Laura Walker, PhD

Photograph of Laura Walker Contact 316-440-1506 Expertise And Interests
  • Eye Movements
  • Low Vision
  • Computational Modeling

Executive Director

Dr. Laura Walker is the founding Executive Director of the Envision Research Institute. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Doctorate of Philosophy in Vision Science at the University of California, Berkeley. At Berkeley, she studied with Dr. Jitendra Malik using psychophysics to validate computer vision algorithms. During her postdoctoral training with Drs. Preeti Verghese and James Coughlan at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco, she developed a computational model of eye movements and as an Associate Scientist, continued to apply and develop that model to predict how changing eye movements can improve vision for different retinal diseases. Her most recent project at SKERI examined the impact of central vision loss on eye-hand coordination. Her ultimate goal at ERI is to take what is learned in the laboratory and translate it into rehabilitation therapies for individuals with low vision.

Dr. Walker's CV

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Renninger LW, Malik J. When is scene recognition just texture recognition? Vision Research. 2004; 44: 2301-11.

Renninger LW, Coughlan JM, Verghese P, Malik J. An information maximization model of eye movements. Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 2005; 17: 1121-8.

Renninger LW, Verghese P, Coughlan JM. Where to look next? Eye movements reduce local uncertainty. Journal of Vision 2007; 7(3): 6, 1­17.

Fletcher DC, Renninger LW.  Acuity Alone Does Not Indicate the Extent of Macular Disease.  Retinal Physician 2009; 6(3): 64-6.

Privitera CM, Renninger LW, Carney T, Klein S, Aguilar M. (2010). Pupil dilation during visual target detection. Journal of Vision, 10(10):3.

Renninger LW & Ma-Wyatt A (2011). Recalibration of eye and hand reference frames in age-related macular degeneration. Journal of Vision, 11(11): 954.

Renninger LW, Ma-Wyatt A & Fletcher, DC (2012). Misdirected saccades with the PRL lead to reach delays in age-related macular degeneration. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 53:4393.

Fletcher DC, Schuchard, RA & Renninger LW (2012). Patient awareness of binocular central scotoma in AMD. Optometry & Vision Science, 89(9):1395-1398.

Sullivan, B., & Walker, L. (2015). Comparing the fixational and functional preferred retinal location in a pointing task. Vision research, 116, 68-79.

Downes, K., Walker, L. L., & Fletcher, D. C. (2015). SKread predicts handwriting performance in patients with low vision. Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology/Journal Canadien d'Ophtalmologie, 50(3), 225-229.
MacKeben M, Nair UKW, Walker LL, Fletcher DC (2015). Random word recognition chart helps scotoma assessment in low vision. Optometry & Vision Science 92(4), 421–428.

Succar, T., Ghahghaei, S., Fletcher, D. C., & Walker, L. (2016). Restoring Functional Stereopsis in AMD with Dichoptic Training. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 57(12), 5177-5177.

Cheraghi, S.A., Namboodiri, V., & Walker, L. (2017). GuideBeacon: Beacon-Based Indoor Wayfinding for the Blind, Visually Impaired, and Disoriented, IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing (IEEE PerCom), Kona Island, Hawaii, USA, March 2017.