Winter Term 2017
CSC2521 [Topics in Computer Graphics: Geometry Processing]
Prof. Alec Jacobson
W 3–5 BA 5187 (via BA 5166)
The class is aimed at preparing students for working with geometric data via understanding fundamental theoretical concepts. Students should have a background in Linear Algebra and Computer Programming. Previous experience with Numerical Methods, Differential Equations, and Differential Geometry is appreciated but not required.
Extending traditional signal processing, geometry processing interprets three-dimensional curves and surfaces as signals. Just as audio and image signal data can be filtered, denoised and decomposed spectrally, so can the geometry of a three-dimensional curve or surface.
In this course, we study the algorithms and mathematics behind fundamental operations for interpreting and manipulating geometric data. These essential tools enable: geometric modeling for computer aided design, life-like animations for computer graphics, reliable physical simulations, and robust scene representations for computer vision.
Topics include: discrete curves and surfaces, curvature computation, surface reconstruction from point clouds, surface smoothing and denoising, mesh simplification, parameterization, symmetry detection, shape deformation and animation.
In lecture we will cover the mathematical background and visual intuition of the week’s topic. At home, students will read academic papers and complete a small weekly programming assignment to implement a corresponding algorithm. By the end of the semester, these algorithms compose a toolbox that students can use to create a unique artifact: the final project is to use these tools to create a unique piece of geometry to visualize (as an image or interactive experience) or 3D print.
Students should have already taken Linear Algebra and Calculus.
Students should have already taken Introduction to Computer Science and should be proficient in computer programming (in any language) and should feel comfortable programming in C++.
While knowledge of Partial Differential Equations is not required, it will certainly be very handy for derivations. A quick survey will be posted to help students evaluate their readiness on these topics.
On the programming side, we will be coding mainly in C++ and using a libigl, an open-source geometry processing library. We will be using Eigen for computational linear algebra, and Cmake for building the coding assignments.
Much of the framing for our techniques will be looking at the continuous analogue of our problem and discretizing it in an intrinsic way, preserving continuous theorems as much as possible. We will discretize continuous operators like the Laplacian and the Gradient, and we will find adequate representations of concepts like normal vectors and curvature. Perhaps surprisingly we will see that there are many choices of discretization, each with their own benefits and downsides, prompting us to choose appropriately for the particular application.
|Lecture Date||Tentative Topic|
|Wednesday, 11/01/2017||Geometry Processing Pipeline, shapes, surface representations, tangents and normals,
Polygon Mesh Processing [Botsch et al. 2008]
HW 00 assigned, due 17/01/2017
|Wednesday, 18/01/2017||Acquisition & reconstruction, discrete topology, meshes, characteristic function, scattered data interpolation, spatial gradient,
“Poisson surface reconstruction” [Kazhdan et al. 2006]
HW 01 assigned due 29/01/2017
|Wednesday, 25/01/2017||Alignment & registration Hausdorff distance, point-to-plane distance, iterative closest point, orthogonal Procrustes problem, sampling points on surfaces
“Object modelling by registration of multiple range images” [Chen & Medioni 1991]
“A method for registration of 3-D shapes” [Besl & McKay 1992]
“Efficient Variants of the ICP Algorithm” [Rusinkiewicz & Levoy 2001]
“Sparse Iterative Closest Point” [Bouaziz et al. 2013]
HW 02 assigned due 5/2/2017
|Wednesday, 01/02/2017||Alignment & registration continued, Surface fairing & denoising, 1D smoothing flow, 1D energy-based smoothing, PDE, Implicit Time integration
Discrete Differential Geometry “Forum”
“Curve and surface smoothing without shrinkage” [Taubin 1995]
“Skeleton extraction by mesh contraction” [Au et al. 2008]
“Can Mean-Curvature Flow Be Made Non-Singular” [Kazhdan et al. 2005]
HW 03 assigned due 13/2/2016
|Wednesday, 08/02/2017||Surface parameterization, Guest lecture by Ryan Schmidt, texture mapping, mass-spring methods, graph drawing, harmonic maps, least squares conformal mapping, local parameterization, discrete exponential map, stroke parameterization
“Intrinsic parameterizations of surface meshes” [Desbrun et al. 2002]
“Least squares conformal maps for automatic texture atlas generation” [Lévy et al. 2002]
“Spectral conformal parameterization” [Mullen et al. 2008]
|Wednesday, 15/02/2017||Smoothing continued, Spatial Laplacian, calculus of variations, Green’s Identity HW 04 assigned, due 28/2/2017|
|Wednesday, 22/02/2017||Retroactively decided that this is Reading Week,
Surface parameterization continued, role of trace in quadratic energies, minimizing quadratic energies in libigl
|Wednesday, 01/03/2017||Shape deformation, continuous deformation, pointwise mappings, energy-based model, handle-based deformation, local distortion mesure, gradient-based distortion, Laplacian-based distortion, as-rigid-as-possible
“An intuitive framework for real-time freeform modeling” [Botsch & Kobbelt 2004]
“On linear variational surface deformation methods” [Botsch & Sorkine 2008]
“As-rigid-as-possible surface modeling” [Sorkine & Alexa 2007]
“Bounded Biharmonic Weights for Real-Time Deformation” [Jacobson et al. 2010] HW 05 assigned due 12/3/2017
|Wednesday, 08/03/2017||Curvature & surface analysis Planar curves, tangents, arc-length parameterization, osculating circle, curvature, turning number theorem, discrete curvature, normal curvature, minimum/maximum/mean curvature
Elementary Differential Geometry, [Barret O’Neill 1966
Discrete Differential Geometry: An Applied Introduction, SIGGRAPH Course, [Grinspun et al. 2005]
|Wednesday, 15/03/2017||Curvature continued Principal curvature, Gauss map, Euler’s theorem, shape operator, Gaussian curvature
“Computing Discrete Minimal Surfaces and Their Conjugates” [Pinkall and Polthier 1993]
“Gaussian Curvature and Shell Structures” [Calladine 1986]
“Discrete differential-geometry operators for triangulated 2-manifolds” [Meyer et al. 2002]
HW 06 assigned, due 22/3/2017
|Wednesday, 22/03/2017||Moment integration, guest lecture by Nobuyuki Umetani
3D printing, density, mass, center of mass, moment of inertia, divergence theorem, simplex integration, balance.
|Wednesday, 29/03/2017||Signed distances, Offset surfaces, inside-outside segmentation, medial axis, isosurface/level sets, signed distances to polyhedra, parity counting, winding number
“Signed Distance Computation using the Angle Weighted Pseudo-normal” [Baerentzen & Aanaes 2005]
“3D distance fields: a survey of techniques and applications” [Jones et al. 2006]
“Robust Inside-Outside Segmentation using Generalized Winding Numbers” [Jacobson et al. 2013] [
|Wednesday, 05/04/2017||Final project presentations|
Cutting room floor: Mesh decimation, simplification, remeshing, Quad meshing, Subdivision surfaces, Constructive solid geometry, Voxelization
0.007% off for every minute late.
Polygon Mesh Processing. Mario Botsch, Leif Kobbelt, Mark Pauly, Pierre Alliez, and Bruno Levy, 2008.