Martin Skrodzki, Ulrich Reitebuch and Konrad Polthier,
Chladni Figures Revisited: A Peek Into The Third Dimension
In: Proceedings of Bridges, pp. 481-484, 2016

In his 1802 book ”Acoustics”, Ernst Florens Friedrich Chladni describes how to visualize different vibration modes using sand, a metal plate, and a violin bow. We will review the underlying physical and mathematical formulations and lift them to the third dimension. Finally, we present some of the resulting three dimensional Chladni figures.

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Konstantin Poelke and Konrad Polthier,
Boundary-aware Hodge decompositions for piecewise constant vector fields
In: Computer-Aided Design (78), pp. 126-136, 2016
1st price at SPM 2016 best paper awards

We provide a theoretical framework for discrete Hodge-type decomposition theorems of piecewise constant vector fields on simplicial surfaces with boundary that is structurally consistent with decomposition results for differential forms on smooth manifolds with boundary. In particular, we obtain a discrete Hodge–Morrey–Friedrichs decomposition with subspaces of discrete harmonic Neumann fields and Dirichlet fields, which are representatives of absolute and relative cohomology and therefore directly linked to the underlying topology of the surface. In addition, we discretize a recent result that provides a further refinement of the spaces of discrete harmonic Neumann and Dirichlet fields, and answer the question in which case one can hope for a complete orthogonal decomposition involving both spaces at the same time. As applications, we present a simple strategy based on iterated L2-projections to compute refined Hodge-type decompositions of vector fields on surfaces according to our results, which give a more detailed insight than previous decompositions. As a proof of concept, we explicitly compute harmonic basis fields for the various significant subspaces and provide exemplary decompositions for two synthetic vector fields.

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Anna Wawrzinek and Konrad Polthier,
Integration of generalized B-spline functions on Catmull–Clark surfaces at singularities
In: Computer-Aided Design (78), pp. 60-70, 2016

Subdivision surfaces are a common tool in geometric modeling, especially in computer graphics and computer animation. Nowadays, this concept has become established in engineering too. The focus here is on quadrilateral control grids and generalized B-spline surfaces of Catmull–Clark subdivision type. In the classical theory, a subdivision surface is defined as the limit of the repetitive application of subdivision rules to the control grid. Based on Stam′s idea, the labour-intensive process can be avoided by using a natural parameterization of the limit surface. However, the simplification is not free of defects. At singularities, the smoothness of the classically defined limit surface has been lost. This paper describes how to rescue the parameterization by using a subdivision basis function that is consistent with the classical definition, but is expensive to compute. Based on this, we introduce a characteristic subdivision finite element and use it to discretize integrals on subdivision surfaces. We show that in the integral representation the complicated parameterization reduces to a decisive factor. We compare the natural and the characteristic subdivision finite element approach solving PDEs on surfaces. As model problem we consider the mean curvature flow, whereby the computation is done on the step-by-step changing geometry.

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Konrad PolthierFaniry Razafindrazaka
Discrete Geometry for Reliable Surface Quad-Remeshing. In: Applications + Practical Conceptualization + Mathematics = fruitful Innovation, Proceedings of the Forum of Mathematics for Industry 2014. Springer. 2014

In this overview paper we will glimpse how new concepts from discrete differential geometry help to provide a unifying vertical path through parts of the geometry processing pipeline towards a more reliable interaction. As an example, we will introduce some concepts from discrete differential geometry and the QuadCover algorithm for quadrilateral surface parametrization. QuadCover uses exact discrete differential geometric concepts to convert a pair (simplicial surface, guiding frame field) to a global quad-parametrization of the unstructured surface mesh. Reliability and robustness is an omnipresent issue in geometry processing and computer aided geometric design since its beginning. For example, the variety of incompatible data structures for geometric shapes severely limits a reliable exchange of geometric shapes among different CAD systems as well as a unifying mathematical theory. Here the integrable nature of the discrete differential geometric theory and its presented application to an effective remeshing algorithm may serve an example to envision an increased reliability along the geometry processing pipeline through a consistent processing theory.

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Sebastian GötschelChristoph von Tycowicz, Konrad PolthierMartin Weiser
Reducing Memory Requirements in Scientific Computing and Optimal Control. In: Multiple Shooting and Time Domain Decomposition Methods. Springer. 2015

This paper introduces a new approach to automatically generate pure quadrilateral patch layouts on manifold meshes. The algorithm is based on a careful construction of a singularity graph of a given input frame field or a given periodic global parameterization. A pure quadrilateral patch layout is then derived as a constrained minimum weight perfect matching of that graph. The resulting layout is optimal relative to a balance between coarseness and geometric feature alignment. We formulate the problem of finding pure quadrilateral patch layouts as a global optimization problem related to a well-known concept in graph theory. The main advantage of the new method is its simplicity and its computation speed. Patch layouts generated by the present algorithm are high quality and are very competitive compared to current state of the art.

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Faniry RazafindrazakaUlrich ReitebuchKonrad Polthier
Perfect Matching Quad Layouts for Manifold Meshes. Symposium on Geometry Processing (SGP), Graz 2015

This paper introduces a new approach to automatically generate pure quadrilateral patch layouts on manifold meshes. The algorithm is based on a careful construction of a singularity graph of a given input frame field or a given periodic global parameterization. A pure quadrilateral patch layout is then derived as a constrained minimum weight perfect matching of that graph. The resulting layout is optimal relative to a balance between coarseness and geometric feature alignment. We formulate the problem of finding pure quadrilateral patch layouts as a global optimization problem related to a well-known concept in graph theory. The main advantage of the new method is its simplicity and its computation speed. Patch layouts generated by the present algorithm are high quality and are very competitive compared to current state of the art.

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Faniry Razafindrazaka, Konrad Polthier
Realization of Regular Maps of Large Genus. in: Topological and Statistical Methods for Complex Data. Mathematics and Visualization series. Pages 239-252. Springer. 2015

Tiling of closed surfaces into non-overlapping faces is one of the central topics in surface topology and computer graphics. Either the surface is given and a nice tiling of this surface has to be found or the tiling is given and the surface on which this tiling is the most symmetric has to be found. This paper explores the later case but restricts the tiling scheme to the class of regular maps.

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Christian Schulz, Christoph von Tycowicz, Hans-Peter Seidel, and Klaus Hildebrandt
Animating Deformable Objects using Sparse Spacetime Constraints. ACM Transactions on Graphics (SIGGRAPH 2014), Volume 33, Issue 4, July 2014, pages 109:1-109:10.

