The role of context in object recognition.
Oliva, A. & Torralba, A. (2007). Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 11(12), 520-527.
Abstract: In the real world, objects never occur in isolation; they covary with other objects and with particular environments, providing a rich source of contextual associations to be exploited by the visual system. A natural way of representing the context of an object is in terms of its relationship to other objects. However, recent work has shown that a statistical summary of the scene provides a complementary and effective source of information for contextual inference, which allows us to quickly guide our attention and our eyes to regions of interest in natural scenes. A better understanding of how humans build such scene representations, and of the mechanisms of contextual inference, will lead to a new generation of computer vision systems.