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Computational Topology for Computer Graphics Klein bottle

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What is Topology? The topology of a space is the definition of a collection of sets (called the open sets) that include: –the space and the empty set –the union of any of the sets –the finite intersection of any of the sets “Topological space is a set with the least structure necessary to define the concepts of nearness and continuity”

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No, Really.What is Topology? The study of properties of a shape that do not change under deformation Rules of deformation –Onto (all of A all of B) –1-1 correspondence (no overlap) –bicontinuous, (continuous both ways) –Can’t tear, join, poke/seal holes A is homeomorphic to B

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Why Topology? What is the boundary of an object? Are there holes in the object? Is the object hollow? If the object is transformed in some way, are the changes continuous or abrupt? Is the object bounded, or does it extend infinitely far?

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Why Do We (CG) Care? The study of connectedness Understanding How connectivity happens? Analysis How to determine connectivity? Articulation How to describe connectivity? Control How to enforce connectivity?

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For Example How does connectedness affect… Morphing Texturing Compression Simplification

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Problem: Mesh Reconstruction Determines shape from point samples Different coordinates, different shapes

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Topological Properties To uniquely determine the type of homeomorphism we need to know : –Surface is open or closed –Surface is orientable or not –Genus (number of holes) –Boundary components

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Surfaces How to define “surface”? Surface is a space which ”locally looks like” a plane: –the set of zeroes of a polynomial equation in three variables in R 3 is a 2D surface: x 2 +y 2 +z 2 =1

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Surfaces and Manifolds An n-manifold is a topological space that “locally looks like” the Euclidian space R n –Topological space: set properties –Euclidian space: geometric/coordinates A sphere is a 2-manifold A circle is a 1-manifold

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Open vs. Closed Surfaces The points x having a neighborhood homeomorphic to R 2 form Int(S) (interior) The points y for which every neighborhood is homeomorphic to R 2 0 form ∂S (boundary) A surface S is said to be closed if its boundary is empty

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Orientability A surface in R 3 is called orientable, if it is possible to distinguish between its two sides (inside/outside above/below) A non-orientable surface has a path which brings a traveler back to his starting point mirror-reversed (inverse normal)

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Orientation by Triangulation Any surface has a triangulation Orient all triangles CW or CCW Orientability: any two triangles sharing an edge have opposite directions on that edge.

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Genus and holes Genus of a surface is the maximal number of nonintersecting simple closed curves that can be drawn on the surface without separating it The genus is equivalent to the number of holes or handles on the surface Example: –Genus 0: point, line, sphere –Genus 1: torus, coffee cup –Genus 2: the symbols 8 and B

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Euler characteristic function Polyhedral decomposition of a surface ( V = #vertices, E = #edges, F = #faces) (M) = V – E + F –If M has g holes and h boundary components then (M) = 2 – 2g – h – (M) is independent of the polygonization = 1 = 2 = 0

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Summary: equivalence in R 3 Any orientable closed surface is topologically equivalent to a sphere with g handles attached to it –torus is equivalent to a sphere with one handle ( =0, g=1) –double torus is equivalent to a sphere with two handles ( =-2, g=2)

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Hard Problems… Dunking a Donut Dunk the donut in the coffee! Investigate the change in topology of the portion of the donut immersed in the coffee

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Solution: Morse Theory Investigates the topology of a surface by the critical points of a real function on the surface Critical point occur where the gradient f = ( f/ x, f/ y,…) = 0 Index of a critical point is # of principal directions where f decreases

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Example: Dunking a Donut Surface is a torus Function f is height Investigate topology of f h Four critical points –Index 0 : minimum –Index 1 : saddle –Index 2 : maximum Example: sphere has a function with only critical points as maximum and a minimum

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How does it work? Algebraic Topology Homotopy equivalence –topological spaces are varied, homeomorphisms give much too fine a classification to be useful… Deformation retraction Cells

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Homotopy equivalence A ~ B There is a continuous map between A and B Same number of components Same number of holes Not necessarily the same dimension HomeomorphismHomotopy ~ ~

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Deformation Retraction Function that continuously reduces a set onto a subset Any shape is homotopic to any of its deformation retracts Skeleton is a deformation retract of the solids it defines ~~~~

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Cells Cells are dimensional primitives We attach cells at their boundaries 0-cell1-cell2-cell3-cell

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Morse function f doesn’t have to be height – any Morse function would do f is a Morse function on M if: – f is smooth –All critical points are isolated –All critical points are non-degenerate: det(Hessian(p)) != 0

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Critical Point Index The index of a critical point is the number of negative eigenvalues of the Hessian: –0 minimum –1 saddle point –2 maximum Intuition: the number of independent directions in which f decreases ind=0 ind=1 ind=2

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If sweep doesn’t pass critical point [Milnor 1963] Denote M a = {p M | f(p) a} (the sweep region up to value a of f ) Suppose f 1 [a, b] is compact and doesn’t contain critical points of f. Then M a is homeomorphic to M b.

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Sweep passes critical point [Milnor 1963] p is critical point of f with index, is sufficiently small. Then M c+ has the same homotopy type as M c with -cell attached. M c Mc+Mc+ with -cell attached ~ Mc+Mc+

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This is what happened to the doughnut…

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What we learned so far Topology describes properties of shape that are invariant under deformations We can investigate topology by investigating critical points of Morse functions And vice versa: looking at the topology of level sets (sweeps) of a Morse function, we can learn about its critical points

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Reeb graphs Schematic way to present a Morse function Vertices of the graph are critical points Arcs of the graph are connected components of the level sets of f, contracted to points 2 1 1 1 1 1 00

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Reeb graphs and genus The number of loops in the Reeb graph is equal to the surface genus To count the loops, simplify the graph by contracting degree-1 vertices and removing degree-2 vertices degree-2

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Another Reeb graph example

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Discretized Reeb graph Take the critical points and “samples” in between Robust because we know that nothing happens between consecutive critical points

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Reeb graphs for Shape Matching Reeb graph encodes the behavior of a Morse function on the shape Also tells us about the topology of the shape Take a meaningful function and use its Reeb graph to compare between shapes!

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Choose the right Morse function The height function f (p) = z is not good enough – not rotational invariant Not always a Morse function

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Average geodesic distance The idea of [Hilaga et al. 01]: use geodesic distance for the Morse function!

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Multi-res Reeb graphs Hilaga et al. use multiresolutional Reeb graphs to compare between shapes Multiresolution hierarchy – by gradual contraction of vertices

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Mesh Partitioning Now we get to [Zhang et al. 03] They use almost the same f as [Hilaga et al. 01] Want to find features = long protrusions Find local maxima of f !

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Region growing Start the sweep from global minimum (central point of the shape) Add one triangle at a time – the one with smallest f Record topology changes in the boundary of the sweep front – these are critical points

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Critical points – genus-0 surface Splitting saddle – when the front splits into two Maximum – when one front boundary component vanishes max splitting saddle min

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