We propose a scheme for animating deformable objects based on spacetime optimization. The main feature is that it robustly and quickly (within a few seconds) generates interesting motion from a sparse set of spacetime constraints. Providing only partial (as opposed to full) keyframes for positions and velocities is sufficient. The computed motion satisfies the constraints and the remaining degrees of freedom are determined by physical principles using elasticity and the spacetime constraints paradigm. Our modeling of the spacetime optimization problem combines dimensional reduction, modal coordinates, wiggly splines, and rotation strain warping. Controlling the warped motion requires the derivative of the warp map. We derive a representation of the derivative that can be efficiently and robustly evaluated. Our solver is based on a theorem that characterizes the solutions of the optimization problem and allows us to restrict the optimization to very low-dimensional search spaces. This treatment of the optimization problem avoids a time discretization and the resulting method can robustly deal with sparse input and wiggly motion.

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Konrad Polthier, John M. Sullivan, Günter M. Ziegler, Hans-Christian Hege
Visualization. In: MATHEON-Mathematics for Key Technology. EMS Series in Industrial and Applied Mathematics 1. European Mathematical Society 2014. Page 335-339

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Konrad Polthier, Alexander Bobenko, Klaus Hildebrandt, Ralf Kornhuber, Christoph von Tycowicz, Harry Yserentant, Günter M. Ziegler
Geometry Processing. in: MATHEON-Mathematics for Key Technology. EMS Series in Industrial and Applied Mathematics 1. European Mathematical Society 2014. Page 341-355

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Felix Kälberer, Matthias Nieser, Konrad Polthier
Showcase 22, Mathematics in Hollywood. In: MATHEON-Mathematics for Key Technology. EMS Series in Industrial and Applied Mathematics 1. European Mathematical Society 2014. Page 356-357

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John M. Sullivan, Ulrich Pinkall, Konrad Polthier
Mathematical Visualization, in: MATHEON-Mathematics for Key Technology. EMS Series in Industrial and Applied Mathematics 1. European Mathematical Society 2014. Page 381-392

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Konstantin Poelke, Zoi Tokoutsi, Konrad Polthier
Complex Polynomial Mandalas and their Symmetries. Proceedings of Bridges 2014, Tessellations Publishing, Page 433-436

We present an application of the classical Schwarz reflection principle to create complex mandalas—symmetric shapes resulting from the transformation of simple curves by complex polynomials—and give various illustrations of how their symmetry relates to the polynomials' set of zeros. Finally we use the winding numbers inside the segments enclosed by the transformed curves to obtain fully coloured patterns in the spirit of many mandalas found in real-life.

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Faniry Razafindrazaka, Konrad Polthier
Regular Surfaces and Regular Maps. Proceedings of Bridges 2014, Tessellations Publishing, Page 225-234

A regular surface is a closed genusgsurface defined as the tubular neighbourhood of the edge graph of a regularmap. A regular map is a family of disc type polygons glued together to form a 2-manifold which is flag transitive.The visualization of this highly symmetric surface is an intriguing and challenging problem. Unlike regular maps,regular surfaces can always be visualized as 3D embeddings. In this paper, we introduce an algorithm to visualize theregular surface formed around the tubular neighborhood of a regular map. Our algorithm takes as input the symmetrygroup of a regular map and outputs a 3D realization of its regular surface. This surface can be interactively modifiedand used as a target shape for other regular maps. As a result, we find new realizations of regular maps ranging fromgenus 9 to 85.

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Niklas Krauth, Matthias Nieser, Konrad Polthier
Differential-Based Geometry and Texture Editing with Brushes. Journal of Mathematical Imaging and Vision, Volume 48, Issue 2 (2014), Page 359-368

We present an interactive modeling framework for 3D shapes and for texture maps. The technique combines a differential-based deformation method with the idea of geometry brushes that allow to interactively apply modifications by painting on the geometry. Whereas most other deformation techniques demand the designer to define and move hard constrained regions on the surface, the proposed modeling process is similar to sculpting. Geometry brushes allow the user to locally manipulate the metric, enlarge, shrink or rotate parts of the surface and to generate bumps. In a similar way it is possible to modify texture maps, or more generally, arbitrary tensor maps on surfaces. The local modifications of the surface are integrated to a globally consistent deformation and visualized in real-time. While the geometry brushes are intended for local editing, the underlying technique can also be applied globally. We show how differentials may be modified for creating specific effects, like cartoonization of shapes or adjusting texture images.

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 Eduardo Colli, Fidel R. Nemenzo, Konrad Polthier, Christiane Rousseau
Mathematics is everywhere. Proceedings of the International Congress of Mathematicians. Pages 799-811.

Mathematics is everywhere" is the title for a panel at ICM 2014. The four panelists discuss what can be put under this title, what are the messages that can be passed to the public, and how to pass these messages. To most mathematicians, it seems obvious that mathematics is everywhere, and a living discipline within science and technology. Yet, how many of them are able to convey the message? And, when most people look around, they do not see mathematics, they do not know about the mathematics underlying the technology, they know very little about the role of mathematics in the scientifc venture. Can we help building a powerful message? Can we unite forces for better passing it?

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Faniry Razafindrazaka, Konrad Polthier
The 6-ring. Bridges 2013, July 27-31, Enschede.

The 6-ring is a tubular surface of genus 13, obtained by gluing together twenty-four 12-gons which follows the regularity of the map R13.2′{12,3}. It is constructed from six rings of two Borromean rings, has the twenty-four elements of an oriented cube and matches nicely with the 6-coloring of R13.2′{12,3}. The 6-ring has minimal twists and geometrically equivalent sets of four 12-gons. We explicitly construct this highly symmetric surface from two Borromean rings together with a detailed mapping of the 12-gons.

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Faniry Razafindrazaka, Konrad Polthier
Regular map smoothing. DGCI 2013, March 20-22, Seville.

A regular map is a family of equivalent polygons, glued together to form a closed surface without boundaries which is vertex, edge and face transitive. The commonly known regular maps are derived from the Platonic solids and some tessellations of the torus. There are also regular maps of genus greater than 1 which are traditionally viewed as finitely generated groups. RMS (Regular Map Smoothing) is a tool for visualizing a geometrical realization of such a group either as a cut-out in the hyperbolic space or as a compact surface in 3−space. It provides also a tool to make the resulting regular map more appealing than before. RMS achieves that by the use of a coloring scheme based on coset enumeration, a Catmull-Clark smoothing scheme and a force-directed algorithm with topology preservation.

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An Efficient Construction of Reduced Deformable ObjectsChristoph von Tycowicz, Christian Schulz, Hans-Peter Seidel, Klaus Hildebrandt
An Efficient Construction of Reduced Deformable Objects. ACM Transactions on Graphics (SIGGRAPH Asia 2013), Volume 32, Issue 6.

