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Human and Machine Psychophysics




QI: MIT Quest for Intelligence

Faculty Supervisor:

Tomaso Poggio

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Apply by:

March 15, 2020


Arturo Deza: deza@mit.edu

Project Description

The Poggio Lab at the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department of MIT is currently looking for a highly motivated undergraduate to work on a series of new projects at the intersection of machine vision and human vision with a focus in psychophysics. The goal of the projects is to run psychophysical experiments and test humans on multiple tasks to probe human susceptibility to (machine) adversarial images while they are eye-tracked. The MIT UROP will be mainly supervised by PostDoctoral Research Associate Arturo Deza, and the project will also very likely include collaborations and interactions with faculty, postdocs, and graduate students from MIT’s CSAIL (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory). MIT UROPs interested in taking this position should aim for extending the UROP for more than one semester and that will ideally given enough time to produce high quality work ready that may end in publication in a top leading venue such as NeurIPS, ICLR or PNAS. This is an ideal opportunity for candidates who seek to continue a path in graduate school performing future research at the intersection of cognitive science, psychology, computational neuroscience and/or computer vision.


Minimum Qualifications: - Knowledge of MATLAB or python - Basic knowledge of Human Vision - Basic knowledge of Machine Vision - Self-motivated - Open-minded Preferred Qualifications: - Experience with PsychoPy and/or PsychoToolbox - Excellent skills in visual communication (slides) - Excellent verbal communication skills - Avid reader of machine learning and computer vision literature - Introductory level knowledge of Perception or Cognition