Meta-representation of shape families

Noa Fish, Melinos Averkiou, Oliver Van Kaick, Olga Sorkine-Hornung, Daniel Cohen-Or, Niloy J. Mitra

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We introduce a meta-representation that represents the essence of a family of shapes. The meta-representation learns the configurations of shape parts that are common across the family, and encapsulates this knowledge with a system of geometric distributions that encode relative arrangements of parts. Thus, instead of predefined priors, what characterizes a shape family is directly learned from the set of input shapes. The meta-representation is constructed from a set of co-segmented shapes with known correspondence. It can then be used in several applications where we seek to preserve the identity of the shapes as members of the family. We demonstrate applications of the meta-representation in exploration of shape repositories, where interesting shape configurations can be examined in the set; guided editing, where models can be edited while maintaining their familial traits; and coupled editing, where several shapes can be collectively deformed by directly manipulating the distributions in the meta-representation. We evaluate the efficacy of the proposed representation on a variety of shape collections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number34
JournalACM transactions on graphics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2014
Event41st International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, ACM SIGGRAPH 2014 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Duration: Aug 10 2014Aug 14 2014

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank the reviewers for their comments and suggestions for improving the paper. This work was supported in part by the Israeli Science Foundation (grant no. 1790/12), the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (grant no. 2012376), the Marie Curie Career Integration Grant 303541, the ERC Starting Grants iModel (StG-2012-306877) and SmartGeometry (StG-2013-335373), and gifts from Adobe Research. Oliver van Kaick is grateful to the Azrieli Foundation for the award of an Azrieli Fellowship. Melinos Averkiou is grateful to the Rabin Ezra Scholarship Trust for the award of a post-graduate bursary.


  • Consensus relations
  • Model editing
  • Shape collections

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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