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Live cell adhesion assay with attenuated total reflection infrared spectroscopy

Schmidt, M., Wolfram, T., Rumpler, M., Tripp, C. P., Grunze, M.

{Biointerphases}, 2(1):1-5, 2007 (article)

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Unusual Co moment reduction in the NiCoO/Co exchange bias system

Brück, S., Goering, E., Tang, Y. J., Schütz, G., Berkowitz, A. E.

{Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials}, 310, pages: 2316-2318, 2007 (article)

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Adhesion of biologically inspired vertical and angled polymer microfiber arrays

Aksak, B., Murphy, M. P., Sitti, M.

Langmuir, 23(6):3322-3332, ACS Publications, 2007 (article)

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Project Page [BibTex]


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Waalbot: An agile small-scale wall-climbing robot utilizing dry elastomer adhesives

Murphy, M. P., Sitti, M.

IEEE/ASME transactions on Mechatronics, 12(3):330-338, IEEE, 2007 (article)

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Ab initio calculations of adiabatic magnon spectra using the atomic-sphere aproximation for the spin direction

Singer, R., Dietermann, F., Steiauf, D., Fähnle, M.

{Physical Review B}, 76, 2007 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]


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Low-temperature thermal-desorption mass spectroscopy applied to investigate the hydrogen adsorption on porous materials

Panella, B., Hirscher, M., Ludescher, B.

{Microporous and Mesoporous Materials}, 103, pages: 230-234, 2007 (article)

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Dependence of the critical temperature of YBCO thin films on spinpolarized quasiparticle injection

Habermeier, H.-U., Soltan, S., Albrecht, J.

{International Journal of Modern Physics B}, 21(18 \& 19):3303-3306, 2007 (article)

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Copper alloys for the restoration of reed pipes in historic organs

Straumal, B. B., Baretzky, B., Kalnins, J., Aslund, A., Friesel, M.

{Journal of Functional Materials}, 1, pages: 4-10, 2007 (article)

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Inhomogeneous vortex distribution and magnetic coupling in oxide superconductor-ferromagnet hybrids

Albrecht, J., Djupmyr, M., Soltan, S., Habermeier, H.-U., Connolly, M. R., Bending, S. J.

{New Journal of Physics}, 9, 2007 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]


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Metal hydride materials for solid hydrogen storage: a review

Sakintuna, B., Lamari-Darkrim, F., Hirscher, M.

{International Journal of Hydrogen Energy}, 32, pages: 1121-1140, 2007 (article)

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Thermal reversal of exchange spring composite media in magnetic fields

Goll, D., Macke, S., Bertram, H. N.

{Applied Physics Letters}, 90, 2007 (article)

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Magnetism of Co-doped ZnO thin films

Gacic, M., Jakob, G., Herbort, C., Adrian, H., Tietze, T., Brück, S., Goering, E.

{Physical Review B}, 75, 2007 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]


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iCub - The Design and Realization of an Open Humanoid Platform for Cognitive and Neuroscience Research

Tsagarakis, N., Metta, G., Sandini, G., Vernon, D., Beira, R., Becchi, F., Righetti, L., Santos-Victor, J., Ijspeert, A., Carrozza, M., Caldwell, D.

Advanced Robotics, 21(10):1151-1175, 2007 (article)

Abstract
The development of robotic cognition and the advancement of understanding of human cognition form two of the current greatest challenges in robotics and neuroscience, respectively. The RobotCub project aims to develop an embodied robotic child (iCub) with the physical (height 90 cm and mass less than 23 kg) and ultimately cognitive abilities of a 2.5-year-old human child. The iCub will be a freely available open system which can be used by scientists in all cognate disciplines from developmental psychology to epigenetic robotics to enhance understanding of cognitive systems through the study of cognitive development. The iCub will be open both in software, but more importantly in all aspects of the hardware and mechanical design. In this paper the design of the mechanisms and structures forming the basic 'body' of the iCub are described. The papers considers kinematic structures dynamic design criteria, actuator specification and selection, and detailed mechanical and electronic design. The paper concludes with tests of the performance of sample joints, and comparison of these results with the design requirements and simulation projects.

