Christopher S. Kallie, Ph.D. — Biography

Christopher S. Kallie, Ph.D. — President & Creator

Chris specializes in the development of advanced cybernetic controller technologies designed to enhance sightless and tactical navigation, spatial and situational awareness, rapid information exchange, dynamic hazard detection and avoidance, and self-defense.

With an extensive academic background, Christopher served as a faculty lecturer in the departments of Psychology and Neuroscience at The Ohio State University. He also conducted post-doctoral research on Human perception and computational vision during his tenure. Additionally, Christopher imparted his knowledge as a lecturer in the department of Psychology at the esteemed University of Minnesota. His educational qualifications include a Doctor of Philosophy in Cognitive and Biological Psychology, with a focus on Mathematical Modeling and Statistics, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive and Biological Psychology from the University of Minnesota.

Beyond his academic pursuits, Christopher dedicates his time and energy to safeguarding our environment and natural resources. He is the founder and operator of The Golden Lake Preservation Society, a testament to his compassion and dedication to Nature and Humanity. Furthermore, Christopher cherishes the support of his beloved family and friends, having cultivated meaningful connections with over three dozen remarkable roommates during his travels and stays around the Globe. Currently, he resides at Pine Cove with his Life partner, caring for an organic farm, encompassing pine and hardwood forests, while also providing a loving home to orphaned pets. As a versatile individual, Chris also expresses his creativity through music and art for Global Tactile.

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Biographical Sketch

Education & Training

University of Minnesota—Twin Cities, Minneapolis
B.A. Cognitive Psychology

University of Minnesota—Twin Cities, Minneapolis
Ph.D. Cognitive & Biological Psychology
Minor: Mathematical Modeling & Statistics

The Ohio State University, Columbus
Postdoctoral Research
Cognitive Psychology & Computational Vision

Positions & Honors

Current Position

Creator & President — Global Tactile, LLC

Cybernetic Artificial Intelligence (AI) Systems Design for High-Performance Human-Machine Interaction, Navigation, Spatial and Situational Awareness, Rapid Information Exchange, Dynamic Hazard Avoidance, Lie Detection, Medical Fraud, and Self-Defense

Previous Positions and Employment

2014-2016 Faculty Lecturer — The Ohio State University
Psychology 3513 — Cognitive Neuroscience
Psychology 3310 — Sensation and Perception

2013-2015 Postdoctoral Researcher — The Ohio State University

2011 Graduate Lecturer — University of Minnesota
Psychology 3902W — Major Project (Spring & Summer)

2008-2010 Scientific Apparatus Designer & Lab Manager — University of Minnesota

2007-2012 Graduate RA — Computational Perception and Action Lab, UMN

2006-2008 Instructional Technology Fellow, University of Minnesota

2006-2012 Graduate RA — Minnesota Lab for Low-Vision Research, UMN

2004-2006 Research Assistant — Minnesota Lab for Low-Vision Research, UMN

2000-2004 Undergrad RA — Minnesota Lab for Low-Vision Research, UMN

1999-2000 Undergrad RA — Pick Lab, Institute of Child Development, UMN

Contributions to Science

Low Vision, Blind Navigation, & Spatial Perception

a. Bochsler, T. M., Legge, G. E., Gage, R., & Kallie, C. S. (2013). Recognition of Ramps and Steps by People with Low Vision. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 54(1), 288–294.

b. Kallie, C. S., Legge, G. E., & Yu, D. (2012). Identification and Detection of Simple 3D Objects with Severely Blurred Vision. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 53(13), 7997-8005. doi:10.1167/iovs.12-10013

c. Bochsler, T. M., Legge, G. E., Kallie, C. S., & Gage, R. (2012). Seeing Steps and Ramps with Simulated Low Acuity: Impact of Texture and Locomotion. Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry, 89(9), E1299–1307.

d. Legge, G. E., Yu, D., Kallie, C. S., Bochsler, T. M., & Gage, R. (2010). Visual Accessibility of Ramps and Steps. Journal of Vision, 10(11), 8.

e. Kallie, C. S., Schrater, P. R., & Legge, G. E. (2007). Variability in Stepping Direction Explains the Veering Behavior of Blind Walkers. Journal of Experimental Psychology. Human Perception and Performance, 33(1), 183–200.

f. Mason, S. J., Legge, G. E., & Kallie, C. S. (2005). Variability in the Length and Frequency of Steps of Sighted and Visually Impaired Walkers. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 99(12), 741–754.

