Raymond Pavloski, Department of Psychology, gave a presentation entitled “Neural
Networks in the Early Visual System May Create What they Cannot Compute: Temporal
Sequences of Connected Open Sets of Neurons With Non-Empty Intersections as Visual
Objects” at the 2014 Toward a Science of Consciousness conference in Tucson, Arizona.
Pavloski’s presentation summarized his recent
neural network research, which is focused on understanding the relationship
between brain activity in the visual system and aspects of visual experience.
Building on a topological model of the visual oneness of an object as its
appearance changes in size and shape, Pavloski developed computer simulations
that demonstrate how neural networks in the first stages of visual processing
can create such a model. By doing this, neural networks may create that aspect
of visual experience.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Toward a Science of Consciousness is the largest and
longest-running interdisciplinary conference emphasizing broad and rigorous
approaches to the study of conscious awareness. An estimated 700–800
participants from over 60 countries were expected to take part in this year’s event.
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