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Dr William McIlhagga

LocationG23, Richmond building
DepartmentBradford School of Optometry and Vision Sciences
Telephone+44 (0) 1274 235957

Research Interests (key words only)

computer vision, human vision, edge detection, visual search, colour

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Leader of Pure & Visual Optics module
  • Co-lecturer of Clinical Methodology & Statistics
  • Teaching Clinical Sciences Foundation Year

Administrative Responsibilities

He runs the Staff-Student Liason Committee as part of his 1st year tutor role.

Study History

  • PhD Australian National University
  • BSc Auckland University

Professional History

Post-docs at McGill Vision Research Centre and Copenhagen University followed, before he took up the position of lecturer at Bradford in 2000.

Research Areas

Computer vision and human vision.

Current Projects

Edge detection in humans, colour edge detection, clustering for visual search.

Research Collaborations

Kathy Mullen, McGill University, Canada.


  • Mcilhagga, W. H. 2013. A clustering model for item selection in visual search. Journal of Vision, 13 (3), p. 20
  • Mcilhagga, W. H. and May, K. A. 2012. Optimal edge filters explain human blur detection. Journal of Vision, 12 (10)
  • Mcilhagga, W. 2011. The Canny edge detector revisited. International Journal of Computer Vision, 91 (3)
  • Hine, T. J., Mcilhagga, W. H. and Cole, G. R. 2012. From thresholds to colour names: The application of an opponent-process model. Nova Science Publishers
  • Mcilhagga, W. 2008. Serial correlations and 1/f power spectra in visual search reaction times. Journal of Vision, 8 (9)
  • Mcilhagga, W. and Peterson, R. 2006. Sinusoid = light bar + dark bar?. Vision research, 46 (12), pp. 1934--1945
  • Mcilhagga, W. 2004. Denoising and contrast constancy. Vision research, 44 (23), pp. 2659--2666
  • Mcilhagga, W. H. 2003. Are human observers performing wavelet denoising? Journal of Vision, 3 (9), pp. 361--361

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