Recurrent Computations for the Perceptual Organization of Shape

Supported by: NSERC Discovery Program

Imagine a visual world of random blotches of colour and texture, like an abstract painting. This is a world without shape, and it illustrates how our capacity to see structure and recognize objects is determined by our ability to perceive shape.

In this project we employ a novel combination of psychophysical and computational methods to determine how the human brain extracts and represents 2D and 3D shape information from contours in complex imagery, and develop improved computer vision algorithms for object segmentation and shape processing based upon these insights.