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Frank Jenkins: Cognitive Vision – A General Overview

Cognitive Vision is more than just recognizing an object in an image or video.  It involves the detection and recognition of multiple objects and then interpreting their relationship to generate an understanding of the scene.


The presentation will give a very general overview of human cognitive vision, both the psychological as well as the physiological aspects.  It broadly covers the topics of what cognitive vision is, overall features of human cognition, and the basic neurophysiology of the brain and visual system.  This will hopefully inform and stimulate the audience’s thinking on the subject, and result in a lively discussion following the talk.
This talk is fairly non-technical and understanding it should require only normal human cognitive abilities.

Frank Jenkins is an EECS by education, though he considers himself a much better programmer than circuit designer.  He has had considerable previous experience in the field of electronic circuit simulation and currently works as a consultant in the field of robotics.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent survey and intro to the field.

    January 9, 2012

  • Aimee Bolter C.

    Great basic overview; looking forward to the "nuts & bolts" second half.

    January 9, 2012

  • Monica

    One of the best meetups we've had (and we've had over a hundred). Thank you Frank. Looking forward to part two.

    January 9, 2012

  • Kennita

    Great slides and video, and excellent comments both from Frank and from members of thde audience.

    January 9, 2012

  • Kennita

    Frank said no, because of copyright considerations.

    January 9, 2012

  • Alex

    will the slides be posted on the meetup/emailed?

    January 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Frank gave a clear, comprehensive introduction to the problem of understanding a visual scene using neural apparatus. He was thoroughly prepared with about 120 slides. The audience was enthusiastic, and QA was high-level and thought provoking. Well done!

    January 8, 2012

  • Monica

    51 people attended. We had 20 no-shows that sadly prevented the dozen people on the waiting list from attending. Please remember, if you can't attend, change your RSVPs. We can't accommodate larger audiences than 70 people because of room size limitations.

    And the no-shows missed a great talk. Even pizza afterwards was attended by about 15 people.

    1 · January 8, 2012

  • Monica

    This was one of the best presentations ever given at the AI Meetup and definitely the one with the most polished slides. Thank you frank for doing this; we look forward to part two which is now scheduled for Feb 28, 2012.

    January 8, 2012

  • Tong Huu K.

    I don't have much exposure about Cognitive Vision, so the talk was a great chance to learn what's it about (a lot of neurophysiology + psychology + anatomy...., from what I can see). Many interesting example about how the brain works was shown at the beginning of the talk as well as in-depth knowledge during and after the presentation

    January 8, 2012

  • Mark C.

    Looking for a ride from/back to SF.

    December 31, 2011

  • Laure

    Sounds interesting. Maybe the next once can be recorded.

    December 30, 2011

  • Monica

    I've seen an early preview and it's a great talk. Frank has made great slides.
    Meetup will not be video recorded or podcast.
    There will be a part two of this, probably in February.

    December 30, 2011

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