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link (url) DOI [BibTex]


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Subfeature patterning of organic and inorganic materials using robotic assembly

Tafazzoli, A., Cheng, C., Pawashe, C., Sabo, E. K., Trofin, L., Sitti, M., LeDuc, P. R.

Journal of materials research, 22(06):1601-1608, Cambridge University Press, 2007 (article)

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Effect of backing layer thickness on adhesion of single-level elastomer fiber arrays

Kim, S., Sitti, M., Hui, C., Long, R., Jagota, A.

Applied Physics Letters, 91(16):161905, AIP, 2007 (article)

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Universal temperature scaling of flux line pinning in high-temperature superconducting thin films

Albrecht, J., Djupmyr, M., Brück, S.

{Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter}, 19, 2007 (article)

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Dependence of the critical temperature of YBCO thin films on spin-polarized quasiparticle injection

Habermeier, H.-U., Soltan, S., Albrecht, J.

{Physica C}, 460-462, pages: 32-35, 2007 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]


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Interaction of ferromagnetic LCMO layers through a superconducting YBCO spacer

Ravikumar, G., Yashwant, G., Singh, M. R., Gupta, S. K., Bhattacharya, S., Soltan, S., Albrecht, J., Habermeier, H.-U.

{Physica C}, 460-462, pages: 1375-1376, 2007 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]


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Vortex dynamics in Permalloy disks with artificial defects: suppression of the gyrotropic mode

Kuepper, K., Bischoff, L., Akhmadaliev, C., Fassbinder, J., Stoll, H., Chou, K., Puzic, A., Fauth, K., Dolgos, D., Schütz, G., Van Waeyenberge, B., Tyliszczak, T., Neudecker, I., Woltersdorf, G., Back, C.

{Appplied Physics Letters}, 90, 2007 (article)

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Vacancy-interstitial annihilation in titanomagnetite by thermal annealing

Walz, F., Brabers, V. A. M., Brabers, J. H. V. J., Kronmüller, H.

{Physica Status Solidi (A)}, 204(10):3514-3525, 2007 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]


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Theory of X-ray absorption spectroscopy in solids: mixing of the core states by the aspherical effective potential

Kostoglou, C., Komelj, M., Fähnle, M.

{Physical Review B}, 75, 2007 (article)

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Zinc oxide microcapsules obtained via a bio-inspired approach

Lipowsky, P., Hirscher, M., Hoffmann, R. C., Bill, J., Aldinger, F.

{Nanotechnology}, 18, 2007 (article)

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Grain boundary phase observed in Al-5 at.\textpercent Zn alloy by using HREM

Straumal, B. B., Mazilkin, A. A., Kogtenkova, O. A., Protasova, S. G., Baretzky, B.

{Philosophical Magazine Letters}, 87(6):423-430, 2007 (article)

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Transport current improvements of in situ MgB2 tapes by the addition of carbon nanotubes, silicon carbide or graphite

Kovac, P., Husek, I., Skakalova, V., Meyer, J., Dobrocka, E., Hirscher, M., Roth, S.

{Superconductor Science and Technology}, 20, pages: 105-111, 2007 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]


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Adhesion and anisotropic friction enhancements of angled heterogeneous micro-fiber arrays with spherical and spatula tips

Murphy, M. P., Aksak, B., Sitti, M.

Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology, 21(12-13):1281-1296, Taylor & Francis Group, 2007 (article)

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Project Page [BibTex]


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Surface-tension-driven biologically inspired water strider robots: Theory and experiments

Song, Y. S., Sitti, M.

IEEE Transactions on robotics, 23(3):578-589, IEEE, 2007 (article)

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Absorption spectroscopy and XMCD at the Verwey transition of Fe3O4

Goering, E., Lafkioti, M., Gold, S., Schütz, G.

{Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials}, 310, pages: 249-251, 2007 (article)

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Overcoming the Dipolar Disorder in Dense CoFe Nanoparticle Ensembles: Superferromagnetism

Bedanta, S., Eimüller, T., Kleemann, W., Rhensius, J., Stromberg, F., Amaladass, E., Cardoso, S., Freitas, P. P.

