From the Infinitely Large to the Infinitely Small

Applications of Medial Symmetry Representations of Shape
  • Frederic F. Leymarie
  • Benjamin B. Kimia
Part of the Computational Imaging and Vision book series (CIVI, volume 37)


We conclude the book by covering a wide spectrum of applications of medial symmetries of shape from the infinitely large toward the infinitely small. Our journey starts with a dynamic model of the formation and evolution of galaxies. We move on to the description of geographical information at the scale of regions of planet Earth. Next is the representation of cities, buildings, and archaeological artifacts, followed by the perception of gardens and the generation of virtual plants. Having reached the scale of human activities, we consider the perception and generation of artistic creations, the study of motion and the generation of animated virtual objects, and the representation of geometrically complex systems in machining, metal forging and object design. We then move inside the human body itself with applications in medical imaging and biology, followed by the representation of molecular structures. Our final stop is to consider the abstract scale of the perception of visual information.


Illusory Contour Structural Skeleton Visual Hull Space Syntax Valley Line 
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© Springer Science + Business Media B.V 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Frederic F. Leymarie
    • 1
  • Benjamin B. Kimia
    • 2
  1. 1.Goldsmiths CollegeUniversity of LondonUK
  2. 2.Division of EngineeringBrown UniversityUSA

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