Biological Vision Systems 2017 (3hp)
The human visual system is able to solve perceptual problems beyond current state-of-the-art in computer vision. The mammalian gaze-control and retinal stabilization systems also comprise one of the fastest control systems known in the animal kingdom. In this course we will read and analyze selected papers and book chapters on biological vision, in a critical review format.
Here's an xkcd take on the subject . (Thanks Jörgen!)
The course consists of a series of seminars, where selected scientific publications, and book chapters are presented and reviewed. The participants will themselves read, present, and review the material as part of the examination. The course is worth 3hp, where 2hp is awarded for a seminar presentation plus 3 attendances, and 1hp is awarded for a critical review.
The Seminar Format
The seminars are meant to be interactive, and are opportunities to reflect on the text. Each 2h seminar consists of two parts, a presentation and a review:
2. The review. After the break, one student does a critical review. The job of the reviewer is to relate the seminar topic to other things, such as e.g.: Competing theories, Other course themes, Optics, Computer Vision, and Systems Theory. Prepare approximately 10 review items. The items should be presented in such a way that all participants are encouraged to discuss them.
The course features weekly seminars, on Wednesdays 9-11. The series starts with an introductory seminar, where we introduce the human visual system, discuss the course format, and give an overview of the course topics. After this, the main block of seminars start. In the schedule below we will add a list of texts, organized according to four themes: mechanics, action, perception, and learning. In practice these are of course all intertwined in any the visual system, and we will discuss interactions throughout the course.
Actual seminar content depends on the number of participants, and thus the seminar articles will be decided after September 1, when everyone has registered. Examples of the type of articles used can be found on the BioVis 2013 homepage.
Eye Mechanics and Physics of Image Formation
- A3: M. F. Land "Motion and vision: why animals move their eyes", Comp Physiol A (1999) [PDF]
- A4: Melvyn A. Goodale and A. David Milner, "Separate visual pathways
for perception and action", TINS 1(15) 1992 [PDF]
Also: Milner, Goodale, "The Visual Brain in Action" Psyche 4(12) 1998 [PDF]
Also: Chinellato CSM16 PDF
- A5: M. F. Land "Eye movements and the control of actions in everyday life", RER2006 [PDF]
- A7A: Maximilian Riesenhuber and Tomaso Poggio, "Hierarchical models of object recognition in cortex", Nature Neuroscience 1999 [PDF]
- A7B: George Azzopardi and Nicolai Petkov "Ventral-stream-like shape representation: from pixel intensity values to trainable object-selective COSFIRE models", Comp. Neurosci. 2014.[URL]
- A8:Tomaso Poggio, Emilio Bizzi, "Generalization in vision and motor control", Nature 2004. [PDF]
- James V. Stone, Vision and Brain: How We Perceive the World , MIT Press 2012
- John M. Findlay and Iain D. Gilchrist, Active Vision: The Physiology of Looking and Seeing , Oxford University Press 2003
Last updated: 2017-09-20