James J. DiCarlo, M.D., Ph.D.

Title
Associate Professor of Neuroscience
Department
Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Institution
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Address
77 Massachusetts Avenue
MIT 46-6161
City, State, Zip
Cambridge, MA 2139
Phone
(617) 452-2574
E-mail
dicarlo[at]mit.edu
Website
http://bcs.mit.edu/people/dicarlo.html
Research Field
Neuroscience
Award Year
2002

Research

The long-term goal of our research is an understanding of the neuronal computations that support the brain's remarkable ability to recognize visual objects. The key computational challenge of object recognition is the extraction of object identity irrespective of visual clutter, object position, size, pose and illumination. Our working hypothesis is that a series of brain processing stages rapidly transform pixel-based images of the world into patterns of neuronal activity that emphasize object identity and discount object position, size, view, and illumination. Understanding these transformations and the resulting high level neuronal object representations is arguably the most important unsolved problem in sensory systems neuroscience. Such an understanding will provide deep insight into the neuronal mechanisms that underlie memory and cognition, will enable the creation of artificial vision systems and visual prostheses, and will assist in the development of molecular and behavioral techniques to aid those suffering from learning and memory disabilities.