ho·​ri·​zon| hə-ˈrī-zᵊn

a:   the line where the earth seems to meet the sky.
b:   the research group where software meets hardware, abstractions meet implementations, and principles meet practices.

Horizon is a research group in the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at University of Rochester. We work on visual computing, an incredibly exciting area where a challenging problem in computing might become significantly easier when one considers how computing interacts with conventionally non-computing domains such as imaging and/or human perception at the system level. Naturally, our toolbox necessarily spans imaging (optics + image sensors), cognition/perception (psychophysics and computational modeling), and computer systems (computer architecture and programming model).

Ultimately, our research mission is to 1) discover new sciences so we understand things that we previously don't (e.g., how do color blind people perceive color? are we really functionally blind during saccades?) and 2) build new engineering systems to do things that we previously couldn't (e.g., pixel-programmable image sensor for efficient machine vision, AR/VR systems that "cure" visual impairments).

We are always looking for students. If you are interested, please read this.