Vision is an active process. Humans are not passively exposed to the incoming flow of sensory data, but actively seek useful information by coordinating sensory processing with motor activity. Behavior is a key component of visual perception, as it enables control of input sensory signals in ways that simplify perceptual computations.

Research in the Active Perception Laboratory follows an interdisciplinary approach that brings together concepts and methods of neuroscience, engineering, and computer science. It integrates human experiments with computational modeling of visual and motor brain areas and the embodiment of neuronal models in robotic platforms.

An important focus of research in the Active Perception Laboratory is investigation of the visual functions of eye movements. The eyes are never at rest, as voluntary relocations of gaze occur several times per second and microscopic eye movements are always present, even when attempting to maintain fixed gaze. Eye movements are essential for the normal processing of visual information and the establishment of spatial representations.