Professor John Jarvis

Visiting Professor, Faculty of Science and Technology, Computational Vision and Imaging Technology (CVIT) research group.

Research Interests

Modelling the mechanisms of spatiotemporal vision
Image quality models and metrics
Photographic image structure
(approx.; 50 publications in refereed scientific journals)

Current research project involves measuring and modelling human contrast detection and discrimination sensitivities from complex imagery. 


Fry, E, Triantaphillidou, S, Jarvis, J, Gupta, G (2015) Image quality optimization via application of contextual contrast sensitivity and discrimination functions. IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging: Image Quality & System Performance X11, V, 9396, 93960K

Triantaphillidou, S, Jarvis, J. & Gupta, G (2014) Contrast sensitivity and discrimination in pictorial images. In: SPIE Proceedings 9016, Image Quality and System Performance XI.SPIE

Jarvis, J.R, & Wathes, C.M. (2012) Mechanistic modelling of vertebrate spatial
contrast sensitivity and acuity at low luminance. Visual Neuroscience, 29, 169-181

Jarvis, J.R., Abeyesinghe, S.M., McMahon, C.E. & Wathes, C.M. (2009) Measuring and modelling the spatial contrast sensitivity of the chicken (gallus g. domesticus) Vision Research, 49, 1448-1454

Jarvis, J.R. & Wathes, C.M. (2008) A mechanistic inter-species comparison of spatial contrast sensitivity. Vision Research, 48, 2284-2292

Jarvis, J.R. & Wathes, C.M. (2007) On the calculation of optical performance factors from vertebrate spatial contrast sensitivity. Vision Research, 47, 2259-2271

Barber, C.L., Prescott, N.B., Jarvis, J.R., Le Sueur, C., Perry, G.C. & Wathes, C.M. (2006) Comparative study of the photopic spectral sensitivity of domestic ducks (Anas
platyrhynchos), turkeys (Meleagris gallopava gallopava) and humans. British Poultry
Science, 47, 365-374

Jarvis, J.R., Prescott, N.B. & Wathes, C.M. (2003) A mechanistic inter-species comparison of flicker sensitivity. Vision Research, 43, 1723-1734

Barbur, J.L., Prescott, N.B., Douglas, R.H., Jarvis, J.R. & Wathes C.M. (2002) A comparative study of stimulus-specific pupil responses in the domestic fowl (Gallus gallus domesticus) and the human. Vision Research, 42, 249-255

Prescott, N.B., Wathes, C.M. & Jarvis, J.R. (2003) Light, vision and the welfare of poultry Animal Welfare, 12, 269-288

Jarvis, J.R., Taylor, N.R., Prescott, N.B., Meeks, I. & Wathes, C.M. (2002) Measuring and modelling the photopic flicker sensitivity of the chicken (Gallus g. Domesticus).
Vision Research, 42, 99-106


University of Westminster
Faculty of Science and Technology
Dept. of Computer Science
Computational Vision and Imaging Technology 
e: [email protected]

Doctoral research projects

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