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13. Beyond Blobs: Recent Advances in Implicit Surfaces
Sunday, Full Day, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Room 33 A-C
Level: Advanced

This course covers exciting advances in implicit surfaces that are useful but seldom covered by standard graphics courses. It reviews recently developed implicit modeling tools such as radial-basis functions, level sets, skeletal extraction, and topology, and demonstrates their utility for real-world applications from character animation to medical modeling.

Prerequisites
Basic knowledge of 3D computer graphics and some understanding of elementary linear algebra. Familiarity with basic implicit surface techniques is useful, but not necessary.

Topics
Implicit surfaces that interpolate point data, implicit surfaces for shape transformation, surface reconstruction from computer-vision data, medical applications, modern level sets, implicit methods to compute medial structures, digital Morse theory, and a library of software tools for interactive modeling with implicit surfaces.

Co-Organizers
Greg Turk
Georgia Institute of Technology

Terry S. Yoo
National Institutes of Health

Lecturers
Jules Bloomenthal
Unchained Geometry

H. Quynh Dinh
Stevens Institute of Technology

John C. Hart
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Greg Turk
Georgia Institute of Technology

Ross T. Whitaker
University of Utah

Terry S. Yoo
National Institutes of Health

Schedule

Component 1: Implicit Surfaces for Character Animation and Shape Transformation
8:30 Implicit Techniques for Character Animation
Bloomenthal
9:30 Modeling and Shape Transformation With Variational Implicit Surfaces
Turk
10:15 Break
Component 2: Using Implicit Surfaces in Computer Vision and in Medicine
10:30 Medical Applications of Implicit Surfaces
Yoo
11:20 Surface Reconstruction From Computer Vision Data
Dinh
12:15 Lunch
Component 3: Implicit Surface Modeling: From Theory to Implementation
1:30 Implicit Surface Topology
An Interactive Implicit Surface Modeler
Hart
3:15 Break
Component 4: Level Sets - Introduction and Applications
3:30 Introduction to Level Sets
Applications of Level Sets
Whitaker



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