Many efficient computational methods for physical simulation are based on model reduction. We propose new model reduction techniques for the approximation of reduced forces and for the construction of reduced shape spaces of deformable objects that accelerate the construction of a reduced dynamical system, increase the accuracy of the approximation, and simplify the implementation of model reduction. Based on the techniques, we introduce schemes for real-time simulation of deformable objects and interactive deformation-based editing of triangle or tet meshes. We demonstrate the effectiveness of the new techniques in different experiments with elastic solids and shells and compare them to alternative approaches.

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Esfandiar Nava-Yazdani, Konrad Polthier
De Casteljauʼs algorithm on manifolds. Computer Aided Geometric Design, Volume 30, Issue 7, October 2013, Pages 722-732

This paper proposes a generalization of the ordinary de Casteljau algorithm to manifold-valued data including an important special case which uses the exponential map of a symmetric space or Riemannian manifold. We investigate some basic properties of the corresponding Bézier curves and present applications to curve design on polyhedra and implicit surfaces as well as motion of rigid body and positive definite matrices. Moreover, we apply our approach to construct canal and developable surfaces.

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Klaus Hildebrandt, Konrad Polthier
Consistent discretizations of the Laplace–Beltrami operator and the Willmore energy of surfaces. Oberwolfach Reports, Workshop 1228: Discrete Differential Geometry, 2012.

A fundamental aspect when translating classical concepts from smooth differential geometry, such as differential operators or geometric functionals, to corresponding discrete notions is consistency. Here, we are concerned with the construction of consistent discrete counterparts to the Laplace–Beltrami operator and the Willmore energy on polyhedral surfaces.

Konstantin Poelke, Konrad Polthier

Domain Coloring of Complex Functions: An Implementation-Oriented Introduction. IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, vol. 32, no. 5, pp. 90-97, Sept.-Oct., 2012

This article gives a short overview of domain coloring for complex functions that have four-dimensional function graphs and therefore can't be visualized traditionally. The authors discuss several color schemes, focus on various aspects of complex functions, and provide Java-like pseudocode examples explaining the crucial ideas of the coloring algorithms to allow for easy reproduction.

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Ulrich Bauer, Carsten Lange, Max Wardetzky

Optimal topological simplification of discrete functions on surfaces. Discrete and Computational Geometry 47 (2012), pp 347-377.

We present an efficient algorithm for computing a function that minimizes the number of critical points among all functions within a prescribed distance $\delta$ from a given input function. The result is achieved by establishing a connection between discrete Morse theory and persistent homology. Our method completely removes homological noise with persistence less than $2\delta$, constructively proving that the lower bound on the number of critical points given by the stability theorem of persistent homology is tight in dimension two for any input function.

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Klaus Hildebrandt, Christian Schulz, Christoph von Tycowicz, Konrad Polthier

Interactive spacetime control of deformable objects. ACM Transactions on Graphics 31(4) (SIGGRAPH 2012) Article No. 71.

Creating motions of objects or characters that are physically plausible and follow an animator's intent is a key task in computer animation. The spacetime constraints paradigm is a valuable approach to this problem, but it suffers from high computational costs. Based on spacetime constraints, we propose a framework for controlling the motion of deformable objects that offers interactive response times. This is achieved by a model reduction of the underlying variational problem, which combines dimension reduction, multipoint linearization, and decoupling of ODEs. After a preprocess, the cost for creating or editing a motion is reduced to solving a number of one-dimensional spacetime problems, whose solutions are the wiggly splines introduced by Kass and Anderson [2008]. We achieve interactive response times through a new fast and robust numerical scheme for solving the one-dimensional problems that is based on a closed-form representation of the wiggly splines. 

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Hao Pan, Yi-King Choi, Yang Liu, Wenchao Hu, Qiang Du, Konrad Polthier, Caiming Zhang, Wenping Wang

Robust Modeling of Constant Mean Curvature Surfaces. ACM Transactions on Graphics 31(4) (SIGGRAPH 2012) Article No. 85. 

We present a new method for modeling discrete constant mean curvature (CMC) surfaces, which arise frequently in nature and are highly demanded in architecture and other engineering applications. Our method is based on a novel use of the CVT (centroidal Voronoi tessellation) optimization framework. We devise a CVT-CMC energy function defined as a combination of an extended CVT energy and a volume functional. We show that minimizing the CVT-CMC energy is asymptotically equivalent to minimizing mesh surface area with a fixed volume, thus defining a discrete CMC surface. The CVT term in the energy function ensures high mesh quality throughout the evolution of a CMC surface in an interactive design process for form finding. Our method is capable of modeling CMC surfaces with fixed or free boundaries and is robust with respect to input mesh quality and topology changes. Experiments show that the new method generates discrete CMC surfaces of improved mesh quality over existing methods

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Klaus Hildebrandt, Christian Schulz, Christoph von Tycowicz, Konrad Polthier

Interactive Surface Modeling using Modal Analysis. ACM Transactions on Graphics, Volume 30, Issue 5, October 2011, pages 119:1-119:11. Will be presented at SIGGRAPH 2012.

We propose a framework for deformation-based surface modeling that is interactive, robust and intuitive to use. The deformations are described by a non-linear optimization problem that models static states of elastic shapes under external forces which implement the user input. Interactive response is achieved by a combination of model reduction, a robust energy approximation, and an efficient quasi-Newton solver. Motivated by the observation that a typical modeling session requires only a fraction of the full shape space of the underlying model, we use second and third derivatives of a deformation energy to construct a low-dimensional shape space that forms the feasible set for the optimization. Based on mesh coarsening, we propose an energy approximation scheme with adjustable approximation quality. The quasi-Newton solver guarantees superlinear convergence without the need of costly Hessian evaluations during modeling. We demonstrate the effectiveness of the approach on different examples including the test suite introduced in [Botsch and Sorkine 2008].

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Klaus Hildebrandt, Christian Schulz, Christoph von Tycowicz, Konrad Polthier

Modal Shape Analysis beyond Laplacian. Computer Aided Geometric Design, Volume 29, Issue 5, June 2012, Pages 204–218.

