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Spectral Geometry

Spectral geometry processing consists of designing methods to process and transform geometric objects that operate in frequency space. This is similar to what is done in signal processing and image processing where signals are transposed into an alternative frequency space. The main interest is that a 3D shape is mapped into a spectral space in a pose-independent way. In other words, if the deformations undergone by the shape are metric preserving, all the meshes are mapped to a similar place in spectral space. Recovering the coherence between shapes is then simplified, and the spectral space acts as a “common language” for all shapes that facilitates the computation of a one-to-one mapping between pairs of meshes and hence their comparisons. However, several difficulties arise when trying to develop a spectral processing framework. The main difficulty is to define a spectral function basis on a domain which is a 2D (resp. 3D for moving objects) manifold embedded in 3D (resp. 4D) space and thus has an arbitrary topology and a possibly complicated geometry.