Closing the loop between salience and brain activity (ARC Discovery Project administered by Flinders University) (2018–2021)
This project aims to understand how animals exposed to an abundance of highly complex information decide what
to attend to, i.e., how do they determine visual saliency? Understanding how saliency is coded is a difficult
problem to address because it depends on context and history. The project will approach this question by
systematically tracking visual decision-making in the smallest animal brains, in closed-loop virtual reality
environments. Our unique algorithms enable a system to reveal its own salience architecture, through time. This
novel approach will uncover basic working principles applicable to any system that needs to pay attention in a
visually cluttered world, from insects to humans or autonomous vehicles.