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Final Activity Report Summary - VISIONTRAIN (Computational and cognitive vision systems : a training European network)

The VISIONTRAIN research training network has addressed the problem of understanding vision from both computational and cognitive points of view. The research approach is based on formal mathematical models and tools and on the thorough experimental validation of these models. Under this framework the VISIONTRAIN researchers have contributed to reduce the gap existing today between the biological principles of visual perception and computational approaches to vision and image understanding. To achieve such an ambitious goal, the eleven partners involved in the network work cooperatively.

These partners were: The Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et Automatique (Grenoble, France), Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (Trieste, Italy), The Malmo University (Sweden), University of Copenhagen (Denmark), The Technion (Haifa, Israel), The University of Oxford (United Kingdom), Univerza v Ljubljani (Slovenia), Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland), The Czech Technical University in Prague, Universiteit Utrecht (The Nederlands), and The University of Heidelberg (Germany).

The targeted research topics were the followings: (i) computational theories and methods for low-level vision, (ii) motion understanding from image sequences, (iii) learning and recognition of shapes, objects, and categories, (iv) cognitive modelling of the action of seeing, and (v) functional imaging for observing and modelling brain activity.

The VISIONTRAIN network fully funded eleven PhD students (33 person-years) and eight post-doctoral fellows (9 person-years). Each PhD student collaborated with at least two other network partners.

During the lifetime of the project, the VISIONTRAIN researchers organised three thematic schools: Optimisation Methods in Computer Vision, 12-17 March 2006; Computational and Neuro-physiological Models for Visual Perception, 25-30 March 2007, and Understanding Behaviour from Video Sequences, 9-14 March 2008. All The schools were attended by all the VISIONTRAIN researchers as well as by researchers from other institutions. The thematic schools were organised at the prestigious Les Houches Physics School, France.

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