MIT Offers new Insights into Vision

Posted 14 Apr 2004 at 02:02 UTC by steve Share This

Pawan Sinha and other MIT researchers have combined MRI scans, René Magritte paintings, and a study of individuals who are born blind but later gain some vision to offer new insights into how the human brain recognizes objects and, in particular, faces. Humans are much better at recognizing faces than the best machine vision, even when the faces are extremely blurred. Humans use contextual clues that are not available to most machine vision systems. Up until now, machine vision developers have intentionally removed or cleaned-up images by isolating the object of interest (which precludes consideration of contextual clues). An MIT News story summarizes the research. For more see the Sinha Lab Vision Research webpage.

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