6.803 | Spring 2019 | Undergraduate

The Human Intelligence Enterprise

Schedule of Activities

Ullman explains visual routines


“Visual Cognition and Visual Routines” (Chapter 9 in Buy at MIT Press High Level Vision) by Shimon Ullman

Estimated reading time: 1.5 hours


[Note: If you discuss the paper or the assignment with another student—which we encourage—indicate whom you have talked with in your submitted composition. Of course your submitted composition must be written entirely by you.]

Of course, you need not limit yourself to one side of one sheet of paper for this assignment.

Part A

Some advisory committees write reports that consist of an executive summary accompanied by something like 30 slides, which are supplemented by explanatory legends that supply useful detail beyond what is captured in the slides. If the slides are prepared according to 6.803 maxims, the legends are essential, because the slides will be too telegraphic to be understood on their own. The legends range in length from a sentence to a page, tending to peak at a half page. This sample slide (PDF), taken from a report of the Naval Research Advisory Committee, illustrates.

This format is the one to be used for the project report for those of you doing projects.

In this exercise, you are to try your hand at an abbreviated version of this format. In particular, you are to provide a slide show report on the thoughts of Ullman, except that:

  • You are not to provide an executive summary.
  • You are not to produce more than a half dozen slides.
  • Your legends should be closer to a sentence than a page.

Include in your slides, or legends, or both, a demonstration that you have read and understood the paper.

You may borrow freely from illustrations that appear in the paper. If you use PowerPoint or Impress regularly, great, but you need not fight with slidemaking software or fret about not having such software. You may cut and paste or roughly trace material from the paper or provide your own rough sketches of what you have in mind.

Part B

With a big red pencil, or equivalent, identify salient, slogan, symbol, and surprise (if any), in your slides or legends.

Course Info

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Spring 2019
Learning Resource Types
Written Assignments