Department of Computer Science
University of Massachusetts Boston
Fellow of the ZiF research group "Competition and Priority Control in Mind and Brain: New Perspectives from Task-Driven Vision"
Marc Pomplun studied computer science at Bielefeld University from 1990 to 1994 and received his Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.) degree in 1998. Afterwards he conducted research as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto until the year 2000, funded through a stipend by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). Following this appointment, he stayed in Toronto and worked as a research scientist at the Centre for Vision Research and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. In 2002, he started working as a Tenure?Track Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Boston and leading the Visual Attention Laboratory. He received tenure in 2007 and was promoted to Professor of Computer Science in 2012. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education.
Marc Pomplun's research focuses on the study of visual attention and eye movements through experimentation on human subjects and computational modeling. It is currently addressing two main questions: First, what are the mechanisms guiding visual attention in real-world scenes? Scene inspection, memorization, and search, among other everyday tasks, are guided by a variety of factors ranging from low-level visual features such as color and orientation to high-level features such as the semantics of visual objects. These factors need to be integrated to obtain a comprehensive model of attentional control. Second, what are the relationships between eye movements, visual attention, and visual-perceptual space? Artificially induced adaptation of saccadic eye movements can provide insight into the functional and representational aspects of these relationships that are crucial for our everyday conscious experience.