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Belardinelli, Anna

Attending to Motion: an object-based approach

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Visual attention is the biological mechanism allowing to turn mere sensing into conscious perception. In this process, object-based modulation of attention provides a further layer between low-level space/feature-based region selection and full object recognition. In this context, motion is a very powerful feature, naturally attracting our gaze and yielding rapid and effective shape distinction. Moving from a pixel-based account of attention to the definition of proto-objects as perceptual units labelled with a single saliency value, we present a framework for the selection of moving objects within cluttered scenes. Through segmentation of motion energy features, the system extracts coherently moving proto-objects defining them as consistently moving blobs and produces an object saliency map, by evaluating bottom-up distinctiveness of each object candidate with respect to its surroundings, in a center-surround fashion.

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  author =	{Anna Belardinelli},
  title =	{Attending to Motion: an object-based approach},
  booktitle =	{Cognitive Robotics},
  year =	{2010},
  editor =	{Gerhard Lakemeyer and Hector J. Levesque and Fiora Pirri},
  number =	{10081},
  series =	{Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings},
  ISSN =	{1862-4405},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik, Germany},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{},
  annote =	{Keywords: Visual attention model, motion selection, saliency map}

Keywords: Visual attention model, motion selection, saliency map
Seminar: 10081 - Cognitive Robotics
Issue Date: 2010
Date of publication: 27.10.2010

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