The basis of fast visual recognition and image perception.

Date: 14 April
Time: 17:00
Venue:  Online

Lecture of Prof. Dr. Gyula Sáry in the Belgian Club of Hungarian Scientists

Visual recognition is surprisingly fast: in a fragment of a second we can decide about questions like in the title. Visual analysis does not have to be very accurate for this, a rough processing of the image is usually sufficient. Our visual system has the machinery for a rapid initial analysis and this processing is fast enough to precede the detailed description and identification of the objects we see. The lecture will give a brief description of the visual system and investigation methods.

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Dr. Gyula Sáry obtained his general medical degree (MD) in 1985 with highest distinction “summa cum laude” at Albert Szent-Györgyi Medical School in Szeged. He continued in scientific education and defended his doctoral thesis (PhD) devoted to „Processing of Luminance, Kinetic and Texture Contours in the Primate Visual System” at KU Leuven, Belgium in 1996. After a habilitation procedure, he also acquired the grade “Doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences” (DSc) and was inaugurated as an ordinary professor. His research activities comprised the physiology of visual perception and pattern recognition by the cerebral inferotemporal cortex, cognitive linguistic functions and decision making. He spent several years of active scientific investigation at Vanderbilt Medical School in Nashville, USA and has a continual collaboration with members of the Laboratory for Neuro- and Physchophysiology at KU Leuven in Belgium for more than 30 years.

Professor Sáry is currently serving as a chairman of the Department of Physiology and vice-dean for education at Faculty of Medicine, University of Szeged. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses enthusiastically in English, German and Hungarian and his pedagogical skills have been regularly appreciated by the international and domestic students, decorating him with the title “best lecturer of the year” for a decade. The passion for music has always accompanied his rich scientific and pedagogical carrier.

Our institute, in collaboration with the Belgian Club of Hungarian Scientists, aims to bring the latest researches of Hungarian scientists to you, targets to present the recent findings, information, trends and discoveries to our public in Brussels. Since 2013, we have been organizing four seminars a year, bringing Hungarian scientist to Brussels from all disciplines, as Dr. László Csanády, Dr. Diána Bánáti, Dr. Miklós Maróth, Dr. Ágnes Kóspál or Prof. Dr. Béla Merkely, just to name a few.