In recent years, substantial progress in shape analysis has been achieved through methods that use the spectra and eigenfunctions of discrete Laplace operators. In this work, we study spectra and eigenfunctions of discrete differential operators that can serve as an alternative to the discrete Laplacians for applications in shape analysis. We construct such operators as the Hessians of surface energies, which operate on a function space on the surface, or of deformation energies, which operate on a shape space. In particular, we design a quadratic energy such that, on the one hand, its Hessian equals the Laplace operator if the surface is a part of the Euclidean plane, and, on the other hand, the Hessian eigenfunctions are sensitive to the extrinsic curvature (e.g. sharp bends) on curved surfaces. Furthermore, we consider eigenvibrations induced by deformation energies, and we derive a closed form representation for the Hessian (at the rest state of the energy) for a general class of deformation energies. Based on these spectra and eigenmodes, we derive two shape signatures. One that measures the similarity of points on a surface, and another that can be used to identify features of surfaces.

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Anna Wawrzinek, Klaus Hildebrandt, Konrad Polthier

Koiter's Thin Shells on Catmull-Clark Limit Surfaces. Proceedings of the 16th International Workshop on Vision, Modeling, and Visualization 2011.

We present a discretization of Koiter's model of elastic thin shells based on a finite element that employs limit surfaces of Catmull–Clark's subdivision scheme. The discretization can directly be applied to control grids of Catmull–Clark subdivision surfaces, and, therefore, integrates modeling of Catmull–Clark subdivision surfaces with analysis and optimization of elastic thin shells. To test the discretization, we apply it to standard examples for physical simulation of thin shells and compute free vibration modes of thin shells. Furthermore, we use the discrete shell model to set up a deformation-based modeling system for Catmull–Clark subdivision surfaces. This system integrates modeling of subdivision surfaces with deformation-based modeling and allows to switch back and forth between the two different approaches to modeling.

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Klaus Hildebrandt, Konrad Polthier

Generalized Shape Operators on Polyhedral Surfaces. Computer Aided Geometric Design, Volume 28, Issue 5, June 2011, p. 321-343.

This work concerns the approximation of the shape operator of smooth surfaces in R3 from polyhedral surfaces. We introduce two generalized shape operators that are vector-valued linear functionals on a Sobolev space of vector fields and can be rigorously defined on smooth and on polyhedral surfaces. We consider polyhedral surfaces that approximate smooth surfaces and prove two types of approximation estimates: one concerning the approximation of the generalized shape operators in the operator norm and one concerning the pointwise approximation of the (classic) shape operator, including mean and Gaussian curvature, principal curvatures, and principal curvature directions. The estimates are confirmed by numerical experiments.

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Carsten Lange

Minkowski decompositions of associahedra presented at 23rd FPSAC 2011, Reykjavik (611-622 of proceedings).

Realisations of associahedra can be obtained from the classical permutahedron by removing some of its facets and the set of facets is determined by the diagonals of certain labeled convex planar $n$-gons as shown by Hohlweg and Lange (2007). Ardila, Benedetti, and Doker (2010) expressed polytopes of this type as Minkowski sums and differences of scaled faces of a standard simplex and computed the corresponding coefficients $y_I$ by M\"obius inversion from the $z_I$ if tight right-hand sides $z_I$ for all inequalities of the permutahedron are assumed. Given an associahedron of Hohlweg and Lange, we first characterise all tight values $z_I$ in terms of non-crossing diagonals of the associated labeled $n$-gon, simplify the formula of Ardila et al., and characterise the remaining terms combinatorially.

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Carsten Lange

Combinatorics of Minkowski decompositions of associahedra presented at 23rd CCCG2011, Toronto (pp 611-622 of proceedings).

Realisations of associahedra can be obtained from the classical permutahedron by removing some of its facets and the set of these facets is determined by the diagonals of certain labeled convex planar $n$-gons as shown by Hohlweg and Lange (2007). Ardila, Benedetti, and Doker (2010) expressed polytopes of this type as Minkowski sums and differences of dilated faces of a standard simplex and computed the corresponding coefficients $y_I$ by M\"obius inversion. Given an associahedron of Hohlweg and Lange, we give a new combinatorial interpretation of the values~$y_I$: they are the product of two signed lengths of paths of the labeled $n$-gon. We also discuss an explicit realisation of a cyclohedron to show that that the formula of Ardila, Benedetti, and Doker   does not hold for generalised permutahedra not in the deformation cone of the classical permutahderon.

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Klaus Hildebrandt, Konrad Polthier

On approximation of the Laplace–Beltrami operator and the Willmore energy of surfaces. Computer Graphics Forum, Volume 30, Issue 5, August 2011, Pages 1513-1520. Proceedings of ACM Siggraph/Eurographics Symposium on Geometry Processing 2011. 1st prize best paper award at SGP 2011

Discrete Laplace–Beltrami operators on polyhedral surfaces play an important role for various applications in geometry processing and related areas like physical simulation or computer graphics. While discretizations of the weak Laplace–Beltrami operator are well-studied, less is known about the strong form. We present a principle for constructing strongly consistent discrete Laplace–Beltrami operators based on the cotan weights. The consistency order we obtain, improves previous results reported for the mesh Laplacian.Furthermore, we prove consistency of the discrete Willmore energies corresponding to the discrete Laplace–Beltrami operators.

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Matthias Nieser, Ulrich Reitebuch, Konrad Polthier

CubeCover - Parameterization of 3D Volumes. Computer Graphics Forum, Volume 30, Issue 5, August 2011, Pages 1397-1406. Proceedings of ACM Siggraph/Eurographics Symposium on Geometry Processing 2011.

Despite the success of quad-based 2D surface parameterization methods, effective parameterization algorithms for 3D volumes with cubes, i.e. hexahedral elements, are still missing. CubeCover is a first approach for generating a hexahedral tessellation of a given volume with boundary aligned cubes which are guided by a frame field. The input of CubeCover is a tetrahedral volume mesh. First, a frame field is designed with manual input from the designer. It guides the interior and boundary layout of the parameterization. Then, the parameterization and the hexahedral mesh are computed so as to align with the given frame field. CubeCover has similarities to the QuadCover algorithm and extends it from 2D surfaces to 3D volumes. The paper also provides theoretical results for 3D hexahedral parameterizations and analyses topological properties of the appropriate function space.

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Christoph von Tycowicz, Felix Kälberer, Konrad Polthier

Context-Based Coding of Adaptive Multiresolution Meshes. Computer Graphics Forum, Volume 30, Issue 8, pages 2231-2245, December 2011.

