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Paul Beckmann

Clinical Faculty
PhD, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
(651) 962-5036
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St. Paul, MN 55105

Research Interests

  • Vision science
  • Visual Impairment
  • Low Vision
  • Spatial Navigation
  • Computational modeling of early vision
  • Cognitive analysis of graphical displays
  • Cognitive analysis of human-machine interaction
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Typography, Reading, and Vision

Academic History

  • PhD, Cognitive & Biological Psychology, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Dissertation: Preneural factors limiting letter identification performance in central and peripheral vision.  Advisor: Gordon E. Legge
  • M.S. Biophysical Sciences, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Advisors: Otto H. Schmitt & Russell K. Hobbie.
  • B.A., Physics, St. Mary's College, Winona, MN

Previous positions

  • Staff & Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Minnesota Laboratory for Low Vision Research (Visual Impairment, Reading, and Spatial Navigation)
  • Senior Scientist, Pillsbury R&D (Modeling of color production in food systems)
  • Lead Scientist, Medtronic Applied Concepts Research. (Implantable device development, at home cardiac monitoring systems)

Selected Publications

  • Beckmann, P.J., Legge, G.E., Kallie, C., Thompson, W. (2011) Validation of Image Filters for Studies of Visual Accessibility. Fall Vision Meeting of the Optical Society of America, Seattle, WA.
  • Beckmann, P.J. (2010) The Psychology of Graphics, in Sustainable Graphic Design, Jedlicka, W. (ed.), John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ.
  • Beckmann, P.J. and Legge, G.E. (2002). Preneural limitations on letter identification in central and peripheral vision.Journal of the Optical Society A (19). 2349-2462.
  • Beckmann, P.J. and Legge, G.E. (1996) Psychophysics of Reading XIV: The page-navigation problem in using magnifiers.Vision Research (36) 3723-3733.
  • Beckmann, P.J., Legge, G.E., and Luebker, A. (1991) Reading: Letters, words and their spatial-frequency content.Society for Information Display Technical Digest.
  • Beckmann, P.J., (1982) Real-time firmware design for an implantable microprocessor-based device. Proceedings of the 10th Northeast Bioengineering Conference, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH.

Professional Memberships

  • Society for Neuroscience
  • Psi Chi
  • Sigma Pi Sigma
  • Usability Professionals Association

U.S. Patents

  • Tachyarrythmia Pacer 4,493,325, February 15, 1984, assigned to Medtronic, Inc. 
  • EKG Telemetry Base Station 4,751,725, June 14, 1988, assigned to Medtronic, Inc. 
  • Process of Forming a Microwaveable Food Product Having a Selected Color 5,073,392, December 17, 1991, assigned to The Pillsbury Company 
  • Process for Microwave Browning 5,108,770, April 28, 1992, assigned to The Pillsbury Company

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