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With Ida Momennejad (Reinforcement Learning, Microsoft Research), Kate Jeffery (Head of Neuroscience, Univ. of Glasgow), Fulvio Domini (Prof. Cognitive & Linguistics, Brown), Paul Linton (Fellow of Italian Academy for Advanced Studies, Columbia).
Wed, Feb 15, 2023 @ 04:30 PM   FREE   Greene Science Center, 3227 Broadway, 9th Fl

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This launch event for the Royal Society volume New Approaches to 3D Vision explores how AI, animals, & humans see & navigate the 3D world.

3D vision is central to a number of contemporary innovations. In Artificial Intelligence (AI), 3D vision is enabling autonomous cars & robots to freely navigate the world & helping AI to solve fundamental scientific questions like protein folding. In animals, brain recordings from freely moving animals are enabling us to understand how animals process & navigate through space. In humans, virtual reality, augmented reality, & 3D cinema are all having a transformative effect on our 3D visual experience. In turn, these innovations are revolutionizing our understanding of 3D vision & navigation. In traditional approaches to computer vision (SLAM: simultaneous localization & mapping), animal navigation (cognitive maps), & human vision (optimal cue integration), the assumption has been that it is important to produce an accurate 3D model of the world. By contrast, these new approaches rely on partial or distorted models of the world, or no model at all.

Ida Momennejad explores the ways in which neuroscience, behavioral research, & AI inform one another, using AI navigation in 3D computer games as a key example.

Kate Jeffery explores how animals' cognitive maps of their environment reflect the possibilities for movement rather than the environment's physical geometry.

Fulvio Domini argues that 3D vision isn't trying to reconstruct the true 3D layout of the world, but instead the 3D percept that is most stable across viewing conditions.

Ida Momennejad, Senior Researcher in Reinforcement Learning at Microsoft Research
Kate Jeffery, Head of Psychology & Neuroscience at the University of Glasgow
Fulvio Domini, Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic, & Psychological Sciences at Brown University
Moderated by Paul Linton, Presidential Scholar in Society & Neuroscience & Fellow of the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University
Event Information
Free & open to the public. Registration is required via Eventbrite. All in-person attendees must follow Columbia's COVID-19 policies. Visitors will be asked to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Online attendees will receive a Zoom link from Eventbrite.

This event is hosted by the Presidential Scholars in Society & Neuroscience as part of the Seminars in Society & Neuroscience series. Co-sponsored by the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University.

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