CSE Colloquium Lecture: Katherine Breeden (Stanford)


Analyzing Gaze Behavior in Feature Films

Katherine Breeden

Speaker: Katherine Breeden, Stanford University

Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Tiime: 12:00pm
Location: Room CSB003, Cognitive Science Building

Abstract:  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 attentional 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. 

Bio:  Katherine Breeden is a PhD student at Stanford University, advised by Pat Hanrahan. Her current research uses eye tracking to investigate the human side of computer graphics. Her other research interests include applied geometry and advanced sampling methods. She is also an enthusiastic teacher, and enjoys trying out new classroom techniques on her unsuspecting students.