Professor Ted Maddess

Professor - Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors
ANU College of Health and Medicine

Areas of expertise

  • Sensory Systems 110906
  • Ophthalmology 111301
  • Neurocognitive Patterns And Neural Networks 170205
  • Sensory Processes, Perception And Performance 170112
  • Vision Science 111303
  • Neurology And Neuromuscular Diseases 110904
  • Other Psychology And Cognitive Sciences 1799
  • Medical Devices 090304

Research interests

Visual field testing for eye diseases and development of such technologies


Texture vision




Ted did his undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia where he became fascinated with the diverse optical designs of eyes. In 1981 he came to the then Research School of Biological Sciences (now part of RSB) at the ANU to do a PhD on insect vision but finished up working on nonlinear adaptive mechanisms in mammalian visual cortex. Ted then briefly moved to the John Curtin School of Medical Research to carry on with the cortical work but instead exploited a retinal adaptation mechanism to invent a new stimulus for mapping the visual fields (perimetry) for diseases like glaucoma. The resulting patents are used in the FDT and Matrix perimeters sold by Carle Zeiss Meditech. That work caused Ted to work more on human vision in health and disease. In late 2012 his group moved to the new Clinical Suite of the ANU Eccles Institute for Neuroscience (EIN) at the John Curtin School of Medical Research. Ted is the recent past Director of a national research body: the ARC Vision Centre. His group is working with Konan Medical to deliver the world's first objective visual field test, the objectiveFIELD.



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