Antoine Coutrot

Research Fellow

I graduated in 2011 from Grenoble Institute of Technology (Grenoble-INP, France) with an Engineering degree and a MSc in Cognitive Science.
I obtained my PhD in 2014 at Grenoble-Alpes University (France) under the supervision of Prof. Alice Caplier and Dr. Nathalie Guyader.
Since November 2014, I am a Research Associate at CoMPLEX, University College of London, UK.

Research Interests: 

Eye movements provide an unobtrusive, sensitive, real-time behavioral index of ongoing visual and cognitive processing. This fact has been exploited in many fields of research, from neurocognition to human-computer interfaces. Using statistical model to understand how high and low level features guide our gaze is a seriously underused approach.

We propose to move toward a Bayesian approach of visual attention modeling. This approach is more likely to integrate the huge variety of multimodal features ruling one's eye movements into a unif ed model. Concretely, a sequence of eye movements can be conceived as a probabilistic graphical model. Probabilistic models are powerful tools because (1) they can deal with the uncertainty of many real world problems, (2) there exist well founded methods to infer quantities that cannot be observed directly with sensors and (3) they can combine prior knowledge about the domain with information gathered from the data. Such a model could manage to capture patterns appearing across multiple modalities as well as in the temporal dimension of the multimodal streams.


2012 - 2014 - Grenoble Institute of Technology, Grenoble, France, Level: Engineer School - from BSc (3rd year) to MSc.

Mathematics: Lectures (25h) and Tutorials (48h)
Complex Analysis, Partial differential equations, Fourier and Laplace transforms

Signal Processing: Tutorials (55h)
Digital Signal Processing, Spectral Analysis, Speech Processing, Image Processing

Master thesis advised
Philippe Benjamin - Implementation of a Graphical User Interface for Eye-Tracking Data, 4 months (2013)

Master thesis Jury committees (9h)


Current Collaborations: 

Alan Johnston - Vision Research Lab, UCL

Contact Email: 
a [dot] coutrot [at] ucl [dot] ac [dot] uk
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