OpenEyeSim: a biomechanical simulator for studying the development of oculomotor control

Alex Priamikov, Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, Germany

Vision is an active process involving different kinds of eye movements. How are these movements controlled? How is this control learned during development? To facilitate the development of computational models addressing these questions, we here introduce OpenEyeSim, a detailed three-dimensional biomechanical model of the human extra-ocular eye muscles including a visualization of a virtual environment. It allows the development of models of human vision, including oculomotor control and attention. As a first illustration of the capabilities of OpenEyeSim, we extend a model for the autonomous learning of vergence eye movements during sustained attention based on the recently proposed active efficient coding principle. OpenEyeSim is based on OpenSim a freely available open platform for modeling and simulation of movement (http://opensim.stanford.edu/work/index.html).