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Pattern recognition, attention, and information bottlenecks in the primate visual system
Author(s): David Van Essen; Bruno A. Olshausen; Clifford H. Anderson; J. T.L. Gallant
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Paper 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.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 July 1991
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1473, Visual Information Processing: From Neurons to Chips, (9 July 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.45537
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David Van Essen, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Bruno A. Olshausen, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Clifford H. Anderson, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
J. T.L. Gallant, California Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1473:
Visual Information Processing: From Neurons to Chips
Bimal P. Mathur; Christof Koch, Editor(s)

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