The award was established in 1991 in
memory of the founder of the Society, Dr. Guy Verriest, and honours
outstanding contributions in the field of colour vision.

Professor Gegenfurtner’s distinguished career in colour vision began with
doctoral studies at New York University under the supervision of George
Sperling and John Krauskopf, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at NYU
with Anthony Movshon, and then by appointments at the Max Planck Institute
for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen and Otto-von-Guericke University,
Magdeburg. He took up his present position as Professor of Psychology in
the Department of Psychology at the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen in

His research contributions have ranged exceptionally widely, covering
low-level chromatic adaptation and discrimination, through colour constancy
and higher-level cortical mechanisms, all the way to cognitive aspects such
as colour memory, colour categorization, and colour in scene and object
recognition. His work is centred on psychophysics, but he has embraced
methodological innovations, using the power of deep neural networks and the
immersive capabilities of virtual reality. His influential review articles
have brought developments in colour vision to the larger community and his
laboratory in Giessen has provided a welcoming and productive environment
for colour vision scientists from across the world.

Sérgio Nascimento, ICVS General Secretary

On behalf of the Board of Directors

International Colour Vision Society

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