Image Synthesis

Optical Identity or Pictorial Communication
  • Michael I. Mills
Conference paper


“Our goal in realistic image synthesis is to generate an image that evokes from the visual perception system a response indistinguishable from that evoked by the actual environment.” (Hall and Greenberg, 1983, p. 10) This quote, taken from a recent article in IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, conveys how many workers in the field of image synthesis interpret their mandate. At first glance, this seems like a sensible research objective. It provides a straightforward criterion for progress. We judge the success of this synthesized image by comparing our perception of it to our direct perception of the identical scene in the real-world.


Peripheral Vision Real Scene Image Synthesis Picture Perception Optical Simulation 
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© Springer-Verlag Tokyo 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael I. Mills
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  1. 1.The Interactive Telecommunications ProgramNew York UniversityNew YorkUSA

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