Pattern recognition, attention, and information bottlenecks in the primate visual system

David Van Essen, B. Olshausen, Clifford H. Anderson, J. t.L. Gallant

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Abstract

In its evolution, the primate visual system has developed impressive capabilities for recognizing complex patterns in natural images. This process involves many stages of analysis and a variety of information processing strategies. This paper concentrates on the importance of 'information bottlenecks,' which restrict the amount of information that can be handled at different stages of analysis. These steps are crucial for reducing the overwhelming computational complexity associated with recognizing countless objects from arbitrary viewing angles, distances, and perspectives. The process of directed visual attention is an especially important information bottleneck because of its flexibility in determining how information is routed to high-level pattern recognition centers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
PublisherPubl by Int Soc for Optical Engineering
Pages17-28
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)0819405825
StatePublished - Dec 1 1990
Externally publishedYes
EventVisual Information Processing: From Neurons to Chips - Orlando, FL, USA
Duration: Apr 1 1991Apr 2 1991

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume1473
ISSN (Print)0277-786X

Conference

ConferenceVisual Information Processing: From Neurons to Chips
CityOrlando, FL, USA
Period04/1/9104/2/91

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