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Wavelets on Surfaces. In partial fulfillment of the “Area Exam” doctoral requirements. By Samson Timoner May 8, 2002 (picture from “Wavelets on Irregular Point Sets”). Papers. Wavelets on Irregular Point Sets by Daubechies Guskov, Schroder and Sweldens (Trans. R. Soc. 1999)

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wavelets on surfaces

Wavelets on Surfaces

In partial fulfillment of the “Area Exam” doctoral requirements

By Samson Timoner

May 8, 2002

(picture from “Wavelets on Irregular Point Sets”)

  • Wavelets on Irregular Point Setsby Daubechies Guskov, Schroder and Sweldens(Trans. R. Soc. 1999)
    • “Spherical Wavelets: Efficiently Representation Functions on the Sphere” by Schroder and Sweldens
    • “The Lifting Scheme: Construction of second generation wavelets” by Sweldens
  • Multiresolution Signal Processing For Meshesby Guskov, Sweldens and Schroder(Siggraph 1999)
  • Multiresolution Hierarchies On Unstructured Triangle Meshes by Kobbelt, Vorsatz, and Seidel (Compu. Geometry: Theory and Applications, 1999)
  • Wavelets
    • The Lifting Scheme
    • Extending the Lifting Scheme
    • Application: Wavelets on Spheres
  • Wavelets on Triangulated Surfaces
  • Applications
  • Multi-resolution representation.
  • Basis functions (low pass filter).
  • Detail Coefficients (high pass filter).
  • We have bi-orthogonality between the detail coefficients and the basis-coefficients
    • Vanishing Moments
the lifting scheme3
The Lifting Scheme


1/8{-1,2,6,2,-1}, ½{-1,2,-1}

the lifting scheme4
The Lifting Scheme
  • Introduced “Prediction”
  • Translated and Scaled one filter.
  • We have bi-orthogonality between the detail coefficients and the basis-coefficients
    • 2 Vanishing Moments (mean and first)

More Details

irregularly sampled points
Irregularly Sampled Points




irregularly sampled points1
Irregularly Sampled Points
  • Filters are no longer translations of each other.
  • Detail coefficients indicate different frequencies.
  • Perhaps it is wiser not to select every other point?
  • You can show bi-orthogonality(by vanishing moments).
wavelets on spheres
Wavelets on Spheres
  • Sub-division on edges
  • Same steps
    • Split
    • Predict
    • Update
topological earth data
Topological Earth Data
  • Data is not smooth
  • All bases performed equally poorly.

(picture from “Spherical Wavelets”)

15,000 coefficients 190,000 coefficients

spherical function brdf
Spherical Function: BRDF
  • Face Based methods are terrible (Haar-based)
  • Lifting doesn’t significantly help Butterfly.
  • Linear does better than Quadratic.

19, 73, 205 coefficients

(pictures from “Spherical Wavelets”)

up sampling problems
Up-Sampling Problems
  • Smooth interpolating polynomials
    • over-shooting
    • added undulations.
  • Linear interpolation isn’t smooth, but results are more intuitive.
up sampling problems1
Up-Sampling Problems
  • Similar problems can occur on surfaces.

(picture from “Multiresolution Hierarchies On Unstructured Triangle Meshes”)

wavelets on spheres1
Wavelets on Spheres
  • Lessons:
    • Prediction is hard for arbitrary data sampling
    • Maybe lifting isn’t necessary for very smooth subdivision schemes?
  • Spheres are Special:
    • Clearly defined DC.(??zeroth order rep, smooth rep??)
    • Can easily make semi-regular mesh.
  • Wavelets: The Lifting Scheme
  • Wavelets on Triangulated Surfaces
    • Up-sampling problems
  • Applications
triangulated surfaces
Triangulated Surfaces
  • “It is not clear how to design updates that make the [wavelet] transform numerically stable….” (Wavelets on Irregular Point Sets)
  • It is difficult to design filters which after iteration yield smooth surfaces. (Wim Sweldens in personal communication)
lifting is hard
Lifting is hard
  • Prediction step is hard.
    • If you zero detail coefficients, you should get a “fair” surface.
  • Can’t use butterfly sub-division.
    • (picture from “Multiresolution Signal Processing For Meshes”)
guskov et al
Guskov et al.
  • Need Smoother as part of algorithm
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Guskov et al.
  • Point Selection
  • Choose Smallest Edge
  • Remove one vertex in each level
guskov et al2
Guskov et al.
  • Collapse the Edge
guskov et al3
Guskov et al.
  • Prediction
  • Re-introduce the Edge.
  • Minimize Dihedral Angles
  • Detail Vector: Difference vector
  • (tangent plane coordinates)
guskov et al4
Guskov et al.


