Dr Ann Burgess

BSc, PhD


Position: Research Fellow

Office: Room 210, Griffith Taylor Building (A19)

Ph: +61 2 9351 3158

Email: ann.burgess@sydney.edu.au

Postal Address:

School of Psychology, The University of Sydney

Manning Road, Camperdown

NSW 2006, Australia




Dr Burgess completed her BSc at the University of Sydney in 1990 with a focus on mathematics and physics. Her postgraduate training was in astronomy. In 1995, she joined the Vestibular Research Laboratory at the University of Sydney.  In 1999, she completed a PhD in Physics which defined, imaged, and optically identified a complete sample of strong radio galaxies and quasars, a southern equivalent to the well-studied Third Cambridge catalogue. This sample (Burgess & Hunstead 2006, Astron J 131:100 and 131:114) forms a major resource for detailed studies of active galaxies and quasars with large telescopes. This research gave her experience in image processing, indirect imaging, numerical computer programming and handing large data sets. Since 2001, she held the position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Sydney.

Her mathematical and programming skills were used in a wide range of vestibular related projects, including modelling eye’s responses to galvanic vestibular stimulation in guinea pics and investigation of spatial orientation of the semicircular canals and polarization of the otolith surfaces. She has investigated head movements in response to abrupt linear accelerations (using a linear sled) which hold implications for understanding whiplash injury. She has written programs to display Ocular Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potentials (oVEMPs) data that was collected in response to bone-conducted vibration and has also studied optokinetic torsional responses that is known to influence the perception of orientation.


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