Dr. Eli Peli, a Senior Scientist at Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear, studies the interface between engineering and ophthalmic/vision research. Specifically, he tries to understand how we see in the context of low vision rehabilitation. The application of his basic research findings fuels the development and evaluation of novel vision aids and methods for low-vision rehabilitation. For instance, he developed a metric for contrast in complex images that permits quantitative specification of contrast in images, which has been widely adopted. His research also includes eye movement analysis, binocular vision, image processing, image communications, and optics. His most recent work in low vision focuses on mobility and devices for mobility, including pedestrian mobility and driving.
Dr. Peli also serves on the faculty of the New England College of Optometry (Adjunct Professor of Optometry and Visual Sciences) and Tufts University School of Medicine (Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology). Since 1983, he has been caring for patients with visual impairments as the Director of the Vision Rehabilitation Service at the New England Medical Center Hospitals in Boston.
Additionally, Dr. Peli is a consultant to many companies in the ophthalmic instrumentation area and to manufacturers of head-mounted displays (HMDs). He served as a consultant on many national committees, advising the National Institutes of Health and NASA Aviation Operations Systems (AOS) Advisory Committee