Multiresolution meshes provide an efficient and structured representation of geometric objects. To increase the mesh resolution only at vital parts of the object, adaptive refinement is widely used. We propose a lossless compression scheme for these adaptive structures that exploits the parent-child relationships inherent to the mesh hierarchy. We use the rules that correspond to the adaptive refinement scheme and store bits only where some freedom of choice is left, leading to compact codes that are free of redundancy. Moreover, we extend the coder to sequences of meshes with varying refinement. The connectivity compression ratio of our method exceeds that of state-of-the-art coders by a factor of 2 to 7. For efficient compression of vertex positions we adapt popular wavelet-based coding schemes to the adaptive triangular and quadrangular cases to demonstrate the compatibility with our method. Akin to state-of-the-art coders, we use a zerotree to encode the resulting coefficients. Using improved context modeling we enhanced the zerotree compression, cutting the overall geometry data rate by 7% below those of the successful Progressive Geometry Compression. More importantly, by exploiting the existing refinement structure we achieve compression factors that are 4 times greater than those of coders which can handle irregular meshes.

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Matthias Nieser, Jonathan Palacios, Konrad Polthier, Eugene Zhang

Hexagonal Global Parameterization of Arbitrary Surfaces. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, vol. 18, no. 6, pp. 865-878, June 2012, doi:10.1109/TVCG.2011.118.

In this paper we introduce hexagonal global parameterizations, a new type of parameterization in which parameter lines respect six-fold rotational symmetries (6-RoSy). Such parameterizations enable the tiling of surfaces with regular hexagonal texture and geometry patterns and can be used to generate high-quality triangular remeshing. To construct a hexagonal parameterization given a surface, we provide an automatic technique to generate a 6-RoSy field that respects directional and singularity features in the surface. We also introduce a technique for automatically merging and cancelling singularities. This field will then be used to generate a hexagonal global parameterization by adapting the framework of QuadCover parameterization. We demonstrate the usefulness of our geometry-aware global parameterization with applications such as surface tiling with regular textures and geometry patterns and triangular remeshing.

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Matthias Nieser, Konstantin Poelke, Konrad Polthier

Automatic Generation of Riemann Surface Meshes. Advances in Geometric Modeling and Processing, Lecture Notes in Computer Science 6130, Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, pp 161-178, 2010.

Riemann surfaces naturally appear in the analysis of complex functions that are branched over the complex plane. However, they usually possess a complicated topology and are thus hard to understand. We present an algorithm for constructing Riemann surfaces as meshes in R^3 from explicitly given branch points with corresponding branch indices. The constructed surfaces cover the complex plane by the canonical projection onto R^2 and can therefore be considered as multivalued graphs over the plane – hence they provide a comprehensible visualization of the topological structure. Complex functions are elegantly visualized using domain coloring on a subset of C. By applying domain coloring to the automatically constructed Riemann surface models, we generalize this approach to deal with functions which cannot be entirely visualized in the complex plane.

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Klaus Hildebrandt, Christian Schulz, Christoph von Tycowicz, Konrad Polthier

Eigenmodes of surface energies for shape analysis. Advances in Geometric Modeling and Processing (Proceedings of Geometric Modeling and Processing 2010), Lecture Notes in Computer Science 6130, Springer, pp 296-314.

In this work, we study the spectra and eigenmodes of the Hessian of various discrete surface energies and discuss applications to shape analysis. In particular, we consider a physical model that describes the vibration modes and frequencies of a surface through the eigenfunctions and eigenvalues of the Hessian of a deformation energy, and we derive a closed form representation for the Hessian (at the rest state of the energy) for a general class of deformation energies. Furthermore, we design a quadratic energy, such that the eigenmodes of the Hessian of this energy are sensitive to the extrinsic curvature of the surface. Based on these spectra and eigenmodes, we derive two shape signatures. One that measures the similarity of points on a surface, and another that can be used to identify features of the surface. In addition, we discuss a spectral quadrangulation scheme for surfaces.

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Ulrich Bauer, Konrad Polthier, Max Wardetzky

Uniform Convergence of Discrete Curvatures from Nets of Curvature Lines. Discrete and Computational Geometry Vol. 43, pp: 798-823 (2010).

We study discrete curvatures computed from nets of curvature lines on a given smooth surface and prove their uniform convergence to smooth principal curvatures. We provide explicit error bounds, with constants depending only on properties of the smooth limit surface and the shape regularity of the discrete net.

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Matthias Nieser, Konrad Polthier, Christian Schulz

Patch Layout from Feature Graph. Computer-Aided Design 42(3), pp. 213 - 220, 2010. 

Structuring of surface meshes is a labor intensive task in reverse engineering. For example in CAD, scanned triangle meshes must be divided into characteristic/uniform patches to enable conversion into high-level spline surfaces. Typical industrial techniques, like rolling ball blends, are very labor intensive. We provide a novel, robust and quick algorithm for the automatic generation of a patch layout based on a topology consistent feature graph. The graph separates the surface along feature lines into functional and geometric building blocks. Our algorithm then thickens thickens the edges of the feature graph and forms new regions with low varying curvature. Further these new regions - so called llets and node patches - will have highly smooth boundary curves making it an ideal preprocessor for a subsequent spline tting algorithm.

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Felix Kälberer, Konrad Polthier, Christoph von Tycowicz

Lossless Compression of Adaptive Multiresolution Meshes  . Sibgrapi 2009 Technical Paper.

We present a novel coder for lossless compression of adaptive multiresolution meshes that exploits their special hierarchical structure. The heart of our method is a new progressive connectivity coder that can be combined with leading geometry encoding techniques. The compressor uses the parent/child relationships inherent to the hierarchical mesh. We use the rules that accord to the refinement scheme and store bits only where it leaves freedom of choice, leading to compact codes that are free of redundancy. To illustrate our scheme we chose the widespread red-green refinement, but the underlying concepts can be directly transferred to other adaptive refinement schemes as well. The compression ratio of our method exceeds that of state-of-the-art coders by a factor of 2 to 3 on most of our benchmark models.

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Matthias Nieser, Konrad Polthier

Parameterizing Singularities of Positive Integral Index. LNCS - Mathematics of Surfaces XIII, Springer 2009, vol. 5654/2009, pp. 265-277.

Classical surface parameterization algorithms often place singularities in order to enhance the quality of the resulting parameter map. Unfortunately, singularities of positive integral index (as the north pole of a sphere) were not handled since they cannot be described with piecewise linear parameter functions on a triangle mesh. Preprocessing is needed to adapt the mesh connectivity. We present an extension to the QuadCover parameterization algorithm, which allows to handle those singularities. A singularity of positive integral index can be resolved using bilinear parameter functions on quadrilateral elements. This generalization of piecewise linear functions for quadrilaterals enriches the space of parameterizations. The resulting parameter map can be visualized by textures using a rendering system which supports quadrilateral elements, or it can be used for remeshing into a pure quad mesh.

