Current experiments






Attributing Intelligence 2018

Experiment 1

Experiment 2

Experiment 3

Kryven, M. PhD Thesis: Attributed Intelligence
Kryven, M., Ullman, T., Cowan, W., Tenenbaum, J. B. Thinking and Guessing: Model-Based and Empirical Analysis of Human Exploration
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Kryven, M., Cowan, W. Semi-Automated Classification of Free-form Participant Comments, WiML workshop at Neural Information Processing Systems, 2016
Kryven, M., Ullman, T., Cowan, W., Tenenbaum, J. B. Think ahead: Modelling human maze solving strategies, Computational Approaches to Cognition Symposium at Psychonomics, 2016
Kryven, M., Cowan, W., Ullman, T., Tenenbaum, J. B. Attending to the Future Half-a-Second at a Time. A Predictive Coding Account., Attention Symposium, Center for Visual Science at the University of Rochester

Kryven, M., Ullman, T., Cowan, W., Tenenbaum, J. B. Outcome or Strategy? A Bayesian Model of Intelligence Attribution, Proceedings of the 38th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Sciences Society
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Kryven, Marta, and William Cowan. Why Magic Works? Attentional Blink With Moving Stimuli International Conference on Perceptual Organization, York University Centre for Vision Research , 2015. Conference poster
Stage magicians know how to hide actions in plain sight. One method is to perform two actions in succession so that the audience attends to the first action, but misses the second. For example, a magician waves a magic wand and immediately drops a coin missed by the spectator. Such a technique resembles attentional blink, a phenomenon when the detection of the second of the two visual targets presented in close succession is impaired. We show that attentional blink may be used to create magic effects.


Kryven, Marta, and William Cowan. What does water look like? Proceedings of the Workshop on Computational Aesthetics, 2014. link
Computational Aesthetics is a leading conference in computer-aided and computer-generated art and design. This paper describes a series of psychophysical studies of perception of water. We examined how water may be represented in vision, which visual features contribute to recognizing water and whether the concept of water, a substance that does not assume a steady shape, might be represented by a canonical view. For a brief idea of what we did see presentation slides


Kryven, Marta, and William Cowan. Modelling perceptually efficient aquatic environments. Proceedings of the ACM Symposium on Applied Perception. 2013. Conference poster
A pilot study of image perception with images of water in different rendering styles.

Kryven, Marta, and Elodie Fourquet. Generating knitting patterns from a sketch: a CSP approach. Proceedings of the Symposium on Computational Aesthetics, 2013.
This paper describes a software system I built to rasterize drawings into knitting patterns. The rasterizer solves a search problem on the space of all raster images such that the solution is perceptually close to the original drawing and free of visual artifacts.
If you are interested in computer-generated knitting, and would like to try it yourself see also here and here.



Not seeing motion in plain sight: Do stage magicians exploit attentional blink?

Mathematics of other peoples thoughts: How do we attribute inteligence to other sentient beings.

Modelling interactions between feedworward and feedback signal processing between V1 and IT.


CS886, Advanced topics in AI course project. Using decision trees and Bayesian learning to explore how emotional words influence human preferences in recipe ratings. This project was motivated by a technical report published in nature Flavor network and the principles of food pairing


CS686, Introduction to AI course project. Generating knitting patterns by solving search problems.
If you are interested in computer-generated knitting see also here and here.

CS889, Advanced Iteraction Design course project. Using Kinect for decting touch in a natural interactive environment.


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When I am not doing research I write about neuroscience for the general academic audience, teach programming for media arts, play classical piano or ride a Peugeot PX10, 1963, which I built from parts.
University Bike Centre
Recycle Cycles @ Waterloo

Books I liked in 2017
  1. Nick Harkaway, Gnomon
  2. Tessa Hadley, The Past
  3. Faulkner, As I Lay Dying
  4. Eileen Chang, Little reunions
  1. Ben Lerner, 10:04
  2. John Williams, Stoner
  3. Min Jin Lee, Pachinko
  4. Han Kang, The Vegetarian
  5. Bernard Williams, Truth and Truthfulness (2012)
  6. Valentino Braitenberg, Vehicles: Experiments in Synthetic Psychology
  7. Jon Ronson, Psychopath Test
  1. Judith Schalansky Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Never Set Foot On and Never Will
  2. Abbott and Dayan. Theoretical Neuroscience - Computational and Mathematical Modeling of Neural Systems (2011)
  3. Steven Macknick and Susana Martinez-Conde, Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals About Our Everyday Deceptions (2011)
  4. Jonathan Glover, Alien Landscapes (2014)
  5. Ned Beauman, The Teleportation Accident
  6. Jon Ronson, So You've Been Publicly Shamed (2015)
  7. Arfken, Mathematical Methods for Physicists
  1. Tim Spector, Identically different. How you can change your genes (2012)
  2. Sharon Moalem, Inheritance (2014)
  3. Brian Hoffmann, Adrenaline (2013)
  4. Michael Marmot, The Status Syndrome (2008)
  5. Rosenberg, Inside the Black Box Technology and Economics
  6. Chorin and Marsden, A Mathematical Introduction to Fluid Mechanics
  7. Brown and Churchill, Fourier Series and Boundary Value Problems
  8. Walpole and Myers, Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientis
  9. Milbourne, The Illustrated History of Magic
  10. Dave Edgers, The Circle (2013)
  11. Paul Verhagen, Omega Minor
  12. Javier Marias, Fever and Spear

  1. Irving Goffman, Presentation of self in everyday life (1953)
  2. Melvin Learner, Just world illusion
  3. Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities (1991)
  4. Bartlett, Remembering (1932)
  5. Rachel Shteir, The Steal: A Cultural History of Shoplifting (2012)
  6. David Redish, The Mind Within the Brain: How We Make Decisions and How those Decisions Go Wrong? (2013)
  7. Phillip Ball, Flow (2011)
  8. Javier Marias, All Souls
  9. Nicola Barker, The Yips
  10. B.S. Johnson, House Mother Normal
  11. B.S. Johnson, Albert Angelo
  12. Philip Roth, Counterlife
  13. Padgett Powel, You and Me
  14. Donald Barthelme, The King
  15. Michael Howard, The Invention of Peace: Reflections on War and International Order (2001)
  1. Richard Rorty, Contingency, Irony, Solidarity (1989)
  2. Robert Nozick, Utopia
  3. Daniel Khaneman, Attention and Effort (1973)
  4. Robert Coover, Briar Rose
  5. Robert Coover, Noir
  6. Gilbert Sorrentino, Aberration of Starlight
  7. Gilbert Sorrentino, Abyss of Human illusion
  8. J. G. Ballard, Miracles of Life