A system processes 2D images of 2D or 3D objects, creating a model of the object that is consistent with the image and as veridical as the perception of the 2D image by humans. Vertices of the object that are hidden in the image are recovered by using planarity and symmetry constraints. The 3D shape is recovered by maximizing 3D compactness of the recovered object and minimizing its surface area. In some embodiments, these two criteria are weighted by using the geometric mean.
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This invention was made with government support under grant IIS-0533968 awarded by the National Science Foundation and grant 31-1380-101 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention. The U.S. Government has a paid-up license in this invention and the right in limited circumstances to require the patent owner to license others on reasonable terms as provided for by the terms of grant IIS-0533968 of the National Science Foundation and grant 31-1380-101 of the U.S. Department of Energy.