[pdf, 2.8 MB] [DOI] [BibTex]

Felix Kälberer, Matthias Nieser, Konrad Polthier

Stripe Parameterization of Tubular Surfaces. Topological Data Analysis and Visualization: Theory, Algorithms and Applications, V. Pascucci and H. Hagen and J. Tierny and X. Tricoche (eds.) Springer 2011.

We present a novel algorithm for automatic parameterization of tube-like surfaces of arbitrary genus such as the surfaces of knots, trees, blood vessels, neurons, or any tubular graph with a globally consistent stripe texture. We use the principal curvature frame field of the underlying tube-like surface to guide the creation of a global, topologically consistent stripe parameterization of the surface. Our algorithm extends the QuadCover algorithm and is based, first, on the use of so-called projective vector fields instead of frame fields, and second, on different types of branch points. That does not only simplify the mathematical theory, but also reduces computation time by the decomposition of the underlying stiffness matrices.

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Carsten Lange, Konrad Polthier und Udo Simon

Zur Geometrie von Frühstückseiern. Mathematische Semesterberichte, (56) 1-14, 2009.

Die euklidische Geometrie von Eiflächen und Eikörpern bietet eine gute Gelegenheit, mathematischen Laien geometrische Begriffsbildungen und Sachverhalte aus der Flächentheorie plausibel zu machen. In dieser Arbeit erörtern wir die erstaunliche Stabilität von Eierschalen und dazu verwandte Probleme unter heuristisch-mathematischen Gesichtspunkten.

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Konstantin Poelke, Konrad Polthier

Lifted Domain Coloring. Computer Graphics Forum, Volume 28, Number 3, June 2009 , pp. 735-742(8).

Complex-valued functions are fundamental objects in complex analysis, algebra, differential geometry and in many other areas such as numerical mathematics and physics. Visualizing complex functions is a non-trivial task since maps between two-dimensional spaces are involved whose graph would be an unhandy submanifold in four-dimensional space. The present paper improves the technique of “domain coloring” in several aspects: First, we lift domain coloring from the complex plane to branched Riemann surfaces, which are essentially the correct domain for most complex functions. Second, we extend domain coloring to the visualization of general 2-valued maps on surfaces. As an application of such general maps we visualize the Gauss map of surfaces as domain colored plots and establish a link to current surface parametrization techniques and texture maps. Third, we adjust the color pattern in domain and in image space to produce higher quality domain colorings. The new color schemes specifically enhance the display of singularities, symmetries and path integrals, and give better qualitative measures of the complex map.

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Nantel Bergeron, Christophe Hohlweg, Carsten Lange und Hugh Thomas

Isometry classes of generalised associahedra. Séminaire Lotharingien de Combinatoire, 61A (special issue in memoriam Pierre Leroux) (2009), Article B61Aa, 13pp.

Let W be a finite Coxeter group. Generalized associahedra are convex polytopes constructed from a permutahedron of W and an orientation of the Coxeter graph of W. They play a fundamental role in the theory of finite type cluster algebras initiated by Fomin and Zelevinsky, and also appear in algebraic topology. In this article, we show that the isometries of these polytopes are given by certain automorphisms of oriented Coxeter graphs.

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Christophe Hohlweg, Carsten Lange, Hugh Thomas

Permutahedra and generalised associahedra. Advances in Mathematics 226 (2011), pp.608-640

Given a finite Coxeter system (W,S) and a Coxeter element c, or equivalently an orientation of the Coxeter graph of W, we construct a simple polytope whose outer normal fan is Nathan Reading's Cambrian fan F(c), settling a conjecture of Reading that this is possible. We call this polytope the c-generalized associahedron. Our approach generalizes Jean-Louis Loday's realization of the associahedron (a type A c-generalized associahedron whose outer normal fan is not the cluster fan but a coarsening of the< Coxeter fan arising from the Tamari lattice) to any finite Coxeter group. A crucial role in the construction is played by the c-singleton cones, the cones in the c- Cambrian fan which consist of a single maximal cone from the Coxeter fan. Moreover, if W is a Weyl group and the vertices of the permutahedron are chosen in a lattice associated to W, then we show that the vertices of our realizations are lattice points.

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Ulrich Bauer, Konrad Polthier

Detection of Planar Regions in Volume Data for Topology Optimization. Proceedings of Geometry Modelling and Processing 2008, F. Chen and B. Jüttler (eds.), pp. 119–126, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 4975, Springer.

We propose a method to identify planar regions in volume data using a specialized version of the discrete Radon transform operating on a structured or unstructured grid. The algorithm uses an efficient discretization scheme for the parameter space to obtain a running time of O(N(T log T)), where T is the number of cells and N is the number of plane normals in the discretized parameter space. We apply our algorithm in an industrial setting and perform experiments with real-world data generated by topology optimization algorithms, where the planar regions represent portions of a mechanical part that can be built using steel plate.

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Max Wardetzky, Saurabh Mathur, Felix Kälberer, Eitan Grinspun

Discrete Laplace operators: No free lunch. Symposium on Geometry Processing, 2007, pp. 33-37.

Discrete Laplace operators are ubiquitous in applications h6ning geometric modeling to simulation. For robustness and efficiency, many applications require discrete operators that retain key structural properties inherent to the continuous setting. Building on the smooth setting, we present a set of natural properties for discrete Laplace operators for triangular surface meshes. We prove an important theoretical limitation: discrete Laplacians cannot satisfy all natural properties; retroactively, this explains the diversity of existing discrete Laplace operators. Finally, we present a family of operators that includes and extends well-known and widely-used operators.

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Miklos Bergou, Saurabh Mathur, Max Wardetzky, Eitan Grinspun

TRACKS: Toward Directable Thin Shells. Proceedings of SIGGRAPH, 2007.

We combine the often opposing forces of artistic freedom and mathematical determinism to enrich a given animation or simulation of a surface with physically based detail. We present a process called tracking, which takes as input a rough animation or simulation and enhances it with physically simulated detail. Building on the foundation of constrained Lagrangian mechanics, we propose weak-form constraints for tracking the input motion. This method allows the artist to choose where to add details such as characteristic wrinkles and folds of various thin shell materials and dynamical effects of physical forces. We demonstrate multiple applications ranging from enhancing an artist's animated character to guiding a simulated inanimate object.

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Akah Garg, Eitan Grinspun, Max Wardetzky, Denis Zorin

Cubic Shells. Symposium on Computer Animation, 2007, pp. 91-98.

