Adrian Dyer is an associate professor at the School of Media and Communication.
Adrian Dyer is a vision scientist and photographer seeking to understand how the representation of an image is created, and can be used to interpret the complex world in which we live. Research interests centre on understanding how visual systems learn perceptually difficult tasks. This work involves both using human psychophysics and imaging studies, as well as experimenting with how the miniature brain of a bee can form visual representations to make decisions in complex environments.
Visual ecology and plant-pollinator interactions
Invisible spectrum imaging
High speed imaging
Information processing in insect brains
Colour visual processing by honeybees: solutions for decision making in complex environments (DP0878968) is a collaboration with Professor Marcello Rosa.
Project summary: Honeybees are a cost and time efficient animal model for testing how information is processed in a miniature brain containing less than 0.01% of the number of cells found in a human brain. Bees use their ultraviolet, blue and green colour vision to efficiently find flowers in complex environments. This project investigates how colour information is processed by bees, and develops computer models to evaluate how novel solutions might be applicable for robotic vision. The model also allows for testing of how environmental factors, like changes in climate, might affect the way in which bees choose to visit certain flower types, including plants that have important environmental and economic impacts.
Organization and plasticity of visual processing in a miniature brain (DP0987989) is a collaboration with Dr David Reser.
Project summary: To recognise objects a brain must have an internal representation of most likely object appearance. Two ways in which brains may posses this information include a hard wired template system, and/or the neuroplasticity to learn novel objects. Recent investigations on honeybee vision show that this animal can learn to recognise very difficult objects, although currently we do not know how the miniaturised bee brain manages these tasks. This project will reveal changes that occur in the processing of visual objects by the bee’s brain with increasing experience, with potential applications including robotics or building interfaces between sensors and biological systems.
Grad Cert. IT (Software Development) Swinburne University, 2004
PhD (Visual Sciences) RMIT University, 2000
B App Sci (Photography) RMIT University, 1988
Currently QEII Research Fellow
2007–2010 ARC Research Fellow at Monash University (Physiology Department)
2004/2007/2009 Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at Johannes Gutenberg University (Mainz; Germany).
2005–2006 Research Associate at Cambridge University (UK).
2003–2004 Research Fellow at La Trobe University.
2002 Alexander von Humboldt Fellow Julius-Maximilians-University (Wuerzburg; Germany).
PLoS One Academic Editor
Journal of Pollination Ecology
Faculty of 1000 (Biology)
- Howard, S.,Avargues-Weber, A.,Garcia Mendoza, J.,Greentree, A.,Dyer, A. (2019). Numerical cognition in honeybees enables addition and subtraction In: Science Advances, 5, 1 - 6
- Guntarik, O.,Garcia Mendoza, J.,Howard, S.,Dyer, A. (2018). Traces: mobile eye tracking captures user sensory experience in an outdoor walking tour environment In: Leonardo, 51, 163 - 164
- Kantsa, A.,Raguso, R.,Dyer, A.,Olesen, J.,Tscheulin, T.,Petanidou, T. (2018). Disentangling the role of floral sensory stimuli in pollination networks In: Nature Communications, 9, 1 - 13
- Howard, S.,Avargues-Weber, A.,Garcia Mendoza, J.,Greentree, A.,Dyer, A. (2018). Numerical ordering of zero in honey bees In: Science, 360, 1124 - 1126
- Chua, J.,Dyer, A.,Garcia Mendoza, J. (2018). Hot Shoes in the Room: Authentication of Thermal Imaging for Quantitative Forensic Analysis In: Journal of Imaging, 4, 1 - 11
- Shrestha, M.,Garcia Mendoza, J.,Bukovac, Z.,Dorin, A.,Dyer, A. (2018). Pollination in a new climate: Assessing the potential influence of flower temperature variation on insect pollinator behaviour In: PLoS ONE, 13, 1 - 24
- Paudel, B.,Burd, M.,Shrestha, M.,Dyer, A.,Li, Q. (2018). Reproductive isolation in alpine gingers: How do coexisting Roscoea (R. purpurea and R. tumjensis) conserve species integrity? In: Evolution, 72, 1840 - 1850
- Garcia Mendoza, J.,Shrestha, M.,Dyer, A. (2018). Flower signal variability overwhelms receptor-noise and requires plastic color learning in bees In: Behavioral Ecology, 29, 1286 - 1297
- Avargues-Weber, A.,D'Amaro, D.,Finke, V.,Baracchi, D.,Dyer, A. (2018). Does Holistic Processing Require A Large Brain? Insights From Honeybees And Wasps In Fine Visual Recognition Tasks In: Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 1 - 9
- Garcia Mendoza, J.,Spaethe, J.,Dyer, A. (2017). The path to colour discrimination is S-shaped: behaviour determines the interpretation of colour models In: Journal of Comparative Physiology A: Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology, 203, 983 - 997
- Designing green spaces for biodiversity and human well-being. Funded by: ARC Linkage Grant 2016 from (2017 to 2019)
- A World Without Bees: simulating important agricultural insect pollinators. Administered by Monash University. Funded by: ARC Discovery Projects via other University Grant 2016 from (2016 to 2020)
- Pollination; an ecosystem service affected by climate change. Administered by University of Oslo. Funded by: Research Council of Norway - Grant from (2014 to 2017)
- Pollination in a new climate: evolutionary simulation of bee and flower interactions for predicting impacts of climate change on pollination. Administered by Monash University.. Funded by: ARC Discovery Projects via other University Grant pre-2014 from (2013 to 2015)
- Behavioural research: advanced exploration of the mind. Administered by Monash University. Funded by: ARC Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) Grant from (2013 to 2013)
1 PhD Completions3 PhD Current Supervisions