Center for Visual Cognition (CVC) is located at the Department of Psychology of the University of Copenhagen. The Center was founded in 1993 and is currently a unit (Center for Integrated Visual Attention Research) under the Center of Excellence Programme of the University of Copenhagen. The research at the Center consists in experimental and theoretical studies in visual cognition. The experimental research is focused on visual attention, object recognition, formation and transformation of mental images, and perception of apparent movement. The theoretical work comprises a computational theory of selective attention in vision (Theory of Visual Attention, TVA) and a computational model of visual recognition (a Template-Matching Pandemonium, TMP).
The Center has been supported by major grants from several sources: a grant from the International Human Frontier Science Program Organization to a collaborative project: "Brain mechanisms of visual selection" with John Duncan , Glyn Humphreys , Steven Hillyard, Robert Desimone, Toshio Inui, and Guy Orban; a grant from the Danish Research Councils for the Natural Sciences, Medicine, the Humanities, and the Technical Sciences to the project: "Vision and the brain: Psychophysical, neurobiological, and computational studies" with Olaf B. Paulson and Ian Law ; a grant from the Danish Research Council for the Natural Sciences to the project: "Computing natural shape" with Peter Johansen and others; a grant from the Danish Research Council for the Humanities to the project "Visual cognition" conducted by the staff at the Center in collaboration with John Duncan, Gordon D. Logan , Leo Chelazzi, and others; a grant from the Strategic Research Council for establishing a Center for Computational Cognitive Modeling in collaboration with the Intelligent Signal Processing Group at the Danish Technical University; and a grant from the Centre of Excellence Program at the University of Copenhagen.