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Feature Preserving Mesh Simplification Using Feature Sensitive Metric

Jin Wei1 (魏瑨), Student Member, CCF, ACM, and Yu Lou2 (楼宇), Student Member, ACM   

  1. 1Tsinghua National Laboratory for Information Science and Technology, Department of Computer Science and Technology, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
    2Department of Computer Science, Stanford University, Stanford, 94305, U.S.A.
  • Received:2009-04-20 Revised:2010-03-18 Online:2010-05-05 Published:2010-05-05
  • About author:
    Jin Wei is a Master candidate at the Department of Computer Science and Technology, Tsinghua University. His research interests include digital geometry processing, video processing, and computational camera. He is a student member of China Computer Federation and ACM.
    Yu Lou is currently a Master candidate in the Department of Computer Science, Stanford University. His research interests include computer graphics, mesh processing, and image processing. He is a student member of ACM.
  • Supported by:

    This work was supported by the National Basic Research 973 Program of China (Grant No. 2006CB303106), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 60673004, 90718035) and the National High Technology Research and Development 863 Program of China (Grant No. 2007AA01Z336).

We present a new method for feature preserving mesh simplification based on feature sensitive (FS) metric. Previous quadric error based approach is extended to a high-dimensional FS space so as to measure the geometric distance together with normal deviation. As the normal direction of a surface point is uniquely determined by the position in Euclidian space, we employ a two-step linear optimization scheme %SOR (successive over-relaxation) to efficiently derive the constrained optimal target point. We demonstrate that our algorithm can preserve features more precisely under the global geometric properties, and can naturally retain more triangular patches on the feature regions without special feature detection procedure during the simplification process. Taking the advantage of the blow-up phenomenon in FS space, we design an error weight that can produce more suitable results. We also show that Hausdorff distance is markedly reduced during FS simplification.


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