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Yu-Kun Lai et al- Metric-Driven RoSy Field Design and Remeshing

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Metric-Driven RoSy Field Designand Remeshing
Yu-Kun Lai, Miao Jin,
, Xuexiang Xie, Ying He,
,Jonathan Palacios, Eugene Zhang,
IEEE Computer Society 
,Shi-Min Hu,
, and Xianfeng Gu,
IEEE Computer Society 
—Designing rotational symmetry fields on surfaces is an important task for a wide range of graphics applications. This workintroduces a rigorous and practical approach for automatic N-RoSy field design on arbitrary surfaces with user-defined field topologies.The user has full control of the number, positions, and indexes of the singularities (as long as they are compatible with necessaryglobal constraints), the turning numbers of the loops, and is able to edit the field interactively. We formulate N-RoSy field constructionas designing a Riemannian metric such that the holonomy along any loop is compatible with the local symmetry of N-RoSy fields. Weprove the compatibility condition using discrete parallel transport. The complexity of N-RoSy field design is caused by curvatures. Inour work, we propose to simplify the Riemannian metric to make it flat almost everywhere. This approach greatly simplifies the processand improves the flexibility such that it can design N-RoSy fields with single singularity and mixed-RoSy fields. This approach can alsobe generalized to construct regular remeshing on surfaces. To demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach, we apply our designsystem to pen-and-ink sketching and geometry remeshing. Furthermore, based on our remeshing results with high global symmetry,we generate Celtic knots on surfaces directly.
Index Terms
—metric, rotational symmetry, design, surface, parameterization, remeshing.
1 I
objects in computer graphics and digital geo-metry processing can be described by
rotationalsymmetry fields
, such as brush strokes and hatches innonphotorealistic rendering, regular patterns in texturesynthesis, and principal curvature directions in surfaceparameterizations and remeshing. N-way rotational sym-metry (N-RoSy) fields have been proposed to model theseobjects. Formally, an N-RoSy field can be considered as amultivalued vector field; at each position, there exist
vectors in the tangent space, each differed by a rotationof integer multiples of 
.The most fundamental requirement for an N-RoSy fielddesign system is to allow the user to fully control thetopology of the field, including the number, positions, andindexes of the singularities, and the turning numbers of theloops [1], [2]. Automatic generation of N-RoSy fields withuser-prescribed topologies remains a major challenge.The method in [1] generates fields with user-definedsingularities, but it also produces excess singularities, whichrequires further singularity pair cancellation and singular-ity movement operations. However, canceling singularitiescompletely without significantly affecting the field ischallenging. In general cases, cleaning up all the extrasingularities is almost impractical. The method in [2] is thefirst one that guarantees the correct topology of the field, but for the purpose of generating smooth RoSy fields withspecified singularities, it requires the user to provide aninitial field with all singularities at the desired positions. Inpractice, finding such an initial field is the most challengingstep. For example, a common user can hardly imagine asmooth vector field with only one singularity as shown inFigs. 2 and 8. Although such examples are extreme in somesense, fields with less singularities are often preferred, because singularities cause visual artifacts in real applica-tions. Moreover, the power of our approach is that users canspecify
number of singularities, with desired curvaturesand positions, as long as the total Gaussian curvature of thesurface is
(a topology-related constant), where
is the Euler characteristic of the surface. By using fewersingularities or placing singularities at invisible vertices(hidden by occlusion or hardly seen from practical view-points), artifacts can be significantly reduced.In this work, we provide a rigorous and practical methodthat allows the user to design N-RoSy fields with fullcontrol of the topology (as long as they are compatible withglobal constraints such as the Gauss-Bonnet theorem andPoincare´-Hopf theorem) and without inputting any initialfield. Furthermore, the algorithm can automatically gen-erate a smooth field with the desired topology and allow theuser to further modify it interactively.
Y.-K. Lai and S.-M. Hu are with the Department of Computer Science andTechnology, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 100084, PR China.E-mail: yukun.lai@gmail.com, shimin@tsinghua.edu.cn.
M. Jin is with the Department of ComputerScience, University of Louisianaat Lafayette, Lafayette, LA 70504. E-mail: mjin@cacs.louisiana.edu.
X. Xie and Y. He are with the School of Computer Engineering, NanyangTechnological University, Singapore, 639798.E-mail: {xuexiang, yhe}@ntu.edu.sg.
