Anticipation Mechanism in Human Attention
Typ Master, Forschungspraxis, Bachelor, Ing.prax.
Betreuer Mikhail Startsev
Tel.: +49 (0)89 289-28550
Sachgebiet Human and Computer Vision
Beschreibung The human visual system is a very complicated mechanism, but it is, naturally, imperfect: For instance, we cannot immediately switch our attention (i.e. gaze direction, in this context) to the most important event or object in our field of view as soon as it emerges. For unpredictable events, it typically takes the eyes about 150-250 ms to react and move to the new location.

In natural scenes (and in real life), however, our visual system is much more proactive, i.e. we anticipate certain events before they happen, which gives our eyes enough time to catch the most “salient” part of the action just in time. Similar observations have been made in [1], for example (also, see the figure below: the maximal consistency of saccade landing points with the predicted saliency map is achieved with a slightly negative lag on average).

The project will quantitatively measure this anticipation effect using more recently developed tools and saliency prediction techniques. The candidate will also perform data analysis to determine how different eye movement types effect the anticipatory behaviour.

[1] Vig et al., Eye Movements Show Optimal Average Anticipation with Natural Dynamic Scenes, 2010,

Voraussetzung Solid programming skills are desirable, experience with computer vision is a plus.
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