Visual saliency model for robot cameras

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Visual saliency model for robot cameras
— Recent years have seen an explosion of research on the computational modeling of human visual attention in task free conditions, i.e., given an image predict where humans are likely to look. This area of research could potentially provide general purpose mechanisms for robots to orient their cameras. One difficulty is that most current models of visual saliency are computationally very expensive and not suited to real time implementations needed for robotic applications. Here we propose a fast approximation to a Bayesian model of visual saliency recently proposed in the literature. The approximation can run in real time on current computers at very little computational cost, leaving plenty of CPU cycles for other tasks. We empirically evaluate the saliency model in the domain of controlling saccades of a camera in social robotics situations. The goal was to orient a camera as quickly as possible toward human faces. We found that this simple general purpose saliency model doubled t...
Nicholas J. Butko, Lingyun Zhang, Garrison W. Cott
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Updated 30 May 2010
Type Conference
Year 2008
Where ICRA
Authors Nicholas J. Butko, Lingyun Zhang, Garrison W. Cottrell, Javier R. Movellan
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