Hinge-based bending models are widely used in the physically-based animation of cloth, thin plates and shells. We propose a hinge-based model that is simpler to implement, more efficient to compute, and offers a greater number of effective material parameters than existing models. Our formulation builds on two mathematical observations: (a) the bending energy of curved flexible surfaces can be expressed as a cubic polynomial if the surface does not stretch; (b) a general class of anisotropic materials - those that are orthotropic - is captured by appropriate choice of a single stiffness per hinge. Our contribution impacts a general range of surface animation applications, from isotropic cloth and thin plates to orthotropic fracturing thin shells.

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Ulrich Bauer and Konrad Polthier

Parametric Reconstruction of Bent Tube Surfaces. CyberWorld 2007 Conference Proceedings, Workshop "New Advances in Shape Analysis and Geometric Modeling", IEEE 2007.

We present a method for parametric reconstruction of a piecewise defined pipe surface, consisting of cylinder and torus segments, from an unorganized point set. Our main contributions are reconstruction of the spine curve of a pipe surface from surface samples, and approximation of the spine curve by G1 continuous circular arcs and line segments. Our algorithm accurately outputs the parametric data required for bending machines to create the reconstructed tube.

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Felix Kälberer, Matthias Nieser and Konrad Polthier

QuadCover - Surface Parameterization using Branched Coverings. Computer Graphics Forum, Eurographics 2007.

We introduce an algorithm for automatic computation of global parameterizations on arbitrary simplicial 2-manifolds whose parameter lines are guided by a given frame field, for example by principal curvature frames. The parameter lines are globally continuous, and allow a remeshing of the surface into quadrilaterals. The algorithm converts a given frame field into a single vector field on a branched covering of the 2-manifold, and generates an integrable vector field by a Hodge decomposition on the covering space. Except for an optional smoothing and alignment of the initial frame field, the algorithm is fully automatic and generates high quality quadrilateral meshes.

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Klaus Hildebrandt and Konrad Polthier

Constraint-based fairing of surface meshes. Proceedings of the Eurographics and ACM Symposium on Geometry Processing 2007.

We propose a constraint-based method for the fairing of surface meshes. The main feature of our approach is that the resulting smoothed surface remains within a prescribed distance to the input mesh. For example, specifying the maximum distance in the order of the measuring precision of a laser scanner allows noise to be removed while preserving the accuracy of the scan. The approach is modeled as an optimization problem where a fairness measure is minimized subject to constraints that control the spatial deviation of the surface. The problem is efficiently solved by an active set Newton method.

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Christophe Hohlweg and Carsten Lange

Realizations of the associahedron and cyclohedron, Discrete and Computational Geometry 37: 517-543 (2007).

We describe many different realizations with integer coordinates for the associahedron (i.e. the Stasheff polytope) and for the cyclohedron (i.e. the Bott-Taubes polytope) and compare them to the permutahedron of type A and B respectively. The coordinates are obtained by an algorithm which uses an oriented Coxeter graph of type An or Bn as only input data and which specializes to a procedure presented by J.-L. Loday for a certain orientation of An. The described realizations have cambrian fans of type A and B as normal fan. This settles a conjecture of N. Reading for cambrian lattices of these types.

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Felix Ballani

On second-order characteristics of germ-grain models with convex grains, in Mathematika, 2006, 53 (2), 255-286, ISSN 00255793

For a stationary random closed set Ξ in Rd it is well known that the first-order characteristics volume fraction VV, surface intensity SV and spherical contact distribution function Hs(t) are related by (1- VV)Hs'(0)=SV. In Torquato (2002) an analogous relation between respective second-order characteristics is stated. We give a rigorous proof and sufficient conditions for its validity in case Ξ is a germ-grain model with convex grains. We furthermore obtain formulas for the second-order surface product density if the germ-grain model Ξ is given by a Poisson process or a Gibbs process.

Max Wardetzky, Miklos Bergou, David Harmon, Denis Zorin, Eitan Grinspun

Discrete Quadratic Curvature Energies, in Computer Aided Geometric Design (CAGD), 2007, pp. 499-518

We present a family of discrete isometric bending models (IBMs) for triangulated surfaces in 3-space. These models are derived from an axiomatic treatment of discrete Laplace operators, using these operators to obtain linear models for discrete mean curvature from which bending energies are assembled. Under the assumption of isometric surface deformations we show that these energies are quadratic in surface positions. The corresponding linear energy gradients and constant energy Hessians constitute an efficient model for computing bending forces and their derivatives, enabling fast time-integration of cloth dynamics with a two- to three-fold net speedup over existing nonlinear methods, and near-interactive rates for Willmore smoothing of large meshes.

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Klaus Hildebrandt, Konrad Polthier and Max Wardetzky

On the Convergence of Metric and Geometric Properties of Polyhedral Surfaces. Geometriae Dedicata 123 (2006), pp. 89-112.

We provide conditions for convergence of polyhedral surfaces and their discrete geometric properties to smooth surfaces embedded in Euclidian 3-space. The notion of totally normal convergence is shown to be equivalent to the convergence of either one of the following: surface area, intrinsic metric, and Laplace-Beltrami operators. We further show that totally normal convergence implies convergence results for shortest geodesics, mean curvature, and solutions to the Dirichlet problem. This work provides the justification for a discrete theory of differential geometric operators defined on polyhedral surfaces based on a variational formulation.

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Max Wardetzky

Convergence of the cotan Formula - an Overview. Discrete Differential Geometry (A. I. Bobenko, John M. Sullivan, Peter Schröder, Günter Ziegler, eds.), Birkhäuser Basel, 2007.

The cotan formula is a recurrent theme in contemporary discrete differential geometry. In this note we give an overview over its convergence properties on polyhedral surfaces, where convergence is understood in the sense of norms on function spaces. In particular, the notion of mean curvature on a polyhedral surface will serve as a case study; and we will discuss two different concepts of representing it - either as a functional or as a piecewise linear function. We show, how one concept (the functional) converges whereas the other (the function) does in general not.

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Felix Ballani

The surface pair correlation function for stationary Boolean models, Advances in Applied Probability (SGSA) 39(1), 2007, pp. 1-15.

The random surface measure SΞ of a stationary Boolean model Ξ with grains from the convex ring is considered. A sufficient and a necessary condition for the existence of the density of the second-order moment measure of SΞ are given and a representation of this density is derived. As applications, the surface pair correlation functions of a Boolean model with spheres and a Boolean model with randomly oriented right circular cylinders in R3 are determined.


Felix Ballani, Dietrich Stoyan and Susann Wolf

On two damage accumulation models and their size effects, Journal of Applied Probability 44(1), 2007, pp. 99-114.