J. Palacios and E. Zhang are with the School of Electrical Engineering andComputer Science, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331.E-mail: {palacijo, zhange}@eecs.oregonstate.edu.
X. Gu is with the Department of Computer Science, Stony BrookUniversity, Stony Brook, NY 11794. E-mail: gu@cs.sunysb.edu. Manuscript received 19 Aug. 2008; revised 17 Mar. 2009; accepted 14 Apr.2009; published online 14 May 2009.Recommended for acceptance by W. Wang.For information on obtaining reprints of this article, please send e-mail to:tvcg@computer.org,and referenceIEEECSLogNumber TVCG-2008-08-0127.Digital Object Identifier no. 10.1109/TVCG.2009.59.
2010 IEEE Published by the IEEE Computer Society
1.1 Main Idea
Our method is based on the following intuition inspired bythe work in [2]. An N-RoSy field has
local symmetry
that isinvariant under rotations of an integer multiple of 
. Asurface has
global symmetry
, which is intrinsically deter-mined by the Riemannian metric. If the global symmetry is
with the symmetry of the N-RoSy fields, i.e., ametric is found such that the holonomy along any loop is amultiple of 
, then smooth N-RoSy fields can be con-structed on the surface directly.Roughly speaking, if a surface admits an N-RoSy field,then for any loop on the surface, the total turning angle of the tangent vectors along the loop cancels the total turningangle of the N-RoSy field along the loop. Fig. 7 providessuch an example where a genus-one polycubic surfaceadmits 4-RoSy fields.Most existing N-RoSy field design methods focus onadjusting the rotation of the field and keep the underlyingsurface untapped. While these approaches have beeneffective in some cases, it is difficult to enforce topologicalguarantees such as minimal number of singularities.Furthermore, these methods all require a constant N inthe N-RoSy fields. In this paper, we describe a novelapproach that modifies both the rotation of the field and therotations of the loops by deforming the surface. Our workconverts the problem of field design with user-definedsingularities to that of metric construction. The existenceand uniqueness of the solution are guaranteed by the CirclePattern theory in [3] and discrete Ricci flow in [4]. Existingworks are based on 1-forms, energy minimization, andsingularity movement/merging, and thus, the theoreticargument for the existence of fields with exact singularitylocations and indexes is lacking.This approach greatly simplifies the process and pro-duces results that are quite challenging for the alternatives,suchasmixed-RoSyfieldsandremeshinginFig.1,aswellasfields with only one singular point in Figs. 2 and 8. Wefurther notice the distinction between N-RoSy fields andregular remeshing (without T-vertices): field design setsconstraints to the rotational component of the holonomy,while remeshing sets constraints not only in rotationalcomponent, but also in translational component (i.e., gen-eralized holonomy). Based on this, we are able to producecompatible metric that admits regular remeshing, as shownin Fig. 1, and related Celtic knots in Figs. 13 and 16.
1.2 Algorithm Pipeline
Our algorithm pipeline can be summarized as follows. Inthe first stage, an initial smooth vector field is constructedwith the following steps:
the user specifies the desired singularities of thevector field;
we compute a flat cone metric such that all the conesingularities coincide with those of the field;
Fig. 1. Metric-driven N-RoSy field design. (a-f) A 3-RoSy field, a 4-RoSyfield, a flat cone metric visualized as an obelisk, triangle-quad-mixedremeshing based on the metric, quad remeshing, woven Celtic knotdesign over the surface based on the quad remeshing. Closeups aregiven for subfigures in the second row.Fig. 2. Algorithm pipeline.
we parallel transport a tangent vector at the basepoint to construct a parallel vector field; and
if the parallel field has jumps when it goes aroundhandles or circulates singularities, then we applytwo methods to eliminate the jumps: one is
that adjusts the rotation of the vectorfield and another is
metric compensation
that modifiesthe rotation of the loops by deforming the surface.In the second stage, the vector field is further modified. weinteractively edit the rotation and magnitude of the vectorfield to incorporate user constraints.Fig. 2 illustrates the pipeline using rotation compensa-tion method. Figs. 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, and 2e correspond to thefirst stage, while Figs. 2f and 2g correspond to the secondstage. In Fig. 2a, the user specifies the desired singula-rities with both positions and indexes (Step 1). Here, onlyone singularity is specified at the blue point with index
. The curves are homotopy group basis. In Fig. 2b, wecompute a flat metric, the curvature at the singularity is
, everywhere else 0 (Step 2). The surface is cut alongthe base curves and flattened to the plane. Note that the boundaries of the same color can match each other by arigid motion. Practical algorithm for the purpose of fielddesign does not need to explicitly flatten the wholesurface onto a parameter domain. In Fig. 2c, we pull backthe parallel vector field in the parameter domain onto thesurface (Step 3). The field has discontinuities along thered curve, which corresponds to where “wave frontsmeet. It has no relation with the initial cut, only the resultof holonomy. In Fig. 2d, we compute a harmonic 1-formto compensate the holonomy. In Fig. 2e The smoothvector field is obtained after rotation compensation(Step 4). A smooth N-RoSy field has been constructedafter the first stage. In Figs. 2f and 2g, the user inputsgeometric constraints (red arrows) to guide the directionof the field, then the field is modified from Fig. 2f to 2g.
