Heat Kernel Laplace-Beltrami Operator on Digital Surfaces


Many problems in image analysis, digital processing and shape optimization can be expressed as variational problems involving the discretization of the Laplace-Beltrami operator. Such discretizations have been widely studied for meshes or polyhedral surfaces. On digital surfaces, direct applications of classical operators are usually not satisfactory (lack of multigrid convergence, lack of precision…). In this paper, we first evaluate previous alternatives and propose a new digital Laplace-Beltrami operator showing interesting properties. This new operator adapts Belkin et al. [2] to digital surfaces embedded in 3D. The core of the method relies on an accurate estimation of measures associated to digital surface elements. We experimentally evaluate the interest of this operator for digital geometry processing tasks.

Discrete Geometry for Computer Imagery: 20th IAPR International Conference, DGCI 2017, Vienna, Austria, September 19 – 21, 2017, Proceedings
Jacques-Olivier Lachaud
Jacques-Olivier Lachaud
Professor of Computer Science

My research interests include digital geometry, geometry processing, image analysis, variational models and discrete calculus.