Computational Vision Laboratory

Vision is used for recognition, planning and motor actions. Exactly how to get from the retinal image intensities to useful actions is a tough problem requiring multiple approaches. A major theoretical challenge is to discover the computational principles required to infer world properties and determine motor output from images. Computational vision searches for these solutions. The empirical challenge is to discover how our visual systems and those of other animals are built to achieve useful actions from the images received. Psychophysics, neurophysiology and brain imaging provide tools to investigate how the visual pathways of the brain transform image information into useful plans and action. Our research addresses problems of vision using computational, psychophysical, and brain imaging approaches.

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Current research projects include: neuroimaging & perceptual organization, Bayesian vision theory & computation, color & shape (see abc news, or try downloading pdf demo), depth perception, and vision for reach and grasp. The lab involves people from several departments at the University of Minnesota, as well as colleagues in other laboratories in the US and overseas.The University of Minnesota's Psychology Department is the lab's home department. The lab's research is supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.


SPRING SYMPOSIUM: Visual Processing of Natural Images


SPRING COURSE: Visual Processing of Natural Images

Kersten Lab Location (Map)
N13 Elliott Hall
(Take elevator to N13 on the basement floor of Elliott Hall on
the North end of building.)
Phone: 612 625 1337

Mail address:
Computational Vision Lab
N218 Elliott Hall
75 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN

For information on graduate programs and support see:

New program in Cognitive Neuroscience and Brain Imaging
and Center for Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Also, check into:
Computational Neuroscience Program
The Cognitive Sciences Center
Computer Science Department
Scientific Computation.

Contact Dan Kersten for more information about the lab (

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