Area: Cognitive Psychology
Michael Leyton's research on shape has been applied by scientists in over 40 disciplines from aerospace engineering to radiology. His scientific contributions have received major prizes, such as a Presidential Young Investigator Award and a medal for scientific achievement. His new foundations to geometry are elaborated in his books in Springer-Verlag and MIT Press. Besides his scientific and mathematical work, he is also a highly exhibited painter and sculptor, and his architecture designs have been published by Birkhauser-Architectural. Also he is the composer of published string quartets. He is president of the International Society for Mathematical and Computational Aesthetics, and is an advisor to NSF on innovation in computer and information sciences and engineering. He is the keynote and invited speaker in conferences on virtually every scientific and artistic discipline. Besides being on the faculty of the Psychology Department, he is also on the faculty of the DIMACS Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science at Rutgers.
Books by Michael Leyton
Symmetry, Causality Mind (MIT Press, 1992)
A Generative Theory of Shape (Springer-Verlag, 2001)
Shape as Memory (Birkhauser, 2006)
The Structure of Paintings (Springer-Verlag, 2006)
Process Grammar: The Basis of Morphology (Springer, 2012)