A Statistical Model of Riemannian Metric Variation for Deformable Shape Analysis

Andrea Gasparetto, Andrea Torsello; The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2015, pp. 1219-1228

Abstract


The analysis of deformable 3D shape is often cast in terms of the shape's intrinsic geometry due to its invariance to a wide range of non-rigid deformations. However, object's plasticity in non-rigid transformation often results in transformations that are not completely isometric in the surface's geometry and whose mode of deviation from isometry is an identifiable characteristic of the shape and its deformation modes. In this paper, we propose a novel generative model of the variations of the intrinsic metric of deformable shapes, based on the spectral decomposition of the Laplace-Beltrami operator. To this end, we assume two independent models for the eigenvectors and the eigenvalues of the graph-Laplacian of a 3d mesh which are learned in a supervised way from a set of shapes belonging to the same class. We show how this model can be efficiently learned given a set of 3D meshes, and evaluate the performance of the resulting generative model in shape classification and retrieval tasks. Comparison with state-of-the-art solutions for these problems confirm the validity of the approach.

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@InProceedings{Gasparetto_2015_CVPR,
author = {Gasparetto, Andrea and Torsello, Andrea},
title = {A Statistical Model of Riemannian Metric Variation for Deformable Shape Analysis},
booktitle = {The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
month = {June},
year = {2015}
}