Biography: Dr. Larimer received the Ph.D. degree from Purdue University in Experimental Psychology with specialties in statistics and sensory physiology. He has published fundamental and applied research in the areas of statistics, visual sensory physiology, visual psychophysics and perception, and displays, and image quality. He was an NIH postdoctoral Fellow at the Human Performance Center of the University of Michigan after completing his Ph.D.
From Michigan he joined Temple University as a Professor, and was later the Department Chairman. He taught sensory physiology, perception, statistics, and conducted an NIH funded research program on human vision.
From 1982 to 1985 he directed the Sensory Physiology and Perception Program at the National Science Foundation in Washington, DC. There he served as the Life Sciences Directorate representative to the NSF Super Computer Initiative which took over the DoD ARAPAnet, represented NSF on the National Eye Council of the NIH, and the Committee on Vision of the National Research Council. In 1987 he joined NASAís Ames Research Center in Mt. View, California as a Senior Scientist.
At NASA he led a DARPA funded multidisciplinary team that produced a suite of computational design tools for display development and manufacturing. The ViDEOS human vision model, developed in collaboration with the Sarnoff Corporation, won an Emmy for technical achievement from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.The algorithm has been deployed to assign bandwidth to programs broadcast from satellites thus trading image quality for channel capacity and it is currently used as an objective measure of image quality.
Dr. Larimerís research at NASA focused on image quality, developing a computational models of image quality as well as empirical experiments to determine artifact salience and visibility. In addition to building computer models of light propagation, electrical signal processing, and human vision, the laboratory produced a series of empirical human performance studies of image quality and artifact visibility. On January 1, 2006 he left NASA to work full time in industry.
Dr. Larimer is a member of the Society for Information Display and has served on the technical program committee since 1990. He has served as Bay Area SID Chapter Treasure, Vice Chair, Chair and Director. He served a term as the SID Americas Region Vice President from 1999 to 2001. He is a member of AAAS, IEEE, IS&T, OSA, SID, SMPTE, & SPIE. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of the Society for Information Display and in 2008 he will Co-Chair the IS&T/SID Color Imaging Conference.