FRC Seminar: Michael Furlong
Simulating global motion detection in Macaque visual cortex and it's application to optical flow
PhD Student, Field Robotics Center, Robotics Institute, CMU
May 08, 2012, 11.00 AM, GHC2109
Pattern cells in area V5/MT represent an intriguing step in the visual hierarchy,
whereby neurons become sensitive to global motion, rather than simply to the
motion of constituent components, cells in the primary visual cortex (V1).
A number of models have been proposed to explain this (Simoncelli & Heeger,
1998), (Nowlan & Sejnowski, 1995), but a recent attempt by Rust et al. (2006)
is particularly simple, in that it requires only two stages of normalization and the
appropriate pooling of V1 signals to ﬁt a broad range of behavior from pattern
to component cells. This talk presents a feed-forward network constructed of spiking neurons and highlights potential applications to visual ego motion detection in robotics.
Michael Furlong is a Ph.D candidate in the Field Robotics Center working on science autonomy.