Low Vision & Reading

a. He, Y., Scholz, J. M., Gage, R., Kallie, C. S., Liu, T., & Legge, G. E. (2015). Comparing the Visual Spans for Faces and Letters. Journal of Vision, 15(8), 7-7.

b. Cheung, S.-H., Kallie, C. S., Legge, G. E., & Cheong, A. M. Y. (2008). Nonlinear Mixed-Effects Modeling of MNREAD Data. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 49(2), 828–835. doi:10.1167/iovs.07-0555

c. Castro, C. T. M. de, Kallie, C. S., & Salomão, S. R. (2005). Development and Validation of the MNREAD Reading Acuity Chart in Portuguese. Arquivos Brasileiros de Oftalmologia, 68(6), 777–783.

Computational Neuroscience

a. Todd, J. T., Egan, E. J., & Kallie, C. S. (2015). The Darker-Is-Deeper Heuristic for the Perception of 3D Shape from Shading: Is it Perceptually or Ecologically Valid? Journal of Vision, 15(15), 2-2.

b. Todd, J. T., Weismantel, E., & Kallie, C. S. (2014). On the Relative Detectability of Configural Properties. Journal of Vision, 14(1), 18.

Other Statistical Modeling & Academic Papers

a. Shryack, J., Steger, M. F., Krueger, R. F., & Kallie, C. S. (2010). The Structure of Virtue: An Empirical Investigation of the Dimensionality of the Virtues in Action Inventory of Strengths. Personality and Individual Differences, 48(6), 714–719.

b. Doctoral Dissertation: Evaluating Object Visibility with Simulated Visual Impairment Using Real and Rendered Scenes —

c. Specials (Masters) Thesis: Obstacle Detection and Avoidance as a Partially-Observable Markov-Decision Process

Additional Information: Research Support and/or Scholastic Performance

Completed Research Support

NIH R43 EY032008 Christopher Kallie (PI) & Nicholas Giudice (PI) 2020-2022
Development of a Haptic Guidance Interface for Eliminating Veering During Indoor and Outdoor Navigation by Blind and Visually Impaired Travelers
Role: Principal Investigator
-Developed and Commercialized Software and Hardware for Low-Vision & Blind Navigation

NSF BCS-0962119 Jim Todd (PI) 2013-2015 The Perceptual Identification and Representation of Image Contours
Role: Postdoctoral Researcher
-Created and Tested Computational Models of Visual Perception
-Implemented Supercomputer Cluster to Analyze Large Image Tensors Performed Multilinear PCA and Compared Classifiers to Human Performance

NIH R01 EY017835-01 Gordon Legge (PI) 2007-2012 Designing Visually Accessible Spaces
Role: Graduate Research Assistant
-Created and Tested Computational Models of Simulated Visual Impairment Designed Methods for Comparing Visibility in Real and Rendered Scenes

NIH R43 & R44 EY015616 Gordon Legge (PI) & Paul Schrater (PI) 2005-2007 Indoor Magnetic Wayfinding for the Visually Impaired
Role: Graduate Research Assistant
-Developed Procedures for Collecting and Mapping Geomagnetic Isocontours
-Built Devices for Measuring and Mapping Geospatial Magnetic Perturbations

NIH/NEI R01 EY002934 Gordon Legge (PI) 2002-2005 Psychophysics of Reading-Normal and Low Vision
Roles: Undergraduate and Graduate Research Assistant
-Codeveloped Clinical Vision Tests in Portuguese, Spanish, and Hindi
-Developed Statistical Tools for Analyzing Clinical Visual Acuity Tests

NIH EY02857 Gordon Legge (PI) 2000-2005 Object Recognition and Navigation in Normal and Low Vision
Roles: Undergraduate and Graduate Research Assistant
-Measured and Modeled Walking Behavior of Blind Pedestrians
-Explained Veering Tendency of Blind Pedestrians through Psychophysics and Statistical Modeling

Invited Scientific Peer Review

Scientific Journal Reviewer (2014-2015)
Optometry and Vision Science

Professional Memberships

Vision Sciences Society (2002-2016)

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (2003-2008)

Center for Cognitive Sciences University of Minnesota (2003-2012)

Honors and Awards

Inventor Recognition Award — License Signed Issued by the Office for Technology Commercialization, University of Minnesota, for MNREAD-Portuguese Reading-Acuity Chart. Tamaki, C., Kallie, C.S., Mansfield, J.S. and Legge, G.E. (2005)

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Award University of Minnesota (2001)

Intellectual Property: Patents and Licensing

Patent Pending 3/22/2023

Rapid, Efficient, and Ergonomic Communication and Control Through Physical Forces
Patent Pending 3/28/2022

Rapid, Efficient, and Ergonomic Control and Communication Through Touch
Patent Pending 8/15/2019

Methods, Devices, and Uses of Control and Communication Through Physical Forces
Patent Pending 10/25/2018

Methods, Devices, and Uses of Control and Communication Through Physical Forces
Patent Pending 10/25/2017

MNREAD-Spanish Reading-Acuity Chart
Copyright 2012

MNREAD-Portuguese Reading-Acuity Chart
Copyright 2004