As a vision scientist, I subscribe to the view that visual perception presents not just a fascinating computational problem, but more importantly an intelligent solution for large-scale data mining and pattern recognition applications. I study visual perception from multiple perspectives: human vision, computer vision, robotic vision, and artistic vision.

I am particularly interested in human vision's ingenuity and immediacy at resolving a property or region of interest from its context. The context is not a mere conglomeration of pieces, but an organized whole of interrelated elements. Only in such an organization can an object be assigned a place and be singled out from the context without relinquishing the effects of the context.