Ivette Colón

Howdy, I’m Ivette!
I’m a graduate student in the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, working with Tim Rogers in the Knowledge and Concepts Lab and Paula Niedenthal in the Niedenthal Emotions Lab. I primarily study how we represent social and visual concepts in neural networks (including the brain and computational models). I’m particularly interested in how social and visual representations retain task-irrelevant information about what we see, and how these representations vary based on individual differences in cognition.
During my graduate training I have also worked with Dr. Emily Ward in the Visual Cognition Lab at UW, where I conducted several behavioral studies surrounding face processing. In particular, I studied a) What kinds of faces people find consistently “familiar”, and b) What kinds of face information we process automatically, even in tasks designed to induce Einstellung (a “mechanized state of mind”).
Prior to coming to UW, I was a student and full-time researcher in Dr. Alice O’Toole’s Perception Lab at The University of Texas at Dallas, studying representations from convolutional neural networks trained for face identification.

Peer-reviewed Articles:

  • Colón, Y. I., Castillo, C. D., & O’Toole, A. J. (2021). Facial expression is retained in deep networks trained for face identification. Journal of Vision21 (4), 4-4.
  • Parde, C. J., Colón, Y. I., Hill, M. Q., Castillo, C. D., Dhar, P., & O’Toole, A. J. (2021). Closing the gap between single-unit and neural population codes: Insights from deep learning in face recognition. Journal of Vision21 (8), 15-15.
  • Noyes, E., Parde, C. J., Colón, Y. I., Hill, M. Q., Castillo, C. D., Jenkins, R., & O’Toole, A. J. (2021). Seeing through disguise: Getting to know you with a deep convolutional neural network. Cognition211, 104611.
  • Parde, C. J., Castillo, C., Hill, M. Q., Colon, Y. I., Sankaranarayanan, S., Chen, J. C., & O’Toole, A. J. (2017, May). Face and image representation in deep CNN features. In 2017 12th IEEE International Conference on Automatic Face & Gesture Recognition (FG 2017) (pp. 673-680).
  • Hill, M. Q., Parde, C. J., Castillo, C. D., Colon, Y. I., Ranjan, R., Chen, J. C., … & O’Toole, A. J. (2019). Deep convolutional neural networks in the face of caricature. Nature Machine Intelligence1(11), 522-529.

Conference Presentations:

  • Colon, Y.I., Ward, E.J. (2021, May). Forgetting a face: attribute amnesia for familiarity identities. Poster presented at the 21st Annual Vision Sciences Society Conference, St. Pete Beach, FL.
  • Colon, Y.I., Ward, E.J. (2020, June). To each their own: measuring familiarity for face images. Talk presented at the 20th Vision Sciences Society Conference, virtual.
  • Colon, Y.I., Parde, C.J., Castillo, C.D., Cavazos, J., O’Toole, A.J. (2019, May). Facial expression information in humans and DCNNs. Poster presented at the 19th Annual Vision Sciences Society Conference, St. Pete Beach, FL.
  • Colon, Y.I., Hill, M.Q., Parde, C.J., Castillo, C.D., Ranjan, R., O’Toole, A.J. (2018, May). Facial expression information in deep convolutional neural networks trained for face identification. Talk presented at the 18th Annual Vision Sciences Society Conference, St. Pete Beach, FL.
  • Parde, C.J., Colon, Y.I., Hill, M.Q., O’Toole, A.J., Castillo, C.D. (2018, May). Integrating single-unit and pattern codes in DCNNs trained for face identification. Poster presented at the 18th Annual Vision Sciences Society Conference, St. Pete Beach, FL.
  • Noyes, E., Colon, Y.I., Hill, M.Q., Parde, C.J., Castillo, C.D., Ranjan, R., Sankaranarayanan, S., O’Toole, A.J. (2018, May). Face Familiarity in Deep Convolutional Neural Networks. Poster presented at the 18th Annual Vision Sciences Society Conference, St. Pete Beach, FL.
  • Noyes, E., Colon, Y.I., Hill, M.Q., Parde, C.J., Castillo, C.D., Chen, J.C., Jenkins, R., O’Toole, A.J. (2017, May). Comparing human and deep convolutional neural network face-matching performance on disguised face images. Poster presented at the 17th Annual Vision Sciences Society Conference, St. Pete Beach, FL.

Personal website:

https://ivettecolon.github.io