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Thu, Mar 09



How We Learn To See “Stuff" with Roland Fleming

(ISCC Webinar)

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How We Learn To See “Stuff" with Roland Fleming
How We Learn To See “Stuff" with Roland Fleming

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Mar 09, 2023, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.


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Webinar presented by the ISCC:

Humans excel at visually recognizing materials and inferring their properties. Without touching surfaces, we can usually tell what they would feel like, and we enjoy vivid visual intuitions about how they typically behave. This is impressive because the retinal image that the visual system receives as input is the result of complex interactions between many physical processes, which the brain must somehow disentangle. I will present some work in which we show that an unsupervised neural network trained on images of surfaces spontaneously learns to disentangle reflectance, lighting and shape. However, the disentanglement is not perfect, and we find that as a result the network not only predicts the broad successes of human gloss perception, but also the specific pattern of errors that humans exhibit on an image-by-image basis.

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