{Physical Review Letters}, 98, 2007 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]


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Ultrafast nanomagnetic toggle switching of vortex cores

Hertel, R., Gliga, S., Fähnle, M., Schneider, C. M.

{Physical Review Letters}, 98, 2007 (article)

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Element-specific spin and orbital momentum dynamics of Fe/Gd multilayers

Bartelt, A. F., Comin, A., Feng, J., Nasiatka, J. R., Eimüller, T., Ludescher, B., Schütz, G., Padmore, H. A., Young, A. T., Scholl, A.

{Applied Physics Letters}, 90, 2007 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]


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Slow relaxation of spin reorientation following ultrafast optical excitation

Eimüller, T., Scholl, A., Ludescher, B., Schütz, G., Thiele, J.

{Applied Physics Letters}, 91, 2007 (article)

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One-pot synthesis of core-shell FeRh nanoparticles

Ciuculescu, D., Amiens, C., Respaud, M., Falqui, A., Lecante, P., Benfield, R. E., Jiang, L., Fauth, K., Chaudret, B.

{Chemistry of Materials}, 19(19):4624-4626, 2007 (article)

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Spin-polarized quasiparticles injection effects in the normal state of YBCO thin films

Soltan, S., Albrecht, J., Habermeier, H.-U.

{Physica C}, 460-462, pages: 1088-1089, 2007 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]


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Direct observation of the vortex core magnetization and its dynamics

Chou, K. W., Puzic, A., Stoll, H., Dolgos, D., Schütz, G., Van Waeyenberge, B., Vansteenkiste, A., Tyliszczak, T., Woltersdorf, G., Back, C. H.

{Applied Physics Letters}, 90, 2007 (article)

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Superparamagnetism in small Fe clusters on Cu(111)

Ballentine, G., He\ssler, M., Kinza, M., Fauth, K.

{The European Physical Journal D}, 45, pages: 535-537, 2007 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]

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Learning with Kernels: Support Vector Machines, Regularization, Optimization, and Beyond

Schölkopf, B., Smola, A.

pages: 644, Adaptive Computation and Machine Learning, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, USA, December 2002, Parts of this book, including an introduction to kernel methods, can be downloaded here. (book)

Abstract
In the 1990s, a new type of learning algorithm was developed, based on results from statistical learning theory: the Support Vector Machine (SVM). This gave rise to a new class of theoretically elegant learning machines that use a central concept of SVMs-kernels—for a number of learning tasks. Kernel machines provide a modular framework that can be adapted to different tasks and domains by the choice of the kernel function and the base algorithm. They are replacing neural networks in a variety of fields, including engineering, information retrieval, and bioinformatics. Learning with Kernels provides an introduction to SVMs and related kernel methods. Although the book begins with the basics, it also includes the latest research. It provides all of the concepts necessary to enable a reader equipped with some basic mathematical knowledge to enter the world of machine learning using theoretically well-founded yet easy-to-use kernel algorithms and to understand and apply the powerful algorithms that have been developed over the last few years.

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2002


Web [BibTex]


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Surface-slant-from-texture discrimination: Effects of slant level and texture type

Rosas, P., Wichmann, F., Wagemans, J.

Journal of Vision, 2(7):300, Second Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS), November 2002 (poster)

Abstract
The problem of surface-slant-from-texture was studied psychophysically by measuring the performances of five human subjects in a slant-discrimination task with a number of different types of textures: uniform lattices, randomly displaced lattices, polka dots, Voronoi tessellations, orthogonal sinusoidal plaid patterns, fractal or 1/f noise, “coherent” noise and a “diffusion-based” texture (leopard skin-like). The results show: (1) Improving performance with larger slants for all textures. (2) A “non-symmetrical” performance around a particular slant characterized by a psychometric function that is steeper in the direction of the more slanted orientation. (3) For sufficiently large slants (66 deg) there are no major differences in performance between any of the different textures. (4) For slants at 26, 37 and 53 degrees, however, there are marked differences between the different textures. (5) The observed differences in performance across textures for slants up to 53 degrees are systematic within subjects, and nearly so across them. This allows a rank-order of textures to be formed according to their “helpfulness” — that is, how easy the discrimination task is when a particular texture is mapped on the surface. Polka dots tended to allow the best slant discrimination performance, noise patterns the worst up to the large slant of 66 degrees at which performance was almost independent of the particular texture chosen. Finally, our large number of 2AFC trials (approximately 2800 trials per texture across subjects) and associated tight confidence intervals may enable us to find out about which statistical properties of the textures could be responsible for surface-slant-from-texture estimation, with the ultimate goal of being able to predict observer performance for any arbitrary texture.

