Tech Talks: Active Vision

This is both a physical and an online event.


27. August.

Time: 10:00 - 11:00


Link to the stream here
Register for the physical event please send an e-mail to charlotte(at)
The talk is titled "Active Vision". It will present the view that human visual perception is essentially a form of active engagement with the world. The talk develops the topic by drawing from psychology, neuroscience and philosophy of mind.
The talk will introduce the until recently mainstream view of visual perception which claims that visual perception is a process of simply passively representing the world.
This view of vision as a passive phenomenon has been dominant not only in theoretical research in psychology, neuroscience and philosophy but has also deeply influenced the development of web designing, machine vision and artificial intelligence.
The talk will present reasons why passive vision is a bad idea and why active vision has been gaining ground in recent years. In the course of the theoretical discussion, the talk will address issues that are relevant for UX designers and artificial intelligence developers from the perspective of active vision
About the speaker:
Nivedita Gangopadhyay is a researcher working on the topics of visual perception, action and social cognition. She has a Ph.D. in cognitive science and philosophy of mind from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Social (EHESS), Paris, France. She has worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bristol, University of Copenhagen and has been a Marie Curie Experienced Researcher at the Ruhr University Bochum. She is currently an associated researcher at the Wittgenstein Archives Bergen (UiB).
The presentation will be streamed on on the following url:


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