Early Scene Analysis: Rapid Procession of Contours, Surfaces and Objects in Human Vision
Final rept. 15 Nov 1997-14 Nov 2000
HARVARD UNIV CAMBRIDGE MA DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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Peter Murphy and I have created an image analysis program which labels image discontinuities as either occlusions, shadow, or pigment boundaries. The algorithm relies on regularities in the brightness flow surrounding each different contour type--each of contour has a characteristic form of isophotes in its neighborhood. For example, the isophotes of a surface lie parallel to an occluding boundary on the side of the nearer surface and have no particular relation to the boundary on the occluded surface. The isophotes of a surface are collinear across any pigment change, independently of the orientation. For some ambient lights though not all, the same relation holds for the isophotes across a cast shadow boundary. Highlights and attached shadows have additional characteristics forms. Due to Peters untimely loss to a lucrative computer science job, this project is on hold.