Multi-scale Curve Detection on Surfaces

Michael Kolomenkin, Ilan Shimshoni, Ayellet Tal; The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2013, pp. 225-232


This paper extends to surfaces the multi-scale approach of edge detection on images. The common practice for detecting curves on surfaces requires the user to first select the scale of the features, apply an appropriate smoothing, and detect the edges on the smoothed surface. This approach suffers from two drawbacks. First, it relies on a hidden assumption that all the features on the surface are of the same scale. Second, manual user intervention is required. In this paper, we propose a general framework for automatically detecting the optimal scale for each point on the surface. We smooth the surface at each point according to this optimal scale and run the curve detection algorithm on the resulting surface. Our multi-scale algorithm solves the two disadvantages of the single-scale approach mentioned above. We demonstrate how to realize our approach on two commonly-used special cases: ridges & valleys and relief edges. In each case, the optimal scale is found in accordance with the mathematical definition of the curve.

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author = {Kolomenkin, Michael and Shimshoni, Ilan and Tal, Ayellet},
title = {Multi-scale Curve Detection on Surfaces},
booktitle = {The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
month = {June},
year = {2013}