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Web DOI [BibTex]


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Modelling Contrast Transfer in Spatial Vision

Wichmann, F.

Journal of Vision, 2(10):7, Second Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS), November 2002 (poster)

Abstract
Much of our information about spatial vision comes from detection experiments involving low-contrast stimuli. Contrast discrimination experiments provide one way to explore the visual system's response to stimuli of higher contrast, the results of which allow different models of contrast processing (e.g. energy versus gain-control models) to be critically assessed (Wichmann & Henning, 1999). Studies of detection and discrimination using pulse train stimuli in noise, on the other hand, make predictions about the number, position and properties of noise sources within the processing stream (Henning, Bird & Wichmann, 2002). Here I report modelling results combining data from both sinusoidal and pulse train experiments in and without noise to arrive at a more tightly constrained model of early spatial vision.

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Web DOI [BibTex]

Web DOI [BibTex]


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Pulse train detection and discrimination in pink noise

Henning, G., Wichmann, F., Bird, C.

Journal of Vision, 2(7):229, Second Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS), November 2002 (poster)

Abstract
Much of our information about spatial vision comes from detection experiments involving low-contrast stimuli. Contrast discrimination experiments provide one way to explore the visual system's response to stimuli of higher contrast. We explored both detection and contrast discrimination performance with sinusoidal and "pulse-train" (or line) gratings. Both types of grating had a fundamental spatial frequency of 2.09-c/deg but the pulse-train, ideally, contains, in addition to its fundamental component, all the harmonics of the fundamental. Although the 2.09-c/deg pulse-train produced on the display was measured and shown to contain at least 8 harmonics at equal contrast, it was no more detectable than its most detectable component; no benefit from having additional information at the harmonics was measurable. The addition of broadband "pink" noise, designed to equalize the detectability of the components of the pulse train, made it about a factor of four more detectable than any of its components. However, in contrast-discrimination experiments, with an in-phase pedestal or masking grating of the same form and phase as the signal and 15% contrast, the noise did not improve the discrimination performance of the pulse train relative to that of its sinusoidal components. In contrast, a 2.09-c/deg "super train," constructed to have 8 equally detectable harmonics, was a factor of five more detectable than any of its components. We discuss the implications of these observations for models of early vision in particular the implications for possible sources of internal noise.

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Web DOI [BibTex]

Web DOI [BibTex]


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Constructing Boosting algorithms from SVMs: an application to one-class classification.

Rätsch, G., Mika, S., Schölkopf, B., Müller, K.

IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, 24(9):1184-1199, September 2002 (article)

Abstract
We show via an equivalence of mathematical programs that a support vector (SV) algorithm can be translated into an equivalent boosting-like algorithm and vice versa. We exemplify this translation procedure for a new algorithm—one-class leveraging—starting from the one-class support vector machine (1-SVM). This is a first step toward unsupervised learning in a boosting framework. Building on so-called barrier methods known from the theory of constrained optimization, it returns a function, written as a convex combination of base hypotheses, that characterizes whether a given test point is likely to have been generated from the distribution underlying the training data. Simulations on one-class classification problems demonstrate the usefulness of our approach.

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DOI [BibTex]

DOI [BibTex]


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Phase information in the recognition of natural images

Braun, D., Wichmann, F., Gegenfurtner, K.

