Zhong-Lin Lu is currently Distinguished Professor of Social and Behavioral Science, Professor of Psychology and Optometry, Director of Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences and Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Brain Imaging, at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
The goal of Zhong-Lin’s research is to construct computational brain models for perception and cognition—models sufficiently computational such that they can be represented in a computer program or mathematical theory. Psychophysical experimentation, physiological investigation, clinical testing, and computational modeling are all essential ingredients and tools in his research.
Zhong-Lin Lu obtained a B.S. in theoretical physics from the University of Science and Technology of China in 1989 and a Ph.D. under Samuel J. Williamson in physics at New York University (1989–1992). This was followed by a four-year post-doc in Cognitive Science with George Sperling at University of California, Irvine. He joined the University of Southern California as an Assistant Professor in 1996, and was appointed Professor of Psychology and Biomedical Engineering in 2004 and William M. Keck Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience in 2006. He was also a co-founder and the co-Director of Dana Dornsife Cognitive Neuroscience Imaging Center at USC. In 2011, he joined the Ohio State University as Distinguished Professor of Social and Behavioral Science, Professor of Psychology, and Director of Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Brain Imaging. He was appointed Director of Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences in 2012. Lu is a fellow of the Society of Experimental Psychologists and the Association for Psychological Science.
Since 1991, Zhong-Lin has published one book, four edited books and five special issues, more than 200 articles, and more than 200 abstracts. He has also given about 150 invited talks and presented or co-authored more than 200 conference presentations. He is a co-inventor on one amblyopia screening, two amblyopia treatment, three adaptive visual testing, and five MRI patents.