The aim of the project is to compare how Convolutional Neural Networks and Humans see the world
where computer and human pay attention to during an object recognition task.
Due to the rise of Visual Attention mechanisms in machine
learning it is now possible to model the cognitive process of paying attention in a computer.
For a Cognitive Science course project we decided to see if the computer will
choose to look at the same thing as a human does to recognize objects of 10 categories
and if human eye-tracking data can be used to speed up the process of training the machine learning
The project is part of a Cognitive Science course at the University of Copenhagen.
Python, Tensorflow, Keras, Eye-tracking
We use the POET dataset
that provides eye-tracking data from multiple annotators that classified over 6 thousand images into
The project is divided into multiple parts that explore different training environments and
relationships between the machine and the human attention:
- Standard CNN trained with a global pooling layer on top to gain spatially-dependent
class activations (reference)
Here we can compare heat maps of human gaze with heat maps of which part of the CNN the model
finds most meaningful for the given class and image.
- CNN with attention (reference)
We build a CNN with an explicit, sequential attention mechanism built on top of
it and compare that with how humans perform the task from sequential eye-tracking data.
- Using eye-tracking data to improve machine learning
In the last part we would like to train the model using eye-tracking data
to improve convergence or guide the model in which parts of the image are more important
than others and compare the results to a standard CNN.
The final report can be found here
My work can be found under sections about
developing the attention visualization based on gradient theory and comparing CAM, soft attention
and human attention.
I came up with the idea for the project and devised the approach.
I proposed a novel approach to visualizing human attention from eye-tracking data
using gradient theory.
I developed a soft attention model in Tensorflow and extended an open-source CAM model.
I visualized both attention mechanisms and compared them to human attention using PCC.