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Automated visual attention manipulation

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Author: Bosse, T. · Lambalgen, R. van · Maanen, P.P. van · Treur, J.
Institution: TNO Defensie en Veiligheid
Source:Paletta, L.Tsotsos, J.K., 5th International Workshop on Attention in Cognitive Systems, WAPCV 2008, 12 May 2008 through 12 May 2008, Fira, Santorini, 5395 LNAI, 257 - 272
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics
Identifier: 181127
doi: doi:10.1007/978-3-642-00582-4_19
Keywords: Informatics · Human attentions · Human subjects · Theory of minds · Visual attentions · Brain · Software agents · Cognitive systems


In this paper a system for visual attention manipulation is introduced and formally described. This system is part of the design of a software agent that supports naval crew in her task to compile a tactical picture of the situation in the field. A case study is described in hich the system is used to manipulate a human subject's attention. To this end the system includes a Theory of Mind about human attention and uses this to estimate the subject's current attention, and to determine how features of displayed objects have to be adjusted to make the attention shift in a desired direction. Manipulation of attention is done by adjusting illumination according to the calculated difference between a model describing the subject's attention and a model prescribing it. © 2009 Springer Berlin Heidelberg.