Anna Ma-Wyatt

Professor Anna Ma-Wyatt


School of Psychology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Associate Professor Anna Ma-Wyatt
I studied perception and behavioural neuroscience because I wanted to understand the mechanisms underlying human behaviour. Over time, I realised that I was most interested in vision. During my PhD, I studied apparent motion and also was involved in other projects in motion and spatial vision, as well as working on a dyslexia project. As a postdoc, I became interested in how vision is used actively to interact with the world. I work mainly on problems related to active vision, but I continue to do a little bit of work in motion psychophysics as well.

After joining the University of Adelaide as a lecturer in 2007, I established the Active Vision Lab. Please have a look under research interests to see what we’re working on now. I also teach undergraduate courses in Perception, programming for behavioural scientists and a graduate course in Human Factors

As we go about our daily lives, we make reaching movements to interact with the world. We pick up a cup of coffee, we reach for a door knob and we might even try and swat a fly. While these visually guided actions are critical for daily living, the mechanisms underlying these actions are not yet understood. I am interested in how we use representations of visual space to plan and update these movements, and how these representations change with visual field loss and healthy ageing.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2021 - ongoing Professor University of Adelaide
    2014 - 2020 Associate Professor University of Adelaide
    2011 - 2013 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2006 - 2010 Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2003 - 2006 Rachel C. Atkinson Fellow Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute
    2001 - 2003 Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Western Australia
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2001 Award Vice-Chancellor’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis of Exceptional merit Macquarie University Australia -
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    1997 - 2000 Macquarie University Australia PhD
    1993 - 1996 University of Sydney Australia BA (Hons)
  • Research Interests


 1. Ma-Wyatt, A. Fidock, J., Badcock, D., Nicholls, M., McKendrick, A., Banks, S. (2018-2019)Realising the benefit of augmented reality devices in military applications. Defence Innovation Partnership Collaborative Research Grant $150 000

2. Ma-Wyatt, A, Webb, M  and Jerram, C. (2018-2022): Human factors assessment BAE Systems  approx. $350 000

3. Ma-Wyatt, A, Coppin, G, White, L., Shi, J., Ramasinghe, D., Garg, R and Latif, Y., Wiederman, S. (2017-2018): Human and robotic vision: from scene understanding to augmentation University of Adelaide Brittany Scholarships $67 000

4. Coppin, G and Ma-Wyatt, A (2018) Human and robotic vision: from scene understanding to augmentation workshop French-Australia Science and Innovation collaboration Grant $31 000

This funding was for a workshop between the University of Adelaide and Lab STICC. We received an additional $18 000 funding from the State Government of South Australia and Brittany region to support travel costs.


5. Ma-Wyatt, A. (2017-2019): An investigation of alternative HMIs for teleoperation and supervisory control of robotic land vehicles under simulated motion ITC-PAC RDECOM program, United States Department of Defense USD $108 000 (approx $154 000)

6. Renninger, L, Ma-Wyatt, A and Fletcher, D (2013-2016): Reaching with central field loss National Eye Institute RO1 grant, National Institutes of Health $USD 1 036 363 

7. Ma-Wyatt, A & Semmler, C (2010) Improving human operator capability for face biometric identification and recognition. Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet Research Support for National Security $70 000

8. M Ridding, J Pitcher, N Burns, R Casson, V Clifton, G Dekker, J Dodd, J Kennedy, M Makrides, M Nordstrom, A Ma-Wyatt, T Nettlebeck, P Rolan, J Semmler, M Stark, G Wittert. (2010) A fully integrated EEG, EMG, evoked potentials and transcranial magnetic stimulation neuronavigation system for comprehensive neurodevelopmental follow-up, neuroplasticity and neurocognitive studies in humans. NH & MRC Equipment grant $135 000

9. Ma-Wyatt, A,  Avolio, A Lim and S Schumack (2009). The effect of image characteristics on diagnostic outcome in teledermatology. F. & E. Bauer Research Award, Australasian College of Dermatologists $10 000

10. Brewer, N., Young, R., Weber, N., Ma-Wyatt, A., Semmler, C., McKinnon, R. (2008) A multi-function eye-tracking facility ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities Grant $120 000 

11. Ma-Wyatt, A (2008): Windows on Science Award. United States Airforce Research Laboratory. 1 of approximately 12 awarded in Australia across all disciplines $USD 5 000

12. Ma-Wyatt, A. (2003-2006): Rachel C. Atkinson Fellowship at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, San Francisco, USA $USD 150 000

Foundations of Perception and Cognition - 2nd year. Lecturer

Perception and Cognition - 3rd year. Lecturer.

Human Factors - Masters . Course coordinator and lecturer

  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2022 Principal Supervisor The Effect of Information Displays and Associated Latencies on Aspects of Human Performance Including Cognition, Perception, and Locomotion Biomechanics Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Lucy Jane Turner
    2021 Principal Supervisor How do we use visual information while walking? Implications for the use of virtual
    and augmented reality devices for training and deployment.
    Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Marlon Blencowe
    2018 Co-Supervisor Biometrics and Virtual Reality (VR) for Situation Awareness (SA) Assessment and Training Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Steven Alan Cook
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2017 - 2018 Principal Supervisor The importance of incorporating researcher beliefs into statistical models Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Lauren Ashlee Kennedy
    2017 - 2018 Principal Supervisor From Simple to Complex Categories: How Structure and Label Information Guides the Acquisition of Category Knowledge Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Wai Keen Vong
    2015 - 2020 Principal Supervisor The Online Control of Visually Guided Movement across the Lifespan Doctor of Philosophy with Master of Psychology (Organisational and Human Factors) Doctorate Full Time Jessica Lee O'Rielly
    2010 - 2016 Principal Supervisor A Journey Through Time and Space: The Spatiotemporal Profile of Attention Relative to Saccade and Reach Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Emma Elizabeth Marshall Stewart
    2009 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Task Parameters Shape Goal Directed Movement Performance Under Dual Task Conditions Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Heidi Dorothy Long
    2009 - 2015 Co-Supervisor The Structure of Sequential Effects Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Dinis Sequeira Do Couto Gokaydin
    2008 - 2014 Co-Supervisor State-Trace Analysis of Associative Recognition:
    Comparing Single-Process and Dual-Process Models
    Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Nicholas Francis Hamm
    2007 - 2013 Co-Supervisor From the Laboratory to the Real World: Evaluating the Impact of Impostors, Expertise and Individual Differences on Human Face Matching Performance Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Miss Dragana Calic
    2007 - 2011 Co-Supervisor A Graded-Embodied Theory Account for the Processing of Emotional Stimuli. The Case of Sentences, Images, and Faces Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Fernando Marmolejo Ramos
    2007 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Response latencies to chromatic and achromatic visual stimuli Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Adam Kane
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2014 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Age-related changes to sensorimotor control The University of Adelaide Masters of Psychology (Organisational and Human Factors)/PhD Doctorate Full Time Jessica O'Rielly
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2006 - ongoing Member Vision Sciences Society United States
  • Offices Held

    Date Office Name Institution Country
    2021 - ongoing Co-Director CNRS IRL CROSSING France
    2014 - ongoing Convenor Brain and Cognition Unit, School of Psychology Australia
    2013 - 2013 President Australian Experimental Psychology Society Australia
  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: 83135660
  • Email:
  • Fax: 83133770
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Hughes, floor 5
  • Org Unit: School of Psychology

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