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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, 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

University of California at Berkeley Eliahu Jury Award for excellence in control, systems, and signal processing research, 1995.


  • 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
  • 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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