Computational Visual Attention


Visual attention is one of the key mechanisms of perception that enables humans to efficiently select the visual data of most potential interest. Machines face similar challenges as humans: they have to deal with a large amount of input data and have to select the most promising parts. In this chapter, we explain the underlying biological and psychophysical grounding of visual attention, show how these mechanisms can be implemented computationally, and discuss why and under what conditions machines, especially robots, profit from such a concept.


Visual Search Visual Attention Training Image Salient Object Attention System 


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  1. 1.Institute of Computer Science IIIRheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität BonnBonnGermany

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