Dr. Watson is the Senior Scientist for Vision Research and Director of the Vision Group at NASA Ames Research Center. He studied perceptual psychology and physiology at Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D. 1977), and did postdoctoral research at Cambridge and Stanford Universities. Dr. Watson conducts research on visual perception and its application to coding, understanding, and display of visual information. He is the author of over 100 scientific papers on human vision, visual neuroscience, image quality, and digital imaging. He has five patents, in image compression, video quality, and detection of artifacts in display manufacturing. In 2001, he founded the Journal of Vision (http://journalofvision.org/), where he now serves as Editor-in-Chief. He has received FellowAwards from the Optical Society of America, the Association for Research inVision and Ophthalmology, and the Society for Information Display. He has also served as an Editor for the journals Visual Neuroscience , Journal of Mathematical Psychology, and Displays: Technology and Applications. With Albert J. Ahumada, Jr, he was the recipient of the 1990 H. Julian Allen Award, and in 1994 was appointed Associate Fellow of Ames Research Center. He is the 2007 recipient of the Otto Schade Award from the Society for Information Display, and the 2008 winner of the Special Recognition Award from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. He has served as a member of the National Research Council Committee on Vision, and on program committees for the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the Society for Information Display, the Optical Society of America, and the European Conference on Visual Perception.