Special Issue "Symmetry: Theory and Applications in Vision"


A special issue of Symmetry (ISSN 2073-8994).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 February 2015)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Christopher W. Tyler
Smith-Kettlewell Brain Imaging Center, Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, 2318 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA
Website: http://www.ski.org/cwt
E-Mail: cwt@ski.org
Phone: +1 415 345 2105
Fax: +1 415 345 8455
Interests: human symmetry perception; mathematical systems analysis; complexity theory; texture analysis; self-referential systems; symmetry in art; consciousness

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Zygmunt Pizlo
Department of Psychological Sciences, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2081, USA
Website: http://www1.psych.purdue.edu/~zpizlo/
E-Mail: pizlo@psych.purdue.edu

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Manish Singh
Department of Psychology & Center for Cognitive Science, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08854, USA
Website: http://ruccs.rutgers.edu/~manish/
E-Mail: manish@ruccs.rutgers.edu

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Symmetry has a solid foundation in mathematics where it refers to invariance with respect to a group of transformations. When viewed from an information-theoretic standpoint, symmetry is thus a form of redundancy. For years, symmetry has played a central role in art, esthetics, architecture, physics, and computer science. It has recently started playing a similar role in human and computer vision as well. Symmetry is widely prevalent in the natural environment; and symmetric structures are inherently simpler. For both reasons, symmetry can serve as a powerful “prior” that perceptual systems can use to infer invariant 3D structure from 2D images. Moreover various forms of symmetry can be used to represent the shape of complex objects in a compact manner. This special issue is devoted to various types of symmetry and their role in human and computer vision.

Prof. Dr. Christopher W. Tyler
Prof. Dr. Zygmunt Pizlo
Prof. Dr. Manish Singh
Guest Editors


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  • symmetry
  • structure
  • visual
  • spatial
  • art
  • perception
  • cognition

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Symmetry 2015, 7(1), 241-254; doi:10.3390/sym7010241
Received: 17 November 2014 / Revised: 23 February 2015 / Accepted: 2 March 2015 / Published: 9 March 2015
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