Gavin Ng

Biography

​​I am a fourth-year PhD student in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I am part of the Vision Lab, where I work under the supervision of Dr. Alejandro Lleras and Dr. Simona Buetti.

I am originally from the island city-state of Singapore. I obtained my Bachelor of Social Sciences (with Honours) in Psychology from the National University of Singapore, where I was a research assistant with  Dr. Stephen Lim, and where I completed my Honours Thesis under Dr. Nicholas Hon. I was also a research intern in the Neuroimaging Lab at Duke-NUS Medical School, under the supervision of Dr. Helen Zhou Juan.

Research Interests

My research interests lie within the broad areas of vision science and human attention. More specifically, I am interested in visual search in humans. In our daily lives we perform numerous visual searches, often for mundane objects such as our mobile phones or our keys. Some might even conduct visual searches for a living - radiologists spend much of their time looking for tumours in X-ray images, and airport security officers scrutinze our luggage to look for threats such as bombs. My overarching research goal is to uncover the mechanisms of visual search, at both the basic and applied ('real world') levels, using a variety of methods such as eye-tracking and computational modeling.  I also have interests in the other domains of cognitive science, such as statistical learning, implicit learning, and working memory.

Education

2018 - M.S., University of Illinois (obtained as part of PhD program)

2015 - B.Soc.Sci (Hons), National University of Singapore