1.3 Contributions
In this work,
plays the central role, which refers tothe total turning angle of the tangent vectors along a loop.Holonomy represents the global symmetry of the surface.This work introduces a metric-driven method for N-RoSyfield design (and remeshing). The major goal is to make theglobal symmetry of the metric represented as holonomy to be compatible with the local symmetry of N-RoSy field asfollows:
We convert the N-RoSy field design problem (andremeshing problem) to flat cone metric design withconstrained holonomy, propose to use flat conemetric to simplify holonomy, and improve theefficiency and efficacy of the algorithm. Further-more, we give an explicit compatibility condition fora parallel N-RoSy field with the metric and general-ize it for symmetric tessellations.
We give rigorous and practical algorithms toconstruct N-RoSy fields with user fully controlledsingularities on general surfaces. The method pro-duces RoSy fields with arbitrary homotopy types,without excess singularities, and even with mixed-RoSy types. The algorithm is automatic and allowsinteractive editing.Furthermore, we apply our remeshing method for thegeometric texture construction application to weave Celticknotwork on general surfaces, which requires highlyglobal symmetry.Note that this work focuses on the design and manipula-tion of metrics, which is different from other publishedmethods for RoSy (or vector) field design. The reason to usenew metric is to simplify the computation of holonomy. If the original metric is used, different loops have differentholonomies. The dimension of the loop space is infinite,therefore, the computation of all holonomy group isintractable. Using the new metric, the homotopic loopssharethesameholonomy,sothedimensionofthehomotopygroup is finite. Metric design is a powerful tool and has thepotential of being utilized for other graphics applications.The organization of the paper is as follows: In Section 2,we briefly review the most related works. In Section 3, wegive a brief introduction of the major concepts in Rieman-nian geometry and generalize them to discrete surfaces, anddescribe the theories for the compatibility between N-RoSyand metric. In Section 4, we explain the algorithm in detail.Finally, we report our experimental results in Section 5 andconclude in Section 6 with insights and future directions of research. All the proofs of our theoretic results can be foundin the Appendix.
2 P
There has been a significant amount of work in the analysisand design of N-RoSy fields, especially when
(vector)and 2(tensor). For a survey, we refer the readers to Palaciosand Zhang [1] and references therein. Here, we will onlymention the most relevant work.There have been a number of vector field design systemsfor surfaces, most of which are generated for a particulargraphics application such as texture synthesis [5], [6], [7],fluid simulation [8], and vector field visualization [9], [10].Systems providing topological control include [11], [12]. ThesystemofChenetal.hasalsobeenextendedtocreateperiodicorbits[13]anddesigntensorfields[14].Fisheretal.introducea vector field design algorithm based on discrete exteriorcalculus [15], which produces smooth fields incorporatinguserconstraintsinteractivelythroughweightedleastsquares.There has been some work on N-RoSy fields when
N >
. Hertzmann and Zorin [16] and Ray et al. [17]demonstrate that 4-RoSy fields are of great importance insurface illustration and remeshing, respectively. Both worksalso develop algorithms that can smooth the 4-RoSy fieldsin order to reduce the noise in the fields. Later, Ray et al. [2]provide the analysis of singularities on N-RoSys byextending the Poincare´-Hopf theorem as well as describean algorithm in which a field with a minimal number of singularities can be constructed based on user-specifiedconstraints and the Euler characteristic of the underlyingsurface [2]. This is the first algorithm for direction fielddesign that guarantees the correctness of the topology of thefield. Palacios and Zhang provide comprehensive analysisfor rotational symmetry fields on surfaces and presentefficient algorithms for locating singularities, separatrices,and effective design operations in [1].

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