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Nilli Lavie, PhD, FBA

Founder & CEO

Nilli is the head of UCL Attention and Cognitive Control laboratory, at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. She has been a Professor of Cognition and Brain Sciences since 2004. She is an elected Fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Society of Biology, the Association of Psychological Science, US, the British Psychological Society, and an Honorary life member of the Experimental Psychological Society, UK. Apart from her ground-breaking scientific work on attention, cognitive control, and human information processing capacity, she has extensive experience of working in partnership with industry in the automotive, aerospace and defence sectors.



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Luke Palmer, PhD

Founder & CTO

Luke has been researching natural and artificial visual systems since 2006. At the University of Bristol, he investigated human reflectance perception and developed visual biometric methods for monitoring endangered species. He then obtained his PhD at UCL focusing on modelling human attention during driving with computer vision and machine learning methods. After continuing this line of work, first with Toyota R&D in Brussels and then as a post-doctoral fellow at UCL, he spent a year as a machine learning researcher in the fin-tech sector developing face and voice recognition systems.


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Petar Palasek, PhD


Research Scientist [Deep Learning]


Petar received his PhD from the Multimedia and Vision Research Group at Queen Mary University of London. His research mainly focused on studying deep learning architectures for human action recognition in videos, but it also included the problems of 3D human reconstruction and human body pose estimation. His interests include computer vision, machine learning, neural networks and other fun things.
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Merit Bruckmaier, MSc


Research Scientist [Brain and Cognition]


Merit is studying for her PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London. Her research interests involve the neural mechanisms of attention and perception. As part of her PhD work she collaborates closely with the Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering Department to establish novel physiological markers of attention using broadband functional near-infrared spectroscopy. Before UCL, she completed an MSc in Neuroscience and a BA in Experimental Psychology at Oxford University.
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Joseph Schoenhammer, PhD


Research Scientist [Brain and Cognition]


Josef received his PhD in Psychology at the University of Geneva, where he examined feature-based and spatial attention. Before his PhD, he studied human-computer interaction at the University of Basel and developed driver-assistance systems for Daimler AG in Stuttgart. His research uses neuroimaging and psychophysics to understand the various mechanisms of attention, with a special interest in attention during driving.