Special Seminar in Computing + Mathematical Sciences

Friday February 10, 2017 4:00 PM

Analyzing Gaze Behavior in Feature Films

Speaker: Katherine Breeden, Computer Science, Stanford University
Location: Annenberg 213

From our exquisite ability to detect edges to a baffling insensitivity to absolute color, the human visual system is at the heart of nearly every great challenge in computer graphics. One intriguing aspect of human vision is the rapid, unconscious eye movements which allow the visual system to piece together a detailed representation of the world around us, even though the majority of the retina is unable to capture fine structure. 

This work uses eye tracking to explore the relationship between moving images and gaze direction in the context of traditional 2D cinema. We investigate the influence of image content and a variety of cinematic techniques on gaze, and look for instances of strong agreement, known as gaze synchrony, between multiple users. Our findings have implications not only for the future of media, but for display technology, immersive reality systems, and aspects of human cognition.

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Contact: Sheilal Shull at 626.395.4560 sheila@caltech.edu