Sugandha Sharma, masters student graduate of the University of Waterloo's CTN, discusses her research and time in the laboratory of CTN Founding Director Chris Eliasmith as well as her current PhD research at MIT on the Generally Intelligent Podcast. Give it a listen.
Talk Title: Understanding, Predicting, and Manipulating Image Memorability with Representation Learning
Abstract: Everyday, we are bombarded with hundreds of images on our smart phone, on television, or in print. Recent work shows that images differ in their memorability, some stick in our mind while others are fade away quickly, and this phenomenon is consistent across people. While it has been shown that memorability is an intrinsic feature of an image, still it’s largely unknown what features make images memorable. In this talk, I will present a series of our studies which aim to address this question by proposing a fast representation learning approach to modify and control the memorability of images. The proposed method can be employed in photograph editing applications for social media, learning aids, or advertisement purposes.