2019 Basic Sensation Informatics

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Graduate major in Information and Communications Engineering
Kaneko Hirohiko  Kashino Makio 
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Course description and aims

It is described how human perceptual system obtains, transfers, analyzes and integrates information from the outside world so that a final perceptual image can be created in human brain. Fundamental aspects of visual and other sensory systems, including the structures, methods for measuring the perceptual responses and psychophysical and physiological functions, are explained showing many experimental data.
This will allow them to understand basic knowledge about the functions and structures of human sensory systems and the way of thinking when studying human sensory systems.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to 1) understand the basic properties of human sensory systems such as vision, hearing and the sense of touch and 2) explain the relationship between the properties and information systems.


Visual Information Processing, Human Information Processing, Sensation, Psychophysics

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

At the beginning of each class, solutions to exercise problems that were assigned in the previous class are reviewed. In the end of the class, students are given quizzes related to the lecture given that day. To prepare for the class, students should read the course schedule section and check what topics will be covered. Required learning should be completed outside of the classroom for preparation and review purposes.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Guidance of the lecture, Visual system 1: Introduction, Structure and function of the eye Reviewing key contents of the lecture and quizes.
Class 2 Haptics 1: Space and time perception in touch Reviewing key contents of the lecture and quizes.
Class 3 Haptics 2: Material perception and multi-modal integration Reviewing key contents of the lecture and quizes.
Class 4 Visual system 2: Basic mechanism for light and color perception Reviewing key contents of the lecture and quizes.
Class 5 Visual system 3: Basic mechanism for spatial vision Reviewing key contents of the lecture and quizes.
Class 6 Vestibular system 1: Perception of self motion and orientation Reviewing key contents of the lecture and quizes.
Class 7 Auditory filters Reviewing key contents of the lecture and quizes.
Class 8 Perceptual attributes of sound Reviewing key contents of the lecture and quizes.


Materials used in class can be found on OCW-i.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

1. R. Snowden, P. Thompson, T. Troscianko, Basic Vision, Oxford Univ. Press, 2006.
2. J. M. Wolfe et al., Sensation and Perception 2nd ed., Sinauer Associates, Inc., 2009.

Assessment criteria and methods

Quiz at each course session: 75%, and a report at the end of course: 25%.

Related courses

  • ICT.H514 : Mechanisms of Visual Perception

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prior conditions

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