Mattias Nilsson

Mattias Nilsson

Visiting address: Eye Center of Excellence Avd Ögon & Syn, Eugeniavägen 12, 17164 Solna
Postal address: K8 Klinisk neurovetenskap, K8 Ögon och Syn Pansell, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • 2022 – Award from The Swedish Dyslexia Association and the Marianne
    Bernadotte scholarship fund for /"Important contributions to reading
    2019 – IVA-award for /"Research with prominent potential for trade and
    industry in the field of digitization"/. Awarded by the Royal Swedish
    Academy of Engineering Sciences (Kungl. Ingenjörsvetenskapsakademien - IVA).
    2016 – EiNAR award (Excellence in Neuroscience Annual Reward). Awarded by
    the Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet.


  • My research is focused on understanding how eye movements reflect the
    workings of the human brain in health and disease and across the life span
    from young to old age. My approach to these questions is computationally
    oriented and an important aim is to develop computational models that
    advance our theoretical understanding of the eye-mind relationship, as well
    as to build real-world applications that contribute to early detection of
    neurological disorders and diseases. Most of my research involves eye
    tracking but I have a broad interest in all kinds of measurements that can be
    related to sensory, perceptual and cognitive processes. In recent years my
    research has focused on children's reading development and how eye movements
    during reading reflect cognitively-based reading difficulties or dyslexia. I
    am also interested in eye movement changes that occur as a result of changes
    in the nervous system and degeneration of neurons, for example in Alzheimer's
    and Parkinson's disease. In my research I make extensive use of predictive
    modeling methods and other machine learning techniques originating in
    artificial intelligence (AI). These are powerful tools to identify early
    risk markers of neurological conditions and atypical brain function, and more
    generally to study the fascinating relationship between the eye, vision, and
    the brain.


  • 2018 – Present: Course leader and teacher in Statistics and Scientific
    Methods, Optometry Program, KI
    2016 – 2017: Teacher in Statistics and Scientific Methods, Optometry
    Program, KI
    2012: Teacher in Machine Learning (Bachelor) and Natural Language Processeing
    (Master), Language Technology Program, Uppsala University


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