Perception, 31(ECVP Abstract Supplement):133, 25th European Conference on Visual Perception, August 2002 (poster)

Abstract
Fourier phase plays an important role in determining global image structure. For example, when the phase spectrum of an image of a flower is swapped with that of a tank, we usually perceive a tank, even though the amplitude spectrum is still that of the flower. Similarly, when the phase spectrum of an image is randomly swapped across frequencies, that is its Fourier energy is randomly distributed over the image, the resulting image becomes impossible to recognise. Our goal was to evaluate the effect of phase manipulations in a quantitative manner. Subjects viewed two images of natural scenes, one of which contained an animal (the target) embedded in the background. The spectra of the images were manipulated by adding random phase noise at each frequency. The phase noise was the independent variable, uniformly distributed between 0° and ±180°. Subjects were remarkably resistant to phase noise. Even with ±120° noise, subjects were still 75% correct. The proportion of correct answers closely followed the correlation between original and noise-distorted images. Thus it appears as if it was not the global phase information per se that determines our percept of natural images, but rather the effect of phase on local image features.

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Web [BibTex]

Web [BibTex]


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Forward models in visuomotor control

Mehta, B., Schaal, S.

J Neurophysiol, 88(2):942-53, August 2002, clmc (article)

Abstract
In recent years, an increasing number of research projects investigated whether the central nervous system employs internal models in motor control. While inverse models in the control loop can be identified more readily in both motor behavior and the firing of single neurons, providing direct evidence for the existence of forward models is more complicated. In this paper, we will discuss such an identification of forward models in the context of the visuomotor control of an unstable dynamic system, the balancing of a pole on a finger. Pole balancing imposes stringent constraints on the biological controller, as it needs to cope with the large delays of visual information processing while keeping the pole at an unstable equilibrium. We hypothesize various model-based and non-model-based control schemes of how visuomotor control can be accomplished in this task, including Smith Predictors, predictors with Kalman filters, tapped-delay line control, and delay-uncompensated control. Behavioral experiments with human participants allow exclusion of most of the hypothesized control schemes. In the end, our data support the existence of a forward model in the sensory preprocessing loop of control. As an important part of our research, we will provide a discussion of when and how forward models can be identified and also the possible pitfalls in the search for forward models in control.

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link (url) [BibTex]


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The contributions of color to recognition memory for natural scenes

Wichmann, F., Sharpe, L., Gegenfurtner, K.

Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 28(3):509-520, May 2002 (article)

Abstract
The authors used a recognition memory paradigm to assess the influence of color information on visual memory for images of natural scenes. Subjects performed 5-10% better for colored than for black-and-white images independent of exposure duration. Experiment 2 indicated little influence of contrast once the images were suprathreshold, and Experiment 3 revealed that performance worsened when images were presented in color and tested in black and white, or vice versa, leading to the conclusion that the surface property color is part of the memory representation. Experiments 4 and 5 exclude the possibility that the superior recognition memory for colored images results solely from attentional factors or saliency. Finally, the recognition memory advantage disappears for falsely colored images of natural scenes: The improvement in recognition memory depends on the color congruence of presented images with learned knowledge about the color gamut found within natural scenes. The results can be accounted for within a multiple memory systems framework.

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PDF Web DOI [BibTex]


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Detection and discrimination in pink noise

Wichmann, F., Henning, G.

5, pages: 100, 5. T{\"u}binger Wahrnehmungskonferenz (TWK), February 2002 (poster)

Abstract
Much of our information about early spatial vision comes from detection experiments involving low-contrast stimuli, which are not, perhaps, particularly "natural" stimuli. Contrast discrimination experiments provide one way to explore the visual system's response to stimuli of higher contrast whilst keeping the number of unknown parameters comparatively small. We explored both detection and contrast discrimination performance with sinusoidal and "pulse-train" (or line) gratings. Both types of grating had a fundamental spatial frequency of 2.09-c/deg but the pulse-train, ideally, contains, in addition to its fundamental component, all the harmonics of the fundamental. Although the 2.09-c/deg pulse-train produced on our display was measured using a high-performance digital camera (Photometrics) and shown to contain at least 8 harmonics at equal contrast, it was no more detectable than its most detectable component; no benefit from having additional information at the harmonics was measurable. The addition of broadband 1-D "pink" noise made it about a factor of four more detectable than any of its components. However, in contrast-discrimination experiments, with an in-phase pedestal or masking grating of the same form and phase as the signal and 15% contrast, the noise did not improve the discrimination performance of the pulse train relative to that of its sinusoidal components. We discuss the implications of these observations for models of early vision in particular the implications for possible sources of internal noise.