  • Smooth surrounding

points (minimize

dihedral angles)

guskov et al5
Guskov et al.
  • Rough order of spatial frequencies.
  • Detail coefficients look meaningful.
  • Simple Smoothing: No “overshooting” errors.
  • No Guarantee of vanishing moments.
    • No Guarantee of bi-orthogonality.

(picture from “Multiresolution Signal Processing For Meshes”)

guskov et al6
Guskov et al.
  • Editing

(picture from “Multiresolution Signal Processing For Meshes”)

kobbelt et al
Kobbelt et al.
  • Double Laplacian Smoother (thin plate energy bending minimization).
  • Solving PDE is slow!
  • Instead, solve hierarchically.

(picture from “Multiresolution Hierarchies On Unstructured Triangle Meshes”)

kobbelt et al1
Kobbelt et al.
  • Many vertices in each step (smallest edges first)
  • Prediction Step: location to minimize smoothing.
  • Detail: Perpendicular vector to local coordinate system.
  • Update: Smooth surrounding points
kobbelt et al2
Kobbelt et al.
  • Rough order of spatial frequencies.
  • Fast: O(mn) with m levels, n verticies.
  • Many coefficients.
  • Bi-orthogonality?
  • Locality of filters?

(picture from “Multiresolution Hierarchies On Unstructured Triangle Meshes”)

are these wavelets
Are these wavelets?
  • Mathematically: No.
    • Bi-orthogonality
    • Too many coefficients.
is this representation useful
Is this representation useful?
  • Patches do not wiggle; they remain in roughly the same position during down-sampling.
  • Smooth regions stay smooth.
  • Small detail coefficients.
  • Meaningful detail coefficients.
  • Wavelets: The Lifting Scheme
  • Wavelets on Triangulated Surfaces
  • Applications
    • Existing
    • Opportunities for new research
  • Replacing conventional surface editing. (NURBS)
  • (picture from “Multiresolution Signal Processing For Meshes” ,
  • “Multiresolution Hierarchies On Unstructured Triangle Meshes”)
feature enhancement
Feature Enhancement
  • “For show only.”
  • (picture from “Multiresolution Signal Processing for Meshes”)

549 Bytes(54e-4) 1225 Bytes(20e-4) 3037 Bytes(8e-4) 18111 Bytes(1.7e-4) Original

  • (picture from “Normal Mesh Compression”)
  • Go to low-resolution (to keep topology) and then sub-divide to restore original detail.
  • (picture from “Consistent Mesh Parameterizations”)
an opportunity
An Opportunity
  • Analysis of the wavelet coefficients
statistics across meshes
Statistics across Meshes
  • Use identical

Triangulations across objects.

  • Look at statistics on detail coefficients rather than on points.
    • No global alignment problems.
    • No local alignment problems.
  • (I generated these images)
feature detection
Feature Detection
  • Should be able to find signature hierarchical detail coefficients.
  • Hard with different triangulations.
  • (picture from “Multiresolution Signal Processing For Meshes” )
  • Professor White for suggesting the topic.
  • Wim Sweldens for responding to my e-mails.
  • Mike Halle and Steve Pieper for providing background information on the graphics community.

Thank you all for coming today.

the lifting scheme5
The Lifting Scheme


Low Pass Filter: 1/8(-1,2,6,2,-1)

High Pass Filter: ½(-1,2,1)


solving pdes
Solving PDEs
  • Roughly, one can change the update and prediction step to have vanishing moments in the new orthogonality relationship.
guskov et al7
Guskov et al.
  • Remove vertices in smoothest regions first.
  • Half-Edge Collapse to remove one vertex
  • Add vertex in, minimizing “second order difference”.
  • Smooth neighbors using same minimization
  • Detail coefficients are the movements between initial locations and final locations.
kobbelt et al3
Kobbelt et al.
  • Select a fraction of the vertices.
  • Do half-edge collapses to remove the vertices.
  • Find a local parameterization around each vertex.
  • Add the vertex back in, minimizing the bending energy of the surface (Laplacian).
  • The detail vector is given by the coordinates of the point in the local coordinate system and a perpendicular height.
to do list
To Do List
  • Check Sphere coefficients
  • Sweldons Quote: change to published quote.
  • Edit Guskov et al
  • Compression Page: comments underneath.