NSF grant seeks to replicate human pattern recognition in computers

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State and Stanford University will collaborate on a three-year, $800,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant that seeks to bridge the gap between how humans and computers see.

Yanxi Liu, associate professor of computer science and engineering and electrical engineering, and Rick Gilmore, associate professor of psychology, serve as Penn State's co-principal investigators on the effort. Stanford's co-PI is Anthony Norcia, professor of psychology.

The grant was awarded through the NSF’s Creative Research Awards for Transformative Interdisciplinary Venture (CREATIV) program.

The Penn State-Stanford project looks to understand how the human brain perceives and processes patterns and how that natural ability could be duplicated in computers.

The work could pave the way for detection of medical or security anomalies, robotics, and generic pattern indexing and retrieval.

The NSF CREATIV grant was the result of an initial collaboration by the three researchers that was supported by a Penn State Institute of Neurosciences seed grant.

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Last Updated October 24, 2012