[visionlist] May 5 VSS Symposium on integrating bottom-up and top-down attention

Laurent Itti itti at usc.edu
Mon Feb 27 18:37:00 GMT 2006

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                        Special VSS symposium

         Integrating top-down and bottom-up visual attention

                   May 5th, 2006,     3:15 - 5:15pm

             Workshop Room 4, Hyatt, Sarasota, Florida


Organizer:   Vidhya Navalpakkam, University of Southern California

Speakers:    Laurent Itti, University of Southern California

             Kirk Thompson, National Eye Institute, NIH

             Jeremy Wolfe, Harvard University

             Steven Yantis, Johns Hopkins University


Although the last few decades have witnessed enormous progress in
psychophysics, physiology, imaging, theory and modeling of either
bottom-up or top-down visual attention, understanding their integration is
the next main frontier. It poses several open challenges: Where do
top-down and bottom-up signals meet and interact? At what time and spatial
scale do they interact? What is the granularity of their interaction -- is
it at the level of a single neuron, or a population of neurons? What
computational principles underly the integration of these signals -- is it
a linear summation, or multiplication or some other function?  What are
the behavioral correlates of such integration?

This symposium aims to shed light on the above questions by reviewing
recent cutting edge research in integrating top-down and bottom-up visual
attention. It will be a unique forum where experts from different
faculties including theory, modeling, psychophysics, imaging and
physiology will present diverse and potentially conflicting perspectives,
leading to exciting discussions and debates.

For more information contact Vidhya Navalpakkam <navalpak at usc.edu>

VSS annual meeting home page: http://www.vision-sciences.org

Laurent Itti - University of Southern California - Computer Science Dept.
Hedco Neuroscience Bldg HNB30A, 3641 Watt Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089-2520
itti at pollux.usc.edu - Tel/Fax: +1(213)740-3527/5687 - http://iLab.usc.edu

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