Optimization of Surface Registrations using Beltrami Holomorphic Flow

Ronald Lok Ming Lui Harvard University Tsz Wai Wong University of California at Irvine Wei Zeng Stony Brook University Xianfeng Gu Stony Brook University Paul M. Thompson University of Southern California Tony F. Chan The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Shing-Tung Yau Harvard University

Computational Geometry mathscidoc:1609.09029

Journal of Scientific Computing, 50, (3), 557-585, 2012.3
In shape analysis, finding an optimal 1-1 correspondence between 3D surfaces within a large class of admissible bijective mappings is of great importance. Such a process is called surface registration. The difficulty lies in the fact that the space of all surface diffeomorphisms is a complicated functional space, making it challenging to exhaustively search for the best mapping. To tackle this problem, we propose a simple representation of bijective surface maps using Beltrami coefficients (BCs)—complex-valued functions defined on surfaces with supremum norm less than 1. Fixing any 3 points on a pair of surfaces, there is a 1-1 correspondence between the set of surface diffeomorphisms between them and the set of BCs. Hence, every bijective surface map may be represented by a unique BC. Conversely, given a BC, we can reconstruct the unique surface map associated with it using the Beltrami Holomorphic flow (BHF) method. Using BCs to represent surface maps is advantageous because it is a much simpler functional space, which captures many essential features of a surface map. By adjusting BCs, we equivalently adjust surface diffeomorphisms to obtain the optimal map with desired properties. More specifically, BHF gives us the variation of the associated map under the variation of BC. Using this, a variational problem over the space of surface diffeomorphisms can be easily reformulated into a variational problem over the space of BCs. This makes the minimization procedure much easier. More importantly, the diffeomorphic property is always preserved. We test our method on synthetic examples and real medical applications. Experimental results demonstrate the effectiveness of our proposed algorithm for surface registration.
Beltrami coefficient, Beltrami holomorphic flow, surface diffeomorphism, surface registration, shape analysis, optimization
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@inproceedings{ronald2012optimization,
  title={Optimization of Surface Registrations using Beltrami Holomorphic Flow},
  author={Ronald Lok Ming Lui, Tsz Wai Wong, Wei Zeng, Xianfeng Gu, Paul M. Thompson, Tony F. Chan, and Shing-Tung Yau},
  url={http://archive.ymsc.tsinghua.edu.cn/pacm_paperurl/20160906104215227204641},
  booktitle={Journal of Scientific Computing},
  volume={50},
  number={3},
  pages={557-585},
  year={2012},
}
Ronald Lok Ming Lui, Tsz Wai Wong, Wei Zeng, Xianfeng Gu, Paul M. Thompson, Tony F. Chan, and Shing-Tung Yau. Optimization of Surface Registrations using Beltrami Holomorphic Flow. 2012. Vol. 50. In Journal of Scientific Computing. pp.557-585. http://archive.ymsc.tsinghua.edu.cn/pacm_paperurl/20160906104215227204641.
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