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Laurent Itti

Professor of Computer Science and Psychology


  • 1994, Master's Degree, Image Processing, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications
  • 1991, Bachelor's Degree, Mathematics and Physics, Lycée Descartes
  • Doctoral Degree, Other Bio-Sciences, California Institute of Technology


Laurent Itti received his M.S. degree in Image Processing from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications (Paris, France) in 1994, and his Ph.D. in Computation and Neural Systems from Caltech (Pasadena, California) in 2000. He has since then been an Assistant, Associate, and now Full Professor of Computer Science, Psychology, and Neuroscience at the University of Southern California.

Dr. Itti's research interests are in biologically-inspired computational vision, in particular in the domains of visual attention, scene understanding, control of eye movements, and surprise. This basic research has technological applications to, among others, video compression, target detection, and robotics. Dr. Itti has co-authored over 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals, books and conferences, three patents, and several open-source neuromorphic vision software toolkits

Research Summary

Computational neuroscience, theory of computation


  • 2011 Trends in Neuroscience journal Our paper “Mechanisms of Top-Down Attention” was #1 most downloaded in 2011 on TiNS site
  • 2010 Top Cited Article 2008-2010 award
  • 2010 Vision Research journal, Elsevier Top-10 most cited recent paper award, for Itti & Baldi, Vis Res, 2009
  • 2008 Okawa foundation Okawa foundation research award
  • 2006 Best Paper
  • 2000 Charles Lee Powell Foundation new faculty award
  • Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science
  • Psychology
  • HNB 07A
  • Hedco Neurosciences Building
  • 3641 Watt Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 2520
Contact Information
  • (213) 740-3527