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Tadamasa Sawada

  • Tadamasa Sawada has been at HSE since 2014.

Education and Degrees

  • 2006

    PhD in Computer Science, Technology and Management
    Tokyo Institute of Technology
    Thesis Title: Human perception of shape from shading

  • 2003

    Tokyo Institute of Technology

  • 2003

    Master's in Psychophysics
    Tokyo Institute of Technology, Information Processing

  • 2001

    Tokyo Institute of Technology

  • 2001

    Bachelor's in Communications And Integrated Systems
    Tokyo Institute of Technology, Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Continuing education / Professional retraining / Internships / Study abroad experience

2014-2014 Postdoctoral Research Assistant (H1B), Graduate Center for Vision Research, State University of New York College of Optometry, New York, NY.

2013-2014 Postdoctoral Research Assistant (H1B), Department of Psychology, the Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

2011-2013 Postdoctoral Research Assistant (H1B), Department of Psychological Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

2006-2011 Postdoctoral Research Fellow (J1), Department of Psychological Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.



Inverse problem approach on visual perception

Forward problem approach on visual perception

Experimental design, analysis, statistics, and their practical aspects

Courses (2018/2019)

Student Term / Thesis Papers

Full list of of student term / thesis papers



Article Sawada T., Кошманова Е. В. Perceiving perpendicular and parallel contours in the frontoparallel plane // Vision Research. 2019. Vol. 154. P. 97-104. doi



Article Sawada T., Petrov A. A. The Divisive-Normalization Model of V1 Neurons: A Comprehensive Comparison of Physiological Data and Model Predictions // Journal of Neurophysiology. 2017. Vol. 118. P. 3051-3091. doi



Chapter Sawada T., Li Y., Pizlo Z. Shape Perception, in: The Oxford Handbook of Computational and Mathematical Psychology. Oxford University Press, 2015. P. 255-276. doi



Chapter Li Y., Sawada T., Shi Y., Steinman R. M., Pizlo Z. Symmetry is the sine qua non of shape, in: Shape perception in Human & Computer Vision. NY : Springer, 2013. P. 21-40.


Article Li Y., Sawada T., Latecki L. J., Steinman R. M., Pizlo Z. A tutorial explaining a machine vision model that emulates human performance when it recovers natural 3D scenes from 2D images // Journal of Mathematical Psychology. 2012. Vol. 56. No. 4. P. 217-231.




Article Tsuruhara A., Sawada T., Kanazawa S., Yamaguchi M., Yonas A. Infant's ability to form a common representation of an object's shape from different pictorial depth cues: A transfer-across-cues study // Infant Behavior and Development. 2009. Vol. 32. No. 4. P. 468-475.



Article Sawada T., Kaneko H. Smooth-shape assumption for perceiving shapes from shading // Perception. 2007. Vol. 36. No. 3. P. 403-415.


  • 2018

    41th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP 2018) (Триест). Presentation: Comparing the perception of rectangular and parallel contours

  • 41th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP 2018) (Триест). Presentation: Can familiarity be a cue for perceiving depth?

  • 41th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP 2018) (Триест). Presentation: Demo: Contour drawing world
  • 2017
    Когнитивная наука в Москве: новые исследования (Москва). Presentation: Generalizing the method of constant stimuli for analyzing perception of a complex stimulus
  • 2016

    Computational and Mathematical Models in Vision (MODVIS) 2016 (St Pete Beach, FL). Presentation: Identifying Falsifiable Predictions of the Divisive Normalization Model of V1 Neurons

  • Vision Sciences Society 16th Annual Meeting (St. Pete Beach). Presentation: Emulating and predicting physiological results of neurons in the primary visual cortex (V1) based on the divisive normalization model

  • 39th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP 2016) (Barcelona). Presentation: A geodesic on a piecewise smooth surface and a piecewise smooth curve as a geodesic on a surface
  • 39th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP 2016) (Barcelona). Presentation: More 3D ambiguity is produced by less 2D information
  • Fechner day 2016 (Moscow). Presentation: Bayesian approach for estimating discriminability dʹ with an extreme response criterion

  • Cognition, Computation, Communication and Perception (CCCP) Conference 3: “Theoretical and Neurobiological Bases of Higher Cognitive Functions” (Москва). Presentation: Maximum likelihood estimation of discriminability d’ when hit or correct-rejection rates are 0% or 100%

  • Cognition, Computation, Communication and Perception (CCCP) Conference 3: “Theoretical and Neurobiological Bases of Higher Cognitive Functions” (Москва). Presentation: More ambiguity of a response is produced by a “simpler” stimulus

  • 2015

    Vision Science Society (VSS) (St. Pete Beach, Florida). Presentation: Role of 3D rotational symmetry in visual perception

  • Computational and Mathematical Models in Vision (MODVIS) (St. Pete Beach). Presentation: A signal detection experiment with limited number of trials

  • 38th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP 2015) (Liverpool). Presentation: A likelihood distribution of d′ in a signal detection experiment
  • 1st International Workshop on Computational Models of the Visual Cortex (New York, New York). Presentation: A Study of the Roleof the Maintained-Discharge Parameterin the Divisive Normalization Modelof V1 Neurons

Research and Study Group 'Mathematical and Computational Psychology’

The ‘Mathematical and Computational Psychology’ Research and Study Group was formed as a result of the Research Team Project Competition (НУГ) 2018 held by the HSE Academic Fund Programme.

Timetable for today

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International Perspective

On June 4, 2017, HSE is holding ‘The Whole World at HSE’ festival, dedicated to the cultures of different peoples. It’s a great opportunity for many international students to share information about their country’s culture and explain how Russian culture might be perceived by people with a different mentality. HSE international students and faculty have shared their views on both their and our respective cultures.

‘I Like Working in the University’

Tadamasa Sawada is a specialist in the psychology of visual perception at HSE. He has recently talked to the online magazine The Village about everyday Moscow, cultural differences, and doing research in Russia.

Making a Machine That Sees Like Us

New issue of The HSE LooK is now available for read and download! Our Octrober edition is devoted to the new Faculty of Social Sciences, its departments, projects and people. Tadamasa Sawada, Assistant Professor at the School of Psychology, spoke to The HSE LooK about his research. We wish our new colleague a great beginning at the HSE!