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SUnS 08 features speakers from a variety of disciplines who will address a range of topics related to real world scene understanding and natural image recognition. The goal of the symposium is to encourage exchanges between researchers of all fields of brain sciences in the burgeoning field of scene understanding.

Organizers:Aude Oliva(, Thomas Serre(, Antonio Torralba(
Registration:click here to register (admission is free and open to the research community)
Posters: If you wish to present a poster and a two minute spotlight at SUnS 08, send a title and name of authors to Antonio Torralba .
Friday, February 1
8:30 Breakfast
8:55 Opening Remarks
session: Natural Scenes: The Power of 10s
9:00 80 Million Tiny ImagesAntonio Torralba(MIT),Rob Fergus(NYU),Yair Weiss(Hebrew University),& William Freeman(MIT)
9:20 Remembering Thousands of Natural Images With High FidelityAude Oliva, George Alvarez, Talia Konkle, & Timothy Brady (MIT)
9:40 Creating and Exploring a Large Photorealistic Virtual SpaceJosef Sivic(MIT), Biliana Kaneva(MIT),Antonio Torralba(MIT),Shai Avidan(Adobe),& Bill Freeman(MIT)
10:00 Using Explicit Encoding Models to Identify Natural Images from Human Brain ActivityJack Gallant, Kendrick N. Kay, Thomas Naselaris, & Ryan J. Prenger( University of California at Berkeley)
10:25 Coffee Break
session: Perceptual Organization
10:45 Perceptual Organization in Images of Natural ScenesJitendra Malik(Berkeley)
11:10 Non-Independence of High and Low Spatial Frequencies in Picture MemoryGeoffrey Loftus(University of Washington)
11:35 Poster Spotlight
12:15 Lunch - Poster
session: Attention and the Neural Representation of Natural Images
1:30 How Are Visual Signals Transformed Along the Primate Object Recognition Pathway?Nicole Rust & James DiCarlo(MIT)
1:55 Salience Maps and the Neural Representation of AttentionJames Mazer(Yale School of Medicine)
2:20 The 'Parahippocampal Place Area' Responds Selectively to High Spatial Frequencies in Humans and MonkeysReza Rajimehr, Kathryn Devaney, Jeremy Young, Gheorghe Postelnicu & Roger Tootell (NMR Martinos Center, Massachusetts General Hospital)
2:45 Coffee Break
session: Scene Recognition: Behavioral Perspectives
3:05 Memory Across Viewpoints in Naturalistic ScenesMonica S. Castelhano(Queen's University), Alexander Pollatsek, & Keith Rayner(University of Massachusetts at Amherst)
3:30 Highly Efficient Search for Arbitrary Objects in Natural ScenesJeremy Wolfe(Harvard Medical School)
4:00 Minimal Scenes, Maximum ChallengesIrving Biederman(University of Southern California)
5:00pm Reception
Location: MIT
Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences,
43 Vassar Street Cambridge, MA 02139-
Bldg 46-3002 (campus map)
Sponsors: The Scene Understanding Symposium series is an educational initiative from the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. We wish to thank for their sponsoring: The McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, The Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT, The Center for Biological & Computational Learning at MIT, The National Institutes of Health Graduate Training Grant (T32 EY013935 and T32 MH020007), and the National Science Foundation (IIS-CAREER award to Aude Oliva, No. 0546262).

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