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Making a Machine That Sees Like Us

Zygmunt Pizlo, Yunfeng Li, Tadamasa Sawada, and Robert M. Steinman


This book explains why and how our visual perceptions are veridical; how they can provide us with an accurate representation of the world “out there.” It explains how this computationally difficult problem was solved by describing how the authors built a machine (a computational model) that sees very much as we do. This has never been done before and nothing remotely like it is available anywhere else. Doing it required a “paradigm shift,” an entirely new way of thinking about visual perception, one that is quite unlike any that has been considered up to now. The book, despite its scientific s ... More

Keywords: Shape and scene perception, definition of shape, symmetry, figure-ground organization, veridical perceptions, illusions, computational modelling, commonsense, history of science

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199922543
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199922543.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Zygmunt Pizlo, author
Purdue University

Yunfeng Li, author
Purdue University

Tadamasa Sawada, author
The Ohio State University