Two cumulative damage models are considered, the inverse gamma process and a composed gamma process. They can be seen as ‘continuous’ analogues of Poisson and compound Poisson processes, respectively. For these models the first passage time distribution functions are derived. Inhomogeneous versions of these process lead to models closely related to the Weibull failure model. All models show interesting size effects.


Miklos Bergou, Max Wardetzky, David Harmon, Denis Zorin, Eitan Grinspun

A Quadratic Bending Model for Inextensible Surfaces, Symposium on Geometry Processing, 2006.

Efficient computation of curvature-based energies is important for practical implementations of geometric modeling and physical simulation applications. Building on a simple geometric observation, we provide a version of a curvature-based energy expressed in terms of the Laplace operator acting on the embedding of the surface. The corresponding energy, being quadratic in positions, gives rise to a constant Hessian in the context of isometric deformations. The resulting isometric bending model is shown to significantly speed up common cloth solvers, and when applied to geometric modeling situations built on Willmore flow to provide runtimes which are close to interactive rates.

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Klaus Hildebrandt, Konrad Polthier and Eike Preuss

Evolution of 3d Curves under Strict Spatial Constraints. Ninth International Conference on Computer Aided Design and Computer Graphics (CAD/CG 2005).

We present a new algorithm for fairing of space curves with respect spatial constraints based on a vector valued curvature function. Smoothing with the vector valued curvature function is superior to standard Frenet techniques since the individual scalar components can be modeled similar to curvature-based curve smoothing techniques in 2d. This paper describes a curve smoothing flow that satisfies strict spatial constraints and allows simultaneous control of both curvature functions.

[pdf, 0.2 MB] [DOI] [BibTex]

Klaus Hildebrandt, Konrad Polthier and Max Wardetzky

Smooth Feature Lines on Surface Meshes. Eurographics Symposium on Geometry Processing (2005).

Feature lines are salient surface characteristics. Their definition involves third and fourth order surface derivatives. This often yields to unpleasantly rough and squiggly feature lines since third order derivatives are highly sensitive against unwanted surface noise. The present work proposes two novel concepts for a more stable algorithm producing visually more pleasing feature lines: First, a new computation scheme based on discrete differential geometry is presented, avoiding costly computations of higher order approximating surfaces. Secondly, this scheme is augmented by a filtering method for higher order surface derivatives to improve both the stability of the extraction of feature lines and the smoothness of their appearance.

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Felix Kälberer, Konrad Polthier, Ulrich Reitebuch and Max Wardetzky

FreeLence - Coding with Free Valences. Eurographics 2005.

We introduce FreeLence, a novel and simple single-rate compression coder for triangle manifold meshes. Our method uses free valences and exploits geometric information for connectivity encoding. Furthermore, we introduce a novel linear prediction scheme for geometry compression of 3D meshes. Together, these approaches yield a significant entropy reduction for mesh encoding with an average of 20-30% over leading single-rate region-growing coders, both for connectivity and geometry.

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Klaus Hildebrandt and Konrad Polthier

Anisotropic Filtering of Non-Linear Surface Features, Eurographics 2004.

A new method for noise removal of arbitrary surface meshes is presented which focuses on the preservation and sharpening of non-linear geometric features such as curved edges and surface regions. Our method uses a non-linear anisotropic geometric diffusion flow for polyhedral surfaces which is based on three new contributions: 1. the definition and efficient calculation of a discrete shape operator and principal curvature properties on polyhedral surfaces that is fully consistent with the known discrete mean curvature representation, 2. an anisotropic discrete mean curvature vector that combines the advantages of the mean curvature normal with the special anisotropic behavior along feature lines of a surface, and 3. an anisotropic prescribed mean curvature flow converging to surfaces with prescribed mean curvature which preserves non-linear features. Additionally our discrete flow is very well suited to prevent boundary shrinkage at constrained and free boundary segments.

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 Carsten Lange and Konrad Polthier

Anisotropic Smoothing of Point Sets. Special Issue of CAGD 2005.

The use of point sets instead of meshes became more popular during the last years. We present a new method for anisotropic fairing of a point sampled surface using an anisotropic geometric mean curvature flow. The main advantage of our approach is that the evolution removes noise from a point set while it detects and enhances geometric features of the surface such as edges and corners. We derive a shape operator, principal curvature properties of a point set, and an anisotropic Laplacian of the surface. This anisotropic Laplacian reflects curvature properties which can be understood as the point set analogue of Taubin's curvature-tensor for polyhedral surfaces. We combine these discrete tools with techniques from geometric diffusion and image processing. Several applications demonstrate the efficiency and accuracy of our method.

[pdf, 3.52 MB] [simulations] [DOI] [BibTex]

Konrad Polthier

Computational Aspects of Discrete Minimal Surfaces. In: Global Theory of Minimal Surfaces, Proc. of the Clay Mathematics Institute Summer School, J. Hass, D. Hoffman, A. Jaffe, H. Rosenberg, R. Schoen, M. Wolf (Eds.), CMI/AMS, 2005.

In differential geometry the study of smooth submanifolds with distinguished curvature properties has a long history and belongs to the central themes of this field. Modern work on smooth submanifolds, and on surfaces in particular, relies heavily on geometric and analytic machinery which has evolved over hundreds of years. However, non-smooth surfaces are also natural mathematical objects, even though there is less machinery available for studying them. Consider, for example, the pioneering work on polyhedral surfaces by the Russian school around Alexandrov [Aleksandrov/Zalgaller67Intrinsic], or Gromov's approach of doing geometry using only a set with a measure and a measurable distance function [Gromov99Metric]. Also in other fields, for example in computer graphics and scientific computing, we nowadays encounter a strong need for a discrete differential geometry of arbitrary meshes.

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Mirek Majewski and Konrad Polthier

Using MuPAD and JavaView to Visualize Mathematics on the Internet. In: Proc. of the 9th Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics, (2004), pp. 465-474.

Mathematics education strongly benefits from the interactivity and advanced features of the Internet. The presentation of mathematical concepts on the Internet may go far beyond what we could demonstrate in traditional mathematics textbooks. In this paper we demonstrate, in a number of examples, the additional insight into complex mathematical concepts that can be gained from 3D interactive visualization embedded into web pages. Mathematical visualization is improving our teaching environments and the communication between teachers and students.

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Konrad Polthier

Polyhedral Surfaces of Constant Mean Curvature, Habilitationsschrift, TU-Berlin (Febr. 2002).

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Konrad Polthier and Eike Preuss

Identifying Vector Fields Singularities using a Discrete Hodge Decomposition. In: Visualization and Mathematics III, eds: H.C. Hege, K. Polthier, Springer Verlag, 2003.

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