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2004 Technical Reports

Computational Models of Primate Visual Attention

Albert L. Rothenstein and John K. Tsotsos

Technical Report CS-2004-09

York University

December 10, 2004


This paper presents a comprehensive survey of approaches to the computational modeling of visual attention. A key characteristic of virtually all the models surveyed is that they receive significant inspiration from the neurobiology and psychophysics of human and primate vision. This, although not necessarily a key component of mainstream computer vision, seems very appropriate for cognitive vision systems given a definition of the topic that always includes the goal of human-like visual performance. The review is placed in the context of related computer vision and neuroscience research. Major theories of primate visual attention are presented in an original classification.

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