Niko Troje


Department of Biology
Centre for Vision Research, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON

phone:  +1 613 533 6017

Dr. Troje directs the BioMotion Lab. He received his PhD in Biology from the Albert Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Germany, in 1994. Subsequently, he moved to the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen. From 1997 until 1999, he spent two years as a Visiting Professor at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. In 1999, he was awarded with a Young Researchers Award from the Volkswagen Foundation and moved to Ruhr University where he founded and directed the BioMotionLab at the Department of Psychology. He recently moved from Queen’s University to York University in Toronto.

In 2003, Dr. Troje accepted the position as a Canada Research Chair in Vision and Behavioural Sciences at Queen’s University. He is a Professor in the Department of Psychology, and cross-appointed with the School of Computing and the Department of Biology. Dr. Troje is also an Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Vision Research at York University.

Dr. Troje has received numerous awards and recognitions for his work, among others the Feodor-Lynen Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Junior Research Group Award from the Volkswagen Foundation, the E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship from NSERC, and most recently, the Humboldt Research Award.

His main research interest is focused on questions concerning the nature of perceptual representations. How can a stream of noisy nerve cell excitations possibly be turned into the coherent and predictable perception of a “reality”? Dr. Troje is teaching courses such as “Sensation and Perception” and he and his students are studying the perception of “Biological Motion” and other kinds of data streams. For further information please refer to the web page of the BioMotionLab.

Download Dr. Troje’s full CV and list of publications here.