Symmetry in 3D Shapes - Analysis and Applications to Model Synthesis
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Symmetry is an essential property of a shapes' appearance and presents a source of information for structure-aware deformation and model synthesis. This thesis proposes feature-based methods to detect symmetry and regularity in 3D shapes and demonstrates the utilization of symmetry information for content generation. First, we will introduce two novel feature detection techniques that extract salient keypoints and feature lines for a 3D shape respectively. Further, we will propose a randomized, feature-based approach to detect symmetries and decompose the shape into recurring building blocks. Then, we will present the concept of docking sites that allows us to derive a set of shape operations from an exemplar and will produce similar shapes. This is a key insight of this thesis and opens up a new perspective on inverse procedural modeling. Finally, we will present an interactive, structure-aware deformation technique based entirely on regular patterns.