Ruth Rosenholtz: Curriculum Vitae


Dept. of Brain & Cognitive Sciences
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
32 Vassar St., 32-D532
Cambridge, MA 02139

phone: 617 324-0269
email: r r u t h @ m i t . e d u


Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California at Berkeley, December, 1994.
Major field of study: Signal Processing
Minor fields of study: Robotics and Control, Mathematics
Thesis: “Local Shape From Texture.” Advisor: Jitendra Malik.

M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California at Berkeley, 1991.
Thesis: “Iterative Procedures for Reduction of Blocking Effects in Transform Image Coding.” Advisor: Avideh Zakhor.

B.S. in Engineering, with Distinction in Course, Swarthmore College, 1988.
Senior Design Project: “Computer Recognition of Facial Features.” Advisor: Stephen Platt.

Positions Held

2003-present: Principal Research Scientist, Dept. of Brain & Cognitive Sciences, CSAIL, MIT
2001-2003: Manager, Image Components & Services, (Xerox) Palo Alto Research Center
1997-2001: Member of Research Staff II, (Xerox) Palo Alto Research Center
1995-1997: NRC Postdoctoral Researcher, NASA Ames
1994-1995: Postdoctoral Researcher, Utrecht University

Honors and Awards

Fellow, Association for Psychological Science, 2019.
University of California at Berkeley Eliahu Jury Award for excellence in control, systems, and signal processing research, 1995.
Google Research Awards, 2011, 2013-2015
Keynote speaker, Human Vision and Electronic Imaging, “Vision at a glance”, 2017
Invited speaker, VSS Symposium, “The role of ensemble statistics in the visual periphery”, 2017
Invited speaker, ECVP “Controversy” Symposium, “How does crowding limit object recognition”, 2017
Keynote speaker, Conference on Spatial Information Theory, 2019

Selected Service

2018-present: Advisory board, FoVea (Females of Vision et al)
2018-present: Associate editor, Journal of Vision
2016-present: Committee member, VSS Davida Teller Award
2017-present: Editorial board, Journal of Perceptual Imaging
2003-2017: Editorial board, ACM Transactions on Applied Perception
2005-2006: Program committee, Applied Perception in Graphics & Vision


