Computing Multiscale Curve and Surface Skeletons of Genus 0 Shapes Using a Global Importance Measure

Dennie Reniers, Jarke van Wijk, Alexandru Telea
2008 IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics  
We present a practical algorithm for computing robust, multiscale curve and surface skeletons of 3D objects of genus zero. Based on a model which follows an advection principle, we assign to each point on the skeleton a part of the object surface, called the collapse. The size of the collapse is used as a uniform importance measure for the curve and surface skeleton, so that both can be simplified by imposing a single threshold on this intuitive measure. The simplified skeletons are connected
more » ... default, without special precautions, due to the monotonicity of the importance measure. The skeletons possess additional desirable properties: They are centered, robust to noise, hierarchical, and provide a natural skeleton-to-boundary mapping. We present a voxel-based algorithm that is straightforward to implement and simple to use. We illustrate our method on several realistic 3D objects.
doi:10.1109/tvcg.2008.23 pmid:18192715 fatcat:jg3zwkwkurh63narkjxi4wfpce