Scene Understanding Symposium

Friday, February 17, 2006

  SUnS 06  


What are the circuits, mechanisms and representation that permit the recognition of a visual scene from just one glance? In this first symposium on Scene Understanding, speakers from a variety of disciplines (neurophysiology, cognitive neuroscience, visual cognition, computational neuroscience and computer vision) will address a range of topics related to scene recognition, including natural image categorization, contextual effects on object recognition, as well as the role of attention in scene understanding and visual art. The goal 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, MIT

Artwork: Dali et sa mere, by Michale Fee


Sponsored by the Center for Biological & Computational Learning, the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, MIT

SUnS 06 was a great success, with 175 people who have registered. Many thanks to the speakers, our sponsors, and Bettiann McKay, Elisa McDaniel, George Alvarez, Angela Lai, Talia Konkle, Michelle Greene, Barbara Hidalgo-Sotelo for helping with the organization of the meeting. We look forward to SUnS 07, in January/Februay 2007. For contact information:

Program (download abstract book of SUNS 06)

Registration Admission is free and open to the research community
Location MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences Building 46 - 3002 (Auditorium)
8:40 am Coffee & Breakfast
8:55 Opening Remarks

From zero to gist in 200 msec: The time course of scene recognition (talk.pdf) (Paper1.pdf) (Paper2.pdf) (Paper3.pdf)


Aude Oliva & Michelle Greene, MIT Brain & Cognitive Sciences

9:20-9:45 Feedforward theories of visual cortex predict human performance in rapid image categorization (talk.pdf) (Paper1.pdf) (Paper2.pdf)
  Thomas Serre & Tomaso Poggio, MIT McGovern Institute
9:45-10:05 Latency, duration and codes for objects in inferior temporal cortex (talk.pdf) (Paper1.pdf) (Paper2.pdf)
  Gabriel Kreiman, Chou Hung, Tomaso Poggio & James DiCarlo, MIT McGovern Institute & BCS
10:05-10:25 Coffee break
10:25-10:50 From feedforward vision to natural vision: The impact of free viewing, task, and clutter on monkey inferior temporal object representations (talk.pdf) (Paper1.pdf) (Paper2.pdf) (Paper3.pdf)
  James DiCarlo, MIT McGovern Institute
10:50-11:10 Invariant visual representations of natural images by single neurons in the human brain (Paper1.pdf)
  Leila Reddy 1, Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, Gabriel Kreiman, Christof Koch and Itzhak Fried, 1 MIT McGovern Institute
11:10-11:40 Perception of objects in natural scenes and the role of attention (talk.pdf) (Paper1.pdf)
  Anne Treisman & Karla Evans, Princeton University
11:40-1:00 Lunch break
1:00-1:25 Natural scene categorization: from humans to computers (talk.pdf)
  Li Fei-Fei 1, Rufin VanRullen, Asha Iyer, Christof Koch & Pietro Perona, 1 Beckman Institute, ECE Dept, Psychology Dept, UIUC
1:25-1:50 Contextual associations in the brain (Paper1.pdf)
  Moshe Bar, Elissa Aminoff & Nurit Gronau, Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School
1:50-2:15 Using the Forest to see the Trees: A computational model relating features, objects and scenes (talk.pdf) (Paper1.pdf) (Paper2.pdf) (Paper3.pdf)
  Antonio Torralba, MIT CSAIL
2:15-2:25 Coffee break
2:25-2:45 Detecting and remembering pictures with and without visual noise
  Mary Potter & Ming Meng, MIT Brain & Cognitive Sciences
2:45-3:05 Scene perception after those first few hundred milliseconds (talk.ppt) (Paper1.pdf) (Paper2.pdf)
  Jeremy Wolfe, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School
3:05-3:35 The Artist as Neuroscientist
  Patrick Cavanagh, Vision Sciences Lab, Department of Psychology, Harvard University
3:35-4:00 Break

Brain and Cognitive Sciences Colloquium - Scene processing with a wave of spikes: Reverse engineering the visual system

  Simon Thorpe, CNRS and SpikeNet Technology, France
Organizers Aude Oliva, MIT Brain and Cognitive Sciences (, Thomas Serre, MIT McGovern Institute (, Antonio Torralba, MIT CSAIL (
Thanks Winston Chang, Emily Connally, Barbara Hidalgo-Sotelo, Talia Konkle, Elisa McDaniel, Bettiann McKay
Registration Admission is free and open to the research community