Rigmor Baraas

Faculty of Health and Social Sciences
Department of Optometry, Radiography and Lighting Design
Campus Kongsberg (5307)
ORCID Researcher unique identifier: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3259-7617



Area of interests:

  • The functional implications of normal, inherited and age-related structural changes in the eye’s photoreceptor and retinal pigment epithelium cell layer and how this relates to how we see colour, pattern/details, motion and space, as well as sensitivity to light and dark.
  • Normal colour vision, deficient colour vision, colour blindness
  • Visual optics and the development of the eye and refractive errors (myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism)
  • Diurnal and circannual rythms and how this might affect ocular growth 
  • Retinal dystrophies and genetics 
  • Live imaging of retinal photoreceptors and retinal pigment epithelium cells (AOSLO imaging)
  • Virtual and mixed reality (VR/MR/AR)

Teaching areas:

  • Visual Perception, Psychophysics, Scientific Methods.
  • MSc/MPhil and PhD supervisor.
  • PhD supervisors course (train-the-trainer)



ORCID Researcher unique identifier: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3259-7617

Cristin-person-ID: 323642 

Rigmor C. Baraas is a Professor of Optometry and Visual Science at the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences and the National Centre for Optics, Vision and Eye Care at the University of South-Eastern Norway, Kongsberg, Norway. She heads the Colour Vision and Retinal Imaging laboratory, the SNOW study and the I-merse Research Group.

Rigmor C. Baraas studied Optometry and Vision Science at University of Manchester, England. She graduated in 1994, and was subsequently appointed Lecturer in the Department of Optometry at Buskerud University College, Kongsberg, Norway. She received a PhD fellowship in 1998, and returned to Manchester to undertake postgraduate research in the Vision Science Laboratory with Prof. J. J. Kulikowski. She obtained her PhD from the University of Manchester in 2002. She then moved to the Visual and Computational Neuroscience Laboratory and undertook 3-years of postdoctoral research with Professor D. H. Foster. She returned to Buskerud University College (now the University of South-Eastern Norway) in spring 2005 as Associate Professor of Visual Sciences in the Department of Optometry and Visual Sciences. She was promoted to full professor in November 2011. She is currently Editor-in-chief for Scandinavian Journal of Optometry and Visual Sciences and editorial board member of Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science (IOVS) and Current Eye Research, as well as a founding member of Optica Open Advisory Board. She organizes the annual Kongsberg Vision Meeting.

She is the partner in two Horizon 2020 project, ROSiE Fostering responsible open science in Europe and AI-D Artificial Intelligence for Diagnosing Retinal Diseases. She is also the co-coordinator of the Horizon Europe project The Equitable, Inclusive, and Human-Centered XR (XR4Human).



2016–2017          Developing Doctoral Supervision Diploma, University of South-Eastern Norway.

2016–2017          Research Management Diploma, Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark

2008–2009          Practical-Pedagical Diploma in Higher Education, University College of Østfold.

2002–2005          Post Doctor, Computational Neruoscience Laboratory, University of Manchester, UK.

1998–2002      Doctor of Philosophy: Disputation date: 09.12.2002

Supervisor: Janus J. Kulikowski, The Visual Science Laboratory, University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology (UMIST), Manchester, UK


1994–1995      Contact Lens Diploma. Buskerud University College, Department of Optometry, Kongsberg, Norway


1992–1994      Bachelor of Science (Hons), Optometry and Visual Science, University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology (UMIST), Manchester, UK



2011–present   Professor

Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Optometry and Visual Science, University College of Southeast Norway.


2019–Present  Director of research

National Centre for Optics, Vision and Eye Care, University College of Southeast Norway.


2013–2019  Centre Director

National Centre for Optics, Vision and Eye Care, University College of Southeast Norway.


2014–2017  Prodean for Research

Faculty of Health Sciences, University College of Southeast Norway.


2005–2011      Associate Professor

Department of Optometry and Visual Science, Buskerud University College. Norway


2005–2008      Honorary Visiting Research Associate

Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester, UK


2002–2005      Post-Doctoral Research Associate (Wellcome Trust Grant)

Supervisor: David H. Foster, Computational Neruoscience Laboratory, University of Manchester, UK.



2013                Awarded the Norwegian Association of Optometrist Honorary Gold Medal 

2013                Awarded the title Visionary of the Quarter by the European Gateway for Vision Research for the first quarter of 2013.

2010                Recipient of the Buskerud University College Research Award 2010

2010                Recipient of the Norwegian Optometric Association Innovation Award 2010



2014–present   Member of the Norwegian Neuroscience Society (NNS) and Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS)

2005–present   Member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)

2000–present   Member of the Optical Society of America (OSA)

1999–present   Member of the International Colour Vision Society (ICVS)

1994–present   Member of the Norwegian Association of Optometrists (NOF)



Maureen Neitz, PhD, Genetics of eye diseases, University of Washington, Department of Ophthalmology, Seattle WA, USA

Joseph Carroll, PhD, Vision research, Department of Ophthalmology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee WI, USA

Alfredo Dubra, PhD, Adaptive optics retinal imaging, Department of Ophthalmology, Stanford University, Stanford CA, USA

Christine F. Wildsoet, Myopia, University of California Berkeley School og Optometry, Berkeley, CA, USA

Michael Larsen, PhD, Eye disease, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Tor P. Utheim, PhD, Eye disease, Oslo University Hospital, University of Oslo, Norway

Jan Kremers, PhD, Retinal physiology, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

Mark Mon-Williams, PhD, Cognitive psychology,  Immersive technologies, University of Leeds, UK



Recent Publications in Peer-Review Journals

Publications in Cristin