  • Effects of temporal and spatiotemporal cues on detection of dynamic road hazards Wolfe, B., Kosovicheva, A., Stent, S., Rosenholtz, R., CR:PI, 2021. Abstract PDF
  • Demystifying visual awareness: Peripheral encoding plus limited decision complexity resolve the paradox of rich visual experience and curious perceptual failures Rosenholtz, R., Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 2020. Abstract PDF
  • Toward a Theory of Visual Information Acquisition in Driving Wolfe, B., Sawyer, and Rosenholtz, R., Human Factors, 2020. Abstract PDF
  • Superior Parietal Lobule: A Role in Relative Localization of Multiple Different Elements Vialatte, A., Yeshurun, Y., Khan, A. Z., Rosenholtz, R., Pisella, L., Cerebral Cortex, 2020. Abstract PDF
  • Predicting road scenes from brief views of driving video Wolfe, B., Fridman, L., Kosovicheva, A., Seppelt, Mehler, Reimer, B. and Rosenholtz, R., Journal of Vision, 2019. Abstract PDF
  • Challenges to pooling models of crowding: Implications for visual mechanisms Rosenholtz, R., Yu, D., Keshvari, S., Journal of Vision, 2019. Abstract PDF
  • Detection of brake lights while distracted: Separating peripheral vision from cognitive load Wolfe, B., Sawyer, B.D., Kosovicheva, A., Reimer, B. and Rosenholtz, R., Atten Percept Psychophys, 2019. Abstract PDF
  • Rapid holistic perception and evasion of road hazards Wolfe, B., Seppelt, Mehler, Reimer, B. and Rosenholtz, R., Journal Exp. Psychol. Gen., 2019. Abstract PDF
  • Beyond Bouma's window: How to explain global aspects of crowding? A. Doerig, A. Bornet, R. Rosenholtz, G. Francis, A. M. Clarke, M. H. Herzog, PLOS Computational Biology, 2019. Abstract PDF
  • Context mitigates crowding: Peripheral object recognition in real-world images Wijntjes, M. W. A. & Rosenholtz, R., Cognition, 2018. Abstract PDF
  • Web pages: What can you see in a single fixation? Ali Jahanian, Shaiyan Keshvari, Ruth Rosenholtz, CR:PI 2018, 2018. Abstract PDF
  • Perceiving the roadway in the blink of an eye - Rapid perception of the road environment and prediction of events Wolfe, B., Fridman, L., Kosovicheva, A., Seppelt, Mehler, Rosenholtz, R., Reimer, Driving Assessment, 2017. Abstract
  • More than the Useful Field: Considering peripheral vision in driving Wolfe, B., Dobres, J., Rosenholtz, R., Reimer, Applied Ergonomics, 2017. Abstract PDF
  • Those pernicious items R. Rosenholtz, Brain & Behavioral Sciences, 2017. Abstract PDF
  • Capacity limits and how the visual system copes with them Rosenholtz, R., HVEI, 2017. Abstract PDF
  • Pooling of continuous features provides a unifying account of crowding Keshvari, S., Rosenholtz, R., JOV, 2016. Abstract PDF
  • Age-related differences in the legibility of degraded text Wolfe, B., Dobres, J., Kosovicheva, A., Rosenholtz, R. and Reimer, CRPI, 2016. Abstract PDF
  • A general account of peripheral encoding also predicts scene perception performance Ehinger, K. A., Rosenholtz, R., Journal of Vision, 2016. Abstract PDF
  • Capabilities and limitations of peripheral vision Rosenholtz, R., Annual Review of Vision Science, 2016. Abstract PDF
  • Search performance is better predicted by tileability than by the presence of a unique basic feature Chang, H., Rosenholtz, R., Journal of Vision, 2016. Abstract PDF
  • Cube search, revisited X. Zhang, J. Huang, S. Yigit-Elliott, and R. Rosenholtz, Journal of Vision, 2015. Abstract PDF
  • Bridging text spotting and SLAM with junction features H.-C. Wang, C. Finn, L. Paull, M. Kaess, R. Rosenholtz, S. Teller, & J. Leonard, IROS, 2015. Abstract PDF
  • Accuracy and Speed of Material Categorization in Real-world Images Sharan, L., Rosenholtz, R., Adelson. E. H., Journal of Vision, 2014. Abstract PDF
  • Texture Perception R. Rosenholtz, Handbook of Perceptual Organization, 2014. Abstract PDF
  • Recognizing Materials Using Perceptually Inspired Features Sharan, L., Liu. C., Rosenholtz, R., Adelson. E. H., IJCV, 2013. Abstract PDF
  • Rethinking the role of top-down attention in vision: Effects attributable to a lossy representation in peripheral vision Ruth Rosenholtz, Jie Huang, and Krista A. Ehinger, Front. Psych., 2012. Abstract PDF
  • A summary statistic representation in peripheral vision explains visual search R. Rosenholtz, J. Huang, A. Raj, B. J. Balas, and L. Ilie, Journal of Vision, 2012. Abstract PDF
  • Visual search for arbitrary objects in real scenes Jeremy M. Wolfe, George A. Alvarez, Ruth Rosenholtz, Yoana L. Kuzmova, Ashley M. Sherman, AP&P, 2011. Abstract PDF
  • Do predictions of visual perception aid design? Ruth Rosenholtz, Amal Dorai, and Rosalind Freeman, ACM TAP, 2011. Abstract PDF
  • What your visual system sees where you are not looking Ruth Rosenholtz, Proc. SPIE: HVEI, 2011. Abstract PDF