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Web [BibTex]

Web [BibTex]


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Training invariant support vector machines

DeCoste, D., Schölkopf, B.

Machine Learning, 46(1-3):161-190, January 2002 (article)

Abstract
Practical experience has shown that in order to obtain the best possible performance, prior knowledge about invariances of a classification problem at hand ought to be incorporated into the training procedure. We describe and review all known methods for doing so in support vector machines, provide experimental results, and discuss their respective merits. One of the significant new results reported in this work is our recent achievement of the lowest reported test error on the well-known MNIST digit recognition benchmark task, with SVM training times that are also significantly faster than previous SVM methods.

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PDF DOI [BibTex]


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Contrast discrimination with sinusoidal gratings of different spatial frequency

Bird, C., Henning, G., Wichmann, F.

Journal of the Optical Society of America A, 19(7), pages: 1267-1273, 2002 (article)

Abstract
The detectability of contrast increments was measured as a function of the contrast of a masking or “pedestal” grating at a number of different spatial frequencies ranging from 2 to 16 cycles per degree of visual angle. The pedestal grating always had the same orientation, spatial frequency and phase as the signal. The shape of the contrast increment threshold versus pedestal contrast (TvC) functions depend of the performance level used to define the “threshold,” but when both axes are normalized by the contrast corresponding to 75% correct detection at each frequency, the (TvC) functions at a given performance level are identical. Confidence intervals on the slope of the rising part of the TvC functions are so wide that it is not possible with our data to reject Weber’s Law.

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PDF [BibTex]


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Support Vector Machines and Kernel Methods: The New Generation of Learning Machines

Cristianini, N., Schölkopf, B.

AI Magazine, 23(3):31-41, 2002 (article)

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Application of Monte Carlo Methods to Psychometric Function Fitting

Wichmann, F.

Proceedings of the 33rd European Conference on Mathematical Psychology, pages: 44, 2002 (poster)

Abstract
The psychometric function relates an observer's performance to an independent variable, usually some physical quantity of a stimulus in a psychophysical task. Here I describe methods to (1) fitting psychometric functions, (2) assessing goodness-of-fit, and (3) providing confidence intervals for the function's parameters and other estimates derived from them. First I describe a constrained maximum-likelihood method for parameter estimation. Using Monte-Carlo simulations I demonstrate that it is important to have a fitting method that takes stimulus-independent errors (or "lapses") into account. Second, a number of goodness-of-fit tests are introduced. Because psychophysical data sets are usually rather small I advocate the use of Monte Carlo resampling techniques that do not rely on asymptotic theory for goodness-of-fit assessment. Third, a parametric bootstrap is employed to estimate the variability of fitted parameters and derived quantities such as thresholds and slopes. I describe how the bootstrap bridging assumption, on which the validity of the procedure depends, can be tested without incurring too high a cost in computation time. Finally I describe how the methods can be extended to test hypotheses concerning the form and shape of several psychometric functions. Software describing the methods is available (http://www.bootstrap-software.com/psignifit/), as well as articles describing the methods in detail (Wichmann&Hill, Perception&Psychophysics, 2001a,b).

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Contrast discrimination with pulse-trains in pink noise

Henning, G., Bird, C., Wichmann, F.

Journal of the Optical Society of America A, 19(7), pages: 1259-1266, 2002 (article)

Abstract
Detection performance was measured with sinusoidal and pulse-train gratings. Although the 2.09-c/deg pulse-train, or line gratings, contained at least 8 harmonics all at equal contrast, they were no more detectable than their most detectable component. The addition of broadband pink noise designed to equalize the detectability of the components of the pulse train made the pulse train about a factor of four more detectable than any of its components. However, in contrast-discrimination experiments, with a pedestal or masking grating of the same form and phase as the signal and 15% contrast, the noise did not affect the discrimination performance of the pulse train relative to that obtained with its sinusoidal components. We discuss the implications of these observations for models of early vision in particular the implications for possible sources of internal noise.

ei

PDF [BibTex]

PDF [BibTex]