Shape Understanding System: The First Steps Toward the Visual Thinking Machines
This book presents the results of the research in one of the most complex and difficult areas of research such as research in the areas of thinking and understanding. This research that is carried out in the newly founded Queen Jadwiga Research Institute of Understanding www. qjfpl. org/QJRIU/ Eng/Eng QJRIU PO O. htm is focused on research on the problem of visual – –– understanding and visual thinking. Visual understanding is part of the general understanding problem and it is not possible to carry out the research in visual understanding without reference to the nonvisual understanding problems. Understanding appears as the result of the thinking processes, and doing research in the area of understanding there is a need to include thinking process as one of the research problems that should be solved in the context of und- standing investigations. According to our knowledge, this book is the first attempt to investigate the complexity of the visual thinking problems in the context of building the thinking machine. The aim of our research is to build the machine that can have capabilities to solve visual problems during thi- ing process. We are aware how complex this problem is and we are aware that the results of our research are only the first steps in building the thinking machine being able to solve complex visual problems.
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ˆ ˆ assigned c-class called capacitor cate category of mathematical category of visual cognitive complex complex class computed concave class concave polygon consists convex class convex hull convex polygon class curve-polygon class curvilinear segment cyclic class denotes described in Chap descriptor different categories divided electronic symbols element category examined object Examples of members exemplar following categorical chain geometrical gory IASTED image transformation interpretation knowledge representation knowledge schema letter level of iteration line drawing mathematical symbols objects shown obtained ontological ontological categories pattern category perceived object perceptual category phantom prototype real-world object reasoning process refers represented resistor result selected shape classes Shape understanding system shown in Fig signs silhouette similar solution specific categories stage of reasoning star class structural archetype symbolic name task thin class thinking process triangle vertices visibility measure visual concept visual object visual reasoning visual representation visual symbols visual thinking