Ellen Svarverud

Associate professor

Faculty of Health and Social Sciences
Department of Optometry, Radiography and Lighting Design
Campus Kongsberg (5341)


  • Program Director Bachelor Optometry


  • Member av forskningsgruppene

        USN Optics, Vision and Eye Care

        USN I-Merse


Areas of interest

  • Extended reality; virtual, augmented and mixed reality (XR/VR/AR/MR)
  • Perception of depth and space
  • Visual development and binocular vision in children and young adults
  • Clinical optometry


Teaching and supervision

  • Visual perception
  • Clinical optometry and clinical procedures
  • Okular pathology
  • Supervision- master and PhD candidates


I am an optometrist with contact lens diploma from KIH/HiBu (1992/1994). In 1999 I was awarded an MSc from University of Manchester, UK, in Clinical Optometry and Investigative Techniques and, in 2006, an MSc in Clinical Optometry from Salus University, USA. In June 2010, I finished my PhD at University of Reading, UK.
In my doctorate, I have been working on how human observers represent visual space and, in particular, which factors are involved when we string together all the information available to us. It is believed that this process is computationally advanced for the brain, especially because the incoming information causes a retinal image which is constantly moving due to eye movements and/or self- or object motion. However, quite how the human brain solves this is yet to be found out, and my work brings a piece to this big puzzle.