Publications in Scientific Journals:
S. Ohrhallinger, S. Mudur, M. Wimmer:
"Minimizing Edge Length to Connect Sparsely Sampled Unorganized Point Sets";
Computers & Graphics (invited),
Most methods for interpolating unstructured point clouds handle densely sampled point sets quite well but get into trouble when the point set contains regions with much sparser sampling, a situation often encountered in practice. In this paper, we present a new method that provides a better interpolation of sparsely sampled features. We pose the surface construction problem as finding the triangle mesh which minimizes the sum of all triangles´ longest edge. The output is a closed manifold triangulated surface Bmin. Exact computation of Bmin for sparse sampling is most probably NP-hard, and therefore we introduce suitable heuristics for its computing. The algorithm first connects the points by triangles chosen in order of their longest edge and with the requirement that all edges must have at least 2 incident triangles. This yields a closed non-manifold shape which we call the Boundary Complex. Then we transform it into a manifold triangulation using topological operations. We show that in practice, runtime is linear to that of the Delaunay triangulation of the points.
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