  • What Your Design Looks Like to Peripheral Vision Alvin Raj, Ruth Rosenholtz, APGV, 2010. Abstract PDF
  • Exploring Features in a Bayesian Framework for Material Recognition Ce Liu, Lavanya Sharan, Edward H. Adelson, and Ruth Rosenholtz, CVPR 2010, 2010. Abstract PDF
  • A summary-statistic representation in peripheral vision explains visual crowding B. Balas, L. Nakano, and R. Rosenholtz, Journal of Vision, 2009. Abstract PDF
  • An intuitive model of perceptual grouping for HCI design R. Rosenholtz, N. R. Twarog, N. Schinkel-Bielefeld, and M. Wattenberg, SIGCHI, 2009. Abstract PDF
  • Uniform versus random orientation in fading and filling-in C. H. Attar, K. Hamburger, R. Rosenholtz, H. Gotzl, & L. Spillman, Vision Research, 2007. Abstract PDF
  • Measuring visual clutter R. Rosenholtz, Y. Li, & L. Nakano, Journal of Vision, 2007. Abstract PDF
  • Feature Congestion: a measure of display clutter R. Rosenholtz, Y. Li, J. Mansfield, Z. Jin, SIGCHI, 2005. Abstract PDF
  • The effect of background color on asymmetries in color search R. Rosenholtz, A.L. Nagy, N. R. Bell, Journal of Vision, 2004. Abstract PDF
  • VisualIDs: automatic distinctive icons for desktop interfaces J. P. Lewis, R. Rosenholtz, U. Neumann, and Nickson Fong, SIGGRAPH, 2004. Abstract PDF
  • Halo: A technique for visualizing off-screen locations P. Baudisch & R. Rosenholtz, SIGCHI, 2003. Abstract PDF
  • Popout Prism: Adding perceptual principles to overview+detail document int erfaces B. Suh, A. Woodruff, R. Rosenholtz, A. Glass, SIGCHI, 2002. Abstract PDF
  • A comparison on the use of text summaries, plain thumbnails, and enhanced thumbnails for web search tasks A. Woodruff, R. Rosenholtz, J. Morrison, A. Faulring, & P. Pirolli, J. Am. Soc. Inf. Sci. & Tech., 2002. Abstract PDF
  • Visual search for orientation among heterogeneous distractors: Experimental results and implications for signal detection theory models of search R. Rosenholtz, J. of Experimental Psychology, 2001. Abstract PDF
  • Search asymmetries? What search asymmetries? R. Rosenholtz, Perception & Psychophysics, 2001. PDF
  • Significantly different textures: A computational model of pre-attentive texture segmentation R. Rosenholtz, ECCV, 2000. Abstract PDF
  • A simple saliency model predicts a number of motion popout phenomena R. Rosenholtz, Vision Research, 1999. Abstract PDF
  • General-purpose localization of textured image regions R. Rosenholtz, NIPS, 1999. Abstract PDF
  • A Rorschach test for visual classification strategies A. B. Watson & R. Rosenholtz, Assoc. for Research in Vis. and Ophthalmology Conf., 1998.
  • Change detection in textured patterns R. Rosenholtz & R. A. Rensink, Euro. Conf. on Visual Perception, 1998.
  • What statistics determine segmentation of orientation-defined textures? R. Rosenholtz, Optical Society of America Annual Meeting, 1998.
  • Surface orientation from texture: Isotropy or homogeneity (or both)? R. Rosenholtz & J. Malik, Vision Research, 1997. Abstract PDF
  • Computing local surface orientation and shape from texture for curved surfaces J. Malik & R. Rosenholtz, IJCV, 1997. Abstract PDF
  • Perceptual adaptive JPEG coding R. Rosenholtz & A. B. Watson, IEEE Intl. Conf. on Image Processing, 1996.
  • Affine Structure and Photometry R. Rosenholtz & J. Koenderink, CVPR, 1996.
  • Robust estimation of multiple surface shapes from occluded textures M. Black & R. Rosenholtz, Int. Symp. on Comp. Vis., 1995. Abstract PDF
  • Iterative procedure for reduction of blocking effects in transform image codin g R. Rosenholtz & A. Zakhor, Trans. on Circ. and Sys. for Video Tech., 1992.
  • A perceptually tuned sub-band image coder R. Safranek, J. Johnston, & R. Rosenholtz, Proc. SPIE, 1990.


R. Rosenholtz, A. Woodruff, & A. Faulring, “Methods and systems for generating enhanced thumbnails.” U.S. patent #7,069,506 (2006).
R. Rosenholtz, A. Woodruff, & A. Faulring, “Methods and systems for document navigation using enhanced thumbnails.” U.S. patent #6,993,726 (2006).
R. Rosenholtz, A. Woodruff, & A. Faulring, “Methods and systems for generating enhanced thumbnails usable for document navigation.” U.S. patent #6,883,138 (2005).
R. Rosenholtz, “Systems and method for automatically choosing visual characteristics to highlight a target against a background.” U.S. patent #7,130,461 (2006).
R. Rosenholtz, A. Woodruff, & A. Faulring, “Methods and systems for transitioning between thumbnails and documents based upon thumbnail appearance.” U.S. patent #7,337,396 (2008).
J. P. Lewis, R. Rosenholtz, N. Fong, & U. Neumann. “Visual identifiers for digital data.” Pending.

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